security stories

 
The TSA caused an uproar recently when it confiscated what is known as a "cupcake in a jar." Stick with me now as this is where the story gets funky: according to the TSA it has nothing against cupcakes in general, just this special cupcake stuffed into a jar. In this format it violated to three-ounce limit for carry on liquids or gels.
 
There's a reason that we're all still carrying physical keys around with us: they're simple, they're reliable, and while you might forget the key itself somewhere, you don't need to remember anything else besides how to put the key in a lock. A recently-spotted patent from Apple suggests that it's trying to make laptop chargers work the exact same way.
 
Puzzle and security freaks will love the new Crypteks physically lockable USB device. The USB storage is located inside a housing with five rings on the outside, each set with the 26 letters of the alphabet. Twist to your code and you've unlocked your USB. With 26 letters and five rings, you'll have whopping 14,348,907 possible passwords. Now that's security!
 
Earlier this year the world was introduced to Britain's "hoodies" who looted their cities wearing the head coverings to avoid the country's ubiquitous CCD surveillance cameras. But if they had just contacted a certain professor, they might have simply used a lovely modded parasol to conceal their mischief.

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