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Google Announces Image Recognition Advance

safetyinnumbers Re:what would be useful (29 comments)

findimagedupes builds a database of fingerprints (basically a scaled-down monochrome image) and can call an external program with the matching duplicates. You could read the resolution in the external script using jhead or exiftool.

about a month ago
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Researchers Develop $60 Sonar Watch To Aid the Visually Impaired

safetyinnumbers Re:Nice, but seems we could have better. (30 comments)

Yes, I first heard of similar devices decades ago. Back in the 70s, I think, there were handheld units and I remember seeing a sonar system built into spectacle frames (I don't know if it was a practical design, not sure how it was powered).

I think that the story here is that it's cheap and built into a watch, although I'd have thought that a handheld device would still be better for aiming as well as battery life.

about a month ago
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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

safetyinnumbers Re:oh boy! (253 comments)

For example, pretending to not discriminate on age by asking precisely selected interview questions.

"Reaction time is a factor in this, so please pay attention. Now, imagine you see some children on your lawn. What's your reaction?"

about a month and a half ago
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Charity Promotes Covert Surveillance App For Suicide Prevention

safetyinnumbers Re:Um (74 comments)

It depends on how the app works.

Does it work like an old-style program that performs some computation and does something, or is it a 'cloud'-based app, i.e. it sends all the raw data off to some server somewhere?

Given that it is said to send an email instead of just display a notification, I suspect the latter, in which case you're sending those potentially 'followers only' tweets off to a third party.

about 2 months ago
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

safetyinnumbers Re: Idiotic premise (269 comments)

I could totally see it being coupled with email accounts

Yes, if either via a separate program or as part of an existing service, everyone had a personal mailing list, the 'social network' aspects would be separated from the transportation method. You would 'follow' someone by sending them a subscribe message (or your app would do it when you clicked a button).

A reader could display a digest of all such mails from the people you follow (maybe sorted by tags added to headers).

Someone without any specialized program could still subscribe and get your mails. Conversely a webmail service like GMail could dress it up to look G+, where someone replying to one of your messages would appear as 'posting on your page'.

The initial draw of a social network is the ease of broadcasting your (possibly inane) thoughts to everyone who wants to hear from you. You don't do that to everyone in your contact list because they've not signed up to know what you had for breakfast. A way of collecting a willing audience is all that's needed.

about 2 months ago
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BitTorrent Performance Test: Sync Is Faster Than Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox

safetyinnumbers Re:and speed was never the point of dropbox (124 comments)

And all the others were uploading an online copy too, so this isn't a like-for-like comparison (I think that DropBox, at least, supports direct local network copying but would probably be making the online backup at the same time).

about a month ago
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

safetyinnumbers Re:More changes I don't want ... (173 comments)

It wasn't threading, it was displaying a thread as one scrollable page that was the innovation. I'd not seen a newsreader or mail client that did that before. Combined with collapsing of quoted text (which was an old idea, I think it was in Eudora or Xnews or something, at least), it's an easier way to read through a thread, removing one level of navigation (paging through messages merged with scrolling down a single message).

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

safetyinnumbers Re:Safe deposit box (268 comments)

You should consider creating par2 parity files, which can repair as well as detect corrupt files.

about 3 months ago
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Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

safetyinnumbers Re:Just one detail they've overlooked (355 comments)

Garmin GPS units have been showing ads for years. It used to be a small message on the search screen or something, but I read that the newer ones display on the screen when they sense that you're stopped (e.g. at lights). So when upgrading I switched to another brand, despite being a fan or Garmin.

about 7 months ago
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Opting Out of Big Data Snooping: Harder Than It Looks

safetyinnumbers Turn targeted ads to your advantage (248 comments)

At the start of every day, go to amazon and Google and search for lingerie (or appropriate underwear for your gender of choice).

All day long, web pages you visit will be filled with pleasing images.

about 8 months ago
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Anonymous' Airchat Aim: Communication Without Need For Phone Or Internet

safetyinnumbers Re:System requirements (180 comments)

People are comparing this to packet radio. Well, the first software I used for internet access was ka9q, originally for HAM use. And it ran on DOS. So there's no need to feel left out.

about 8 months ago
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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

safetyinnumbers Re:QWERTY Keyboard (276 comments)

There were some with a full set of calculator keys which included a stylus clipped to the strap.

Also there was the PalmOS Fossil watch (a stylus, but no keyboard).

about 8 months ago
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Google Project Ara Design Will Use Electro-Permanent Magnets To Lock In Modules

safetyinnumbers Re:So If I Drop My Phone (62 comments)

Only if you don't opt for the airbag or parachute modules.

about 9 months ago
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USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge

safetyinnumbers Serious omission (208 comments)

Just as with the lightning connector, they make a big point that the plug is reversible but NO mention of whether the socket can be used either way around!

about 9 months ago
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Canonical Shutting Down Ubuntu One File Services

safetyinnumbers Re:other suggestions? (161 comments)

And it has versioning via the website. You can see all recent activity, revert to old versions and undo deletions.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

safetyinnumbers You first (531 comments)

An anonymous reader writes "Whenever I install a fresh operating system on my computer, I immediately grab a handful of programs that I simply must have.

And yet won't tell us what they are?

about 10 months ago
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Facebook Estimates Around 10% of Accounts Are Fake

safetyinnumbers Re:Ya think, Zuck? (140 comments)

due to FB's policies, legitimate users feel compelled to put in fake names, birthdates, locations, schools, employers, etc.

Or in fact not put most of those in at all. Facebook is still trying to guess which continent I live on (it occasionally asks if I live in cities related to my friends list). I haven't given any info about education, work or interests (although I'm sure there's a big profile on what interests me based on what I click on).

about a year ago
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James Dyson: We Should Pay Students To Study Engineering

safetyinnumbers Re:Bagless Vacuum (321 comments)

And when you empty the vacuum, you get to breath a giant cloud dust

What are you doing? Maybe it it different for some models, but for mine, you place the end of the canister into a trash bag and pull the trigger on the handle. You can even close the base again by pushing it while it's still in the trash bag.

about a year ago
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Does Anyone Make a Photo De-Duplicator For Linux? Something That Reads EXIF?

safetyinnumbers Re:findimagedupes in Debian (243 comments)

I've used findimagedups. IIRC, it rescales each image to a standard size (64x64 or something) then filters and normalizes it down to a 1-bit-depth image.

It then builds a database of these 'hashes'/'signatures' and can output a list of files that have a threshold of bits in common.

That's how it can ignore small changes, it loses most detail and then can ignore a threshold of differences.

It would fail if an image was cropped or rotated, for instance. It could handle picture orientation it it was modified to store 4 versions of the signature, I guess.

It won't actually remove images itself (I wrote a script to read it's output and delete listed images matching a specific path).

I needed it because Dropbox was 'fixing' orientation when it uploaded images and I wanted to clear out ones I'd backed up directly from the camera. (I usually delete duplicate images based on hash.)

about a year ago

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