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NSA Can Retrieve, Replay All Phone Calls From a Country From the Past 30 Days

b1ng0 Good (320 comments)

So why don't they start tracking the phone calls that were made from flight MH370?

about 10 months ago

Firefox 23 Makes JavaScript Obligatory

b1ng0 Stop Feeding the Troll! (778 comments)

Stop posting this "user's" aka Dice's stories on Slashdot! His entire history of posts all link to the user's own i-programmer.info site in order to generate traffic and ad impressions. Enough is enough already!

about a year and a half ago

Beautiful Data

b1ng0 What's the deal with eldavojohn (18 comments)

Is eldavojohn some kind of Slashdot shill? He has 4 articles on the main page just in the last 2 days while there are numerous other more interesting stories that could be posted.

more than 4 years ago

Open Source Music Fingerprinter Gets Patent Nastygram

b1ng0 Use pHash (487 comments)

Use pHash instead, my open source perceptual hashing library that can detect similar audio, video, images and text files. It does not use Shazam's patented algorithm, which isn't all that great anyhow.

more than 4 years ago

Google's New Scheme To Avoid Unlicensed Music

b1ng0 Not New (213 comments)

This is known as a perceptual hash. We have a perceptual audio hash in pHash, my open source software project that will tell you how similar two media files are to each other. It also features an indexing system to find the best matches from a sample audio clip, a la Shazam. These algorithms are not new by any means, although this patent goes a bit further than simply matching audio samples.

more than 4 years ago

Google Offers Encrypted Web Search Option

b1ng0 Update your Firefox search bar (288 comments)

To take advantage of the change in your Firefox search bar on Linux, edit the ~/.mozilla/firefox/xxxxxx.default/search.json file and change all URL references to Google to "https" where xxxxxx is the random string created by Firefox. I assume it's similar for other operating systems.

While this is a step i nthe right direction, I believe only the results of your search are encrypted, not the search string itself. Perhaps Google should make the search a POST and not a GET. That should solve the problem of your search string appearing in the URL.

more than 4 years ago

Mpeg 7 To Include Per-Frame Content Identification

b1ng0 pHash (273 comments)

Or you can simply use my wonderful open source library called pHash.

more than 4 years ago

LegalTorrents Launches Copyright-Compliant Tracker

b1ng0 Hashing (113 comments)

Their SHA1 hashing method will not be sufficient to detect most copyright infringements. Even one bit change in a file will result in a completely different SHA1 hash. I am the creator of pHash, which is well suited for this type of similarity search. The hashes do not need to be identical in order to detect duplicate or similar files, and similar files will have hashes that are "close" to one another. This is really what they should be using.

more than 5 years ago

How To Prove Someone Is Female?

b1ng0 My Rule (1091 comments)

1) Ask them, are you a girl?
2) Have you always been a girl?
3) If not, can you keep a secret?

Works for me ;)

more than 5 years ago

Philips Develops Roadside Drug-Testing Device

b1ng0 Source (647 comments)

I'd want to see the source code for this thing. I am sceptical due to the whole roadside breathalyzer court case that is still ongoing.

more than 5 years ago

Ant Mega-Colony Covers the World

b1ng0 Re:Obligatory quote (359 comments)

It has nothing to do with the blue color but rather the chalk crystals are too sharp for the ants to cross without it puncturing their exoskeleton.

more than 5 years ago

Analyzing YouTube's Audio Fingerprinter

b1ng0 pHash (116 comments)

This seems like a good time to pump my own open source project: pHash. pHash is a perceptual hashing library that computes hashes for audio, video and image files, with text and PDF hashing coming soon. We use an algorithm similar to YouTube's audio fingerprinting method but we do not only take into account the first 30 seconds. Although, it's impossible to tell from this basic test whether their algorithm truly only looks at the first 30 seconds, or if the algorithm considers them to be different audio files. If the song is only 1 minute in duration, and 30 seconds is blank, is that really the same audio file as the full 1 minute version? At some point the audio files are not really the same anymore, although the perceptual hashes should be somewhat close to each other. Please give pHash a try. We could use some feedback from the OSS community and would appreciate it greatly.

more than 5 years ago

Ford To Introduce Restrictive Car Keys For Parents

b1ng0 Performance? In a Ford? (1224 comments)

Do Fords even go up to 80?

more than 6 years ago



The GIMP used to solve homicide

b1ng0 b1ng0 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

b1ng0 (7449) writes "The acclaimed show "Forensic Files" on TruTV is airing an episode tonight that features The GIMP and how it was used in a homicide case. Has The GIMP gone mainstream now that it's been featured on TV? "Coming up July 18 at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time, we have another episode that might inspire some investigators. "About Face" tells the story of a Jane Doe skeleton and the steps detectives took to identify her. They had a skull and photos of missing women, and wondered if there was a way to do a comparison without paying a high-tech lab thousands of dollars for photo or video superimposition. A dedicated team at the University of North Carolina's Wilmington campus did some trial and error experimenting. They took photos of the skull tilted at the same angles as the women's heads in the missing persons photos, and compared them using a free program available online called The GNU Image Manipulation Program or "GIMP" for short. (Check out the GIMP here: www.gimp.org) I won't tell you how it turned out, but I will say bones can be used to identify someone — long after they're gone.""


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