In biometrics terminology, covert or covert environment refers to a biometric sample collection location where individuals in the location are not aware that the sample is being taken. One common covert environment is airport checkpoint security where cameras capture images of travelers that are compared to images on a security watch-list. The image capture and comparison is performed without the traveler’s knowledge.
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Short for characters per inch, a typographic measurement specifying the number of characters that can fit on a printed line one inch long. The measurement really makes sense only for fixed-pitch fonts where every character has the same width. For proportionally-spaced fonts, the cpi represents an average number rather than an absolute number.
Abbreviation of characters per second, a unit of measure used to describe the speed of dot-matrix and daisy-wheel printers. The speed of laser and ink-jet printers is described in terms of pages per minute (ppm).
(1) To break into a computer system. The term was coined in the mid-80s by hackers who wanted to differentiate themselves from individuals whose sole purpose is to sneak through security systems. Whereas crackers sole aim is to break into secure systems, hackers are more interested in gaining knowledge about computer systems and possibly using […]
Slang term used to describe BlackBerry owners who are addicted to using their BlackBerry. Crackberries never leave their home or their office without their Blackberry. The term is derived from the words crack and Blackberry, meaning that using a BlackBerry device can be as addictive to some users as drugs (crack) are to others.
In handheld terminology, a cradle is the more commonly used term for a docking station, where the cradle may also contain a synchronization button to automate the process of syncing the handheld device and computer system.