One of the more ubiquitous formats for "infographics" these days is the U.S.A. Map Comparing Individual States and promoting interstate rivalries. After all, wherever you live in the U.S. of A., you need bragging rights for something, right?
Recently, Business Insider featured "27 Maps That Explain America"
including ones that compared each state's percentage of residents with passports
, most overrepresented job in every state
, percentage of each state's population with a 4-year degree
, number of billionaires in each state
, number of Starbucks locations in each state
, states' stances on climate change (judged by Think Progress)
, fast food consumption
and exercise frequency
(detail in a weird format here
), and cavities per capita
But Business Insider is certainly not the only site 'mapping the states'... [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop
on Aug 1, 2014 -
Which countries have visa-free access to more countries than others?
Ranked at the top with 173 visa-free countries (out of a possible 218) are Finland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom
, which all share the Schengen visa policy
; dead last is Afghanistan
, which only has visa-free access to 28 countries. (Not included in the list were places like Wonderland, Neverland, Hell, Utopia, the Unconscious, or Pangea
.) Regardless of nationality, though, it can still be devillishly difficult
to get visas for some countries. With the advent of RFID passports, some countries are doing away with visa labels
or passport stamps
, so collect as many as you can
and take a look at them
so you can figure out what they say about the issuing country
or even turn them into art
(or ad campaigns
posted by divabat
on Apr 25, 2014 -
Passport RFIDs cloned wholesale by $250 eBay auction spree.
"Using inexpensive off-the-shelf components, an information security expert has built a mobile platform that can clone large numbers of the unique electronic identifiers used in US passport cards and next generation drivers licenses. The $250 proof-of-concept device
- which researcher Chris Paget built in his spare time - operates out of his vehicle and contains everything needed to sniff and then clone RFID, or radio frequency identification, tags. During a recent 20-minute drive in downtown San Francisco, it successfully copied the RFID tags of two passport cards without the knowledge of their owners." [Via]
posted by homunculus
on Feb 3, 2009 -
New "Hi - tech" passport cracked.
Standards for the new passports were set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)
in 2003 and adopted by the waiver countries and the US. The UK Home Office has adopted a very high encryption technology called 3DES
- that is, to a military-level data-encryption standard times three. However they used non-secret information actually published in the passport to create a 'secret key'. That is the equivalent of installing a solid steel front door to your house and then putting the key under the mat.
posted by adamvasco
on Nov 17, 2006 -
At the beginning of the 20th century Hawaii sugar plantation owners began to recruit laborers of European background. Perhaps as many as 2,000 Russians and Ukrainians came to Hawaii. After the February Revolution in Petrograd some of these Russians were repatriated. [more inside]
posted by tellurian
on Sep 13, 2005 -
An American couple survived while diving off Thailand during the tsunami. Because they had lost all their possessions, they had to have new passports issued. At the Bangkok airport other governments had set up booths to assist their citizens. The couple searched there for officials from the American consulate for three hours, before finding them in the VIP lounge. Oh, and U.S. officials demanded payment
before taking any passport pictures.
posted by fleener
on Dec 29, 2004 -
After all the hoopla about increasing security, it seems that the requirement for biometric data to be included in passports of those entering the US from visa waiver countries will need to be extended for two years
to allow other countries to catch up
with the technology, as it seems most countries are unable to meet the deadline
. Some countries have put on hold
the new technology, while others seem committed to going ahead
with it, despite doubts
about the readiness of the technology. Of course, if civil liberties groups get their way
, the biometric passports may never see the light
of day. Specific religious issues complicate
the matter to some extent, also.
Given that, if the technology to produce biometric passports is available, will it really be that hard for forged passports to be created? Unless a massive world-wide database containing the biometric details of every person was used for data-matching, it is hard to see how these new measures will really make much difference to anyone apart from the companies selling the technology.
posted by dg
on Apr 26, 2004 -
The Passport: the next step in its evolution may include invisible information
encoded into your mug shot, but if you are wondering where it all began, the Canadian passport office
identifies one Nehemiah of Persia, ca. 450 BC, as candidate for very first passport holder. Some
think that it was all downhill from there. Regardless, there might be very good reasons
for getting more than one passport, which you can do legally
, or less so
had a fake passport. So did Hitler
, though he didn't know it. (More inside.)
posted by taz
on Aug 10, 2002 -