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DARPA Wants Wireless Devices That Can Blast Through the Noise

December 22nd, 2012 12:11 admin View Comments

The Internet

coondoggie writes “What if your wireless communications just absolutely, positively have to be heard above the din of other users or in the face of massive interference? That is the question at the heart of a new $150,000 challenge that will be thrown down in January by the scientists at DARPA as the agency detailed its Spectrum Challenge — a competition that aims to find developers who can create software-defined radio protocols that best use communication channels in the presence of other users and interfering signals.”

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US Scientific R&D Could Face Fiscal Cliff Doom

November 26th, 2012 11:00 admin View Comments

Government

The tough economic times have had a huge effect on scientific research and development funding. The looming “fiscal cliff” may be the last straw for many programs. “The American science programs that landed the first man on the moon, found cures for deadly diseases and bred crops that feed the world now face the possibility of becoming relics in the story of human progress. American scientific research and development stands to lose thousands of jobs and face a starvation diet of reduced funding if politicians fail to compromise and halt the United States’ march towards the fiscal cliff’s sequestration of federal funds.”

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Shut Up and Play Nice: How the Western World Is Limiting Free Speech

October 15th, 2012 10:16 admin View Comments

Censorship

concealment writes “In the face of the violence that frequently results from anti-religious expression, some world leaders seem to be losing their patience with free speech. After a video called ‘Innocence of Muslims’ appeared on YouTube and sparked violent protests in several Muslim nations last month, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned that ‘when some people use this freedom of expression to provoke or humiliate some others’ values and beliefs, then this cannot be protected.’ It appears that the one thing modern society can no longer tolerate is intolerance. As Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard put it in her recent speech before the United Nations, ‘Our tolerance must never extend to tolerating religious hatred.’”

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Facebook Disables Face Recognition In EU

September 21st, 2012 09:03 admin View Comments

Facebook

SquarePixel writes “Facebook has disabled face recognition features on its site for all new European users. The move follows privacy recommendations made by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner. Tag Suggest information has been turned off for new users, and Facebook plans to delete the information for existing EU users by October 15th. ‘The DPC says today’s report (PDF) is the result of evaluations it made through the first half of 2012 and on-site at Facebook’s HQ in Dublin over the course of two days in May and four in July. The DPC says FB has made just about all of the improvements it requested in five key areas: better transparency for the user in how their data is handled; user control over settings; more clarity on the retention periods for the deletion of personal data, and users getting more control over deleting things; an improvement in how users can access their personal data; and the ability of Facebook to be able to better track how they are complying with data protection requirements.’”

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Google Awarded Face-To-Unlock Patent

September 5th, 2012 09:51 admin View Comments

Cellphones

An anonymous reader writes “CNet reports that Google was awarded a patent yesterday for logging into a computing device using face recognition (8,261,090). ‘In order for the technology to work, Google’s patent requires a camera that can identify a person’s face. If that face matches a “predetermined identity,” then the person is logged into the respective device. If multiple people want to access a computer, the next person would get in front of the camera, and the device’s software would automatically transition to the new user’s profile. … Interestingly, Apple last year filed for a patent related to facial recognition similar to what Google is describing in its own service. That technology would recognize a person’s face and use that as the authentication needed to access user profiles or other important information.’”

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New Face Paint Protects Soldiers Against Bomb Blasts

August 27th, 2012 08:26 admin View Comments

The Military

Zothecula writes “For millennia, face paint has helped soldiers avoid being seen by enemy forces. Recently, however, a team of scientists from the University of Southern Mississippi announced that a new type of face paint may soon also be able to protect against the heat of bomb blasts and other explosions. Additionally, a clear version of the paint could be used by civilian firefighters.”

