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Comment Prescription Glasses Confound It! (Score 1) 150

In Australia, when returning to the country at a major international airport one can go through the express lane. This uses facial recognition software to recognise one's face. However, in a passport photo one is not allowed to wear glasses and I'm significantly short sighted and can never actually see well enough to press the relevant buttons, get back in time and take my glasses off.

Ergo, I can only do it with glasses on and the machine's simply cannot recognise me.

Then, I have another problem as well, which is totally irrelevant to this thread but I'm an Asian looking guy (i.e. genetically Asian), in Australia with long hair (it's at least half way down my back). But I refuse to wear it in a pony tail like most other long haired Asian men in Australia and thus am easily mistaken as a woman. It doesn't hurt that I'm completely comfortable with my sexuality and refuse to participate in the sexist, male chauvinistic culture that would also identify me as a man.

So, all it takes is glasses to fool the machines and hair to fool the humans.

Comment Testing (Score 1) 180

Autism helps testing:

1. You don't mind repeating your testing
2. You read the specifications and the code, you miss no tittle, not jot, you dot the letter i, each and every one; it's a side effect of autism
3. You don't read emotion from the developers at all and read their code and specifications without it. This is tremendously valuable because you don't make any assumptions about their code (as an a "aspy" I'm always asking developers is THAT what you really meant). As an aspy we know damn well most NTs don't actually mean exactly what they say - so we either apply it and show that the literal application is BUNK or we ask for clarification.
4. If testing is our 'obsession' then we'll do it well, you won't stop us. Aspys are known for doing specific jobs tremendously well and testing is just another example of a specific job.

The other thing, though, that will probably upset developers is that the good developers are generally SO autistic it's not funny. When one realises one is autistic it helps to communicate with other autistic people. The best thing is -- you can fairly well say what you damn well mean and it won't upset them...


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