* Posts by roytrubshaw

116 posts • joined 15 Aug 2012

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Sure, Face ID is neat, but it cannot replace a good old fashioned passcode

roytrubshaw
Big Brother

"I see Face ID as a replacement for Touch ID, not the passcode."

Hear! Hear!

Can we all have a chorus of: "Biometrics are a user id NOT a password!"

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Did the Earth move for you, too? Grav waves sensed from black holes' bang 1.8bn LYs away

roytrubshaw
Coat

Re: 60 square degrees

"... is still a hell of a lot of sky to scan for something ..."

Given that there are about 41253 square degrees in a sphere then reducing the search area to just 60 is not bad though.

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ASUS smoking hashes with 19-GPU, 24,000-core motherboard

roytrubshaw
Happy

Re: ASIC anyone?

"... with Ant miner S9"

Kudos to BitMainTech for the use of "thrice" in a world of the ever-increasing Americanisms: three-times, two-times and even - the horror of it - one-time.

:)

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Marcus Hutchins free for now as infosec world rallies around suspected banking malware dev

roytrubshaw
Headmaster

Re: Blind support

"So on this case, Hutchins denies the charge. He might be innocent. He might be guilty."

<pedant>

He is is definitely innocent, since he has not been proven guilty.

That's what presumption of innocence means.

It's why the verdict is either guilty or not guilty, since one is presumed to be innocent, there is no need to be declared 'innocent'

</pedant>

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Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

roytrubshaw
Happy

" Pam Ayres. As she'd have written now: .net one, purl one."

Surely that should be: .net one; perl one?

PS Sorry for calling you Shirley!

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WannaCry-slayer Marcus Hutchins 'built Kronos banking trojan' – FBI

roytrubshaw
FAIL

"Sounds credible."

Sounds more like F.B.I. S.O.P. I.e. when investigating a highly technical crime, find the nearest foreign expert and arrest them.

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'Help! I'm stuck in this ATM,' writes poor bloke on a scribbled note

roytrubshaw
Facepalm

The hard way?

Why couldn't the police do as he asked and call his boss who would probably have had a spare key?

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

roytrubshaw
FAIL

Re: do not enter the hypen!

"The reason for that is that credit card fields have EXACTLY 16 spaces in them.

...

Sometimes, you just can't fix stupid."

<pedant>

Nor, apparently, can you fix ignorance.

American Express card numbers have 15 digits (4 + 6 + 5), and --- several years after they introduced the 3-digit security CSC (like all the other credit/debit cards) --- I can't find a single payment service (Sage, Worldpay, any of the banks) that will allow you to specify it (the 3-digit CSC) rather than the 4-digit number that is printed on the face of the Amex Card.

Sigh!

</pedant>

In 1986 I wrote a credit card acceptance function for MUD II that stripped out the spaces and --- in every card acceptance page I have authored since then --- that continues to be the case; it seems I'm in a minority of one.

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TfL, WTH is my bus? London looks up from its mobile

roytrubshaw
Headmaster

Re: timetables

"When your No 7 to East Acton comes along, there will be three more right behind it all empty. such is the nature of London Busses."

<pedant>

Strictly speaking it's more to do with the nature of London traffic than the bus itself.

It's always a problem in cities and towns; buses would be so much more consistent with the published timetable if it weren't for other road users and --- more importantly --- passengers!

</pedant>

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

roytrubshaw
Childcatcher

Re: Rainbow

"Red and yellow and pink and green,

Purple and orange and blue,

..."

<pedant>

No! No! No!

Richard of York gave battle in vain.

Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.

</pedant>

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NASA: Bring on the asteroid, so we can chuck a fridge at it

roytrubshaw
Headmaster

Re: As a U.S. taxpayer, I can get behind this...

"There are only 3! Indy movies"

<pedant>

So that's 6 Indy films then; what are the final two?

(3! = 3 x 2 x 1 = 6)

</pedant>

:)

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Fancy fixing your own mobile devices? Just take the display off carefu...CRUNCH !£$%!

roytrubshaw
Pint

Re: 5 star apple screw driver

"Found the exact battery part from China (40% of apple cost) ..."

