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Facial Recognition Software To Go Public That Allows Identification from Online Photos

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Computer software that can scan images and then check those results against online photos and video is soon to make a public debut. Needless to say, privacy advocates are concerned. Andy Bloxham writes in the Telegraph:

The program works by scanning the relative positions of the eyes, nose and mouth and claims to be accurate in nine out of 10 cases. It can then search the internet for further images of the same individual and, in tests, unearthed untagged photos which had not previously been seen by some of the people in them.

The managers of Face.com, which created the software, told the Sunday Times that 5,000 developers were already using it. Gil Hirsch, its chief executive officer, said: “You can basically search for people in any photo. You could search for family members on Flickr, in newspapers, or in videos on YouTube.”

Such software has previously been the domain of Governmental organisations such as the UK Border Agency or inside social networking platforms.

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Vogue’s Oil Spill Fashion Spread

vogue-italia-water-oil-spill-3The centerpiece of this month’s Vogue Italia is a 24-page fashion spread dedicated to the Gulf oil spill — that is, featuring models mimicking dying, oil-covered, beached animals. Nice as it is to see the fashion world engaging in real issues, spending thousands of dollars on a spread to sell luxury items to the rich may not be the most sensitive way of doing so. Via Refinery29:

There’s no denying that these images from the oil spill editorial in Vogue Italia’s August 2010 issue are beautiful. The 24 pages of Kristen McMenamy, shot by Steven Meisel, are realistic interpretations of images of injured, oiled animals that have inundated the news media since the Deepwater Horizon explosion in April. As beautiful and provocative as they are, we can’t help but feel uneasy. Creating beauty and glamour out of tragedy seems quite fucked up to us, not to mention wasteful and hypocritical, seeing as thousands of dollars of luxury clothing was flown in, and then subsequently ruined for the shoot.

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$45 Garage Sale Find Was Worth $200 Million

Ansel_Adams_and_cameraA California man bought $200 million worth of rare Ansel Adams negatives for $45 at a yard sale — some of the 5,000 that were feared lost by Adams when his studio was destroyed by a fire in 1937. But are they real?

Adams’ grandson is now disputing their source, saying they aren’t marked with the numbers Adams used for cataloging, and that some of the labels contain suspicious misspellings. The Fresno painter who discovered the negatives insists he’d been rebuffed in attempts to have Adams’ grandson involved in the authenticating — and handwriting experts have verified that the handwriting on the labels does belong to Adams’ wife.

So while Adams’ grandson argues it’s “irresponsible to claim that they’re Ansel,” this could still end up being the most valuable garage sale find of all time!

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Baby Chaps: Eco-Friendly Diaper-less Baby Clothes

Source: Passed Ports blog

Source: Passed Ports blog

From the Passed Ports blog:

All over China little babies and toddlers are running around with their bums hanging out. It’s kind of hilarious. From Lhasa to Chengdu to Beijing, many people simply don’t use diapers at all. But, if you put an untrained, diaperless kid in regular clothes, there’s going to be a mess. So the solution? Tiny baby crotchless chaps.

The littlest babies have a one-sie version: imagine a long bib, with strings that tie around the waist, and strings hanging down from the bottom corners which tie around the thighs. From the back it’s nothing but strings. Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos of these.

It is socially acceptable for babies and toddlers then just do their business whenever/wherever they need to, so long as they are outside. However there comes a point when it is not so cute. Some might argue that when kids achieve a certain level of mobility and social awareness, they really should be wearing underwear in public places…

[full story with more photos at the Passed Ports blog]

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You Have The Right To Photograph Federal Buildings – So Long As You Don’t Actually Try It

One of Matt Urick's photos

One of Matt Urick's photos

Why do we put up with this kind of police state nonsense? Good to see Washington’s mainstream newspaper, the Post, highlighting the issue:

A few weeks ago, on his way to work, Matt Urick stopped to snap a few pictures of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s headquarters. He thought the building was ugly but might make for an interesting photo. The uniformed officer who ran up to him didn’t agree. He told Urick he was not allowed to photograph federal buildings.

Urick wanted to tell the guard that there are pictures of the building on HUD’s Web site, that every angle of the building is visible in street views on Google Maps and that he was merely an amateur photographer, not a threat. But Urick kept all this to himself.

“A lot of these guys have guns and are enforcing laws they obviously don’t understand, and they are not to be reasoned with,” he said.

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Man Arrested for Photographing Cop Who Followed Him Into His Home

No Cell Phones!Rosa Golijan writes on Gizmodo:
We've discussed the legality of recording on-duty police officers in the past, but that was in the context of public streets. What if the officer you're photographing followed you into your home — without just cause? A man named Francisco Olvera found out what happens when he was arrested for "illegal photography" by an officer in Sealy, Texas: Olvera says the trouble started when Alderete responded to a complaint of loud music coming from his home. In front of the home, Alderete asked Olvera to show identification and as Olvera walked into his house to get it, Alderete followed him in. "Olvera did not believe that Alderete had the authority to enter Olvera's residence and, therefore, took a picture of Alderete using his cell phone," the complaint states. Olvera claims that Alderete saw a can of beer on a kitchen counter, next to Olvera's wallet, and immediately handcuffed him.
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