Is the World Ready For Facial Recognition On Google Glass?
I'd love facial recognition. I have a really bad memory for names and faces, and I often end up in the embarrassing situation of meeting someone in the street who knows who I am but I only vaguely recognise their face and certainly don't remember their name. Having a prosthetic "face to name" system would save me from many embarrassing situations.
No, I'm fairly certain you have a memory for names/faces not much better or worse than anybody else.
It's just that people who appear to be better at it than you are simply more aware if its importance and, have gone to the trouble of employing various memory aids and tricks to help them do it effectively.
I'm speaking as a snowboard instructor, who must memorise the names of a class of 12 more-or-less instantly on introduction to them at the start of the first lesson. Because teaching a class without being able to address individuals by name is noticeably harder.
Chinese Lunar Probe Lands Successfully
Interesting addendium to the interesting addendoim....the Daily Expresses' actual Muirhead picture receiver, that got plugged into the big dish at Jodrell Bank, still survives and is preserved in the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.
Check here http://www.watermargin.com/vietmain/speed/speed.html if you want to hear what the signal from a Muirhead sounds like, and presumably what the people at Jodrell actually heard coming from the moon.
I'd rather be spied on by ...
Missing option (and most likely).
All of them.
New High Tech $100 Bills Start To Circulate Today
I feel sorry for North Korea - what are they going to do for hard currency now, unless can catch up with this?
Though saying that, the $100 is essentially an Asian currency as that's mostly where it circulates. Not a bad thing for the US - they get $100 for printing each one, the bills disappear overseas forever and so never contribute to US inflation.
Existing Drugs Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Bugs
Here's a hint: Stop indiscriminately throwing antibiotics at everything that moves. It's precisely the over-use of these drugs that has created the problem in the first place.
Why would pharmaceutical companies want to do that? As maximising profit presumably requires them to maximise sales of their products, and hence maximise usage.
Nissan Plans To Sell Self-Driving Cars By 2020
Will autonomous vehicles have to have a driver on board? If not then delivery companies would love the idea of sacking all theirs. The public might not like having to fetch their parcels from a truck pulled up on the street outside their house, rather than have them delivered to the door, but meh.
Another thought, how long after the technology becomes commonplace before the first non-suicide truck bomb? If I can think it up, then presumably the security apparatus can also, and is right now considering this possibility; it'll be interesting to see what rules and restrictions come into force to try and prevent it.
Researchers Discover First Use of Fertilizer
Rearrange the words of the headline and the story still makes sense...
First Researchers Discover Use of Fertilizer
Boston U. Patent Lawsuits Hit Apple, Amazon, Samsung, and Others
I think this nicely illustrates the situation.
US Hacked Chinese University Network
Presumably a deal has already been struck with the Russians -Âa debriefing in exchange for sanctuary.
Given his alternative is likely 50 years of solitary confinement in a concrete box in a Supermax, it's hard to blame him.
Marriages Spawned From Online Dating As Satisfying As From Traditional Dating
Online is just one of many ways to meet someone initially... it still takes a shitload of work to make it work.
Bit of a digression, but during the UKs recent Gay Marriage debate, an awful lot of conservative/religious commentators were spouting endlessly about how 'natural' marriage is.
If that's so, why do married people always go on about what hard work it is. Surly 'natural'='easy'.
Mice, Newts Retrieved After a Month Orbiting Earth At 345 Miles Up
It's the 12th in a series of missions that have been (infrequently) flown since the 70's.
UK Passes "Instagram Act"
Can you imagine how pissed-off Disney would be if Song of the South , the full version of which has never been released on US home media, suddenly went public domain because it had never been released?
While that idea means companies wouldn't necessarily lose profit, the fact they would lose control (and the ability to suppress undesirable works) would mean they'd hate it and lobby heavily against it.
Bruce Schneier On the Marathon Bomber Manhunt
Unlike the 70's or 80's terrorist, the modern one is expecting to die or spend the entirety of their life in prison as escaping the law simply won't happen. So one would expect them to be looking for simple plans with a high chance of success to avoid their 'sacrifice' being in vain.
