A project to have all public transport use one unified R.F.I.D. chip-card is crumbling on completely failing security and obscure (read: non-public) encryption. The one way tickets are not encrypted and can be simply copied using $40 hardware, and the subscription service is using a flawed card which “secrets” were revealed long ago. Also, the retention of travelers data was slashed by governmental privacy watchdogs. The details are truly embarrassing, so I won’t go into that, other than noting EUR 130 mln ($182 mln) tax payers money has already been flooded into the project. Sounds a bit like voting machines?

The 1972 porn flick “Deep throat” will be aired on public television end of February. Lots of controversy, religious politicians appealing the broadcasters, etc. My take on it? Air as much sex on TV as possible. With all respect, what I find objectionable is that it is fine to have probably about 10 murders broadcast every evening in all sort of “Hollywood action movies” and at the same time morally object about sex. I do agree though that “Deep throat” is probably not the smartest choice, even if it is considered a landmark flick in let’s say “it’s kind”: Linda Lovelace has always claimed she was raped and threatened into the role and eventually got $1.200 out of it.

Hillary Clinton uses (used?) “When the lady smiles” track when she walks up the stage. Some backgrounder. The 1984 song is performed by Dutch pop group “Golden earing” (no spelling error), and Bill is said to be a huge fan, using one of their other songs in his campaign. The issue is, in the rather interesting video clip, a nun is raped attacked and a dog eats the removed part of the lead singer’s brain. Nice research. While this is not going down good in the US, I find the clip rather mild and depicting mostly the mental down-spiraling of the main character.

Added 31-01: We (now) only know for sure that the song was played once, at a campaign meeting in Cedar Falls. Maybe it has been played (far) more often, but the Clinton team has not returned calls to reporters.