Skype May No Longer Be Secure

By PatB Contributing Writer, [GAS] MSN, Yahoo IM and AIM all use clear text in the chat discussions, which means anyone along the path of communication can read what it is you are typing,  including your boss if you use chat at work.  Many people, including myself, use Skype as an IM chat client because […]

CERN scientists spammed with death threats over LHC activation

As the LHC’s activation date approaches (only two days left now, folks!), scientists working on the super-collider have started receiving large amounts of pleas, some which include death threats, asking to stop the potential apocalypse-bringing machine. According to an article published on the Telegraph, CERN, the organization behind the project, has been bombarded with calls, […]

8300 Scottish schoolchildren to be biometrically fingerprinted

By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

A political row is erupting in Scotland after it emerged that 8,300 Scottish schoolchildren are to be biometrically fingerprinted at a cost of 20,000 pounds ($37,300) per school per year. As well as the staggering cost, angry parents are also voicing their opposition to the Big Brother privacy intrusions into their children’s lives.

It’s all part of a pilot scheme which is being tested at eight secondary schools (high schools) at East Dunbartonshire. Supporters of the scheme are citing the advantages of the fingerprinting database including class attendance monitoring, better monitoring of library book borrowing and the buying of school meals (and the end of stigma for those who receive free meals).