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Pirschjaeger
09-15-2005, 01:04 PM
"BERLIN - Germans were ordered Thursday to stay serious when having their photographs taken for new passports, wiping away any grins, smirks or smiles so that biometric scanners can pick up their facial features.

Interior Minister Otto Schily ordered passport authorities to only accept pictures taken from the front showing the "most neutral facial expression possible," starting Nov. 1.

Facial recognition systems match key features on the holder's face and work best when the face has a neutral expression with the mouth closed.

"A broad smile, however nice it may be, is therefore unacceptable," the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

German officials showcased the new passports in June, saying that they would be much harder to forge or tamper with. Two scanned fingerprints are also to be stored on a chip built into the passport cover from March 2007.

The passports are part of a host of security measures passed by the German government after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Biometric passports have already been introduced in Canada and the United States."


I have the solution. Right before taking the photo someone could announce that the beer barrel is empty. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

This will give the photographer an approximate 5 second window to take the expressionless shot. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Oh gee look, another beer thread. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Ok, I like privately brewed dark beer served by beautiful Polish "beer bringer maids".

What do you guyz like?

Fritz

Pirschjaeger
09-15-2005, 01:04 PM
"BERLIN - Germans were ordered Thursday to stay serious when having their photographs taken for new passports, wiping away any grins, smirks or smiles so that biometric scanners can pick up their facial features.

Interior Minister Otto Schily ordered passport authorities to only accept pictures taken from the front showing the "most neutral facial expression possible," starting Nov. 1.

Facial recognition systems match key features on the holder's face and work best when the face has a neutral expression with the mouth closed.

"A broad smile, however nice it may be, is therefore unacceptable," the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

German officials showcased the new passports in June, saying that they would be much harder to forge or tamper with. Two scanned fingerprints are also to be stored on a chip built into the passport cover from March 2007.

The passports are part of a host of security measures passed by the German government after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Biometric passports have already been introduced in Canada and the United States."


I have the solution. Right before taking the photo someone could announce that the beer barrel is empty. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

This will give the photographer an approximate 5 second window to take the expressionless shot. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Oh gee look, another beer thread. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Ok, I like privately brewed dark beer served by beautiful Polish "beer bringer maids".

What do you guyz like?

Fritz

horseback
09-15-2005, 05:03 PM
I loved my old passport photo--but I had a full head of hair then (it has since migrated to my ears) and it was still dark brown...

I still had the desired blank expression, though - gas prices had gone up again.

cheers

horseback

BaldieJr
09-16-2005, 12:49 AM
Its that ****ed new world order man!

pale ale all the way

Pirschjaeger
09-16-2005, 04:35 AM
I couldn't help but smile while my pic was being taken, The photographer looked good. She had an inspirational smile. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Fritz