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Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

ian_po Re:Does it matter? (139 comments)

Mod Parent up. This is true. Google still force you to agree to "Google+ Pages" Terms of Service in order to have a pseudonymic voice on YouTube.

about 4 months ago

Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

ian_po Re:My Windows Skype just booted me during a call! (267 comments)

Many people have petitioned to have the "ring all speakers" re-implemented.

There is a feature in some versions of MacOS X that allow you to create a logical Multi-Output Device for audio playback. The documentation says: "If you have several stereo output devices, you can have audio play through all of them by creating a multi-output device..." You can create a Multi-Output Device in Audio MIDI Setup.app if the feature exists in your OS. Then you could try setting the new device as the sound effects output in: System Preferences:Sound:Sound Effects:Play sound effects through:. This all presupposes that the Skype app uses the sound effects device for it's alerts and not the regular System Preferences:Sound:Output device. If skype alerts used the regular output and you have regular output set to a Multi-Output, it might be annoying if every speaker and line out is blaring your voice chats in surround sound.

about 6 months ago

Fixing a 7,000-Ton Drill

ian_po Re:Virtual tour (101 comments)

Wow! Macaulay's Castle was a favorite picture book growing up. But I don't think I ever read Underground :(

about 6 months ago

Fixing a 7,000-Ton Drill

ian_po Virtual tour (101 comments)

Whether or not Mitsubishi fucked up their cutter head bearing design, or Seattle Tunnel Partners forgot to read the documents that described the exact location of the previous exploratory bore pipe, regardless of if it's even possible to sucessfully extract the cutter head without sinking the current viaduct with all the additional excavation and ground water pumping, this virtual video flythrough from four years ago is my favorite thing to come out of the project.

And if you enjoy crappy flash web cam software, you can watch the current progress on the cutter head replacement shaft here.

about 6 months ago

Reverse-Engineered Irises Fool Eye-Scanners

ian_po Pupil dilation (98 comments)

Ok, so current systems can be tricked with photographs, and that seem pretty silly. But future versions could record stereo images while altering the illumination of the subject's eye. Properly functioning (attached) human eyes should have irises that dilate with extreme changes to illumination. By masking the subjects eye or eyes from the surrounding environment and changing the illumination levels over time, a complex system could measure pupil dilation characteristics to evaluate if the eye before it is valid and alive. Randomly timed flashes would be hard to predict and might cause predictable blinking in most humans in addition to dilation changes. By using stereo images, the system could also verify the 3 dimensional shape of the changing iris, which would be much harder to fake with pictures.

Add an infrared camera to mesure eye temperature and faking iris with a screen gets even harder.

more than 2 years ago

Google Wave Preview Opens Up On Sept 30th

ian_po Re:What is it? (118 comments)

Wave is the future, but does anybody know the transition plan to move the entire planet from email/IM to wave? Whats the migration path? Is wave backward compatible with email or IM?

more than 5 years ago

Can you afford to cut up your credit cards?

ian_po Re:Debit cards have a PIN? (718 comments)

Why the heck would you want to report them? It's Visa's policy, fine, but I don't want to be some snitch going around busting someone because they are doing a "good thing". Thats just silly. Hopefully your intention was just to point out that Visa has this policy and not because you are an impatient jerk who cares more about following some corporation's rules and ratting people out because you had to spend 2 whole seconds digging thru your duct tape wallet.

more than 6 years ago



Terminal Mixup Implicates TSA Agents in LAX Smuggling Plot

ian_po ian_po writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ian_po (234542) writes "The U.S. Attorney's office has filed indictments against 7 people, including two Transportation Security Administration Screeners and two former TSA employees, after federal agents set up several smuggling sting operations. The alleged smuggling scheme was revealed after a suspected drug courier went to Terminal 5, where his flight was departing, instead of going through the Terminal 6 checkpoint his written instructions directed him to. Court documents indicate the plan was to return to Terminal 5 through a secure tunnel after being allowed through security by the accused Screener. The courier was caught with 10 pounds of cocaine at the other checkpoint by a different TSA agent. If convicted, the four TSA employees face a minimum of 10 years in Federal prison."
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QwestDex.com search feature sucks

ian_po ian_po writes  |  more than 12 years ago Original Message Follows:
This email is regarding the search function of QwestDex.com

I did a search for "local 7" in "wheat ridge, CO". The only time your
crap ass search engine ever made a match with exactly what I typed in
was when I entered "United Food & Commercial Workers Local 7" which is
the exact name the listing has. If I knew I had to type the exact name
to find what I was looking for it might have saved time. Take a lesson
from google.com and allow searches like "local 7" to match to "United
Food & Commercial Workers Local 7" (and any other business with local 7
in its name) as 'local 7' is contained within the business title.
Otherwise what is the point of having a search engine.

Ian *****,
Computer Scientist.

From: Internet Group Customer Service <igcs@uswest.com>
Date: Fri Feb 15, 2002 09:33:36 AM US/Mountain
To: <*******@*****.***>
Subject: Re: your search function sucks (************)
Reply-To: Internet Group Customer Service <igcs@uswest.com>

Hey Ian,

Thanks for those very kind words. But don't mistake your ignorance on
the subject of directory regulation for us having a poor search

We are NOT a search engine or search function such as google.com. We
are an on-line version of the QwestDex directory. As the on-line
version of the directory, we MUST list the names EXACTLY as they appear
in the directory. If people want to be found listed different ways in
the printed directory, they must pay for those additional listings. The
same is true for the on-line directory. If United Food & Commercial
Workers Local & wants to be found in the phone book as Local 7, they may
buy and additional listing.

Think about it Ian, would you look in the printed book for Local 7?
Would you look for a McDonalds under Mickey D's? No.

Now, we are fully aware that there are search engines that can find
similar business names, but that is not the business we are in. We are
a Yellow Pages advertiser. The free service that we provide you of the
White Pages Business look up is paid to you by the Yellow Pages
advertisers who find our sight highly successful.

Again, I am sorry that you do not like our site. If you are looking for
a particular business, google.com is great. If you are looking for a
service or product and don't have a particular business in mind, give us
a shot.


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