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jenni
    genius - my co-worker got a nexus 4 last week and set up face recognition for unlock. he shaved his (very short) beard this morning. it doesn’t unlock and the pin doesn’t work. now he has to restore the phone. genius
    jayesh
      @jenni Jeez :| that’s a pita.
      jenni
        @jayesh for him it definitely is - especially since it turns out there is a maximum number of allowed tries for the face recognition. personally i am laughing my ass off :D
        andrewh
          @jenni Hahahahahahaha!!! Or he could wait till his beard grows back! ;P
          jenni
            @andrewh yeah, that is what he said, too. the funny thing is that it is still there, just trimmed, so the basic outline is still there. I’m having way to much fun with this :D
            jayesh
              @jenni Seriously! Though at least it works as advertised.
              jayesh
                @jenni How goes your day so far?
                jenni
                  @jayesh pretty good. how is yours? :)
                  jayesh
                    @jenni Quiet day so far. Winding down quite quickly AN hour to go
                    andrewh
                      @jenni Hehe, the dangers of facial recognition! :P I'm having fun with it and I'm not even in the same country! ;)
                      jenni
                        @andrewh yep, especially since the pin doesn’t work for some reason. he is sure he entered the correct one but it didn’t unlock. he is still restoring it
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                        andrewh
                          @jenni Hehehe! At least the rest of the office is being entertained! ;)
                          0xmf
                            @jenni: once the amusement factor subsides, it is really terrifying especially if there is some important stuff on the phone.
                            jenni
                              @0xmf it really is - makes having a recent backup even more important. but also shows why using experimental features like that might not be the best of ideas. of course we told him he could just wait until the beard grows back :P
                              0xmf
                                @jenni: his face may get altered with the worry he experiences in the UK time it takes to grow the beard and so the phone may still not recognise him despite growing the beard. I am sure he must have not consider this funny at all.
                                jenni
                                  @0xmf not really but he was a relatively good sport about it. i think if it happens again he might not be amused at all
                                  0xmf
                                    @jenni: well as being the owner of a beard myself, I can say I would not be amused but your anecdote is a good lesson for me never to consider using facial recognition to unlock anything.... err.... any devices, I always want my face to unlock people :-)
                                    jenni
                                      @0xmf yeah, women might have a similar problem with changing hairstyles probably.
                                      scruffyfox
                                        Haha RP @jenni genius - my co-worker got a nexus 4 last week and set up face recognition for unlock. he shaved his (very short) beard this morning. it doesn’t unlock and the pin doesn’t work. now he has to restore the phone. genius
                                        dermarkus
                                          @jenni I had a Nexus 4 for a week. It crashed constantly and therefore I returned it. But the face unlocking worked like a charm. Tested it with other guys in the office and it kept locked. Was very impressed :)
                                          tiberiu
                                            @dermarkus how was the battery life?
                                            jenni
                                              @dermarkus let’s see how it works for him. he changed over from an iPhone 4. I’m really curious of what his long term experience will be like. the facial recognition part was just awesome though :D
                                              dermarkus
                                                @tiberiu Comparable to my iPhone 5. Lasts a day under normal usage. The thing that totally freaked me out, not counting the constant crashes, was the very dark standard automatic setting for the display. And the volume of my BT headset was lower. Why? :D
                                                dermarkus
                                                  @jenni I didn’t like the Android experience. I’m feeling the urge to test it in a yearly interval, but I’m always disappointed. Back to iOS :) Maybe I’ll get myself a Windows phone :)
                                                  jenni
                                                    @dermarkus i sometimes have the impulse to test them just because i love trying new things but neither draws me enough that i am sure that i will like it longterm
                                                    dermarkus
                                                      @jenni Same thing here. I see patents for new stuff constantly and then I’m always into the next new thingy. But iOS is more polished and the experience does not differ drastically from one app to the other. This keeps me coming back :)
                                                      schoeni
                                                        @dermarkus How's the speed of the Nexus 4? I have an iPhone 5 but I'd really like to test Android once. @jenni
                                                        jenni
                                                          @dermarkus yeah, i want to try it just because it is different but knowing that OS updates might take month to come to my device would drive me insane. because i want them now, not some time in the future ;)
                                                          cartazio
                                                            @jenni @dlo that does seem like an edge case.
                                                            dermarkus
                                                              @schoeni Comparable to the iPhone 5. I had Chrome on both and there was no difference.
                                                              duhanebel
                                                                @jenni @mrgan don’t worry.. he will able to access it again in a few days when the beard will be grown back!
                                                                chrisdepew
                                                                  @jenni Nexus updates would come as soon. As Google approved them. It other devices that have to wait.
                                                                  jenni
                                                                    @duhanebel @mrgan that is what we told him, too :P
                                                                    jenni
                                                                      @chrisdepew i know and that would be the reason why only a Nexus phone would be in the running for me currently if I were to try Androig.
                                                                      mrgan
                                                                        @jenni Did you try the Sharpie Hack?
                                                                        chartier
                                                                          @jenni @mrgan So I'll admit, this is a reply from Twitter. Well played: http://cl.ly/MgXG
                                                                          jenni
                                                                            @chartier @mrgan lol, i didn’t think of that in time :D that would have been an epic experiment but until i had stopped laughing the max number of tries was reached so he just sat down to quietly restore it
                                                                            tristan
                                                                              @jenni I would have just taped a print-out of a beard on to my face. Might have actually worked haha.
