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Criminals Are Using Flying Drones to Find Shropshire Marijuana Farms to Rob

concertina226 (2447056) writes | 7 minutes ago

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "Criminal gangs in the UK are using unmanned flying helicopter drones fitted with heat-seeking cameras to detect marijuana farms belonging to rivals so that they can then steal their crops.

A spate of violent robberies have taken place in Halesowen, Cradley Heath and Oldbury since the criminals know that they will not be reported to the police.

"I bought my first drone for a few hundred quid and learnt how to fly it over wasteland and fitted a Wi-Fi camera to it so I could look into people's windows," a 33-year-old unnamed source said.

"However, I noticed police helicopters used thermal imaging cameras to find cannabis farms because of the heat the hydroponic lights give off so I bought a second hand heat-seeking camera online and hooked it up to my iPad."

Using the remote-controlled flying drones, which can be bought by anyone for under £300, is much easier when trying to rob rival cannabis farms, as they are tiny, almost silent and can often fly overhead without people in the area much the wiser."

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Face Recognition Algorithm Finally Outperforms Humans

KentuckyFC (1144503) writes | 8 minutes ago

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KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "Face recognition has come a long way in recent years. In ideal lighting conditions, given the same pose, facial expression etc, it easily outperforms humans. But the real world isn't like that. People grow beards, wear make up and glasses, make strange faces and so on, which makes the task of facial recognition tricky even for humans. A well-known photo database called Labelled Faces in the Wild captures much of this variation. It consists of 13,000 face images of almost 6000 public figures collected off the web. When images of the same person are paired, humans can correctly spot matches and mismatches 97.53 per cent of the time. By comparison, face recognition algorithms have never come close to this. Now a group of computer scientists have developed a new algorithm called GaussianFace that outperforms humans in this task for the first time. The algorithm normalises each face into a 150 x 120 pixel image by transforming it based on five image landmarks: the position of both eyes, the nose and the two corners of the mouth. After being trained on a wide variety of images in advance, it can then compare faces looking for similarities. It does this with an accuracy of 98.52 per cent; the first time an algorithm has beaten human-level performance in such challenging real-world conditions. You can test yourself on some of the image pairs on the other side of the link."
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Chinese Aunties meet the FBI: Bitcoin in China

Haweinn (3612879) writes | 15 minutes ago

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Haweinn (3612879) writes "The expression literally translates as "Chinese auntie." The phenomenon of the zealous and thrifty Chinese middle-aged woman has been known for a long time, but only in the midst of 2013 was a neologism thought up for it.

At the height of the hysteria in November – December of last year, when the crypto-currency’s rate rose from US$200 to US$1200 within a month, the ‘Chinese auntie’ accounted for up to a quarter of the global turnover of Bitcoin. She was not mining coins, buying LSD on Silk Road or order murder from deep inside the Internet. She speculated and had fun.

- See more at: http://cointelegraph.com/post/..."

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Top Five Most Common Android Apps

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An anonymous reader writes "Top Five Free android Apps which are used in daily routine. People love to use these apps. Brazil Live TV , Angry Bird, Skype, Facebook and Pandora Radio. Learn more about this interesting content."
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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

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An anonymous reader writes "Game design is one of those jobs everybody thinks they can do. After all, they've played a few games, and they know what they liked and disliked, right? How hard could it be? Well, professional game designer Liz England has summed up the difficulty of the job and the breadth of knowledge needed to do it in what she calls 'the door problem.' Quoting: 'Premise: You are making a game. Are there doors in your game? Can the player open them? Can the player open every door in the game? What tells a player a door is locked and will open, as opposed to a door that they will never open? What happens if there are two players? Does it only lock after both players pass through the door? What if the level is REALLY BIG and can’t all exist at the same time?' This is just a few of the questions that need answering. She then goes through how other employees in the company respond to the issue, often complicating it. 'Network Programmer: “Do all the players need to see the door open at the same time?” Release Engineer: “You need to get your doors in by 3pm if you want them on the disk.” Producer: “Do we need to give everyone those doors or can we save them for a pre-order bonus?”'"
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Communication in Military Sector Can Be Done By Harris Tactical Communications

