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Priest Checks Fingerprints For Mass Attendance 18

mytrip writes "A Polish priest has installed an electronic reader in his church for schoolchildren to leave their fingerprints in order to monitor their attendance at mass. The pupils in the southern town of Gryfow Slaski told the daily they liked the idea and also the priest, Grzegorz Sowa, who invented it. 'This is comfortable. We don't have to stand in a line to get the priest's signature (confirming our presence at the mass) in our confirmation notebooks,' said one pupil, who gave her name as Karolina."


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Priest Checks Fingerprints For Mass Attendance

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  • I think RFID cards would be less intrusive than getting all the kids finger prints.

  • But... (Score:3, Funny)

    by overkill1024 ( 1016283 ) on Wednesday February 03, 2010 @05:06PM (#31014802)
    Couldn't the church just have faith in the pupils' attendance instead of requiring notebooks with evidence? I mean, that is how this works, right?
    • by Qzukk ( 229616 )

      I'm sure they put plenty of faith in God. A bunch of schoolkids? Not so much.

    • Faith is unChristian.

      Wait, something about that sounds wrong

    • Not if its a church school and a requirement of the school. Have you ever taught young boys in school?
  • ...what I have to put up with on a daily basis.

    Oh well, not for very long anymore.

  • I've heard of "art imitating life imitating art" (and vice versa), but what do you call it when a church starts collecting fingerprints?

    If this sort of thing becomes the standard, I can only imagine the kinds of abuses that will pop up...not that the actual church would abuse anyone

    Oh well, at least the Church of Satan [] doesn't fingerprint...and they're recruiting at my college!!

  • by h00manist ( 800926 ) on Sunday February 07, 2010 @07:23PM (#31056016) Journal
    bio-identification, like it or not, works great. can't lose it or fake it easily. fast and convenient. all the usual problems, of privacy vs anonymity vs rights vs security vs abuse of power, apply. those are perhaps mostly social quandaries, which can't be solved with this or that technology at all. the evolution of technology follows ahead, but socially we're really not advancing anywhere near as fast.
    • Exactly. If we were advancing instead of regressing socially, then we wouldn't have even thought about such applications of this technology. Or if we did, we'd be repulsed by it.

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