                                                                              zenfire
                                                                                @jenni Did he try taking his own picture, drawing on a beard, and using that? =)
                                                                                jenni
                                                                                  @zenfire someone else just suggested that but unfortunately he didn’t. He just tried moving into better lighting but that didn’t help and then it said maximum number of tries reached.
                                                                                  jenni
                                                                                    @tristan the funny thing was that the beard itself (a goatee) was mostly still there, just shorter and therefore not as dark - someone just suggested a sharpy, that might have been the winning idea :D
                                                                                    richg
                                                                                      @jenni @chartier PIN "doesn't work"? Or PIN was mis-set and/or he forgot what it was set to?
                                                                                      jenni
                                                                                        @richg @chartier he swears he set it to his usual PIN (and you have to enter it twice) but that PIN didn’t work and he tried similar combinations and none of those didn’t work either. No idea what was going on.
                                                                                        richg
                                                                                          @jenni @chartier My money is on him messing up setting the PIN -- and if you forget the passcode on iOS, you have to factory reset and reinstall that, too. So I think the story is slightly less "LOLdroid" than it first appears ;)
                                                                                          jenni
                                                                                            @richg @chartier yeah, that was my assumption, too, that he simply set it wrong. he was swearing he was very deliberate in typing but who knows. but for me personally it didn’t remove any of the fun ^-^ and i think if pin not know = restore is right way
                                                                                            chartier
                                                                                              @richg @jenni Still plenty LOLdroid. Biometrics are still at the Complete Joke phase, the feature is a silly gimmick.
                                                                                              jenni
                                                                                                @chartier wow, that is a lot of activity :o I showed him my post just now. Of course he now says he got the pin wrong and the lighting was bad (which it wasn't)
                                                                                                chartier
                                                                                                  @jenni Dah well, still makes for a good story and nothing we can do.
                                                                                                  kylepauley
                                                                                                    @chartier @jenni can you unlock the phone with a picture of yourself in a beard?
                                                                                                    jenni
                                                                                                      @chartier yeah, my thinking, too. Plus a great example of why you should think twice before enabling that feature
                                                                                                      jenni
                                                                                                        @kylepauley @chartier I don't think so since it will take a photo of you for unlocking. So it would have to be a printed photo. Not sure that would work - would be to easy a way to get in
                                                                                                        tschoof
                                                                                                          @jenni @kylepauley @chartier It would definitely work. It’s one of those ‘fun’ features, and maybe we’ll be there some day, but nowadays it’s very insecure.
                                                                                                          richg
                                                                                                            @chartier @jenni Sure, but if he'd not goofed the PIN (if he did), the story would be "facial recognition still crap, area man unlocks phone with passcode instead, mpeg at 11." Which isn't very LOLsome really.
                                                                                                            chartier
                                                                                                              @richg @jenni Richard you are dangerously close to missing your gold star for the Funnometer today.
                                                                                                              richg
                                                                                                                @chartier @jenni My Twitter bio used to read "Ruining things with science, since 1978." Perhaps I should change it back ;)
                                                                                                                sjs
                                                                                                                  @jenni The photo thing works. You don't even have to print it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwfYSR7HttA
                                                                                                                  jenni
                                                                                                                    @sjs thanks for sharing that! while it makes sense that it is hard to distinguish, it really removes any security from using this feature
                                                                                                                    sjs
                                                                                                                      @jenni Yeah, the face unlock feature has never been about security but more for convenience or novelty. I believe it’s even mentioned when you set it up. A PIN is stronger.
                                                                                                                      stoarca
                                                                                                                        @andrewh @jenni It will unlock if he uses a picture of himself with a beard.
                                                                                                                        jenni
                                                                                                                          @sjs yeah, but still kinda disappointing. personally i feel this would take longer than simply entering a pin (i haven’t tried it yet though, just a feeling).
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                                                                                                                              @elyse i think you might have hit sent before you had written anything :) // @ryantharp
                                                                                                                              elyse
                                                                                                                                @jenni I wrote a full sentence already. And it disappeared when I hit "send". Happened twice already, from alpha. // @ryantharp
                                                                                                                                elyse
                                                                                                                                  @jenni I was saying.... ".......... ROFLMAO smartphone fail!" It's not so funny anymore now that I have to repeat myself :S
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                                                                                                                                      @elyse saw the same thing in @berklee 's stream a few minutes ago. Strange stuff // @ryantharp
                                                                                                                                      laxidasical
                                                                                                                                        @jenni Use an old picture of himself with a beard. It’ll work.
                                                                                                                                        garethdotdesign
                                                                                                                                          >> @jenni: genius - my co-worker got a nexus 4 last week and set up face recognition for unlock. he shaved his (very short) beard this morning. it doesn’t unlock and the pin doesn’t work. now he has to restore the phone. genius
                                                                                                                                          elyse
                                                                                                                                            @ryantharp I don't know either. I replied from alpha & the sentence I wrote disappeared. Only the mentions remained.
                                                                                                                                            elyse
                                                                                                                                              @ryantharp I didn't. I only mentioned @jenni but your name showed up from alpha when I hit "send". I think that's because you're also active in the thread... Anyway, I refreshed the browser and it went back to normal.