Have one of these (it is Friday after all) --->

Though you do need to take care with some of the replacement parts (even the branded Apple parts are probably from China, so it's not the nationality) as they may be poorer quality - possibly more prone to catch fire, or lesser capacity.

There is a difference between noname and branded replacements: I've repaired my wife's phone's screen with both types and the Nokia branded part doesn't cause the phone to freeze and require a reboot and didn't cost all that much more than the noname brand.

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50th anniversary of the ATM opens debate about mobile payments

roytrubshaw
Big Brother

Biometrics and security

"Of course, a big concern for ATMs is balancing convenience and security," said Jose Diaz, director of payment strategy at Thales e-Security. "The use of mobile devices and biometrics at cash point will not only provide a more convenient method of taking out money but it will also help counter incidents of identity theft and card skimming, providing better and stronger authentication."

<rant>

Can we have a loud of chorus of: "Biometrics are usernames not passwords!"

</rant>

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WannaCrypt blamed for speed camera reboot frenzy in Australia

roytrubshaw
Pint

"He received a fixed penalty notice in the post and was horrified that he didn't get a copy of the photo."

It used to be asking for the evidence (after a suitable delay) was a good way to get the charge dismissed as the police were apt to dispose of the photographs before the 6 weeks had elapsed.

(Though now I think more critically about this, it's probably an urban legend. Sigh!)

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'No decision' on Raytheon GPS landing system aboard Brit aircraft carriers

roytrubshaw
Coat

Is it just me?

"No decision has been taken as to whether HMS Prince of Wales will be equipped with the Joint Precision Landing and Approach System (JPALS)"

Shouldn't that be either "JPLAS" or Joint Precision Approach and Landing System?

Maybe that's the been the trouble with the F35 all along, they're doing the landings before they do the approach - but then that's the US for you: always putting the cart before the horse--

Mine's the one with the funny straps at the end of the sleeves

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Microsoft admits to disabling third-party antivirus code if Win 10 doesn't like it

roytrubshaw
Linux

Windows 10???

What is this "Windows 10" of which you speak?

Is it some kind of virus?

Returns smugly to his Gnome 2 desktop -- what's this? Gnome 3? Aaaarrrggghhh--

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Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet

roytrubshaw
Joke

Re: Hmmmn.. pizza!

"> > Great book, one of Niven & Purcell's best. I think...

> Don't you mean Nivia and Purcell? Keep's your hands soft while you turn the pages."

While listening to some 17th Century baroque music...

(I think the original writer meant: Niven and Pournelle)

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From landslide to buried alive: Why 2017 election forecasts weren't wrong

roytrubshaw
Headmaster

Re: (energy price cap FFS)

"classically, stopping the tide coming in"

Can we, once and for all, leave old Canute alone: he was trying to point up the absurdity of his sycophantic courtiers,

He was well aware that he couldn't control the sea.

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Going to Mars may give you cancer, warns doc

roytrubshaw
Paris Hilton

Re: Lots of shielding requires lots of fuel.

"I dont know how much the propellant for a gun like this is but I'd bet its a shit load cheaper than rocket fuel ..."

If one used a railgun then one isn't dealing with a propellant at all, just a source of electricity.

Another advantage is the lack of noise from the explosive combustion of the said propellant, leaving only the sonic boom, so watch out for a sudden brown-out followed by a loud bang (and the sound of breaking glass)!

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Windows is now built on Git, but Microsoft has found some bottlenecks

roytrubshaw
Coat

What will Gnome do now...

... that GVFS has been hijacked by Microsoft?

I now have visions of tiny gnomes being plagued by troll-like gits as they go about their busy lives just try to make ends meet...

I'll get my coat, the one with the Gnome V2 installation

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Ubuntu UNITY is GNOME-MORE: 'One Linux' dream of phone, slab, desktop UI axed

roytrubshaw
Coat

Re: When prototypes go too far

"ATH+++"

Ha! I switched to my Miracle Modem and I'm safe from your attack!

