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ryanair-adopt-new-security-procedures

The Register tips us off to Ryanair's new security procedures.

south-carolina-considers-taking-dna-from-anyone

Hat tip: To The People for pointing out that South Carolina is considering creating a DNA database of the presumed innocent.

Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell says swabbing a suspect's mouth is no more invasive than taking fingerprints.
Except that there is an actual database of fingerprints to check them against, correct? There isn't a huge federal DNA database. Is there? Or is that part of TIA?

spy-coins-from-canada-collect-all-6

From Yahoo::

In a U.S. government warning high on the creepiness scale, the Defense Department cautioned its American contractors over what it described as a new espionage threat: Canadian coins with tiny radio frequency transmitters hidden inside.
It is very strange. The article points out what a poor mechanism it is for tracking: short distance only, likely to be used to buy something, etc. I would think they must have been looking for a very limited amount of information. The location of a safe house, for example. While the distance is limited, you could compensate for that with an 'rfid rifle'.

the-choicepoint-of-johns

Of course, it makes complete sense. From the Freakonomics blog, an interview with an "escort":

Q. Do you typically know the true identity of your clients, and if so, how?

ted-stevens-site-hacked-by-irony

Hot off the tubes:

Almost as freaky as his infamously disjointed "series-of-tubes" speech last year about the Internet (which briefly earned him the Most Lampooned Politician on the Web award), Stevens's reelection site asks visitors to enter a username and password and then -- as they unsuccessfully fumble for a password -- condemns them with a warning that begins:

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