reminds me strongly of the monty python crew's 'ministry of silly walks'. stupid, but hilarious. john cleese could carry off all sorts of barminess.
Haven't had a dial tone since I stubbed my toe: The trouble with mobile devices is that they're often a bit more mobile than some of their more absentminded owners might like, wandering off with all manner of personal information at the most inconvenient times (see "Rotten luck? Yeah, that and a healthy dose of stupidity... "). Interesting to hear then of a "walking style-based recognition system " that authenticates users by their gait. Developed by VTT, Technical Research Center of Finland, the system continuously measures the user's movements, comparing them to a baseline reading stored in its memory. As long as these measures are sufficiently close, the system allows the protected device to function. If they differ, it shuts the device shuts down. An intriguing bit of technology, although one does wonder how it might account for sudden changes in gait, a limp from a twisted ankle or the motion of a user on crutches.