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Windows 7 Is the Next Windows XP

August 22nd, 2012 08:31 admin View Comments

Microsoft

snydeq writes “Windows XP’s most beloved factors are also driving business organizations to Windows 7 in the face of Windows 8. ‘We love Windows 7: That’s the message loud and clear from people this week at the TechMentor Conference held at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Wash. With Windows XP reaching end of life for support in April 2014, the plan for most organizations is to upgrade — to Windows 7,’ indicating ‘a repeat of history for what we’ve seen with Windows releases, the original-cast Star Trek movie pattern where every other version was beloved and the ones in between decidedly not so.’”

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EFF: Americans May Not Know It, But Many Are In a Face Recognition Database Now

July 19th, 2012 07:08 admin View Comments

Facebook

colinneagle writes “People are not going to, nor should they have to, start walking around outside with a bag over their head to avoid security cameras capturing images of them. Yet ‘face recognition allows for covert, remote and mass capture and identification of images — and the photos that may end up in a database include not just a person’s face but also how she is dressed and possibly whom she is with. This creates threats to free association and free expression not evident in other biometrics,’ testified EFF Staff Attorney Jennifer Lynch. There are 32 states that use some form of facial recognition for DMV photos. Every day, Facebook happily slurps up and automatically scans with facial recognition software about 300 million photos that users upload to the social networking giant. ‘Face recognition is here to stay, and, though many Americans may not realize it, they are already in a face recognition database,’ Lynch said. In fact, when you stop to consider Facebook “at least 54% of the United States population already has a face print.” Now it purchased Face.com which had 31 billion face images profiled.”

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Probing an ‘Invisible’ Exoplanet’s Atmosphere

June 27th, 2012 06:01 admin View Comments

Space

astroengine writes “To study the atmospheres of planets beyond the solar system, astronomers have had two choices: pick one that flies across the face of its parent star relative to Earth’s perspective (an event known as a transit), or wait for a new generation of more sensitive space telescopes that can directly capture the planet’s faint light. Now, there’s a third option. Using a cryogenically-cooled infrared detector on a telescope in Chile, astronomers ferreted out beams of light coming directly from Tau Boötis b, a massive planet about 50 light-years from Earth.”

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How to Keep Facebook From Recognizing Your Face

June 21st, 2012 06:02 admin View Comments

Now that Facebook has bought facial recognition vendor Face.com, many users are worried that the giant social network will use the technology to infringe on their privacy. While you can’t stop Facebook from grabbing the facial-recognition data, there are ways to limit the service’s use of that information.

Security vendor Sophos has posted step-by-step instructions on how to prevent Facebook from using that facial-recognition data to suggest to other users that they tag their pictures with your name.

While Facebook users can’t stop the company from gathering the information, the privacy settings in their accounts lets them pull in the reins and take some control over which photos bear their names.

“This doesn’t mean that Facebook won’t learn about what you look like and associate it with your likes and friendships,” writes Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, in the company’s blog. “But it does mean you can opt out of Facebook using the data it has collected on your appearance,”

Simple Steps

The steps are fairly straightforward.

Simply go to “timeline and tagging” in the privacy settings, click on “edit settings” and then select “no one” on the option “who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded.” Press “OK,” and you are done.

This opt out procedure reflects Facebook’s general approach when it comes to privacy. Users typically have to opt out of sharing personal information, as opposed to being asked beforehand. By comparison, Google+ asks users for permission before applying facial-recognition technology.

Facebook had been using the Israeli startup’s technology for some time, but the buyout was announced on Monday. Actually owning Face.com is expected to lead Facebook to more deeply integrate the totechnology into its services.

The Increasing Importance of Pictures

For Facebook, a picture seems to be worth far more than a thousand words. Before its initial public offering in May, Facebook told potential investors in regulatory filings that photos were expected to add value to the company.

The Face.com acquistion is only the latest attempt to make the most of how their used on the site. Two months ago, Facebook paid $1 billion for Instagram, a service for easily sharing photos by mobile phone.

But just because Facebook thinks pictures are important doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to let it do anything it wants with your image, and your image. You own your face, Facebook doesn’t.

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