Sunday, May 19, 2019

Tech News

Technocracy: UK Pedestrian Fined $115 For Avoiding Facial Recognition Camera.
Police fined a pedestrian £90 for disorderly behaviour after he tried to cover his face when he saw a controversial facial recognition camera on a street in London.

Officers set up the camera on a van in Romford, East London, which then cross-checked photos of faces of passers-by against a database of wanted criminals.

But one man was unimpressed about being filmed and covered his face with his hat and jacket, before being stopped by officers who took his picture anyway.

After being pulled aside, the man told police: ‘If I want to cover me face, I’ll cover me face. Don’t push me over when I’m walking down the street.
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C|NetGood reasons not to trust tech companies.
...why wouldn't a company like Facebook go the extra step and just listen in on our conversations through our phones?

"Most Americans can't go through their day without having one of these companies in their lives," said Margaret O'Mara, a history professor at the University of Washington and author of The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America.
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TechTalksSelf-driving forklifts are here.
...factories and industrial complexes are closed environments, and are much more predictable. There’s no threat of kids running in the forklift’s path, and the lighting, weather and traffic conditions are usually constant. “The rules for forklifts are easier than self-driving cars because the environment is structured,” [says Saurav Agarwal, CTO and co-founder at Stocked Robotics, an Austin-based AI company focused on automating industrial vehicles].
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Here's a trip down memory lane. TechSpotThe Most Memorable Game Controllers over the past 40 years.
The departure from the arcades has drastically morphed how players control games. Here we will take a look at some of the more memorable gamepads and controllers for consoles and PC over the last four decades.
How many do you remember? Hit the link for more.


 PC Gaming Technology circa 4th 5th Millennium BC
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ZD Net: Six ways the new Mac Pro could go terribly wrong.
Once upon a time, Apple understood extreme pro users. From about 2006 to about 2012, Apple sold what is fondly referred to as the "cheese grater" Mac Pro, so named because the holes on the side of the unit were reminiscent of a cheese grater.
Then, in 2013, Apple introduced what's come to be known as the "trash can" Mac Pro, because it looks like a glossy little trash can. When Phil Schiller introduced it, he was so proud of it that he bragged, "Can't innovate, my ass."

Since then, that machine has been pretty much a failure.
It's entirely possible the new Mac Pro could go horribly wrong:
#1 Proprietary modules and module interfaces

#2 Limited module selection

#3 Lack of user maintainability and some kind of unexpected lock-in

#4 Lack of, or minimal upgradeability

#5 Form over functional heat management

#6 Pricing that limits purchases to high-end enterprises only
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Extreme Tech: Elon Musk: Tesla Broke in 10 Months Without ‘Hardcore’ Cost Reduction.
Tesla may have just raised $2.7B in additional funding, but the company’s cash burn rate is so high, even that amount won’t keep the lights on for very long. According to CEO Elon Musk, the company is instituting “hardcore” cost-cutting rules and scrutinizing every penny that leaves the firm.["]
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MobileSyrupJustin Trudeau to launch Digital Charter to combat hate speech and disinformation.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his government will be launching a digital charter in order to combat hate speech and online disinformation.
“We look forward to working alongside internet companies, but indeed, if they do not choose to act, we will be forced to continue to act in ways that protect Canadians and we will have more to say about the kinds of tools we will be using in the coming weeks and months,” Trudeau said.
Learn To Code Launch Digital Charters.
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Technology.Org: Same computer password for the last 10 years? You might need a vibrating cybernudge.
Researchers say changing human behaviour key to foiling cyberattacks.
People routinely put off, ignore or forget cyber security measures such as changing passwords, updating privacy settings and locking computer screens.
So..."passwordABC1", "Admin123" and "tHatsHitheadBoss88"...I should change those then...?


Mullah Lodabullah said...

Some parts of Britain have very few uncovered, visible faces left to scan.

David Drake said...

@ Mullah, facial recognition of crowds by governments is so wrong it sets my minds reeling. We need to resist.
Thanks for stopping by!

BB-Idaho said...

Hate those facial recognition gizmos. In my case, I always get a
Siri guffaw.

David Drake said...

@ BB, facial recognition usually ends up ID'ing me as either Mick Jagger or Ruth Ginsburg. I don't know why... :)
Tech will kill us, man.. Tech continues to outpace law and ethics and we need to address it and implement oversight before it expands to a point where controlling becomes beyond our grasp.

Meanwhile...I wonder if there's an autonomous evil-AI forklift chasing a warehouse worker somewhere?
Always happy to hear from you, BB.

Bunkerville said...

I started out with a commodore 64... then the dreaded Dos commands. Yep, I recall the a few of the joysticks. Been quite a ride.. and a lot of fun.

David Drake said...

@ Bunkerville, DOS is where I started, yep. All those fun commands. Turn on the PC, make coffee, change oil on the car, walk back in and it was almost done booting :)

Thanks for stopping by.

BB-Idaho said...

Self driving forklifts:
1. I toured the Leinenkugel brewery over WI a few years back. Quite
impressive, except for the forklifts: 4 stack pallets wobbling as they careened around us tourists (were they turbocharged?) and I thought they would be outlawed at our ammunition plant. Surely a robot forklift would be in less of a hurry.
2. My son drove forklift in college at a frozen pea plant. He laughed that it had no brakes and to stop the thing they slowed down
and pointed it at the nearest wall. Would a robot put up with that?
3. Back when Japan was the guru of all things robotic, they factories that ran all night, moving stuff, riveting stuff, packaging stuff.* The sole humanoid was the janitor, who one night
was picked up by the spray paint robot and painted to death. I forget the color. So, yeah..doesn't matter who or what drives the
things, just leave me out of the way! :)
*the Japanese have eased off on robots: elderly ladies are just as
careful and efficient and cost far less.

David Drake said...

@ BB, I didn't know Leine was still being made, but then, am not much of a beer drinker.
Forklifts have brakes; must've been a while ago that your son drove one?
I remember a homeless man in the UK who died last year from being spray painted by some POS thugs, I don't recall the Japanese guy story. What a terrible way to go.
I'd like to think autonomous forklifts would have the same sensor monitors that autonomous cars have, keeping them from running into other things and people. In a perfect world, auto-forklifts could be restricted to only a very slow speed, in a warehouse or factory that is void of humans and animals. Am guessing the adage that speed saves time and money, unless an auto-forklift injures or kills someone, or runs into something it shouldn't.
Just read a few articles on the dangers of 5G. Tech will kill us all, eventually.
Thanks for dropping by BB.