Passenger profiling, game theory and terror prevention Commenting on <a href="http://www.econ.upenn.edu/%7Epersico/research/Papers/airportaea11.

Commenting on Passenger Profiling, Imperfect Screening, and Airport Security. Via Bruce Schneier.

The paper by Persico and Todd describes a game where

  • v is the value of committing the crime
  • l is the loss when detected and stopped
  • zero is the value of not committing the crime

That seems a reasonable model of me taking an extra bottle of single malt across the border. Or of a professional cocaine courier.

But I think the game theory math breaks down when

  • v is marthyrdom (and 72 raisins)
  • l is hero status and a long life in prison
  • survival and your normal life is the value of not committing the crime

In this case, I don't think the difference between v and l will deter anyone. The detection rate may still shift attacks to targets with lower detection rates, though.

The game difference between terror and other crime: Detecting one criminal will deter another one. Detecting a terrorist will (we hope) stop that one terrorist, but not the other ones.

In the 70's, hi-jacking was something of a gentleman's sport. The terrorists threatened with murder, but knew they could survive if they kept their murdering at a minimum. Deep down, the terrorist's focus was on his own survival, not on the 72 virgins. And often both terrorists and hostages came out alive.

It would be very useful if we could move a terrorist's focus away from Paradise, and back to his own survival. But I have no idea of how to achieve that.

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Long time parking

Is this your car?

SHW-95T

From what I hear, there is a huge parking bill running up in Bergen for this black Impala from Texas. (And possibly a customs bill, too?)

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Metaforisk shipspotting

Sovetskaya Konstitutsiya under slep

Hvis skipsnavnet Sovetskaya Konstitutsiya betyr det jeg tror det betyr, er dette et stt metaforisk bilde. (Eller en billedlig metafor?)

Spotted by Regin Torkilsson


Vret p Gamlegrendsen

Temperatur p Gamlegrendsen

Sites near Gunnars vrstasjon

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Rockall Sikh Turbans

Latest update on sikh turbans from Rockall

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Grindabo!

pilot whale

S blir det hvalkjtt p Londonerne for en gangs skyld.          (news telegraph)

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Til Norge til jul

Fra http://styrheim.com/kontakt.no.html#ferie:

Fra 20.desember 2005 ? 4.januar 2006 er vi p ferie i Norge
Jan Egils GSM/SMS i Norge: +47 9383 6447
Anna Sofas GSM/SMS i Norge: +47 4528 8564
Kongsberg: +47 32733863
Sandefjord: +47 33472613

Se ogs upcoming.org.


Harry Potter abused in Christian propaganda

Organist Michael Servant (left) and kapellan Per Chr. Solberg (right)

There has been a special Harry Potter® service in Berg kirke in Fredrikstad, Norway.

I don't know if they had the proper licensing for the trade marks Harry Potter® and Galtvort®. Nor can I see why they would want them, the fight between good and evil is universal, not at all Christian. And magic that is not by God, is considered evil in the Christian belief system, but certainly not at Hogwarts.

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75 clicks above the Kuntaur Bridge

Stridsbt 90 in Dakar

Going 75 clicks above the Kuntaur Bridge? of the arriving in for exercises.


M/V Leonid Miloslavskiy

Leonid Miloslavskiy of , (IMO-7722592, call sign: XUPT9) in , September 26, 2005. (Another observation)

Swimming Adder

A swimming Crossed Viper (Vipera berus) approaching a canoe in lake Langen, west of Ulefoss in Telemark.

The snake seemed to ignore us: not scared, not aggressive, not curious. It tried to enter the canoe that crossed its course, as I suppose it would have climbed upon any rock in its path.

Svmmende hoggorm

Never get out of the boat!


Jamming GPS for security

According to Ny Teknik and der Spiegel, Germany plans to jam GPS abound nuclear power plants.

The idea is to prevent September 11 style terror attacks.

But I'm not so sure that it's a good idea.


Rocknesboen merket

Rocknesboen er n behrig merket med en rd bye.

Rocknes-boen

Bildet er tatt fra Norrna, som med sitt 9,10 meters dypgende skulle g klar med mer enn en halvmeters margin. Tragisk som det var, er jeg likevel fornyd med at noen andre fant den frst.

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Sea temperatures by the Faroe Islands

Something strange is happening to Faroese sea temperatures. About 2005-08-20 the waverider west of the Faroe Islands plotted the following diagram of the sea temperature:

non-functional temperature peak

Seriously, Influence of the Atlantic Subpolar Gyre on the Thermohaline Circulation is published in Science Vol 309, Issue 5742, 1841-1844 , 16 September 2005. (Requires registration - ASCII characters only, and phone numbers must have 10 digits, forcing Faroese readers to lie.) I hope they have a solid quality assurance system for their data.


Please sweep our 27 floors

Eh, and while you're here, won't you please sweep our 27 floors?


Christ: Our price 6.66. You save 66.6%

christ 666
Amazon sells the Christ for 6.66. Which is 66.6% off the regular price. (That the saving is 13, becomes almost irrelevant.)

Atlantic Petroleum listed on VMF

      

Atlantic Petroleum was listed on Virisbrvamarknaur Froya today, and did OK.


