Presumably the box cutter threat has been neutralized by locking the cockpit door. Not sure a gun would be any more effective - actually a gun is limited by the number of runs you can sneak on board, not so much with a knife.
I mean, what's the big deal about someone touching your junk? We all go to the doctors (by choice), even 12 year olds. You really think that the TSA guys (or girls) really get a kick out of fondling some guy? They have a job to do, its not to harass us, its to make sure no one is carrying bombs onto the airplane. If one of them is being inappropriate, they will get fired, and I betcha it will happen faster than in the catholic diocese.
I imagine that the hierarchical models proposed by Scott Graham would be a pretty good candidate. If you break the TSP problem into a series of sub-problems of increasing complexity you get pretty good accuracy with reduced computations. Basically instead of trying to figure out how to move through all the towns in the US you first plan a route through all the states. You could probably derive a few simple heuristics that would give you that sort of behavior from a swarm...
Its always nice to have a reminder of how much cash you don't have in your wallet when you are using plastic. I would think a lot of people would be willing to spend a $ a month for a card that displayed their balances in real time on them
samzenpus from the taking-a-closer-look dept.
Here's an interesting and funny look at 526,000 OkCupid users, divided into groups by race and gender and all the the things each groups says it likes or is interested in. While it is far from being definitive, the groupings give a glimpse of what makes each culture unique. According to the results, white men like nothing better than Tom Clancy, Van Halen, and golfing.