Thursday, March 22, 2007

Fly Me to the Moon

The no-fly terrorism watch lists have been notoriously inaccurate and -- according to the official websites of the Transportation Safety Administration -- also involve Kafka-esque measures in order to not get your name removed. Now the ridiculous sound-approximation procedure for exotic foreign names is getting its comeuppance as the government contracted Soundex system gets shown to be hilariously lacking in granularity. You can try out your own name here.

(The link comes from Bruce Schneier's always excellent blog on what he calls "security theater.")

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