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Comment: Re:Photographic law precedence (Score 1) 194

by OzPeter (#47705291) Attached to: Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

If a person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, peeping tom laws already say you cannot look or take photos.

Tell that to the paparazzi. There is a whole industry devoted to finding public locations where you can spy on celebs, and then using the longest telephoto lens needed to get the shot.

Comment: Photographic law precedence (Score 4, Interesting) 194

by OzPeter (#47704723) Attached to: Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

From TFA

Two City Council members today will unveil a draft ordinance that would make it a crime to use a drone to film, audiotape or photograph people on their private property without their consent.

Which basically goes against well established photography law that basically says if you can see it from a public location then its fair game.

OTOH I'm not sure how you can reasonably legislate pics taken from drones. Do you now define a private location to include the airspace above it? But what if I am in public airspace, yet high enough to see over a wall?

Comment: Re:Truly sad (Score 1) 358

by OzPeter (#47693835) Attached to: Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

Honestly, just substitute "bus" for any other mode of transportation. Go out on a limb and consider the greater possibilities.

There will always be something/someone that this will not affect, great. Maybe you living in a nuclear bunker with a sophisticated air and water filtration system, good for you.

What about the people at risk?

Apparently Facebook's expertise is needed here as well

Comment: Re:Truly sad (Score 4, Funny) 358

by OzPeter (#47693723) Attached to: Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

It's everyone's problem when some person in Liberia, is now scared for his life and flees without knowing he is carrying the virus. In 48 hours he might be sitting next to you on a bus!

Ha! Ain't going to happen.

I live in a suburb in the US with ZERO public transportation options. Not only that I won't pass them on the street either as there are no frickin' sidewalks as well.

Comment: Re:Not Sports (Score 1) 39

by OzPeter (#47669751) Attached to: Soccer Talent Scouting Application Teams Up With Video Game Publisher

This, along with the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, etc., etc., are nothing more than big business. When players are bought and sold, the "team" with the most money normally wins. I'm very much in favor of seeing elite competition, but all of the chest thumping by teams like this is meaningless.

I have a saying "Sport is something you do, entertainment is something you watch"

But what is even more criminal is all these teams that have all that money to spend on their players, still force cities to build them stadiums and training facilities, or they threaten to walk. That is is a racket, plain and simple.

Comment: Re:All that money... (Score 1) 39

by OzPeter (#47669735) Attached to: Soccer Talent Scouting Application Teams Up With Video Game Publisher

And I still have to turn it off after a couple minutes because it's putting me to sleep.

So right there bro. That's why I'm drawn to the NFL. That is just so exciting to watch in comparison. The anticipation of spotting the 15 minutes totality of the ball actually in play over a three hour game is so addictive. That really keeps me on the edge of my seat every time. Its like an extended "Where's Wally?" game right there on my TV. /sarcasm

Haters going to hate no matter what.

You don't like the sport, then turn it off. No one is forcing you to watch it, and no-one is saying that you have to like it.

Comment: My local library (Score 5, Insightful) 165

by OzPeter (#47666211) Attached to: Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

My local library doesn't just have books.

It has:

Books (well yeah)
Audio Books
Meeting Rooms
Internet Access

In general it is trying to position itself as a local community resource

Somehow I can't see all of that being replaced by a Kindle, and thats without even going into what limited selection of titles the Kindle will have.

Comment: Re:Doesn't the kinect use an ordinary camera? (Score 4, Informative) 31

This system is very different. The Kinect has a deep field of view, but all the demos show this working in a very short range. I haven't yet read the paper, but I'm wondering if that's the point of the IR.

From watching the video my understanding is that they illuminate the subject with a fixed IR source and map the drop off of the reflected IR in 2D space and then interpret that drop off as a depth map of the object they are looking at. Which looks surpassingly accurate for the sort of use cases they demonstrate. They also point out that this technique is not a general purpose 3D system.

Comment: As predicted in Better Off Ted (Score 4, Insightful) 31

At the very end of the video it describes how the system is tuned to skin albedo. The only problem with this is that various races around the world have different albedos - which does have a real world effect in photography when trying to expose correctly for skin. In the video they mentioned training the system on the user, but all users shown in the video were white - so I can't say how well it would work for non-whites. But in general I am impressed with what they have done.

Back in 2009, in Better Off Ted episode 4 "Racial Sensitivity", they developed a security system that had issues with skin albedo and not detecting (from memory) dark skinned people - which resulted in all sorts of hijinks for the African American employees

Comment: Re:I can't change my fingerprint (Score 0) 383

by OzPeter (#47646469) Attached to: DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

I can change my password anytime if I think somebody copied it. I cannot change my fingerprint or retina. There is no way I'm giving random webshops or google my biometric data.

Given that your current password is not stored in plain text (hard to keep a straight face when typing that), I'd assume that your retinal password would not be stored as a plain image file as well.

Instead I can imagine that a hash of your retinal image is stored as your password, and that you can update your retinal password by rescanning your eyes and generating a new hash, which you can authoritatively tell the server is now your new password. Thus when the server is hacked and your retinal password compromised, you can generate a new one.

Note that I am not a security researcher and have no idea if what I just said is pure BS or not. However I would hope that people who ARE security researchers have already thought about these aspects.

Comment: Re:For comparison (Score 3, Interesting) 267

by OzPeter (#47618963) Attached to: Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

This is roughly the equivalent of blocking Windows Vista. Vista was released in 2007 (January) as was Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard 2007 (October)

And my desktop Mac is stuck on Snow Leopard because Apple decided that my hardware can't run any OS-X later than that, regardless of the CPU being capable of doing it.

Comment: I like to dick with FB (Score 2, Interesting) 130

by OzPeter (#47607511) Attached to: Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

Yes I have a FB account (for various reasons) but when ever I get the chance I always flag ads as being sexually explicit with the hope that it wastes more FB resources than they gain from me. Yeah, it may not actually do anything, but it keeps me happy.

(Likewise I also report unsolicited emails from major companies as spam)

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