Falsehoods programmers believe about… Biometrics

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A fingerprint being scanned.

(For the new reader, there is a famous essay called Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names. It has since spawned a long list of Falsehoods Programmers Believe About….) Everyone has fingerprints! The BBC has a grim tale of a family with a genetic mutation which means they have no fingerprints. It details the issues they have…

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Falsehoods programmers believe about flags

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A dropdown box showing the flag of Canada next to a plus 1.

(For more about the “Falsehoods” meme – read the big list of falsehoods programmers believe.) Do You Want To Phone A Friend? A popular website asked me to confirm my phone number. It “helpfully” pre-filled the country-code with +1. And proudly displayed the Stars and Stripes. Except, of course, the USA isn’t the only country…

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Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Families

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I’ve written before about Solipsist design – those services which have been designed to work only for a very specific type of family. I was taking a look at Google’s “Family” proposition – which allows users to share their purchases with other family members. What I found didn’t impress me. File under "Falsehoods Programmers Believe…

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