Well I got a special — Weird Science edition — of Weird Science today. 3 stories all about the trappings and pitfalls of modern day science that came across my radar over the past week…
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First off… Police have arrested a South Korean couple whose toddler starved to death while they were raising a virtual child online. The couple fed their 3-month old daughter baby formula once a day in between marathon stretches in a local Internet café where they were raising a virtual child in a fantasy role playing game called Prius Online.
Prius Online is a 3-D game in which players nurture an online companion, named Anima, a young girl with mysterious powers who grows and increases her skills as the game progresses. Police say the couple had lost their jobs and was using the game as a way to escape from reality, especially after the birth of their premature baby. The 45 year old father and 25 year old mother issued of apology for the death of their baby… but come one now… what can you really say to justify that.
A 15-year-old Pennsylvania high school student filed a civil complaint in federal court against his school district for allegedly using the Webcam on his school-issued laptop to spy on him while he was at home.
The School activated the students webcam while he was at home eating Mike & Ike’s in front of his webcam… the colored tablets led School officials to accuse the student of being a drug dealer…
The software used at the time is called LANRev, by Absolute Software. Absolute publishes LoJack for Laptops and Computrace, which can be used to locate stolen laptops. The applications is only suppose to be activated after a police report has been filed and only by Absolute’s own technicians. The IT technicians at the High School who activated the cameras without authorization have both been put on suspension. Federal Authorities have applied a lock down on the entire case. Investigators are looking into whether or not the software and its activation were a violation of Federal Wire Tapping laws…
And our neighbors over there in Great Britain are a little peeved this week… not only are they monitored by millions of cameras and spied on by a secretive domestic intelligence network, but now they may be subject Intelligent garbage bins that can monitor how much they throw out. The practice could lead to Brits being charged for how much they throw out — effectively allowing the government to go through their garbage.
None of the chips are used to charge residents in so-called “pay-as-you-throw” plans — so far. But the policy exists elsewhere in Europe and the British the government is arguing that the practice would push people to waste less, promote recycling and reduce pressure on landfills… so it’s only a matter of time.
Hey, If you’re looking for a little passive revenge, you can always do what Angela Yee does… and pee on the trash bags.