Instead, there does seem to be a succession of broken-up terrorist cells, who devise bizarre, baroque plots that take so long to plan and set up that they invariably show up on various intelligence services' radars, long before they're even close to executing their plan. I assume they're then carefully watched, and allowed to proceed just long enough to thoroughly incriminate themselves. In fact, one such bunch has just been sentenced in the UK - http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/apr/18/luton-terror-plot-four-jailed
I suppose the odd thing about the Boston two (assuming it was just them) is that they deviate from this pattern.
Bruce Schneier On the Marathon Bomber Manhunt
Our only real defense against terrorists is that terrorists are A) stupid and B) incompetent. Terrorists fixate on certain targets, such as airplanes. We all know that if you wanted to disrupt air transportation these days, the airplane itself is one of the least vulnerable targets, but they keep focusing on the airplanes.
There are excellent reasons for them fixating on airplanes. If you tale a look at the history of non-vehicle suicide bombings, you'll find they rarely kill more than a dozen or so people. I'm guessing, but I assume that's the ideal circumstance (from the terrorist's PoV) when he or she detonates the largest bomb that can feasibly concealed on the body, in the middle of the densest crowd.
A much smaller bomb smuggled onto a plane will bring it down, killing perhaps 300 or 400 – around a factor of 30 more.
Police Capture Second Marathon Bombing Suspect in Watertown, Mass.
Would you prefer your NATO liberators arrive in F-14s or Yugos?
You are aware the Grumman F-14 Tomcat was retired by the US Navy in 2006, and is now only flown by the Islamic Republic of Iranian Air Force?
I don't know about Yugos.
Seniors Search For Virtual Immortality
See Schneier: The Internet is a Surveillance State
So, not only is every action, every message, every visited website recorded. But it's also going to persist forever and will, ultimately, be probably be the most concrete mark made by your existence on this planet.
Though I'm not sure it'll be much use to future historians; I'm sure the information will be heavily paywalled as some deranged capitalist is bound to think the porn habits of people who've been dead 200 years still has commercial value.
NASA Says Asteroid Will Buzz Earth Closer Than Many Satellites
"... has no chance of striking Earth"
Famous last words.
Because the laws of dramatic irony obviously trump the laws of physics.
Linguistics Identifies Anonymous Users
Why all the civil-liberties hand-wringing? Just how hard is it to read some of the papers on stylometric analysis to see what markers are used, then write a script that randomises them but preserves the sense of the text. Make it a Firefox plugin so it's done automatically. It's a better solution than using Google translate to go English to $language, $language to English.
For extra fun, change your text so its stylometric markers match up with E. L. James, or the leader writer of the Washington Post.
Dirigible Airship Prototype Approaches Completion
I should point out that aside from the Hindenberg, the only time airships ever went down in flames was during World War 1, when they were being shot at. Even then, German Zepplins could take a lot of damage, and it was only when British aircraft started carrying a mixture of explosive and incendiary rounds (called Buckingham and Pomeroy mixture, after the inventors of the two bullet types) that they could feasably destroy a Zeppelin. Even then, aircraft attacking Zeppelins sometimes found themselves firing hundreds of rounds, at a range too close to miss, and having no. Remember, today we don't doubt the safety of 747s, simply because World War 2, B-17 bombers used to come apart when they were shot at enough.
Also during World War 1, the British operated hundreds of SS Class, Coastal Class and NS Class, non-rigid blimps. Not a single one was lost to fire during 10's of thousands of flying hours. Admittedly, several WW1 British airships were destroyed in a catastrophic fire in a hanger, but that was because one Darwin Award nominee decided to get busy with testing a radio, while he was standing in a puddle of petrol that was leaking from a broken fuel tank.
So I'm inclined to write off the Hindenberg as a on-off, at a time when aircraft routinely dropped out of the sky. I might even go so far as to give a tiniest whisker of credence to the conspiracy theory, that it was down to an anti-Nazi saboteur.
Now, I fully appreciate hydrogen dirigibles will absolutely never, ever, ever, fly again simply because of PR and (well justified) safety fears. But I guess my point is that they could be made safe, or at least, safe enough if there was a need.
Algal Biofuels Not Ready For Scale-Up
require 44–107% of the total nitrogen and 20–51% of the total phosphorus
I don't understand how the nitrogen and phosphorus is consumed. Presumably the end product is supposed to be some kind of hydrocarbon fuel. In which nitrogen and phosphorus are neither needed, nor particularly desirable.
If the two end up somewhere else, in some waste product of the process, then why can't the waste be processed and the two elements recycled?
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