Privacy and Fingerprint recognition 

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A friend and his wife were considering traveling to Alaska for a trip that the husband had long dreamed of taking. He kept talking about how great it would be to stay in a log cabin without electricity, to hunt moose, and drive a dog team instead of a car. "If I decided to live there permanently, away from civil- ization, what would you miss the most?" he asked his wife. She replied, "Initially probably you."
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An INTERNATIONAL BONEHEAD AWARD to Russell Rodgers, 32, Red Bluff, CA Jailed After Beating Elderly Man To The Ground "Because He Is Old" Reported by The Weekly Vice Russell Rodgers, a 32-year-old California bonehead was jailed Monday after he attacked a 74-year-old man inside a Burger King bathroom simply because the victim was elderly. According to Red Bluff Police, 74-year-old Bill Bayless was using the restroom inside a Red Bluff area Burger King when Rodgers launched an assault on him simply because of his age. Police say Rodgers slammed the victim in the face with the door, knocking him to the ground. When the victim tried to get up, Rodgers hit him again with the door, saying "That is what I do to old people." Before leaving the restroom, Rodgers allegedly told the victim "I knocked you down because you are old." Rodgers was located a few hours later when he contacted the Tehama County Sheriff's Office to see why police were looking for him. Deputies convinced Rodgers to meet them at a local business where he was immediately taken into custody. Investigators say they are familiar with Rodgers, who lives in an encampment along the Sacramento River near the Antelope Blvd Bridge. "We've had several reports of verbal and physical disturbances with a subject matching his description," said Sgt. Michael Graham. Rodgers was booked into jail and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and elder abuse.
Tech Support Pits From: Vincenne Re: Fingerprint recognition and privacy Dear Webby You wrote that the cops use a different language for their fingerprints, and could not use the ones from doors and checkpoints. I am sure, if they wanted to, they cold use the checkpoint fingerprints. Vincenne Dear Vinenne The system the cops use ues vectors, descriptors of lines and curves. Keypads use dots. Both use side-lighting for contrast, and a crude scanner, that just knows black and white. While the police system then analyzes the lines and curves. The keypads overlay the scan with a mask, that has a whole bunch of tiny holes in it. If it sees a black dot in a hole, it records that as a 1, if it sees a white dot in that hole, it's a zero. It does that for all the holes. That mehod is good enough to recognize insiders, that have been recorded recently, but would be totally useless for the cops. In addition to that, a keypad has absolutely no information about you. It just knows that your thumb print pattern means User #3456. That's all. If somebody pried off that keypad and took it, it would not do them any good. Without the connection to the system it won't do anything, and when connected to a diferent system, it would cause permanent confusion with all the thumbs in it from people, who don't work over there. The reason the fingerprint recognition system works so well is because it is so simple. There has never been any abuse. Have FUN! DearWebby
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This is a Classic from the days, when Chirac was president of France. Jacques Chirac, The French President, is sitting in his office when his telephone rings. "Hallo, Mr. Chirac!" a heavily accented voice said. "This is Paddy Down at the Harp Pub in County Clare, Ireland. I am ringing to inform you that we are officially declaring war on ye!" "Well, Paddy," Chirac replied, "This is indeed important news! How big is your army?" "Right now," says Paddy, after a moment's calculation, "there is meself, me Cousin Sean, me next door neighbour Seamus, and the entire darts team from the pub. That makes eight!" Chirac paused. "I must tell you, Paddy, that I have 100,000 men in my army waiting to move on my command." "Begoora!" says Paddy. "I'll have to ring you back." Sure enough, the next day, Paddy calls again. "Mr. Chirac, the war is stil on. We have managed to get us some infantry equipment!" "And what equipment would that be Paddy?" Chirac asks. "Well, we have two combines, a bulldozer, and Murphy's farm tractor," answers Paddy. Chirac sighs amused. "I must tell you, Paddy, that I have 6,000 tanks and 5,000 armored personnel carriers. Also, I have increased my army to 150,000 since we last spoke." "Saints preserve us!" says Paddy. "I'll have to get back to you." Sure enough, Paddy rings again the next day. "Mr. Chirac, the war is still on! We have managed to get ourselves airborne! We have modified Jackie McLaughlin's ultra-light with a couple of shotguns in the cockpit, and four boyos from the Shamrock Pub have joined us as well!" Chirac was silent for a minute and then cleared his throat "I must tell you, Paddy, that I have 100 bombers and 200 fighter planes. My military bases are surrounded by laser-guided, surface-to-air missile sites. And since we last spoke, I have increased my army to 200,000!" "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!" says Paddy, "I will have to ring you back." Sure enough, Paddy calls again the next day. "Top o' the mornin', Mr. Chirac! I am sorry to inform you that we have had to call off the war." "Really? I am sorry to hear that," says Chirac. "Why the sudden change of heart?" "Well," says Paddy, "we had a long chat over a few jars of Guinness, and decided there is no damn way we can feed 200,000 prisoners."
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Thanks to Sandie for this story: Muldoon lived alone in the Irish countryside with only a pet dog for company. One day the dog died, and Muldoon went to the parish priest and asked, "Father, me dog is dead. Could ya' be saying' a mass for the poor creature?" Father Patrick replied, "I'm afraid not; we cannot have services for an animal in the church. But there are some Baptists down the lane, and there's no tellin' what they believe. Maybe they'll do something for the creature." Muldoon said, "I'll go right away Father. Do ya' think $5,000 is enough to donate to them for the service?" Father Patrick exclaimed, "Holy Cow! Why didn't ya tell me the dog was Catholic?
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Today in 
1812 Napoleon's Grand Army crosses Berezina River 
   during retreat from Russia
1864 Colorado militia kills 150 peaceful Cheyenne Indians
1877 Thomas Edison demonstrates the hand-cranked
1887 US receives rights to Pearl Harbor, on Oahu, Hawaii 
1929 Lt Cmdr Richard E Byrd sends "My calculations indicate 
  that we have reached the vicinity of the South Pole"
 (He was wrong) 
1944 John Hopkins hospital performs 1st open heart surgery 
1947 UN Gen Assembly partitions Palestine between 
   Arabs & Jews 
1951 1st underground atomic explosion, Frenchman Flat, NV
1961 Mercury-Atlas 5 carries a chimp (Enos) to orbit 
1965 Dale Cummings does 14,118 consecutive sit-ups
1975 Kilauea Volcano erupts in Hawaii 
1994 Russian aircraft bomb Chechen capital of Grozney 
2012  smiled

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