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Comment: Re:They never answered the question... (Score 1) 137

by Matheus (#47274473) Attached to: Google and Microsoft Plan Kill Switches On Smartphones

The whole correlation != causation deal... What else transpired in the period their number represent? For example Android has made huge strides in market share so maybe the 19 % decrease on the i-side and 40% increase on the Android side is just representative of the number of phones available for theft?

Piss poor analysis!

Comment: Re:Facial Recog has a high failure rate (Score 1) 143

by Matheus (#47203405) Attached to: Chicago Robber Caught By Facial Recognition Sentenced To 22 Years

Blanket statement that just isn't true.. nice try tho. With a high quality gallery (which the mugshot gallery is) you can obtain failure rates significantly less than 1%. The big question here is the quality of the sample taken from the CTA's cameras. Angle and Resolution are the biggest issues with CCTV footage but quantity of cameras and availability of low cost/high-rez equipment are rapidly eliminating both.

Having spent years deploying these systems I'm sorry but your claim is just plain false. The most important part of the situation which was clearly spelled out in TFA: The Facial Recognition Match pointed the PO in the right direction. If it was a high quality match (high enough match score) then that result would hold weight in court BUT that's not what convicted him! Most of the time the hardest job for an investigator is *finding the perp. Once they had him from his Facial Match they were able to get corroborating witness testimony and even, it sounds like, confession. Those are what sealed the deal the match just put him in the cross-hairs.

Comment: Re:Um... McVeigh a hero? You lost me pal (Score 2) 449

So you're saying McVeigh was a hero because collateral damage is acceptable and the building in question was a "legitimate target that just happened to have civilians/kids inside".

I was going to write out a well reasoned argument but honestly the best response is "Are you fucking kidding me?!"

Well... a piece of it...
Whether you agree with McVeigh's politics or no at no point was he at war with the US. By his own admissions this was meant to send a message and is by definition a terrorist act. The blast also caused damage to hundreds of buildings that were not federal buildings. Even if the destruction had been limited to just that building this is a *office building bombed during the work day. Federal offices perform number of functions which inherently include civilians of all shapes and sizes (ages). He also stated that he wanted a high casualty count to emphasize his message. These were no accidental collaterals here.

You speak as if the BATF was lining their walls with children as human shields which couldn't be farther from the truth.


Comment: Re:Interesting Implication of Obvious Implication (Score 2) 83

by Matheus (#46843563) Attached to: Identity Dominance: the US Military's Biometric War In Afghanistan

Sad state of the world aside you're missing an important detail... this is *already over here. Do you have a drivers license? You're in a DB. Do you have a Passport? You're in a DB. Have you ever served in any branch of the armed forces? You're in a DB. Have you ever applied for clearance? You're in a DB. Have you ever been arrested for *anything? You're in a DB. As a child did you ever take a field trip to a local police station and get fingerprinted/etc? They kept all that... If you didn't answer yes to any of those questions then go ahead and continue your blissful existence off the grid but else you don't need to be paranoid. It is true. It is not hidden. This is already the way it is.

Comment: Re:Marketing... (Score 1) 68

by Matheus (#46828313) Attached to: Face Recognition Algorithm Finally Outperforms Humans

That's not really the point... this is a *specific set of known hard to match faces that is used as a measuring stick for Facial Recognition algorithms. The test is checking individual 1:1 compares NOT a 1:N search. Converting a 1:1 algo to 1:N work is a whole 'nother topic. Honestly nothing that they describe in the article is new (normalizing on facial features and fixed resolution images and Vectorizing the image) so hard to see where they made their improvements. My former employer had the best Facial algorithms in the biz up to and including the ability to distinguish identical twins given a high quality image and no data set training required BUT would be interesting to see how their algorithms hold up in comparison.

Comment: Re:Contractor Vs. Employee (Score 1) 193

by Matheus (#46816789) Attached to: Tech People Making $100k a Year On the Rise, Again

I have a different best of both... I'm a contractor who is a W2 employee of the consulting company I'm currently contracted through. I'm getting billed out at something like 2-2.5 of what I get paid but I'm still getting paid more like a contractor. Since I am W2 they are also covering my employment taxes just no bennies otherwise (PTO/Health/401K/etc)

When this contract is done there's no guarantee of anything beyond (from me or from them) but it's in their best interest to keep me feeding them money so I'm on the upper hand for next contract. Saves me the trouble of doing sales and in exchange I'm making less but honestly making nice $ so not concerned at the moment.

Comment: Re:Useless bullshit (Score 2) 60

Commas are such dangerous weapons... All of the deep seeded psychological issues exposed aside, the incest described by your final sentence would be cleanly done away with by removing most of the commas utilized. You could alternatively replace the word 'then' with 2 words 'followed by' or even easier 'and then' to make your intentions clear.

I may stand corrected in which case I owe your Husband-Father an apology (and child protective services a phone call!)

Comment: Re:Spare Change (Score 1) 320

Naw... it's everywhere. When I was going to school in Madison, WI you'd see this nice big ole Escalade drive up and lil street rats would pop out of Mommy and Daddy's car to the "Be home for dinner!" usual then go straight to a comfortable piece of concrete to spend the afternoon begging for change. Apparently it was cool (or just kept the kids busy and gave them candy/cig money so the parents supported it)

I hate the pretend poor... some people kids geez!

"The geeks shall inherit the earth." -- Karl Lehenbauer