cjcomponent (3627621) writes | about half an hour ago

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cjcomponent (3627621) writes "All of the details which happen to be delivered with the communication devices in military communication network are built-in. From previous many yrs there may be the demand of communication devices. Earlier human execute the task of internal communication tactics. But as being the time passes the human communication was molded into visible and audible signals, and together with the advancement with the technology it acquired really designed into electronic age.
We are able to go ahead and take instance of Jane’s Military Communication which integrates textual content, audio, facsimile, tactical floor centered communication, terrestrial microwave, tropospheric scatter, naval, satellite communication units and equipments etcetera. Earlier sending and receiving of simple signals was utilized via the military communications which had been in some cases not able to acknowledge. Indicators had been the very first tactic that was employed because of the military communication technological know-how.
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Earnings and corporate deals lift US stocks

Biverarp (3627547) writes | 49 minutes ago

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Biverarp (3627547) writes "NEW YORK — Corporate deals and some solid earnings reports propelled the stock market to its sixth straight gain Tuesday.

Allergan surged after Valeant Pharmaceuticals said it had teamed up with activist investor Bill Ackman to make a bid for the Botox maker. Netflix and Harley-Davidson rose sharply after reporting earnings that beat analyst's expectations.

Stocks are rebounding from a slump earlier this month when investors dumped high-flying biotechnology and Internet stocks. The gains over the past week have been driven by a combination of better economic news and respectable, if not spectacular, earnings reports."

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UK construction industry warned of 'time bomb' from health and safety cuts

xunchin23 (3627589) writes | about an hour ago

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xunchin23 (3627589) writes "Deep Blue Group of Company Tokyo Networks

The construction industry is sitting on a "ticking time bomb", with inexperienced workers being recruited to work on London's major building sites at a time when safety standards are being run down, according to a former government adviser on the sector.

Baroness Donaghy, who wrote a landmark report, One Death Too Many, for the last Labour government, said there is a severe risk of a rise in deaths and serious injuries as building activity picks up during the recovery. Since 2001, 760 workers have died in industrial accidents on UK building sites.

The number of site-related deaths in London, where growth in construction is strongest, has doubled recently.

Donaghy said she was appalled by a 35% cut in the budget of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in 2011, after she had called in her March 2010 report for more funding to allow it to function properly as a regulator. The report was widely accepted by the Labour government, but has since been ignored by the coalition.

Donaghy predicted that companies would cut corners and that accident and deaths would increase. "If there is an upturn, as is obviously happening in London, there is a danger that skills have been lost during the recession, and people who are insufficiently skilled will be taken on. And that's when the deaths and accidents will start taking place."

She added: "I do believe that if the recession is ending, the number of accidents will increase. Is it a ticking time bomb? Possibly right, yes. There is a real danger, without a well-resourced HSE, that corners will be cut."

Only 10% of construction workers are trade union members and the industry has taken on increasing numbers of casual workers over the past two decades.

A freedom of information request from the construction workers' union, Ucatt, showed a 7% fall in unannounced inspections of construction sites between 2011-12 and 2012-13, though the HSE said the number of inspections had risen in 2013-14 to make up for that dip.

The FoI request also revealed a fall in improvement notices – which are HSE-issued orders to employers to address safety risks – from 1,021 in 2011-12 to just 800 the following year. And the number of employers being prosecuted for safety offences also fell, from 456 to 410.

Steve Murphy, the general secretary of Ucatt, said: "I sincerely believe the construction industry is chaotic. And deaths on sites will tragically rise in the next year."

However Heather Bryant, chief inspector for construction at the HSE, said the organisation was adequately resourced, and that construction was one of its priority areas."

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Can Mobile replace the Desktop and Laptop?

sharmila reddy (3622059) writes | 1 hour ago

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sharmila reddy (3622059) writes "I came across whole lot of industry leaders who used to write off Mobile as the future computing platform. Now it is the fact that Smart Phones sales have over taken the conventional Laptops and Desktops. Still I come across many who are skeptic about the mobile usage in Business, for various reasons. Some of them are size, data security, performance, storage, and so on. We at TechnoLabs, have been working by envisioning Mobility as the future computing platform.

Going by the revolution is in technology, it is not difficult to imagine that Mobile is going to replace the conventional computers. Cloud computing makes it much more viable. The entire application hosting happens at the server and the mobile is only the viewing device. About size limitation, it is not very far where folded mobile will find the place with in the corporate walls.

Please add your comments on this topic."

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