low light should be easy, wire up a lensed white LED pair with one light on each side of the camera, it could even run the lights in sequence to help identify photos or other fake faces
Definitely, there are a lot of things that one can try to overcome poor lighting to make things work. But, that is not the point. The point here is that a manufacturer is not providing you a ready-made solution that one expects. I have got a DELL laptop that has face recognition feature but I hardly use it. Yep, you guessed it right, because of poor lighting (I come from a nation badly struggling with power shortage). I often use it at night (and hence in dark) and have to rely on manual password entry. For me, there is nothing new in the news (and I seriously think the appearance of this story on Slashdot look like a joke). If Lenovo, for example, could solve the problems like one mentioned above or could differentiate between real human and his photograph, then it would have made sense.
Yes but they're using Macs. Why not just use netbooks w/Windows 7 Starter? Cheaper for taxpayers and parents alike, and Windows 7 at least prepares them for the corporate world.
Why don't they simply go with Free/Libre Open source? This way one saves a lot, is not stuck to any particular platform and is actually learning something.