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Death-related items

I’m cleaning out my pending link list with couple morbidly-thematic links.

Old-but-interesting (2007 vintage) list of relative likelihoods of death compared to dying in a terrorist attack.  For example…

You are 1048 times more likely to die from a car accident than from a terrorist attack

You are 12 times more likely to die from accidental suffocation in bed than from a terrorist attack

You are nine times more likely to choke to death on your own vomit than die in a terrorist attack

You are eight times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist

I know that Jimi Hendrix might argue that the risk of death-by-choking-on-vomit cannot be overstated enough, but everybody gets disproportionately worked up about something.

Of course, given that death is inevitable (in the long run, anyway), Cory Doctorow challenges us with the question of what will happen to our crypto keys when we die?

What do you-all do with your cryptokeys? Keep ’em with a lawyer and hope that attorney-client privilege will protect them? Safe-deposit box? Friends? Under the mattress? Do you worry that if your friends have your keys, they can be subpoenaed or suborned?

I seriously don’t have a good answer to this question for my personal keys.  How about the rest of you?

(corrected spelling as noted in comments)

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