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Old 09-07-2012, 01:47 PM   #91
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I have heard the biometric (fingerprint) scanners are not very accurate.
They aren't quite exactly recording fingerprints. The first time the ticket is used, the scanner uses the contours of the fingerprint to compute something else, and the result of that computation is then stored. When the ticket is re-used, the computation is performed again, and matched against the stored result. If the results match, the turnstile unlocks. If the results don't match, it doesn't.

In WDW's system, there are at least three reasons why someone "borrowing" a ticket might not be detected:

1: Tickets bought together in a single transaction directly from Disney are "grouped"---a holder of any of those tickets only needs to match *one of* the computed results from teh set. That way if Uncle Joe and Aunt Mary each grab each others' tickets in the morning, they won't hold up the line.

2: During peak entrance periods, the scanners are sometimes shut off to expedite entrance. The little blue light still flashes, but the turnstile unlocks immediately rather than after a noticeable delay. WDW veterans can probably tell the difference by watching.

3: Because the computation is an abstract of the fingerprint, and lots of information is thrown away, it is possible to have a "false positive"---where two different fingerprints happen to compute to the same result. I don't think I've ever seen hard numbers about the false positive rate, but even if it was 1 in 10,000, the chances that you sold your ticket to someone who happened to match you are low enough that it is probably a sufficient deterrent.

But, the WDW areas of the DIS have a few Ticketing Cast Members who post on them, and they report that the system does in fact catch people, and not infrequently.
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Old 09-07-2012, 02:19 PM   #92
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:29 PM   #93
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My wife and I are getting CityPass tickets for our California trip coming at the end of the month. (Can't wait) I wonder how that would work in regard to printed names on the Disney passes? Hmmmmmmm (I believe we show our city pass tickets at the gate and get our 3 day DL hopper tickets) Still, printed names are not a bad way to stop reselling of unused days.
Of course the Southern California CityPass comes in the form of a gift card like piece of plastic with a bar code on the back and without any kind of magnetic strip. This is not the actual ticket used at Disneyland. It was the ticket used to get into Universal and SeaWorld. Neither issued any other kind of ticket or receipt upon entry, since it was only valid for one day.

A little late, but as of late Nov 2012, for someone with CityPass, the gate issues a ticket that's printed with something like "3-Day Park Hopper CityPass" and a place to print the name with a pen. We were specifically handed a fine-tipped permanent marker to write our names down, as well as being asked to show ID then and every time we reentered, with or without a hand stamp.

Personally I think writing down a name in permanent ink is going to make it tough for the rental brokers to attempt to reuse them. Of course the machine printed name is even worse. However, a few seem to have gone out of business, but others are trying new ways to get around it.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:34 AM   #94
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They aren't quite exactly recording fingerprints. The first time the ticket is used, the scanner uses the contours of the fingerprint to compute something else, and the result of that computation is then stored. When the ticket is re-used, the computation is performed again, and matched against the stored result. If the results match, the turnstile unlocks. If the results don't match, it doesn't.
I know a little something about fingerprint recognition from a previous job. I'm not an expert, but I've been around enough of my coworkers to understand the basics.

Most of the software out there doesn't actually store the actual fingerprint image. Most of the equipment used does capture an image of a fingerprint. However, what you typically see in commercial usage isn't the super expensive law enforcement machines that capture entire fingerprints and attempt to make exact matches. They're probably only capturing the center of the print. All of this is typically reduced to a series of "minutiae" or features. The locations and rotation of these minutiae are usually what would be stored in a database and not an image (although it could be stored).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fingerp...nutia_features

So what you end up with is like a key. Given how simplified it is, it may be more like a mechanical key. If you've got something like a Schlage SC1, there are only a finite number of combinations. However, you've only got to match the key to the individual lock you're trying to open. I've bought locks at Home Depot, and typical boxes carry several locksets that are keyed alike (there will be a sticker with a code allowing one to buy matching sets so that only one key is needed for a series of locks). Maybe someone in the same area will have the same key, but it won't matter unless they know where you live. What they've got at WDW is a system that pulls up the number of the barcode and matches the "key" to the set of information in their database that was acquired when the user first used the ticket.

Here's an image showing one kind of fingerprint recognition. This one only appears to calculate "bifurcations" (where two ridges merge into one) as boxes with the rotation in the direction of the single ridge. The result for each box is just going to be a coordinate for each minutiae's location and a number representing the angle. When it comes time to validate, only the coordinates and rotations will likely be available in the database.

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Unfortunately there are many sites out there. I have posted on the FB page referenced here (I just checked and my comments are deleted!), and also on one called DANI'S DECADENT DEALS that is promoting the halfprice site. As we know, there are people who are willing to walk on the edge to save a few bucks (and I know it can be a substantial amount if you have a family to buy for). After all, don't most of us look for ways to save money to feed our Disney fix?

I would like to hear that Disney is ID checking most people going thru the gates - a little of that would slow down their business alot. If tickets are truly non-transferable then Disney needs to be the enforcement.
Just an FYI, the reason your quote on quote "comments" were deleted from my page was because the person that posted the deal that I found out was inaccurate was removed because the post was inaccurate. I am a Disney Pass holder. I have been an annual passholder for 10 years and on Dani's Decadent Deals, I help people save money. If someone shares a deal with me, I am more than happy to share it with the public, but if it is not a real deal, I remove it right away as I did with this one. I agree that Disney should always check for real passes...There are so many people that try to get away with bogus ones.
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Just an FYI, the reason your quote on quote "comments" were deleted from my page was because the person that posted the deal that I found out was inaccurate was removed because the post was inaccurate. I am a Disney Pass holder. I have been an annual passholder for 10 years and on Dani's Decadent Deals, I help people save money. If someone shares a deal with me, I am more than happy to share it with the public, but if it is not a real deal, I remove it right away as I did with this one. I agree that Disney should always check for real passes...There are so many people that try to get away with bogus ones.
Hmmm, last post here was almost a year ago. Why start this up again?
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Hmmm, last post here was almost a year ago. Why start this up again?
I dont know what brings a thread back to life, but I am curious if anyone has used this site recently?

So anyone use Half off theme parks .com during 2013 holiday time?
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