October 12th, 2006

Neko (lofulah)

J-net barcrawl, WootOff, and iBook... recent fail-to-wake-from-sleep...

Went on the J-net barcrawl tonight. It was amusing and I guess... I dunno, still not all that fond of bars, but eh, the right ones are ok. Got pictures, and was surprised that the camera battery held out for so long, even with flash enabled. 60-ish pictures, most aren't all that great, since.. bars tend to be dim/badly lit places.

Apparently I smell like smoke. ::sighs:: And I just washed that hoodie recently.

Tired.

Mmm, there's a WootOff in effect. Which means, deals of varying wonderfulness on woot.com.

And my iBook's been experiencing failures to wake up properly after being put to sleep by closing the lid and transporting said iBook from location A to location B. And today it died as I was opening iTunes - the screen went blank. Backlight was still on, caps lock responded as expected. But no video. I should have tested volume to see if I could get beeps, but it didn't cross my mind then. Forced a shutdown, then tried to boot up, and the loud fans (the ones that kick in when the system overheats, or when it's checking hardware on boot) kicked in and remained running. Turned it off, pulled the battery, plugged it into the outlet, did a pram reset and tried booting again. It worked. Until I tried to hand off my iBook to someone else so they could look something up, at which point the screen blanked again, and I sighed.

Anyways. I guess I need to run another round of backups, then get ready to send it in, if the situation gets worse. But once backups are done, I'll be reinstalling MacOS X 10.4 as planned several months ago. It'll be a pain in the ass, but eh, I think something's messed up somewhere.

And now, shower and bed. Bed sounds very nice.
Neko (lofulah)

Big Brother in airports?

Airport security chiefs and efficiency geeks will be able to keep close tabs on airport passengers by tagging them with a high powered radio chip developed at the University of Central London...
...People will be told to wear radio tags round their necks when they get to the airport. The tag would notify a computer system of their identity and whereabouts. The system would then track their activities in the airport using a network of high definition cameras...

[source:http://www.theregister.com/2006/10/12/airport_rfid/]

I'm not the only one disturbed by this, right?

Right, so ways around this:
-Swapping tags with other people in bathrooms
-->can be countered by adding restrictions: you're supposed to be flying out of this gate, then you have to exit via this gate with your own tag.

-Ditching your tag to do Bad Things™ like bombs, etc.
-Making your tag broadcast someone else's signal.
-Making your tag broadcast a scrambled or random signal.
-->Object counting software - we see people in area, but there's a person missing a tag
or /duplicate tags/unissued tag id being returned. Flag security and notify them. This is much harder, and requires a shitload of processing power, but it's doable.