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Where Is Technology When You Need It Part XIV

This has absolutely nothing to do with technology, except that surely there’s some technology to prevent this kind of outburst of law enforcement official mastication by members of the post-death personal care industry? From Reuters: Hearse driver arrested for biting policeman: 

BERLIN (Reuters) – A drunken hearse driver has been arrested in the western German town of Krefeld after biting a police officer taking him in for an alcohol test, police said on Monday.

Police had called for a hearse at a funeral home to transport a body to the cemetery.

“The hearse driver nearly fell over when he got out of the car. Then he had to hold onto everything he could find as he stumbled to the house,” said police spokesman Dietmar Greger.

Police decided to take the man to the station to test his blood alcohol level, but when they tried to get him out of their car he started a fight and bit an officer several times in the hand.

The man was confined to a cell until he sobered up and has been charged with civil disorder and drunk driving.

 

News: No More Face Scans, Please

 From the We’re Not Quite There Dept comes news of a failure: facial-recognition software.
The St. Petersburg Times reports that two years after Tampa became the nation’s first city to use facial-recognition software to search for wanted criminals, officials are dropping the program. It led to zero arrests. Police spokesman Joe Durkin put a brave face on it: “I wouldn’t consider it a failure,” he said. “You are always looking for new and efficient ways to provide the best service to the community. There’s going to be ups and downs.”
 
 
The system used New Jersey-based Visionics Corp’s Face-It software, which was installed on 36 cameras in the Ybor City entertainment district.