Results tagged “security” from kwc blog

Corollary: If you are in need of good California wine, simply hang out at the airport terminal on a day like today. With no liquids allowed, that means plenty of Napa and Sonoma visitors caught between ditching or chugging. I'm sure someone in TSA is partying tonight.

It wasn't actually as bad as I thought. The news crews filming us in line were annoying, but the lines moved fairly fast. TSA wasn't very good at informing people with carry-on luggage that that they best exit the line and go and check their bags: in the short time I spent checking my bag, two women frantically cut in front of me to try and check their bags after having sat through the entire security line. It was annoying that you pretty much couldn't even buy coffee inside the secure area to bring onto the flight, but the good news was that there was tons of room in the overhead bins.

The only real annoyance for me came as a result of the large amounts of misinformation coming via NPR radio as we drove to the airport. I decided it was best if I left my iPod and more expensive camera equipment behind as it was unclear as to what was being allowed in carry-on baggage, so I am now in beautiful Chicago without a good camera. It did rain today, though, so the pictures wouldn't have been good anyway (today, at least).

Schneier on TSA

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I've lost a lost of pocketknives to TSA, so I was particularly biased to like the way Bruce Schneier framed TSA security.

Schneier on Security: Sneaking Items Aboard Aircraft

Security systems fail in one of two ways. They can fail to stop the bad guy, and they can mistakenly stop the good guy. The TSA likes to measure its success by looking at the forbidden items they have prevented from being carried onto aircraft, but that's wrong. Every time the TSA takes a pocketknife from an innocent person, that's a security failure. It's a false alarm. The system has prevented access where no prevention was required.

Best SSIDs

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Slashdot | Best Wireless SSID's You Have Seen?

Hmm, my personal favorites (b/c I was there when they were chosen) are "Network Not Found" and "Network Disabled". I was in a meeting where we were instructing someone how to connect to our wireless network, and the Windows status message popped up saying, "Connected to 'Network Not Found'," at which point he said, "It's not working."

I'm gonna need to see some ID

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Banknotes for thieves

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The European Central Bank is thinking of adding RFID tags to banknotes to protect against forgery (story).

In addition to anti-forgery benefits, think of all the efficiencies the tags will introduce: ATMs won't give out the wrong amount, banks can count stacks of bills faster, thieves can choose their victims more carefully. With RFID crime does pay... efficiently.