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Leaving Infants in Cars

A child is accidentally left in the back seat of a car and dies from hyperthermia: a parent’s worst nightmare, I imagine, and something many believe wouldn’t happen to them (itself a big part of the problem).

In an article debating the legal ramifications of such an accident, The Washington Post presents not only a heart-rending story, but offers some fascinating insights into risks and compromise; possible technical solutions; and neurological/psychological theories of why a child may unintentionally be left in a car.

via Schneier (which itself is a good overview if you don’t have time to read the full article.)

Trends in Counterfeit Currency

Bruce Schneier comments on the growing prevalence of low-tech currency counterfeiting: “Counterfeits are becoming easier to detect while people are becoming less skilled in detecting it”.

Part of the problem, Green said, is that the government has changed the money so much to foil counterfeiting. With all the new bills out there, citizens and even many police officers don’t know what they’re supposed to look like.

Moreover, many people see paper money less because they use credit or debit cards.

The result: Ink-jet counterfeiting accounted for 60 percent of $103 million in fake money removed from circulation from October 2007 to August 2008, the Secret Service reports. In 1995, the figure was less than 1 percent.

It seems the EURion constellation isn’t doing its job well enough.

Overestimating Threats Against Children

Permitted WanderingsBruce Schneier recently wrote about the MySpace ‘safeguards’ being put in place to protect minors. His very succinct closing comments are a must-read.

…there isn’t really any problem with child predators — just a tiny handful of highly publicized stories — on MySpace. It’s just security theatre against a movie-plot threat. But we humans have a well-established cognitive bias that overestimates threats against our children, so it all makes sense.

To the right is a thumbnail of a picture showing the allowed wanderings of the children in one family through recent generations. It’s a fascinating comparison.

Thanks for the image, Carl (originally from the Daily Mail)