Still it's very difficult to type quickly at 75 bd and the screen refresh takes a.....g.....e.....s at 1200bd

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People may have been wrongly sent back to prison over faulty tags

roytrubshaw
Meh

Costs

"The taxpayer will bear no cost for the faults,"

It costs around £40K per year to house a prisoner so each unnecessary day costs someone £110, will G4S be paying those costs?

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Bloke whose drone was blasted out of sky by angry dad loses another court battle for compo

roytrubshaw
Coat

Re: Airspace

"I thought 83 feet seemed an odd value to settle on, until it dawned on me that it's the same as 25.2984 metres."

I think it was rounded up from 82' 6" and we are looking at a height of 5 rods (poles or perches)*

(*I have waited 50 years to use "rod, pole or perch" in a sentence)

Edit: Dammit! @JohnBrown got in before me!

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SpaceX yoinks $96m GPS launch deal from under ULA's nose

roytrubshaw
Trollface

Re: Supposed to launch in 2024?

"SpaceX is doing it now. By 2024, they will probably strap 5 Falcon 9's around a centre one, call it the "Falcon 42" and have single stage to moon. :)"

Wouldn't that be *8* Falcon 9's? And Falcon Ultar-Super-Duper Heavy? But not SST-Mars :(

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Smart meter firm EDMI asked UK for £7m to change a single component

roytrubshaw
Big Brother

Re: The pi-zero w is less than £10 and I bet it would do all they need and more.

"The whole concept is broken at so many levels. It's really just about the ability to shed load."

They're being quite open about it too.

Their current slogan is "Getting Gaz and Leccy under control", the kicker is that it is their control and not your control!

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NASA bakes Venus-proof electronics

roytrubshaw
Joke

Kitchen competition?

"Which sounds to El Reg like the chips were still going strong when the authors were booted out of their lab."

Or as my colleague has just said: "Their mum wanted the oven back!"

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Oh, the things Vim could teach Silicon Valley's code slingers

roytrubshaw
Headmaster

Re: As a long-time Vim user (since 2005 or so)

"TECO forever!!!!!"

Don't use new-fangled stuff like that, all you need is ED!

(Starts searching through DECUS tape directory listings...)

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Chevy Bolt electric car came alive, reversed into my workbench, says stunned bloke

roytrubshaw
Trollface

Re: Odd belief

"Automatics because hard to drink coffee, eat donut, steer AND change gear"

Don't forget answering the 'phone and texting!

That said I've never seen the point of doing more work than necessary and my VW DSG can change gear in milliseconds, so why should I muck about being all macho and insisting on a manual? (OK in this case it's pretty much just a manual with an automatic clutch (or two), but my previous cars have all been traditional automatics and there was nothing more satisfying than leaving a manual driving adversary-- sorry fellow driver in the next lane, in the dust at traffic lights - I defy your average driver of a manual car to outperform pretty much any automatic gearbox equipped car driven in "kickdown"!).

Meanwhile was there an earthquake on the night in question?

BTW I am a Brit. and I don't bother with the handbrake either, when the car is in "Park" and the ground is flat.

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Euro space agency's Galileo satellites stricken by mystery clock failures

roytrubshaw
Coat

M.A.S.E.R/L.A.S.E.R pedantry

"Maser: “microwave amplification by stimulated emission of radiation”. A device that emits microwave radiation in a very precise manner, similar to how a laser emits light."

<pedant>

Call me uber-picky, but the MASER came first by around 7 years, so LASERs need to be described in terms of MASERs.

</pedant>

While we're on the subject of population inversions, am I the only one to notice that the M40 on a Friday evening shows a classic inversion where the two inner lanes are almost empty and the rightmost lane is nose-to-tail traffic (albeit generally quite fast-moving), does anyone have any idea what it would take to turn the motorway into a CASER (Car Ammplification ...)?

Where's my coat?

Edit: The perils of posting without reading all the previous comments. Sorry @Jan 0.

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Mr Angry pays taxman with five wheelbarrows worth of loose change

roytrubshaw
Coat

Re: This is why he got angry.

"And then they "break open the paper rolls of the coins". That would be the rolls they come in from the bank."

