‘Naked' scanners fooled by creased clothing

Controversial “naked” body scanners currently being tested at Hamburg’s airport are constantly malfunctioning due to folds in passengers’ clothing, broadcaster NDR reported on Tuesday. The public radio station said the trial of the body imaging security scanners has been plagued by serious problems. The units, which have been in use since September, are apparently unable to tell the difference between foreign objects and such things like pleated clothing. The scanners use millimeter-wave technology to produce outline images of bodies, with each scan lasting less than three seconds....

November 17, 2010 · 2 min · 248 words · Omid Farhang

With the Jack PC, the computer's in the wall!

The Jack PC from Chip PC Technologies offers a neat and novel thin-client desktop computing solution where the computer doesn’t just plug into the wall, it is the plug in the wall. Running on power provided by the Ethernet cable that also connects it to the data center server, the computer-in-a-wall-socket supports wireless connectivity, has dual display capabilities and runs on the RISC processor architecture – which gives the solution the equivalent of 1....

November 4, 2010 · 1 min · 93 words · Omid Farhang

When technology fails

I love computers and technology in general. Actually, I am an advocate of technology and I try to push high tech solution whenever that makes sense. But, what happens when technology fails? We have seen many movies with various apocalyptical scenarios where one or another technology fails on us: computer systems in nuclear power plants, satellites, ground or air traffic and so on. The picture below were taken by me with the mobile’s phone camera in two airports in Europe....

October 26, 2010 · 2 min · 338 words · Omid Farhang