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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait 168

Posted by timothy
from the making-a-list-checking-it-twice dept.
jfruh writes If you get into the TSA security line at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, you'll see monitors telling you how long your wait will be — and if you have a phone with Wi-Fi enabled, you're helping the airport come up with that number. A system implemented by Cisco tracks the MAC addresses of phones searching for Wi-Fi networks and sees how long it takes those phones to traverse the line, giving a sense of how quickly things are moving. While this is useful information to have, the privacy implications are a bit unsettling.

Comment: Re:f-ing hypocrits... (Score -1) 342

by RightSaidFred99 (#47974479) Attached to: US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

I mock the idiocy of you thinking "hypocrite" means something in terms of international relations. What are you, 8?

We do what is in our best interests and try to use our influence or force to get other countries to do what is in our best interests. Just like EVERY OTHER FUCKING COUNTRY.

We will not be giving up nuclear weapons, it would be rank idiocy to even suggest it. What we should do is downsize and modernize.

Comment: Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (Score -1) 460

by RightSaidFred99 (#47948183) Attached to: Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

That's because people are dumb and we live in an era where everyone is baselessly afraid of the social network zeitgeist. It's fucking pathetic, really.

Ray Rice's crime was between him and his wife and especially the cops. To the extent that he is s representative of the NFL a punishment is appropriate, 2 games was fine, 6 games would have been fine too.

What's not fine is a bunch of pathetic busybodies making it out like he murdered someone and stuffed her in his trunk. I get it, people are against domestic violence - do you want a fucking cookie? He should pay for his crime but "making an example" is rarely sound policy, and "listening to the rabble" is an even less sound policy.

I also like how the actual victim in this, his wife, is over it and married him afterwards but to "protect" her people want her husband to lose his source of income forever. Pretty sweet fucking logic, right there.

Comment: Whiny bullshit. (Score -1) 161

by RightSaidFred99 (#47722435) Attached to: Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

If you don't want to use your personal phone for work, don't. Easy peasy. You could even tell a white lie and say you don't have one.

I think the solution here is for companies to provide ca. 1995 brick cell phones to employees. "Oh, you want reimbursed? Turns out we'll provide you a phone, here you go big guy" (proceeds to hand employee a 9 oz phone with no screen). They could even not go that crazy and give out the lamest feature phones they can find. I guarantee you the whiners will be all "Oh, uhh, nevermind."

Comment: Re:Good riddance (Score -1) 790

Most humorous to me is that you think you could possibly trust someone else anyway. It would be security theater. Your data is going over the Internet and to someone else's server, then over the Internet to someone _else's_ computer. It's going to backups, possibly at both ends.

You are a fool if you think it can be secured, and an even bigger fool if you think you can trust companies or employees not to search or read it regardless of the law.

Comment: Re:Good riddance (Score -1) 790

Oh toss off. You and everyone else are too lazy to worry about using encryption that you want to run crying to the government to protect you.

Fuck off. If you don't like what Google does with the free email service they provide you, don't fucking use it you entitled wanker.

Government

Identity Dominance: the US Military's Biometric War In Afghanistan 83

Posted by timothy
from the just-want-to-borrow-your-eyeball dept.
Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "For years the U.S. military has been waging a biometric war in Afghanistan, working to unravel the insurgent networks operating throughout the country by collecting the personal identifiers of large portions of the population. A restricted U.S. Army guide on the use of biometrics in Afghanistan obtained by Public Intelligence provides an inside look at this ongoing battle to identify the Afghan people."

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