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Comment: Fingerprints should not be used (Score 1) 30 30

Fingerprints should not be used for biometrics. Period.

Using fingerprints and allowing a third-party to have access to that registration data and tracking information is unacceptable. Once you give this data to the government or big business, it will NEVER be erased or restricted, regardless of claims or laws- it will go into huge databases and shared between entities and agencies and used however they want for as long as they want.

There is only one safer and practical biometric I know of- that is deep vein palm scan. That registration data cannot be readily abused. It can't be latently collected like DNA, fingerprints, and face recognition can. You have to know you are registering/enrolling when it happens. You don't leave evidence of it all over the place. When you go to use it, you know you are using it every time. And on top of all that, it is accurate, fast, reliable, unchanging, live-sensing, and cheap. If you must participate in a biometric, this is the one you should insist on using.

Example: http://www.m2sys.com/palm-vein...

This technology could be put in portable devices like phones by simply including an IR camera. It won't be as fast/small/close as using fingerprints, so it won't be as convenient. But safety, privacy, and security are diametrically opposed to convenience.... it is worth it.

Comment: Re:Moan moan moan (Score 1) 162 162

>"Let's step back and look at the available browsers, shall we?"

And "available" depends on your OS. IE and Safari are not an option under Linux (not that we would use either if they were). Opera really is a joke still. So that leaves the anti-friendly spyware called Chrome or the bloated Firefox from your list. There are some other piddly forks of Firefox, and a few obscure webkit browsers, but from my experience none of them are stable or great.

Comment: Yes, overworked (Score 0) 381 381

>"We are a tired, stressed and overworked nation

Part of the reason is the low number of people actually working full time... and they have to pay the taxes to cover all those who don't, and those who don't earn enough to cover their cost to society, and the rich who seem to have the means to protect their income.

Oh yeah, let's just throw some more on the national debt to cover it, raise the minimum wage, and start up some more socialized programs and entitlements, that will fix it....

Comment: Re:Different types of terms (Score 1) 175 175

Agreed, we could make hundreds of different combinations of acronyms for different stuff! But I will say, your "FATAPJ" stack is a little hard to pronounce.... thus, you should change some components as soon as possible, preferably with another vowel near the end :)

Comment: Different types of terms (Score 4, Funny) 175 175

Never heard of "MEAN" before now, but that doesn't align with the term "LAMP" which describes the entire server/platform. "LAMP" includes the operating system (Linux) and web server (Apache) in the name https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

While MEAN does not https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

So would it be "LAMEAN" perhaps? :)

Comment: Re:If you must, then it should be vein scan (Score 1) 141 141

>"Palm scanning? Jesus. It's bad enough to have the little germ factories all touching the same scanner with one finger. Having them put their whole hand (that they just took out of god knows what mess or bodily cavity)? Scary thought."

It is not the whole hand, just palm. The fingers don't touch anything. So this actually much less likely to spread germs than fingerprint scanners.

Kids have little to no understanding or appreciation of hygiene, anyway. You could keep their fingers off the device, even wipe the device and their hands with cleaner first, and it will make no difference. The moment they leave the cafeteria and go to the bathroom, they will place their entire hand on a push plate, door knob, flush lever or whatever and then stick their fingers all over their face, mouth, nose, eyes, floor, etc. Hand washing, if done at all, will be done improperly, infrequently, and they will still touch SOMETHING on their way out, re-contaminating them.

Comment: If you must, then it should be vein scan (Score 1) 141 141

This is unacceptable. Not only because the Fed should have nothing to do with this. And not only because the gov really shouldn't need to track which people are participating or even possibly what they are eating. But because the gov should not have fingerprint registration data (which will be horribly abused) .

Stand up for your rights, people... and the rights of your children. Once you give this data to the government (or big business), it will NEVER be erased or restricted, regardless of claims or laws- it will go into huge databases and shared between all agencies and used however they want for as long as they want.

There is only one safer and practical biometric I know of- that is deep vein palm scan. That registration data cannot be readily abused. It can't be latently collected like DNA, fingerprints, and face recognition can. You have to know you are registering/enrolling when it happens. You don't leave evidence of it all over the place. When you go to use it, you know you are using it every time. And on top of all that, it is accurate, fast, reliable, unchanging, live-sensing, and cheap. If you must participate in a biometric, this is the one you should insist on using.

Example: http://www.m2sys.com/palm-vein...

But we also need to realize that IT IS NOT EVERYONE'S BUSINESS WHAT WE ALL DO. The first step in securing freedom is privacy. When you are tracked, you are losing your freedom, whether you realize it or not.

Comment: startpage (Score 4, Interesting) 112 112

>"DuckDuckGo, the privacy-oriented search engine"

Actually, I think of startpage.com as the privacy-oriented search engine. Same results as Google, but no Google tracking and it is NOT hosted in the USA. I have been using it for years now.

https://classic.startpage.com/...

Comment: Re:Near hits (Score 1) 164 164

>"You seem to be assuming that "near miss" means "nearly miss" as opposed to, say "nearby miss". Your assumption is all well and good, but it's not a law of nature or anything...."

True. But it seems like a far more likely use than what you suggest. Near, nearly, nears, nearer, nearest are all essentially different states of the same word. Where "nearby" is tacking on a preposition such as, on, at, over, under, around, etc onto "near" which changes the meaning significantly.

Comment: Near hits (Score 1) 164 164

>"Near Misses Lead To More Consumer Drone Legislation"

They are not "near misses" they are "near hits". Near misses means something hit but nearly missed hitting. I don't understand why this is side widely misunderstood. I suppose "just missed" or "just misses" would be an appropriate alternative if one simply must use the word "miss" in the phrase.

Comment: Re:Capitalist logic (Score 1) 389 389

>If the DJ did indeed pay a fee to play said songs, then I don't see why another should be paid by the restaurant owner.

I doubt the DJ did pay the correct commercial performance royalty fee in the first place (in fact, I bet lots of them are not paying the correct fees). Although I don't see how that could make the RESTAURANT liable, it would make the DJ liable, if he was hired. I read the article and it is not well written and lacks key information necessary to form any real conclusions.

Comment: Impossible (Score 1) 57 57

>"which results in victory for an unexpected third-party candidate.

What a silly fantasy plot to even think of something so impossible with our unfair voting system. Now, if the plot ALSO says we finally switched to some form of instant runoff voting, then it might be possible to have a third-party win.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
http://www.fairvote.org/

Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Mother Nature cannot be fooled. -- R.P. Feynman

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