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Boston Police Chief: Facial Recognition Tech Didn't Help Find Bombing Suspects

bc90021 Wasn't It As Much Individual Photog & ID? (235 comments)

If I'm not mistaken, the CCTV footage was not as useful... what did help was the one man who took a picture of the bomber (unbeknownst to him at the time), and more importantly, the unfortunate man whose legs were blown off at the knees who valiantly gave an ID from his hospital bed.

about 2 years ago

Race On To Fingerprint Phones, PCs

bc90021 Interesting For Computer Forensics (139 comments)

This has VERY interesting possibilities for digital forensics as well. I get the feeling that the bluecava guys aren't even aware of that possibility yet. This would allow web interactions to be more thoroughly traced to a particular machine. Given the ability of most companies to put a particular person behind that machine (whether surveillance or electronic controls), suddenly your machine AND your interactions are subject to investigation at any time.

more than 4 years ago

Tooth Regeneration Coming Soon

bc90021 How Is This Good News? (289 comments)

For those of us with "soft" teeth (and you know who you are), this is a REALLY *bad* development! I don't want to re-grow my teeth. In fact, I want to get rid of the originals! I would REALLY like to see advances in implant technology, and a reduction in price. I'd like to have all my teeth replaced. I've already had seven root canals, at least two crowns (with six more on the way) - why can't I just get them all replaced?

(As an aside, most dentists seem to want to "save" teeth. I can't see any reason for this. Furthermore, implants are expensive - to have my 28 teeth replaced at $4k/tooth would cost $112,000. If I had the money I would do it.)

about 6 years ago

RIAA Case May Be Televised On Internet

bc90021 Re:Televise? (221 comments)

Thanks - I came here to post this as well. "Broadcast" would be much more appropriate.

more than 5 years ago

Acorns Disappear Across the Country

bc90021 There Are Plenty Here In McLean, VA (474 comments)

Since Arlington is only 15 minutes from here, I have to wonder what they're doing down there... there are plenty of acorns here in McLean, VA. For that matter, the squirrels have been highly active in this area, and I see them burying acorns all the time. Maybe they've stolen them all from Arlington?

more than 6 years ago



Best Netbook So Far?

bc90021 bc90021 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bc90021 writes "With all the "netbooks" that are out there, which one is the best? I started reading about the new Dell Mini Inspiron 9, and searching Google for reviews on that led me to other similar products from Asus (eee), Lenovo (Ideapad), MSI Wind, and a host of others. Asus alone seems to have enough netbooks to make this question relevant. The criteria: less than $500, solid state drive, reasonably fast processor, and it should be capable of running Linux, Windows, and possibly Mac OS X. (Yes, I know, it's for experimentation purposes, and yes, I own a copy.) Obviously, the more the better (larger drive, faster processor, etc.) within the initial criteria, and I'm not afraid to open up a machine to upgrade if necessary. What do Slashdotters recommend?"

bc90021 bc90021 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

bc90021 writes "Electrical engineers from UC San Diego are making progress on a different kind of image search engine — one that analyzes the images themselves. At the core of this Supervised Multiclass Labeling (SML) system is a set of simple yet powerful algorithms developed at UCSD. Once you train the system, you can set it loose on a database of unlabeled images. The system calculates the probability that various objects or "classes" it has been trained to recognize are present — and labels the images accordingly. After labeling, images can be retrieved via keyword searches. Accuracy of the UCSD system has outpaced that of other content-based image labeling and retrieval systems in the literature."


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