I've just read his website and it seems he delivered 5whbs of "UNROLLED" coins, so the "Shear bloody mindedness mascerading as Incompetance.(several sics)" would appear to be on the part of the protagonist (well, the bloody-mindedness part anyway).

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Hapless scouser scours streets for lost Crimble drone

roytrubshaw
Paris Hilton

"Out with my mate flying his new drone, vertical to about forty feet and slowly moved it away from us at which point it took off at full speed never to be seen again."

Sounds like a hijacking to me...

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Half-ton handbuilt CPU heads to Centre for Computing History

roytrubshaw
Childcatcher

Re: Very impressive

"Although I would be sorely tempted to build mine inside an FPGA."

Err.. I'm probably misremembering this, but isn't there an FPGA version that runs in parallel for debugging purposes?

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Make Christmas Great Again: $149 24-karat gold* Trump tree ornament

roytrubshaw
Headmaster

President not elected yet

<pedantry>

It's just a small thing, but the electoral college doesn't meet to cast their votes until December 19th. (Actually they don't meet at all as far as I can tell.)

Until then he is "president-designate", if anything at all.

</pedantry>

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Missile tech helps boffins land drone on car moving at 50 km/h

roytrubshaw
Pint

Re: Actually, there might be some uses.....

"Knife missile, anyone?"

Have a pint and a point for the "culture" reference!

Still, we have a way to go before we get the force-field technology down, so I think we're safe for a while yet.

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'Pavement power' - The bad idea that never seems to die

roytrubshaw
Joke

Re: This modern world

"The 'back of an envelope' calculation is always a good place to start."

To paraphrase Randall Munroe "any number you can write down basically rounds to zero" so pretty much all your calculations will end up that way!

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Leaked paper suggests EM Drive tested by NASA actually works

roytrubshaw
Headmaster

"Photons are massless and can be thrown off..."

<pedant>

Photons have no rest mass but the do have inertial mass (E=mc^2 and all that) otherwise solar sails won't work...

</pedant>

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Boffins coax non-superconductive stuff into dropping the 'non'

roytrubshaw
Linux

Re: @AceRimmer1980

"Sorry but all our operatives are busy helping other species at the moment."

Which, for some reason just brings this to mind.

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roytrubshaw
Coat

Re: 'Scuse me Shur ...

"Shoot the artists, give everyone else a nice warm cup of tea and a bit of fairy cake and they'll have the job done in half an hour."

Now is that the cup of tea that was used to create the "infinite improbability drive"?

Or perhaps the fairy cake was used by Trin Tragula in his "total perspective vortex"?

Sigh! Douglas Adams, gone far too early!

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roytrubshaw
Paris Hilton

Re: Cause and effect

"Any technology sufficiently advances will appear as magic to the more primitive mind."

<pedant>

Clarke's 3rd "law" is: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

No mention of "primitive",

Just sayin'.

</pedant>

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Possible reprieve for the venerable A-10 Warthog

roytrubshaw
Pint

Re: Don't look to the past

Have a pint (and an upvote)!

" I will transition to rocket powered paper weights as soon as they become available and fervently support research into ion drive paper weights"

<pedant>

The rocket-powered paperweight is only good for short-term usage, so as long as you only require your papers to be held down for a few minutes at a time then you're OK; the ion-drive paperweight is a long-term solution for those that require their papers to be weighted for months (possibly years) at a time. They address two different sets of requirements, so you don't need to replace your rocket-powered paperweights with ion-drive paperweights.

</pedant>

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SHA3-256 is quantum-proof, should last BEELLIONS of years, say boffins

roytrubshaw
Pint

Re: Turn that one on its head

"The real question is: what qubit coherence duration is required to solve the problem? As I understand it, at the moment the coherence duration is of the order of milliseconds. What was assumed by the people offering their opinion in this article? If the coherence duration was increased to 1 second, would that do it? 10 seconds?""

And almost immediately we have this news:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/10/18/researchers_increase_qubit_stability_tenfold_by_dressing_them_with_em_field/

Well done "that man".

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Without new anti-robot laws, humanity is doomed, MPs told

roytrubshaw
Pint

"they will do a Google/Facebook search for someone called Serena Butler"

Have an upvote for Dune reference!

