smile police

Via slashdot: More than 500 workers at Japan’s, Keihin Electric Express Railway, must have their faces scanned each morning to determine their optimum smile. The “smile scan” analyzes a smile based on facial characteristics, from lip curves and eye movements to wrinkles. After the program scans you, it produces a smile rating that ranges from […]

Spammers announce World War 3

World War 3 as media event? Hackers are deluging web users with malware-laden spam claiming that World War III has started following a US invasion of Iran. Security experts warned today that spam emails with subject lines including ‘Third World War has begun’, ‘20000 US Soldiers in Iran’ and ‘US Army crossed Iran’s borders’ have […]

library fines

I got a wonderful letter in the mail today from my university. It is not congratulating me on submitting my dissertation, but informing me I have $206 worth of library fines to pay before I can graduate. At my university, academic staff do not get fined, but postgraduates do, even if they are working as […]