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The line between man and machine is now slightly more blurry, thanks to one Finnish bloke’s decision to replace a missing digit with a USB Flash drive. USB_finger_bloke_01 Jerry Jalava's prosthetic finger hides a USB Flash drive inside Jerry Jalava, a software developer from Helsinki, had the top part of his finger …


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  1. M

    Apologies to Baldrick

    His little false USB finger looks like a willy. Which is ironic, because my willy looks like a little USB finger.

  2. Anonymous Coward


    Love to see him trying to use it with an older machine with no front-panel USB ports. Or a rack-mount server and a KVM.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I know this is the "digit"al age and all that. But am I the only one wondering which appendage will be the next to get "digit"ised. Guess it should first be "Bobbit"ised.

    There was an old article about artificial testicular transplants, which rounded off the subject with "these are more ornamental than functional". I feel said implants can now be made functional - maybe for data storage. Or perhaps stick a processor in and include it in the "cloud". Or probably as a spare charger for your mobile. Whatever floats your boat...

  4. Martyn

    taking it too far

    brings a whole new meaning to the term thumb drive now doesnt it

  5. John


    I'm sure i won't be the only one to point this out, but won't it be a little awkward to type with one finger of one hand stuck in a USB port?

  6. steogede

    Thumb drive

    On a more serious not - I Personally, would have gone for a miniature bluetooth optical mouse, but that would probably required more to be amputated - it would have the advantage that it could glow like ET's.

    Having a finger in the USB slot must make typing rather tricky.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    where did he buy it...

    ...a joke shop?? That better not be the best 21st century prosthetics can do!

  8. LaeMi Qian

    Seems inconvenient to use.

    Loose the use of one hand while accessing data. And don't sneeze in the middle of a save.

    Why not just stick a stick behind the ear now we have all stopped smoking and using pencils?

    Or find a convenient orifice (keep the lanyard on or a trip to the ear/nose/throat specialist or the proctologist may be in order).

    As the girl in Running Man said when asked where she smuggled the data tape: "None of your business"

  9. Cameron Colley
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    Nothing to see here.

    He stores a small USB memory stick in something he puts over his finger-stump -- so either he types one-handed or it can be removed, so it's hardly part of his body.

    What he needs is a inbuilt WiFi detector with a red LED that flashes faster as the signal becomes stronger -- that would have me reaching for the hatchet.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Does this mean he's gone digit-al?

  11. Charlie Barnes


    That's handy... Thumbs up for this idea... Brings a whole new meaning to fingering a host...

  12. Allan Rutland
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    Am I missing the...


  13. Simon Williams
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    Life imitates Trek

    Everything from Star Trek gets here eventually -- usually sooner than you expect. Didn't Data have a lot of controls and probably positronic storage, under a fingernail?

  14. Pyros


    that he can now give the finger to RIAA with all those ripped MP3 on board!

    (Really, that's the best joke I can come up that doesn't involve "fondling.")

  15. storng.bare.durid
    Paris Hilton

    Gives new meaning to...

    ...byting ones nails?

  16. Wokstation

    Pull my finger!

    Fnar, fnar...

  17. Martin H Watson

    Only 2Gb...?

    Surely he needs double-digit storage?

  18. Dr Patrick J R Harkin

    For pity's sake....

    Don't let Wacqui Jacqui see this!

  19. Rosco

    So ...

    is it indexed?

  20. Skizz
    Paris Hilton

    For God's sake...

    don't let Kevin "I'm a cyborg media tart" Warwick see this.

    Paris - well, fingers, Paris, need I say more?

  21. Lloyd
    Black Helicopters


    Been there and done that, I stuffed a Sony memory stick down my japs eye.

  22. Tim Schomer
    Paris Hilton

    @where did he buy it...

    What do you expect, He's a SOFTWARE developer. If he'd been a hardware engineer it'd probably be at least 16GB and embedded in the stump.

    Paris 'cos she knows the difference between hard & soft....

  23. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "Man turns finger into storage"?

    What about "Man gives portable storage the finger", etc...etc..

    El Reg, must have been having an 'off' day with their (normally snappy) article titling.

  24. Steve

    could have been worse

    Imagine the equivalent of this if something 'more sensitive' than a finger was ripped off, something around the groin area...

    I have visions of a bloke 'interfacing' to his laptop saying "I'm downloading" !

  25. Stevie


    We *have* to get this bloke and Captain Cyborg together in a room.

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