The Sahara is expanding, so sandworms are next, where is the Mentat school going to be located?

And is Theresa May a Bene Gesserit or an Honored Maitre?

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VMS will be ready to run on x86 in 2019!

roytrubshaw
Happy

Re: Woo Hoo!

"Will this mean my VMS skills will be useful again?"

Cool!

Now I need to dig out Richard's and my VAXPascal sources for MUD II and the 1990's revival will be complete.

What we really need is a port of TOPS-10 to x86 any takers?

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Tesla to stop killing drivers: Software update beamed to leccy cars

roytrubshaw
Coat

Re: Radar is well proven, why has it been ignored by Tesla ?

"My Audi is now more than five years old, and it has a driving assistance system which the manufacturer does not market as an "Autopilot", rather they call it Adaptive Cruise Control."

The VW/Audi/etc. system doesn't do autosteer AFAICS.

Since you are still steering the car you are less likely to be disengaged from the road conditions in which you are driving. (Though I find myself entering a "fugue state" on older Motorways if I am not careful.)

If I recall correctly Mercedes and BMW have "lane keeping" assistance features, so they will have some form of autosteer, does anyone know what the accident statistics for these cars are like?

Possibly the main difference between all the cars with this kind of self-drive ability is the fact that the Musk is so high profile and keeps talking about it?

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Tesla driver dies after Model S hits tree

roytrubshaw
Mushroom

Re: own EV happens to have the exact same problem

"right, lithium being the second most chemically reactive substance in the known universe, and the most reactive of all of the metals."

Err. No. Lithium is the least reactive of the Alkali metals (Group II); in this case reactivity increases as you go down the group. So Caesium would be the most reactive of these metals.

There is an entertaining film I remember from my school days where each metal in turn is reacted with water, which demonstrates this point quite explosively

Here's a YouTube video that contains some of the scenes from that film: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvVUtpdK7xw)

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Space station to get shiny new ringpiece for automatic penetration

roytrubshaw
Pirate

Re: Passive?

"If it does things automagically, that makes it an active system in my book. Just sayin'"

I think the clue is in the following: "The IDA is studded with sensors that feed data to approaching spacecraft so that they can dock automatically without requiring help from inside the habitat."

Personally, I'd rather not have unexpected visitors just dropping in without me present if I was umpteen thousand miles up with nowhere to go if they're less than friendly.

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Facebook deleted my post and made me confirm pics of my kids weren't sexually explicit

roytrubshaw
Pint

Re: I dumped Facebook

"And I am much happier."

As a friend of my son said, "Life is what happens to other people while you're on Facebook."

Personally I'm waiting for the announcement of the formation of GooFaceMicroTwApple which will then be followed immediately by "The Singularity".

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Facebook ‘glitch’ that deleted the Philando Castile shooting vid: It was the police – sources

roytrubshaw
Unhappy

Re: it is not the guns

"It is also important to understand the fear that cops feel everyday on road checkpoints where anybody could fire at him asking papers."

At this point one wonders why take the risk of pulling someone over for what seems like (to my UK ears at least) an extremely trivial matter.

The NRA apparently wants to increase gun ownership, which will lead inevitably to more situations where people (the police included) will be in fear of their lives and will shoot at the slightest hint of increased danger. To quote an article from Cracked (http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-7-stupidest-arguments-against-gun-control/) "... this is a supersaturated solution of bullets crystallizing out into gravestones."

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Linux letting go: 32-bit builds on the way out

roytrubshaw
Unhappy

"... but 64-bit Windows obviously still runs 32-bit apps."

Only because there's a full 32-bit windows emulation built into all 64-bit versions (WIW - Windows In Windows)!

Is this "two for the price of one"-deal the only time that you get more for your money than you expect from Micro$haft?

:)

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Body of evidence: Biometrics and YOU

roytrubshaw
Big Brother

Re: Biometrics all sounds great

"And that's why Biometrics should NEVER be used as a password, Which can easily be changed once it's been compromised.."

This can't be emphasised enough: Biometric identification is a username not a password!

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