Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Get a Special Look at Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron"

Epic, can't wait to see this movie! -

Monday, September 15, 2014

Minority Report like FBI computer system is now a reality and out in the wild!

Minority Report was a sci-fi thriller that showed how future law enforcement would possible use precognition software to arrest people for future crimes and track citizens pretty much anywhere in the US or the world even, with a vast network of  high tech cameras watching your every move.

It seems life has immitated art once again:
The FBI's Next Generation Identification (NGI) system is now fully operational, after more than three years of development. The bureau announced today that development on the project is complete, and it would be rolling out new features for ongoing criminal notifications as well as a controversial facial recognition feature called the Interstate Photo System, or IPS. IPS will serve as "an image-searching capability of photographs associated with criminal identities," according to the release.

The facial recognition system has come under fire from privacy groups for mixing traditional mug shot photos with non-criminal faces pulled from employment records and background check databases. The system is expected to collect as many as 52 million faces in total.
My only questions are these.
Who is watching the watchers and guaranteeing that the data and images collected are used properly and not abused for malicious purposes. (NSA)
And isn't the idea of being tracked from point A, to point B, to point C, not a democratic society ideal, but something more likened to Communists, Warlords or Dictaitors?
The possibilities and implications for abuse are just overwhelming and too numerious.

Google bring the Android One ultra-cheap smartphone to the developing world!

Google bridges the gap Android wise between the west, and the rest of the developing world...

Google has unveiled the first smartphones to run on its Android One platform, a standard designed to help push affordable smartphones in the developing world.

Android One devices will ship with support for more languages, including Hindi, and feature more local publications in Google Play Newsstand. Google is also making a special version of YouTube available which will allow Indian users to download videos and re-watch them multiple times without incurring excessive data charges. The first phones are expected to retail for 6399 rupees ($105).
I have to say that I am very impressed, and even though I'm sure profit motives are partially behind this push to reach into the mulit-million strong untapped market, many in the developing world will get to enjoy their first android phone expereince with a phone that actually has pretty good specs.
The initiative kicks off in India, where Micromax, Spice, and Karbonn are all selling phones with 4.5-inch screens, 1GB of RAM, 5-megapixel main and 2-megapixel front cameras,1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processors, dual-SIM slots, microSD expandable storage, and FM radios.
 The future smartphone wise is very bright for those in developing nations , and those users will even get to enjoy the much anticipated Android L operating system experience.
I'm very happy to see this push regardless the motivation, as knowledge truly is power, and those in these regions will now get a chance to view media and cultures they have been previously shut out from.

Nice, a win, win in my book....  

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Insulting, but funny!

I'm a religious guy, and I found this funny!

Dueling Grumpy Cats!

A little "Calling it a Night", mood music! - Sam Smith - "Stay With Me"

Nightly News in a Minute!

Powerful, "Hurricane Odile", looming for a direct hit on Mexico's resorts region!

Team USA slam dunks home a epic win, with a rout of Serbia, winning the Basketball World Cup Championship!

White House, we are ready to arm Syrian rebels like yesterday, Congress, please vote, so we can spend more money we don't have!

Scottish aid worker David Haines beheaded by ISIS, brother Mike Haines mourns, condemns continued evil and vile acts of murder and violence!

The Queen of England, "Think very carefully about the future!", Kind of sounds like a thin veiled threat aimed squarely at the Scottish people voting for independence!

The "Real Truth" about Kanye West's wheelchair rant? Does this guy like to cause his own pain? Seriously?

YouTube video of the Kanye West wheelchair incident!