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(The Verge)   HP releases germ-resistant computers that can shrug off that old sock you keep under the bed   ( theverge.com) divider line
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2018-03-06 07:55:10 PM  
germicide-resistant computers

Germ-resistant, germicide-resistant, whatever.
 
2018-03-06 11:24:29 PM  
That headline does not mean what theverge things it means.
 
2018-03-06 11:25:29 PM  
And somehow I managed to confuse "g" with "k"
 
2018-03-06 11:27:51 PM  
HP has included a few other features specifically meant to help hospital workers. The Notebook's touchpad recognizes touch from people wearing surgical gloves. The notebook, desktop, and display also have RFID readers so that workers can sign in by tapping their work badges on the touchpad. The notebook also has a fingerprint reader.

Most fingerprint readers cannot read a naked fingerprint accurately, never mind a gloved fingerprint. So, if I'm reading this right, you're meant to:

- Take your gloves off.
- Log in with your fingerprint, or log in with your badge - either way, you can't use either of those methods without discarding the gloves. The fingerprint reader's not going to read your gloved finger, and once you've handled your badge, your gloves are no longer really useful in terms of preventing communicable disease transfer.
- Put on a new pair of gloves.
- Interact with the touchscreen.
- Discover that you can't type anywhere near fast enough when using a vertical touchscreen.
- Decide whether to keep your gloves on and use the keyboard, then replace the gloves, or discard your gloves now, use the keyboard, and put on new gloves again.
- Put on a new pair of gloves.

Am I getting this right? All HP's done here is made a very limited set of hardware that can handle being bleached - and hospitals already have broad spectrum quarternary disinfectants that can be used on such surfaces with little fear.

All I read here is "HP wants to sell touchscreens to hospitals."
 
2018-03-06 11:29:04 PM  
They shine UV lights on themselves or what?
 
2018-03-06 11:32:50 PM  
More like Packard Hell, amirite?
 
2018-03-06 11:39:48 PM  

FormlessOne: HP has included a few other features specifically meant to help hospital workers. The Notebook's touchpad recognizes touch from people wearing surgical gloves. The notebook, desktop, and display also have RFID readers so that workers can sign in by tapping their work badges on the touchpad. The notebook also has a fingerprint reader.

Most fingerprint readers cannot read a naked fingerprint accurately, never mind a gloved fingerprint. So, if I'm reading this right, you're meant to:

- Take your gloves off.
- Log in with your fingerprint, or log in with your badge - either way, you can't use either of those methods without discarding the gloves. The fingerprint reader's not going to read your gloved finger, and once you've handled your badge, your gloves are no longer really useful in terms of preventing communicable disease transfer.
- Put on a new pair of gloves.
- Interact with the touchscreen.
- Discover that you can't type anywhere near fast enough when using a vertical touchscreen.
- Decide whether to keep your gloves on and use the keyboard, then replace the gloves, or discard your gloves now, use the keyboard, and put on new gloves again.
- Put on a new pair of gloves.

Am I getting this right? All HP's done here is made a very limited set of hardware that can handle being bleached - and hospitals already have broad spectrum quarternary disinfectants that can be used on such surfaces with little fear.

All I read here is "HP wants to sell touchscreens to hospitals."


Their sensor works with the gloves on so now the procedure is Doctor A is supposed to leave the gloves on when using the fingerprint sensor so Doctor B using it to log in next with gloves on contaminates their gloves with the contaminates from Doctor A's gloves.

Also, Doctor A is a proctologist so I really think we need to rethink the new "gloves on" fingerprint reader strategy..
 
2018-03-06 11:47:05 PM  
?  oh.  That sock ran away a long time ago.
 
2018-03-06 11:53:57 PM  
So the monitor and keyboard will remain completely germ-free, but the hard drive will be crawling with viruses. Quite the contrast.
 
2018-03-07 02:24:03 AM  

hashtag.acronym: That headline does not mean what theverge things it means.


Yeah...  Though they sound somewhat similar, It's not germs that the sock is covered in.
 
2018-03-07 03:26:14 AM  
Germ-resistant-computer-resistant germs in 3... 2... 1...
 
2018-03-07 08:49:57 AM  
I work for HP, my first thought was: We did? Good for us. then I thought of Veridian Dynamics.
 
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