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Comment: Re: $7M is a big data center? (Score 1) 92

by pgnas (#45161707) Attached to: Oakland Is Building a Big Data Center For Police Surveillance
Certainly it is important that he technology is used with the best intentions. Police departments can do quite a bit with technology that is available. ALPR (license plate readers) DO locate stolen vehicles on a regular basis. Dash cam or In Car Video as well as body cams go a long way to protect citizens and officers, after all when you can see how things unfolded it is hard to dispute. Gunshot detection systems can detect within several feet the type of of gun being shot (and knows the difference between car backfire or fireworks), smart tactical mapping in the vehicle can help close up all of the egress spots and if there is a camera in the area, it can automatically move to the direction of the detection.
Good records management and CAD(computer aided dispatch) can warn the officer ahead of time what he /she might be walking into.
There are many ways technology can assist the agency in resource allocation for effectively assigning personnel to locations or determining staffing which can significantly reduce overtime that costs the cities money.
A good reporting system can get a cop from one assignment to another more efficiently as the reporting can be optimized, decreasing response time. Field identification can prevent the need to bring someone to a station for identification, the booking process can be cut down by at least 50-60%, which gets the cop back on the street where you want them.

Comment: Re: Interface? (Score 1) 92

by pgnas (#45161573) Attached to: Oakland Is Building a Big Data Center For Police Surveillance
I2 was purchased by IBM, their product i iBase purchased by IBM is an excellent example of of software capable of bringing in this type of data and building the relationships that get the value from the data. This has become part of IBMs predictive analytics Along with SPSS
There are many others on the horizon, however, there are not enough. It is time that the great minds, such as those here, start looking at developing solutions for law enforcement. There is a market out there for the person who is interested, that is for sure, the current players have been into it for a while, but they are built on old technology and I believe many lack the in-house talent to out it all together. Most of these companies were started by police officers who liked "playing with computers". Of course there are great companies out there, but they are few and far between, Hope that helped shed some light on the subject.

Comment: Re: some definitions for the non-native (Score 1) 92

by pgnas (#45161515) Attached to: Oakland Is Building a Big Data Center For Police Surveillance
You nailed it, not to mention the parking and violation information, tax key information, bus cameras, school surveillance, body cameras, squad GPS data and dash cam video,literally anything they can tap into. The social media is a big thing, capturing real time information at the scene can drum up witnesses, capture photos of the area prior to the incident, it all goes a long way. This is similar to the fusion centers throughout the US where these technologies are put to use. IBM has been focusing on bringing its predictive analytics to municipalities linking their RMS arrest and CAD call data they can really pinpoint with significant accuracy the homes their officers will be visiting. The ALPR systems can be linked from one municipality to another as well, tracking vehicle routes and times people are moving illegal substances or when rival gang violence may occur. Over the past 5 years law enforcement has been booming with technology. Today's police Chief is embracing technology and relies on it to make many of the daily decisions. Where the privacy issues come into play is that, like anything else, technology has grown at an alarming pace and laws have not kept up with the growth. Many cities do not have official retention policies for this data so, they are keeping it indefinitely. To compound the issue, the politicians who have to address policy regarding these technologies are non-technical people with little understanding of the implications. (I think this is easily the issue on the federal side as well, old guys who don't know what they are dealing with) So, get used to it is right. I say, embrace it, there are a lot of opportunities for people interested in bringing technology solutions to law enforcement. There are still a very large number of RMS vendors who are 5-7 years behind, slapping new interfaces over old technology, there is a demand for this and most of them have systems that are antiquated, lack modular design and require complete re-write in order take advantage of current technology.

Comment: It wasnt me... (Score 2) 999

by pgnas (#45150077) Attached to: US Government Shutdown Ends

President Obama, 'It wasnt me'...

Failure is an opportunity.
If you blame someone else,
there is no end to the blame.

Therefore the Master
fulfills her own obligations
and corrects her own mistakes.
She does what she needs to do
and demands nothing of others.

--Lao Tzu

I think the problem we are facing is a lack of good leadership.


+ - Has Hollywood run dry of creativity?->

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pgnas writes "As the Register reports via AP Wire, Warner Brothers is planning to re-make the king of classic Bruce Lee Kung Fu movies; Enter the Dragon.

The growing list of prequels, sequels, cookie cutter movies and obviously the remakes, the question begs to be asked; Has Hollywood run out of ideas?

Should Hollywood be ashamed of themselves as they have more resources at their disposal than they ever had? There is no doubt that the advances in CGI open the door to almost anything, so, where is the problem?

Is the problem in the process? Are Producers so afraid of risk that they dump potential in the trash?

Is the problem the tight nit elitists controlling the creative processes by only giving the green light to the "in" crowd?

I suspect that the problem involves a little of everything I mentioned as well as a little lazyness and obviously things I have just not yet thought about. So, I pose the question to the smart and in-tune Slash-dotters; What is wrong with Hollywood?"

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Comment: Is this Irony? (Score 1) 541

by pgnas (#19800573) Attached to: Music Industry Shaking Down Coffee Shops
After reading this, I am somewhat speechless. All I see is a twist of irony here; the gestapo tactics of this industry is alarming. I dont know where they will draw the line and when?

So, lyrics are out, Tablature is out... I wonder when they will shake down middle and high schools? They are onto a path where their greed is going to short-circuit the creative process.

Apperently, you cant teach people how to play either

This just demonstrates their short-sightedness.

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