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!

You are living under a rock if you haven't noticed Hillary Clinton is the Queen Incarnate or President-Elect frontrunner if she chooses to run!

Hillary is once again putting her name and face out in the public's eye. The (non) candidate (cough, cough) was welcomed to a mixed reception of DNC loyalists.

Bill and Hillary Clinton were the keynote speakers at the final Harkin Steak Fry on the hot-air balloon grounds outside Indianola, south of Des Moines. The event served as an emotional commemoration of Harkin's 40 years in Congress and a rallying cry for Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections.

Hillary Clinton has not been in Iowa since her 2008 caucus loss to now-President Barack Obama. Harkin dubbed the Clintons the "comeback couple," though he has not said if he would endorse Clinton if she runs, saying he wants her to make her decision first.

Clinton played coy on her 2016 plans, telling the crowd, "I am thinking about it." She concluded by saying, "It's really great to be back, let's not let another seven years go by."
Politically-wise, I really wish she would come out in the open and say what is really on her mind.

She's going to run, and the whole world expects this.

She's a Clinton, a political mastermind, a pitbull that stood face to face with moronic tools on Congress who tried to embarrass her in well-staged, choreographed congressional inquiries, and she held her ground and embarrassed every Congressional RNC windbag that tried to come after her.

I think those like Karl Rove forget whom they are dealing with.

This woman smoothed the road for Bill Clinton's 1st and 2nd presidential races and electoral stints, even with a president-elect who could not keep his penis in his pants or stay away from Big Macs at McDonald's.

At one point, she had to do the political equivalent of the Hail Mary in saving Bill's legacy and ass, and she did it with the precision of a razor-sharp brain surgeon, quickly shutting down the whole Lewinsky debacle.

For every low blow or quick punch you sneak in, she has 5 lined up for the return blow, knocking you out, from her colleagues and closest allies.

She is very well-networked, and she has reach and influence expanding beyond our naturalized borders thanks to her stint as the "Secretary of State," or "President for dummies, foreign policy dry run" as I like to call it.

I truly believe it's not "will she run," but "when will she finally make the 'official' announcement," pushing her deep into the presidential race mode 24/7, and her losing the freedoms she enjoys as a private citizen doing high-priced speeches and helping lesser knowns, saving their political asses.

On a personal level, I don't have a horse in this race as I am a non-affiliated, independent voter that both sides will spend millions to woo, but at the end of the day, she is a Clinton, and that alone speaks volumes over what I could ever say.

I'm pretty confident that the term President-Elect Hillary Clinton could be spoken in the very near future, and I honestly feel very sorry for the sacrificial lamb the RNC totes out to be mangled and utterly destroyed.

It will be amazing and explosive political theater to watch, and I will enjoy my seat from the sidelines, taking it all in.

Again, I repeat this: she's a Clinton, enough said.