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+ - Forensics Expert says Al-Qaeda Images Altered

Submitted by WerewolfOfVulcan
WerewolfOfVulcan (320426) writes "Wired reports that researcher Neal Krawetz revealed some veeeeeery interesting things about the Al-Qaeda images that our government loves to show off.

From the article: "Krawetz was also able to determine that the writing on the banner behind al-Zawahiri's head was added to the image afterward. In the second picture above showing the results of the error level analysis, the light clusters on the image indicate areas of the image that were added or changed. The subtitles and logos in the upper right and lower left corners (IntelCenter is an organization that monitors terrorist activity and As-Sahab is the video production branch of al Qaeda) were all added at the same time, while the banner writing was added at a different time, likely around the same time that al-Zawahiri was added, Krawetz says." Why would Al-Qaeda add an IntelCenter logo to their video? Why would IntelCenter add an Al-Qaeda logo? Methinks we have bigger fish to fry than Gonzo and his fired attorneys... }:-) The article contains links to Krawetz's presentation and the source code he used to analyze the photos."

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 1) 966

by Arakonfap (#13584589) Attached to: Trigonometry Redefined without Sines And Cosines
I actually enjoy math, personally, but I have to agree with the parent - the majority of development is -not- math. There are a few specialized fields that are require a good math foundations (like you mentioned; image processing, sound, video, etc), but that makes up a very small percentage of developed software.

Most software development these days is for internal applications, encapsulating business logic. The hardcore math in the small percentage that requires it typically is encapsulated into a very small library/package, with the bulk of the code being logic/structure/UI -around- that package.

Behind every great computer sits a skinny little geek.