This is a really interesting post* about how many simple solutions to border security fail in the real world.

  • Not everywhere has the infrastructure necessary to upload large datasets to the cloud
  • Most cloud providers are in not-great jurisdictions for some threat models.
  • Lying to border authorities, even by omission, ends badly.

Fact is, the majority of “but why don’t you just…” solutions in this space either require lying, reliance on infrastructure that may be non-existent or jurisdictionally compromised, or fails openly.

The “post” was originally a long Twitter thread, which is archived, for the moment, at ThreadReader App, which is a far, far better UI than Twitter.

  • A remote Hawaiian island, East Island, was destroyed by Hurricane Walaka. East Island was 11 acres. It was also a key refuge for turtles and seals. Read more in The Guardian.
  • Maersk has sent a ship, the Venta Maersk, through the Northern Passage. The journey and its significance were outlined by the Washington Post, with predictions of 23 days (versus 34 to sail via Suez). In reality, it took 37 days, according to the press release, “without incident.” The idea that there’s a sailable Northern Passage is astounding, even if a first sailing took longer than expected.

There’s an interesting article in the CBC, where journalists took a set of flights, swabbed surfaces, and worked with a microbiologist to culture their samples.

What they found will shock you!

Well, airplanes are filthy. Not really shocking. What was surprising to me was that the dirtiest of the surfaces they tested was the headrest. (They did not test the armrests.) Also, the seat pocket is a nice incubator and rarely cleaned. Not all that surprising, but I hadn’t considered it.

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