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SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfilePhil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, speaks on stage during the introduction of the new iPhone 5s in Cupertino, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 10.Good news for anyone fearful of being mugged for their shiny brand new iPhone 5S: you probably won’t get your finger cut off in the process.Talk of the fingerprint reader, the most touted new feature of Apple’s latest iPhone, inevitably turned to explainers about how it worked. The technology used for the device is called biometrics, and uses your fingerprint as a sort of one person, immutable password.Except for some business class laptops, where corporate level security is valued, and some smartphones including Motorola’s Atrix phone from 2011, fingerprint readers haven’t exactly hit the mainstream in the way that nearly anything promoted by Apple will do.But if your fingerprint is the key to the iPhone, someone probably said, what happens if you catch the attention of a violent mugger? In addition to getting your brand new phone stolen, will you suffer the indignity of getting your fingertip chopped off to be used as a morbid, decomposing keycard?The answer, as it turns out is no.According to Mashable, the iPhone 5S’s fingerprint sensor detects the sub epidermal layers of your skin.

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MANY cultures, MANY different points of view, plenty of clashes . It’s a huge series that takes time to get through, but I thought it was really interesting and enjoyable.posted by DingoMutt at 8:09 PM on November 18, 2017 [1 favorite]Also The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoetposted by Mchelly at 8:11 PM on November 18, 2017There’s a good chance you’re already familiar, but from your description The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin should be up your alley.posted by Gymnopedist at 8:13 PM on November 18, 2017 [5 favorites]Definitely got to recommend The SparrowYou might enjoy the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy, which takes places during the time when Christianity was coming to Norway in the 14th centuryposted by Ideal Impulse at 8:13 PM on November 18, 2017 [2 favorites]Pretty much everything Ursula LeGuin, although Always Coming Home is by far the most overtly anthropological!posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:13 PM on November 18, 2017 [9 favorites]Forgot one more great example:The Song of Achilles by Madeline MillerStunning in how it portrays a barbaric, Spartan, god laced Greek landscape.

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