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Doom-Like Video Surveillance For Ports In Development 56

oranghutan writes "A research and development group down under is working to develop an advanced video surveillance system for ports around the world that uses video superimposed onto a 3D map. With 16-megapixel high-definition cameras on a distributed (cabled) network and a proprietary system written in a variety of languages (C++, Python, SQL, etc.), the group from NICTA is aiming to allow security teams at the Port of Brisbane — which is 110km long — to monitor shipping movements, cargo and people. By scrolling along a 3D map, the security teams can click on a location and then get a real-time video feed superimposed onto the map. Authorities from around the world with the right permissions can then access the same system. The main difference from regular surveillance systems is the ability to switch views without having to know camera numbers/locations and the one screen view."

Comment Re:Going to Oxford (Score 1) 1095

The Eagle and Child (or Bird & Babe as we call it) is a bit rubbish now and I'm sorry to say - always full of American tourists(!) which keeps the locals out...

The University/Pitt Rivers museum (they are in the same building) are definitely worth a look - and I can't believe that no-one has mentioned the Ashmolean, which has just been re-done and is an astounding museum - world class really.

Thanks to the person who mentioned the Steampunk exhibition - I'm going to have to go and check that out myself!

Comment Re:Kingston (Score 1) 112

The M series is a rebadge of the 1st-gen X-25M and the V uses the crappy JMicron controller (albeit slightly modified to prevent some of the worse problems seen with that)

Probably the best Kingston to consider is the V+ (not very imaginative with their names are they?) which uses the superior Samsung controller - basically the same as the Corsair P-series, OCZ Summit Series and Samsung’s own PM series.

The other (better in my IMO) option are the SSDs using the Indilinx controller, such as the Patriot Torqx, OCZ Vertex and G.Skill Falcon series - these do support TRIM and Indilinx will support with future firmware updates. As far as I know Kingston does not offer their own version of this, maybe due to its close relationship with Intel in the SSD market?

Comment A great console (Score 4, Interesting) 193

This is true, it was a fantastic console and such a shame it didn't last the race. I remember playing Phantasy Star Online over the 56k modem before the term MMO even existed. And I still would rather play that than WoW. With Soul Calibur, Jet Set Radio, Power Stone, Crazy Taxi and of course Shenmue it seems that the Dreamcast proved that quality games is not enough to survive in this particular market. RIP!

Comment Re:So obvious it MUST be true :-/ (Score 1) 652

Err... I think you missed the context of this one. He's probably referring to the fact that people (from Aristotle) assumed that it was obvious heavier objects would fall proportionately faster than lighter ones until someone actually did it - cf Galileo's famous experiment on the tower of Pisa. This point that 'obvious' facts are only obvious until someone actual bothers to go and look is well-made imo.

Comment Re:ugh (Score 1) 238

Yes in fact here's the list of the requirements nVidia insisted on for all the sites that got to take a first look at this early sample, which is why you'll notice they all review the same games and why none of them mention power, noise etc...

Top 5 Games benchmarks only

Plus one other title of their choosing

No other benchmarks period

No acoustic measurements

No power measurements

No PhysX testing or benchmarks

This is as stated by one of those sites that got a sneak peek

Comment The solution... (Score 1) 583

is clearly to go back to using cartridges! Seriously, with the advances in solid-state storage why aren't console manufacturers looking at the original alternative? I can imagine the initial cost would be higher than burning DVD after DVD but in return you'd get (relatively) damage-proof games as well as greatly reduced loading times in-game.

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