Question of the Day

My home computer is long past dead. I ordered a new one and am PATIENTLY WAITING FOR IT TO ARRIVE BEFORE I DIE OF OLD AGE HURRYDAMNITINEEDMYCOMPUTER)(*$0(@*#-4I#J.

So, needless to say, I’ve been a bit off. So let’s do a nice simple reliable question. What are you reading?

I’ve spent the last 2 months reading Stephen King books in order that they’ve been published. I’m up to The Dark Half which isn’t all that great. I’m afraid I may have reached the point in his career where his editor just let him do whatever he wanted. That’s usually a mistake. However, before that was Misery which was about as intense as a book can get.

The TSA Proves its Own Irrelevance

From Schneier on Security:

Have you wondered what $1.2 billion in airport security gets you? The TSA has compiled its own “Top 10 Good Catches of 2011”:

10) Snakes, turtles, and birds were found at Miami (MIA) and Los Angeles (LAX). I’m just happy there weren’t any lions, tigers, and bears…


3) Over 1,200 firearms were discovered at TSA checkpoints across the nation in 2011. Many guns are found loaded with rounds in the chamber. Most passengers simply state they forgot they had a gun in their bag.

2) A loaded .380 pistol was found strapped to passenger’s ankle with the body scanner at Detroit (DTW). You guessed it, he forgot it was there…

1) Small chunks of C4 explosives were found in passenger’s checked luggage in Yuma (YUM). Believe it or not, he was brining it home to show his family.

That’s right; not a single terrorist on the list. Mostly forgetful, and entirely innocent, people. Note that they fail to point out that the firearms and knives would have been just as easily caught by pre-9/11 screening procedures. And that the C4 — their #1 “good catch” — was on the return flight; they missed it the first time. So only 1 for 2 on that one.