Not quite [OT]: News about Revolution
jperryl at ecs.fullerton.edu
Mon Feb 8 13:05:36 CST 2010
I stand corrected then, tho' I think they were the first to actually
implement it (damn, gotta get a passport just in case I need to leave the
country suddenly in the middle of the night; god only knows that I've
already been detained at internal border checkpoints because my native
white college-educated English wasn't good enough -- I'm NOT kidding).
Why am I not surprised?
Here's a funny (not) story about biometrics and security that I used to
have my students read: Some rich dude here in the US bought a Mercedes
that used biometric data to unlock the vehicle. Pretty smart, eh? Yeah,
well, that just breeds smarter criminals who, in deciding to carjack that
particular vehicle, simply cut off the verification digit of the car's
Welcome to Security Theatre.
On Mon, 8 Feb 2010, Neal Campbell wrote:
> Its a US requirement and the deadline set by the Bush administration was
> years ago but many (most?) countries cannot afford to do it. I never figured
> out how they thought that if you were smart enough to do these horrible
> things you would have a "real" chip in your passport. This stuff is like
> squeezing a balloon as when you press in one area it pops out in a different
> one. Unfortunately though the world runs on money and all the money goes
> thru SWIFT.
> Neal Campbell
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> On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 1:43 PM, Judy Perry <jperryl at ecs.fullerton.edu>wrote:
>> The Brits beat us to it on that one; it's a UK requirement AFAIK to have
>> the biometric chip. But I'm reasonably certain that the US is rather
>> enthusiastically jumping down that same stupid rabbit-hole.
>> On Mon, 8 Feb 2010, Richmond Mathewson wrote:
>> On 08/02/2010 18:45, Jim Kanter wrote:
>>>> "Che Garzia."
>>>> Has a familiar ring to it...
>>> Time to buy a beret and head for the hills.
>>> Personally I am cheesed-off that my current British passport
>>> will not let me into the USA because it does not have a CHIP
>>> with all sorts of 'I don't know what information' embedded
>>> in it.
>>> Next thing you know we will all have to have micro-chips
>>> in our necks so we can be monitored by satellite . . . :(
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