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Submission + - Tech startup claims to spot potential criminals based on facial structure ( 2

neanderslob writes: Tech startup Faception has developed technology that it claims can detect potential criminals based on the structure of their face. The new company claims to have developed 15 different classifiers that evaluate common personality traits with 80% accuracy. The technology is based on the idea that genes that govern our facial structure correlate with certain personality traits. Faception further states that it has signed a contract with a homeland security agency to help identify terrorists.

Comment Re:The system screwed up... (Score 1) 211

You say this as though they're being found "not guilty" due to an error. Instead they're being sentenced and serving time, just not as much time as originally prescribed. The question is whether it's worth the cost (time, effort, familial disruption, credibility of the system) to make these people serve the objective duration of their subjective sentence. Given that the time issued for a given charge is quite varied from case to case, I'm not sure it is.

Submission + - Hyperloop Construction Starts Next Year With the First Full-Scale Track (

neanderslob writes: Hyperloop Transportation Technologies plans to start construction on an actual hyperloop next year. The idea is to build this to serve the proposed Quay Valley (A 150K resident solar power city in Kings County California, developed by Kings County Ventures). The project will be paid for with $100 million that Hyperloop Transportation Technologies expects to raise through a direct public offering in the third quarter of this year. The track itself will be a 5 mile loop and won't reach anywhere close to the 800mph that Musk proposed in his white paper but it's a good start!

Submission + - White House won't back Tesla's Direct Sales Initiative (

neanderslob writes: Last Friday, the whitehouse rejected a petition to "allow Tesla Motors to sell directly to consumers in all 50 states." The rejection, written by Dan Utech, stated: "as you know, laws regulating auto sales are issues that have traditionally sat with lawmakers at the state level." The letter went on to defend the administration by citing their initiatives "in promoting vehicle efficiency."

In response, Tesla is firing back, blasting the whitehouse for a lack of leadership on the issue and stating:

"138,469 people signed the petition asking the White House to allow Tesla Motors to sell directly to consumers in all 50 states. More than a year later, at 7.30pm EST on Friday as most of America prepared for the weekend, the White House released its disappointing response to those people. Rather than seize an opportunity to promote innovation and support the first successful American car company to be started in more than a century, the White House issued a response that was even more timid than its rejection of a petition to begin construction of a Death Star,"O’Connell said. "Instead of showing the sort of leadership exhibited by senior officials at the Federal Trade Commission who declared their support for consumer freedom of choice, the White House merely passed the buck to Congress and trumpeted its advances in promoting vehicle efficiency. Given the economic and environmental principles at stake, we would have hoped for stronger leadership and more action."

Submission + - Microsoft, Google Say They're Moving Forward With NSA Lawsuit (

neanderslob writes: Microsoft and Google say that they're pushing forward with a lawsuit against the US government in the interest of making information about surveillance requests public. The lawsuit, originally filed earlier this summer, was delayed in hopes that resolution could be reached with negotiations. These negotiations, however, failed and the two companies say they will be taking action.

Comment Awesome! (Score 1) 221

I suspect it will be a tradeoff in which the act of making an image will become much more processor-heavy. But the act of rendering and storing it will be much lighter. At the risk of going over the top, I'd say that this new technology might be a decent parable of caution to the true-believers in the predictive abilities of mathematical instruments: just because you can trace a set of data with a Fourier Series, doesn't necessarily mean you understand anything about the governing dynamics responsible for the phenomenon in the first place... but maybe I'm overextending myself. ;)

Comment Re:No, the US has too much freedom for Apple. (Score 1) 1303

I'm reading Steve Jobs' biography right now and the man's legacy seems to be one of perfectionism and profound hypocrisy, especially in light of the article above. Steve Jobs was an orphan whose biological parents demanded that he be adopted by a college educated family. When the educated family backed out on him, he was picked up by a blue collar machinist with only a high school education; but he had a steady job and was involved in a working community where jobs received the stability he needed to work hard and make something of himself. The man was an orphan, used the social safety net of 1950s America to its full capacity, did his early work at Atari (not manufacturing overseas) with only a high school diploma, got Atari to pay part of his way to "find himself" in India, and now his multi-billion dollar company says it doesn't owe the United States employment? Disgraceful but what do you expect from a man who got into computers by playing around with hardware, only to create a computer company that forbids the user from customizing the hardware on their machine. Steve Jobs was remarkable in many good ways...but his legacy is very mixed.

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