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fingerprint

an impression taken of the indents present on the finger tips. These have been used in the detection of crime since before the Fingerprint Bureau at Scotland Yard was established in 1901, relying on the hypothesis that no two people have the same fingerprint. The first conviction was secured in 1902. The process works by comparing distinctive features of the suspect print with a print found at the scene of the crime. Palm prints were used in 1931. In 2002 it was accepted that ear print evidence might be admissible but that scientific misgiving meant that it could be subject to critical cross-examination. The process is now computerized. See e.g. AUTOMATED FINGERPRINT IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM (AFIS). While the roots of the use of fingerprints are in criminal investigation, computerization means that the same concept and technology can be used for basic civilian identification purposes, even secure use of personal equipment.
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1 shows percentage distribution of left thumb prints according to sex.
Imran Khan asserted that had the PTI demand for verification of thumb prints in four Punjab constituencies been accepted and verification undertaken, the whole rigging exercise would have been exposed.
Because of the weather, and because the weapon was found in a drain, the thumb print was not showing up, so they say.
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The voting credential issued by the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE), whose legitimacy is undermined by the scandal, contains a digitized photo and thumb print and is essential I.
The latter can include biometric thumb print readers or retina scanning devices attached to the PC for highly secure environments, or simply include users' details such as account or social security numbers and passwords.
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The odd branch has already turned red, as for me I have turned inside out, I cry for revolution against myself --no longer red, I'm parlor pink and grey, you, less than a thumb print on a page.
For at the core of the school system is a Sovietized central bureaucracy that puts its thumb print on virtually every move made inside the school: dictating curricula, issuing dubious directives, and even deciding, on winter days, which playgrounds get de-iced and which don't.
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Scraps of orange paper or a fine orange felt tip pen | Fine black marker pen | White paper or card | Googly eyes or tiny circles of paper | Glue Method Get your child to press their thumb into the ink or paint and make a thumb print onto a piece of white paper or card.