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Quote of the Day - You can go a long way with a smile. You can go a lot farther with a smile and a gun. - Al Capone
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Will Smiling Become A Crime?

I happened to spot a small article in The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) on Friday, that caught my attention.  The brief article focused on new rules in Britain, that now require those posing for passport photos to display only a neutral face.  No smiling, no frowning.  Apparently, the expressions confuse the biometric facial-recognition scanners in use to detect terrorism and identity theft.

I am not sure about you, but I'm a generally happy guy and I try to have a smile on my face most of the time I walk around.  If Iím upset, I may frown, but hopefully for everyone on the street, I donít walk around with an expressionless zombie look on my face all day.  What a dreadful sight that would be.  If the scanners canít account for smiles and frowns, perhaps theyíre not quite ready for use. Is security really enhanced if the showing of emotion beats the system?  I think not.

Posted by Michel J. Ayer on Sunday, September 18, 2005 at 20:19 Comments (0)


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