Ferie

Ferieplanene tar form.

En lovende URL

webcam sex contact http://www.sex.fo/kontakt/webcam.html er en URL som ikke helt ser ut til holde det den lover. Update: top concepts Internetmarketing GmbH, the owner of sex.fo, is now down to dirty business. A business that may, or may not, be in compliance with nic.fo rules. (The webcam can still be seen, but at a less interesting address.)

Human flag

Human Flag

Faroese Telecom flying a human flag of their own.

On the Faroese Flag Day 2005, a technician dressed in red and blue is removing a white GSM antenna from the roof of the Faroese Parliament.


The real Queen of Sky

The real queenofsky.com

And any site claiming to support QueenOfSky without linking to her blog, is incompetent or worse.


Google spam

Amazing. When searching for Knud Olsen Ellingsgaard , I find several pages that are composed of random fragments of real text, mixed with different links, that all redirect to the same site. A site that contains no info whatsoever about Mr. Ellingsgaard. But Google takes the bait.

When an esoteric search like this one is spammed, what search is not? Will we get a web where the majority of text are random quotes, designed to attract the spiders?


Eii.com - ker mest

Viste sider på Eii.com kte mer enn 200% fra uke 8 til uke 9.

Forhndslagring

lkasse

Bak ei svr tue nord for rekkehusene millum Gilja, ute av syne fra vinduene, stod det ei kasse l midt p fastelavenssndagen. En som ikke fr ha l hjemme? En som har for lite kjleskap?

P frysk kalles er bortgjemt alkohollager for et reir, s dette er nok et vrtegn.


My page is being used to increase someone's Google rating

RZ Concepts, Inc uses a link to my page The Economics of Web Design to increase their own Google rank. (But I hardly think Google will be fooled by identical links in triplicate.)

There is nothing much I can do about that, except being flattered. And wonder if they really want to optimize their Google rank for search enginge optimization? Maybe they do—there is stiff competition, almost 500 hits.

Note that I use rel="nofollow" in some of the links above, to prevent boosting their rank.


Longest domain name in the world?

Schtzenbruderschaft St. Johannes 1831 e.V. Langenholthausen


schuetzenbruderschaft-langenholthausen.de



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Trafikkregler i Trshavn

En introduksjon for nykommere

  • Vikeplikt for trafikk fra hyre? Denne lov glder ikke Frerne.
  • Trshavn er planlagt og bygget for fotgjengere. Derfor er det for lite plass til bilene. (Og slett ingen plass til fotgjengere og syklister.)
  • Det er nesten ingen fotgjengerfelt, derfor har fotgjengere samme rettigheter utenfor.
  • Fotgjengere har vikeplikt i fotgjengerfelt.
  • Bruk blinklys nr du svinger. Ikke etter at du har svingt, ikke fr du svinger, men mens du svinger.
  • Husk riktig plassering i kjrebanen: Godt til venstre fr en hyresving, og godt til hyre fr en venstresving.
  • Trafikk i innersving har vikeplikt for trafikk i yttersving. (Det er uhflig tvinge noen til kjre omveier ved presse seg fram i innersving.)
  • Trafikk ut av en blindgate har vikeplikt for trafikk inn i blindgaten.
  • Trafikk i motbakke har vikeplikt for trafikken som kjrer ned bakken, srlig p glatt fre. (Det er jo lettere stoppe nr du kjrer oppover.)
  • Ikke stopp for bllys i speilet. Det er bare en rnebil med bl lykter som kjrer over et sandkorn med lavprofildekk. (Politiet bruker ikke bllys hvis de vil stoppe deg, de bruker lyshornet.)
  • Skulle bllyset likevel vre et utrykningskjrety, skal du i hvert fall ikke stoppe, for store deler av byen har midtrabatter som gjr det umulig kjre forbi.
  • Og utenfor byen: Bruk nr- eller parkeringslys hvis du ligger frst i ken i mrke. S er det ikke ndvendig dimme hvis noen skulle vge seg p kjre forbi. Bedre fre var.

Windblown Tracks

Car tracks outside our house today, the loose snow having been blown away.

Windblown tracks


G.O.Sars grind

G.O.Sars i grind i Torshavn

G.O.Sars beskte grindedrapet i Trshavn 9 okt 2004, velkommen skal dere vre.

Som barnebarn av to norske hvalfangere, skulle jeg nske at den norske splittflagget var med p bildet. (Men jeg er for skinnhellig til sette det inn med PhotoShop.)

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Opslag for stillingen som direktr i Nordens Hus

Stillingen som direktr for Nordens Hus p Frerne bliver ledig fra den 1. februar 2005. 62.0363-6.7925 ]]>

Niels Halm er ansatt.


Radisson SAS kjper Hafnia?

Det ser ut som om Radisson SAS tenker p skaffe seg hotell p Fryene, det m trolig vre Hafnia. http://www.radissonsas.fo/ 62.0235-6.7749 ]]>

Orkdalsskap

Olav Kvle er treskjrer, og lager Orkdalsskap. I dypeste hemmelighet ikke lenger s hemmelig, i svarte skauen. 63.2649.8271


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