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  1. It’s possible to fool most fingerprint readers with something made from fingerprints left on objects. You don’t leave many toeprints around for people to pick up, nor are they often in hires pictures (another way of stealing fingerprints). Plus, who’s going to even try a toeprint?

  2. It’d make paying for drinks with your phone in a bar more interesting to see, as you try to hold everything together above the reader.

  3. I’m left handed, so set it up for my left index finger originally. Then developed a skin condition that made that finger unreadable. Switched it to the left second finger. And discovered that feels more natural than the index finger! (The sensor is in the middle of the back.)

    Now whenever I see a scene in a thriller where they chop off and take a dead guy’s right index (to open the vault, say) I chuckle and mutter “Wouldn’t work on me!”

  4. This *would* be funny and cute in a think outside the box kind of way… except it needs to be reasonable that a toeprint (weird and funny and outside the box) would be more secure than a fingerprint.

    I guess the cartoonist is thinking its reasonable to feel the more obscure the body part of the more inaccessable a body part the more secure. Except, it just doesn’t flow, follow, or feel a natural train of thought.

  5. Mitch4: I’m left-handed myself, but I use my right thumb because my lifelong habit is to handle phones (even immobile ones) with my right hand, freeing my left hand to write or use a computer keyboard. When I’m doing something on the phone that requires more than a thumb, the right hand holds the phone while the left swipes, clicks, types, etc. I somehow doubt I’m alone in assigning the phone to the less dominant hand.

    Not so much TMI ad TBI (Too Boring Information)

  6. @minorAnnoyance – Yes, there are some things I have always (or long) done with my right hand. Some are a matter of things being made that way, like scissors, but others not so much. Probably computer mouse is in the arguable category — I know you can change the settings for the buttons, but when I was working in tech support (sort of) I was always going around to other people’s computers and it wouldn’t make sense to change their mouse settings or even move the mouse to the left side. So now it is ingrained.

    But I also used my right hand to pick up the handset on an old standard desk or wall phone, for the reasons you give. I never could use a shoulder rest well, but even so it would be on the right, as that still-hampered arm was only tasked with holding the paper steady while my freer left hand wrote notes. Now with a cell, I pick it up and hold it with my right, and hold it to my right ear, but for doing anything on screen I use my left.

    Somebody else was talking about using keys with their left (Meryl?) and I was surprised to not hear that even other lefties use their right hand for that. I do, and always thought it was in the category of “the tools are built for right-hand use so we go along because we must”. But I guess I have to rethink that, and maybe for me it is just habit — so, like a mouse and not like scissors.

  7. I once worked on a project located at a Cap Gemini office. Their doors had fingerprint reader security.

    Neither of my thumbs worked. Likewise index fingers. Finally (6th choice), the middle finger of my left hand sort-of worked — so I’d have to give the finger to those working at desks on the other side of the glass doors for a few times until I could get in.

    I wasn’t the only person who had issues. Often, the people located near the glass door would just prop the door open to avoid getting paged continually to let people in. This, of course, completely defeated security.

    This was somewhat symbolic of the whole project, which was an expensive, complete failure.

  8. No, not me. My problem is not having keys to type with on the phone as I did with my Palm Centro and my Blackberry so I get a lot of gibberish. I also find that I have to keep my right thumbnail as short as it can be cut without hurting to have a chance of hitting the letter I intended to. Since somewhere north of 99.99% of texts I write are to Robert he told me not to worry, he will figure them out. So, in reply to a text from him at Costco that he was ready to leave and where was I, I wrote that I was at the registers on the electronics side (easier usually to get through the registers as we don’t buy stuff usually on that end of the registers). I then stood there and watched him walk all over the place to try to figure out where I was. Yeah, right, he will understand no matter the gibberish that I end up putting in.

    When not using texts to find each other in stores (we are together all day, almost every day so I lose him in stores as some mothers are known to do with their children for some time alone – even now he is right next to me) I text him terribly important things – Dinner is ready. (Generally just OK for this.) I am taking the garbage out. (Never used to text for this, but when the screen door froze and I had to text him him to let me in, he made a rule I have to let him know when I go out and texting instead of actually going upstairs and telling him is my showing my anger at this – so much for sneaking in gifts I bought for him for some occasion.

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