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12th-Aug-2003 11:10 am
Halloween 2008- Captain Hammer
Very cool: http://fargo.itp.tsoa.nyu.edu/~danny/mirror.html
(Wooden "mirror" created with a digital camera.)

Not as cool: http://www.wired.com/news/privacy/0,1848,59944,00.html
(New FAA rules to require people to show that all electronic devices work when going through airport security checkpoints.)
I can understand the motivation, but it's definitely going to take a lot longer to get through security if I have to prove that my cellphone, iPod, PDA, Gameboy, small digital camera and large digital camera all are actually what they claim to be. I'm also not too crazy about the idea of checking anything of any significant value these days when it's going to possibly be searched out of my view by poorly supervised questionably trustworthy people.
Even less fun if I ever manage to get a laptop again (current rumors say later this month, much like the rumors have been saying for several months now.)
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12th-Aug-2003 09:43 am (UTC)
That wooden mirror is great.

I don't get the second item. I mean, they had finally stoped checking laptops that way, and it made so much sense to me. I mean, first of all what happens if your PDA is out of batteries, your computer isn't charged, or your taking you camera to be repared? Second of all, how hard is it to set up a computer-shaped bomb that can mimick a start-up sequence?
12th-Aug-2003 08:00 pm (UTC)
Back when I had a laptop it was pretty hit or miss. Sometimes they'd ask me to turn it on and sometimes they wouldn't. I think anyone clever enough to hide some sort of weapon in a small electronic device is also smart enough to leave it fully functional, or at least functional enough to display to a security guard.

I think it's mostly just a way for those bureaucrats down in Capital City to show they're Doing Something About Terrorism™. People see it and feel like someone's doing something even if it doesn't actually help anything.
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