I guarantee this would never work for me.

  • From: "Troy V. Barkmeier" <barky@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Technocracy" <technocracy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 09:12:11 -0500

When are these biometrics people going to get over themselves? I am so 
sick of hearing about how retina scans, thumbprint recognition, and other 
crap is going to make users' data more safe. How about keeping users 
safe? If you have access to some really sensitive data, and Sammy the 
Bull has you backed in a corner with Glock and a penknife so that he can 
get what he needs to beat your retina scan, is that "safe"? Until they 
can prove that these systems won't recognize dead tissue, I'd rather not 
use parts of my body as passwords. If that all sounds a bit too James 
Bond, think about something as simple as ATMs using thumbprint 
recognition. If somebody mugged me, I'd feel much better knowing that all 
he was after was my card - hell, I'd even give him the PIN. :)


Granted, like voice recognition, this one does require a living user. 
That makes it better than thumbprints, etc., but then you have the same 
issues as with voice recognition, namely user variance. If you catch a 
nasty cold or break your finger, I guess you just don't get to listen to 
your MP3s for awhile.


Observation attributed to Prof. Robert Wilensky of the University of 
California at Berkeley:

"We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters 
will eventually reproduce the works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the 
Internet, we know this is not true."

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