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Submission + - Privacy Advocates Walk Out in Protest Over U.S. Facial Recognition Code of Condu->

Taco Cowboy writes: Nine privacy advocates involved in the Commerce Department process for developing a voluntary code of conduct for the use of facial recognition technology withdrew in protest over technology industry lobbyists' overwhelming influence on the process

“At a base minimum, people should be able to walk down a public street without fear that companies they’ve never heard of are tracking their every movement — and identifying them by name — using facial recognition technology,” the privacy advocates wrote in a joint statement. “Unfortunately, we have been unable to obtain agreement even with that basic, specific premise”

The Commerce Department, through its National Telecommunications and Information Administration, brought together “representatives from technology companies, trade groups, consumer groups, academic institutions and other organizations” early last year “to kick off an effort to craft privacy safeguards for the commercial use of facial recognition technology”

The goal was “to develop a voluntary, enforceable code of conduct that specifies how the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights applies to facial recognition technology in the commercial context”

But after a dozen meetings, the most recent of which was last week, all nine privacy advocates who have participated in the entire process concluded that they were thoroughly outgunned

“This should be a wake-up call to Americans: Industry lobbyists are choking off Washington’s ability to protect consumer privacy,” Alvaro Bedoya, executive director of the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law, said in a statement

“People simply do not expect companies they’ve never heard of to secretly track them using this powerful technology. Despite all of this, industry associations have pushed for a world where companies can use facial recognition on you whenever they want — no matter what you say. This position is well outside the mainstream”

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Submission + - SPAM: What is cataract ?

An anonymous reader writes: Cataract is an eye disease in which clouding of lens takes place which is normally clear. Lens becomes foggy and decreases the vision. It is developed gradually with the age. It can develop in both eyes, but it does not pass from one eye to other, it is not contagious. It is progressive and painless. In this condition lens become opaque. Refractive index of lens varies which results in variation in transmitted light. Change in lens proteins, cell structure leads to change in refractive index of lens. Opacity may be due to aggregation of proteins on the lens. There is breakdown of lens architecture which results in cataract.
Lens plays the major role. In normal eyes when light passes through lens, it is focused on retina which has light sensitive receptors and processed by the brain and we see the image. But when the lens become cloudy there is change in refractive index of lens and leads to blurry vision. This may lead to difficulty in driving, reading and recognizing face but initially wearing glasses can solve the problem.
Cataract can be due to age factor or it can be due to some mutations or genetic alterations since birth or due to any eye injury or diseases like diabetes.

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Submission + - Billboard advertising banned products in Russia hides if it recognizes cops

m.alessandrini writes: In response to a ban of food imported from the European Union, an Italian grocery in Russia hired an ad agency to create a billboard with a camera and facial recognition software, that's able to change to a different ad when it recognizes the uniform of Russian cops. Link:

Submission + - SPAM: 11 Year Old Coder Live Stream at

seolivecodingtv writes: Harrison is currently working on developing a "Galatica-like" game. He also wants to start learning Objective-C, Swift (iOS), C, C++, C#, HTML and CSS. Harrison prefers the Livecoding.TV platform over YouTube because he doesn't have to edit his videos, which is boring and time consuming.
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Submission + - Two Programmers Expose Dysfunction and Abuse in the Seattle Police Department->

reifman writes: Programmers Eric Rachner and Phil Mocek are now the closest thing Seattle has to a civilian police-oversight board. Through shrewd use of Washington's Public Records Act, the two have acquired hundreds of reports, videos, and 911 calls related to the Seattle Police Department's internal investigations of officer misconduct. Among some of Rachner and Mocek's findings: a total of 1,028 SPD employees (including civilian employees) were investigated between 2010 and 2013. (The current number of total SPD staff is 1,820.) Of the 11 most-investigated employees—one was investigated 18 times during the three-year period—every single one of them is still on the force, according to SPD. In 569 allegations of excessive or inappropriate use of force (arising from 363 incidents), only seven were sustained—meaning 99 percent of cases were dismissed. Exoneration rates were only slightly smaller when looking at all the cases — of the total 2,232 allegations, 284 were sustained. This is partly why the Seattle PD is under a federal consent decree for retraining and oversight. You can check out some of the typically excellent Twitter coverage by Mocek from his #MayDaySea coverage.
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Submission + - Perfect Binding Machine->

faldocutter writes: The Perfect Binding Machine offered by the Faldo Company, that’s comes various types of binding machine models. This machine is Ideal for those who occupied full range of binding service. The machine lives up to expectations by setting the spread and spine pre applied with paste. The paper is put into the spine and is held against the spine to guarantee that the paste touches the paper.
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Submission + - SPAM: Design Schools In India Along With Design Colleges In India

SpanDigitSocial writes: As our society get closer to each other in terms of social culture, cult following and associating ourselves with the society around a new thought is being laid amongst the young. This thought process has shaped the way they look at their lives and careers. Eventually, students are filling up the queues in Design Schools in India as well as in Design Colleges in India.
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Submission + - Meet the SeeTel Phoenix, the first Android phone designed and made in Africa->

An anonymous reader writes: The SeeTel Phoenix makes use of an Android 4.4.2 operating system with plans to upgrade to 5.1 in the near future. It is equipped with two cameras, one a 5MP rear camera and the other a 2MP front camera. Internal storage is pegged at 8GB and a microSD slot is included for extra storage. Powered by 1GB RAM and a 1700 mAH lithium ion battery the device is dual-SIM compatible and should cost less than R3 000.
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Submission + - Russia to close 40% of its universities by 2016->

Taco Cowboy writes: According to Russian Minister of Education and Science Dmitry Livanov the number of Russian universities will be cut by 40% by the end of 2016

Livanov said the number of universities was five times higher now than during the days of the USSR and was too high: “This is mainly the result of the opening of a huge number of private universities during the 1990s. Unfortunately, the results of our monitoring showed that the quality of education provided by some of them is very poor

He said that some institutions acted as “offices for the sale of certificates that do not have an established training process and qualified teachers”

The majority of cuts will affect private universities that provide a poor standard of education. This year, quality checks officially started on 10 March, and the results will be submitted to the Education Ministry by 30 May

An official spokesman for the ministry said it was a possible that some of the closed universities, including their infrastructure and teachers, could be absorbed by other regional universities that would continue to operate

As part of the plans, up to 100 universities will be subject to quality assessments over the next few months and this may result in some being closed. The process is set to be completed by the middle to the end of 2016

The latest plans have been welcomed by some of Russia’s leading employers. German Gref, President of Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank which employs about 240,000 workers, said the nation needed a transition to a new model of education

“At present, the majority of Russian students, teachers and employers are unhappy with the quality of higher education. In the case of employers, about 60% consider the quality of higher education in the country to be inadequate, and in need of improvement,” Gref said

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