IT Business Elsewhere is a collection of weird and unusual technology stories from around the world.
Pants on fire
That’s rubbishcan lie to your friends about your jean size. But try lying to this digital sizing technology — it won’t work.
And don’t even think about trying to lie about the amount of garbage you haul to the curb, if this British city council gets its way.
Where’s the fun in that?
In keeping with this culture’s obsession with measuring absolutely everything in digital terms, a British computer scientist is creating a machine that measures how exciting everything is. Or not.
The Napster you know
It’s the eternal cat and mouse game of the Internet. No sooner does a company come up with a way to make you pay for something than a hacker comes up with a way to get it for free.
Medallion. Check. Pocket protector. Check
In a recent survey of what’s sexy, techies didn’t even make it anywhere near the list of the top 10.
Here’s a small suggestion: If you’re going to steal a computer, best not to steal it from a geek who has rigged a Web cam to send the images of your illicit activity to a Web site so you can be identified and arrested.
Year of the RUSTR
Talk about traffic. The Chinese sent 11 billion text messages during the recent week-long spring festival.
Kraftwerk and so much more
How many really good reasons are there to live in Germany? One is the fact that a German radio station is streaming music to cell phones.