January 25, 2001
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Whitehouse staffers des- er, I meant Kids love biometrics!
posted by gluechunk (7 comments total)
So... the law can't use this to identify kids becoz the only record is a unique mathematical identifier?
posted by sonofsamiam at 12:30 PM on January 25, 2001

Yeah, I guess they figure the law can't afford to buy one for themselves...
posted by teradome at 12:56 PM on January 25, 2001

Oh great. The law may not be able to use, but I bet Hostess will love to know just how many Twinkies little Johnny has consumed this school year.
posted by Razzle Bathbone at 2:08 PM on January 25, 2001

"...could soon make school lunch money and lunch-line bullies a thing of the past."

Or maybe we'll just have bullies taking kids' index fingers instead of their lunch money...

In terms of fingerprints in general, isn't it relatively trivial to fake someone else's? Not that elementary school kids will be doing it, but it doesn't seem like a very secure method of identification.
posted by whatnotever at 3:28 PM on January 25, 2001

i can just picture little timmy, hungry for a limp chicken sandwich, staging a gattaca-style scheme in order to finagle some food.

isn't this a little expensive for a lunch line strategy? how many teachers do you think were fired to finance this? it's not like most school districts have $5,000 just lying around for lunch-identification expenditures.
posted by pikachulolita at 3:38 PM on January 25, 2001

Could be a part of asinine stipulations on funding sources or something. My area had school bond measure with a provision that the money could only be used towards building improvements - sure, we were still using beat-to-hell Spanish textbooks, but the place certainly looked nice. :-p
posted by youhas at 4:09 PM on January 25, 2001

what's wrong with giving them meal cards they scan? a lot easier...
posted by dagnyscott at 7:08 PM on January 25, 2001

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