Monday, September 29, 2008

Something To Frown About

Mainichi Daily reports that cigarette vending machines outfitted with face recognition designed to thwart under-aged smoking can be hacked using a simple frown. Does a frown make one look older? Perhaps in Japan, but other reports have shown that using a photo from a magazine also works to trick the system. Unlike here in Florida where smoking is banned in all dining establishments, many places in Japan don't even have a non-smoking section. Nothing beats breakfast at McDonald's, but if I don't want it to taste like cigarettes, I best order it To Go.