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Comment: Amazing but nothing new (Score 1) 81

by lordbyron (#45041627) Attached to: India's Billion User Biometric Odyssey

400 million are enrolled with 25 million enrolled last month alone. The program is radically changing the distribution of benefits to many people who were promised them but never saw the access. Many people discuss the ability to fake the biometrics and while there are chances of this occurring it is a fairly complex process and by changing the systems so they are only transferring cash direct to accounts controlled by the individual rather then relying on someone else to be an intermediary creates a lot of freedom to the individual! Being a part of UID was an incredible experience that along with touching so many people truly effected my life as well.

There are several projects in India that are changing the way we interact with the government.

Comment: Re:Electronic gadgetry used wrong (Score 1) 568

by lordbyron (#39557755) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't Schools Connected?

Lets be clear almost every job has non-reimbursable training and supplies that are required to stay competitive and employable. I have never had any of my certification class paid for by a company. I am always maintaining servers to improve and change my skill sets that are outside of the company so I can be more marketable or can make my job easier.

I think this is where most non-unionized and unionized employees have a significant breakdown seeing eye to eye. I feel it is my responsibility to do these things not the role of my employer.

Comment: Re:Dead people voting? (Score 1) 140

by lordbyron (#39532657) Attached to: 1.9 Billion Digits: Brazil's Bid For Biometric Voting

Actually most fingerprint scanners can detect heat and need fresh oil. While it is possible as proven in nigeria most high quality devices are able to detect non-living fingers.

As far as the myth busters episode fingerprint scanners and software are set at a range of false acceptance rates vs false rejection rates. The lower the false acceptance rate the more false rejects you have. The device they used had a very high false acceptance rate meaning it was easy to fool ... it also was a cheap capacity device not an optical such as the ones used in most government applications.

Comment: Re:Sounds like (Score 1) 140

by lordbyron (#39532635) Attached to: 1.9 Billion Digits: Brazil's Bid For Biometric Voting

They currently have limited ability to do a 1:N matching for the captured fingerprints. As well as they are not currently doing any deduplication. The national ID is rather ineffective. The services tied to it are only doing photo matching not biometric matching which means it is easy to fake the id.

An Ada exception is when a routine gets in trouble and says 'Beam me up, Scotty'.

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