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Comment: Re:too complicated (Score 1) 127

by cHALiTO (#48474839) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Biometric Authentication System?

Exactly. I used to work at Morpho's base company (ex Sagem, french co.), and they had some good products. The fingerprint recogniton solutions were top notch too.

Disclaimer: yes, I worked for them, but I don't now, not even working in biometrics now, and I couldn't care less how the company is doing, I'm not trying to advertise for them, I just think the tech they had when I was there was pretty good :)

Comment: Re:why biometric? (Score 1) 127

by cHALiTO (#48474827) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Biometric Authentication System?

I don't know what kind of biometric auth systems you used, but I used to work for a company that did professional AFIS systems and on the side some fingerprint auth solutions including usb readers, and they were damn fast and convenient.
I imagine it must depend on what you use. There's consumer grade shit like apple's or MS's fingerprint scanners and software, and then there's pro stuff.

Plus, to the guy that said ADN was secure. It's not. Fingerprints are far more secure (the gummy bear trick and others have been taken care of quite some time ago), since they're actually unike, unlike adn (twin brothers come up as matches, for example).

Another option would be Iris scanners. Retinal scan is more invasive and you have to put your eye up to a reader.. Iris scan can be done with a simple camera while you look normally at your terminal screen, and it's pretty fast.

Comment: Re:The Alliance of Artists should lose this suit (Score 1) 317

by cHALiTO (#47573443) Attached to: Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

Are you sure? As far as I know (again, I'm not a lawyer), there's no such thing as an implied license. License and Law are VERY different things. A license is akin to a contract between privates, and law is above it (just as the constitution is above laws).
The rights you obtain when you buy a CD are not an 'implied license'. It's the other way around. You bought something, which gives you rights over it, but because of copyright laws, some rights are reserved for the author/owner of the IP (such as copying, redistribution, public performance, etc).

Comment: Re:The Alliance of Artists should lose this suit (Score 4, Insightful) 317

by cHALiTO (#47565317) Attached to: Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

Sorry, what license? I didn't see any license in my CD. I bought a CD. With music on it. Music protected by Copyright Law, which states, mainly, that I can't redistribute that music without permission. Whether copying those tracks to a hard drive for convenience counts as redistribution, or some other fine print part of the law in question forbids it for some reason is debatable, but there's no "license" here. I haven't signed anything, nor even had anything given for reading.

Of course, IANAL, so/and I might be wrong :)

Comment: Re:I've quit two jobs, due to overwork (Score 1) 710

by cHALiTO (#47314079) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

I guess it's personal.. it'd be nice to see an actual study on this to get a clear figure. But suppose it's 50-50. We should be able to come up with something to adapt work dynamic to this.
I personally work better at the office than at home, but I know as many people who are the other way around as people that are like me.
I liked the way we did it at IBM: we had 2 days per week of homeworking (if we wanted to) which was perfect balance for me.
On the other hand, we didn't have pool tables or anything of the like at the office. Just desks, coffee machine, and work stuff. Same where I work now.
I think what's flawed is the fordian work model.. it's obsolete, at least for some kinds of jobs. Working 5 days a week for 8 hours at a time doesn't make any sense anymore.
Also, it's funny how the technology that is always supposed to make our work easier/shorter, ends up having us to work longer... but that's what comes in a capitalist economy driven by competition (not saying it's good or bad, it's just how it works).

Comment: Re:Lack of anonymity (Score 1) 60

by cHALiTO (#46938785) Attached to: Open Source Program To Give Voters More Active Role In Government

That's more or less how it is in Argentina. Voting is usually done on one day, typically a sunday, and is mandatory, secret and anonymous. Also, companies are required by law to let you go to vote, and usually voting is done in local schools and public places (libraries, etc). Everyone has a designed voting place defined based on your current address (I, for example, usually get to vote in a primary school 4 blocks away from my home).
Results are generally ready by that night or the next morning.

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