Facial Recognition Algorithms — Plus 1.8 Billion Photos — Leads to 567 Arrests in China

“Our machines can very easily recognise you among at least 2 billion people in a matter of seconds,” says the chief executive and co-founder of Yitu. The South China Morning Post reports: Yitu’s Dragonfly Eye generic portrait platform already has 1.8 billion photographs to work with: those logged in the national database and you, if you have visited China recently… 320 million of the photos have come from China’s borders,…

December 16, 2017
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Why Linux HDCP Isn’t the End of the World

“There is no reason for the open-source community to worry…” writes Daniel Stone, who heads the graphics team at open-source consultancy Collabora. mfilion quotes Collabora.com: Recently, Sean Paul from Google’s ChromeOS team, submitted a patch series to enable HDCP support for the Intel display driver. HDCP is used to encrypt content over HDMI and DisplayPort links, which can only be decoded by trusted devices… However, if you already run your…

December 16, 2017
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Holographic capture startup 8i, maker of Holo AR app for iOS and Android, says it is laying off up to half of its 70 full-time employees (Janko Roettgers/Variety)

December 16, 2017

Janko Roettgers / Variety: Holographic capture startup 8i, maker of Holo AR app for iOS and Android, says it is laying off up to half of its 70 full-time employees  —  New Zealand- and Los Angeles-based holographic capture startup 8i is having significant layoffs that could impact more than 30 staffers. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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China Will Spend $3.3 Billion to Research Molten Salt Nuclear-Powered Drones

Long-time Slashdot reader WindBourne tipped us off to some news from The South China Morning Post: China is to spend 22 billion yuan (US$3.3 billion) trying to perfect a form of technology largely discarded in the cold war which could produce a safer but more powerful form of nuclear energy. The cash is to develop two “molten salt” reactors in the Gobi Desert in northern China. Researchers hope that if…

December 16, 2017
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NASA Uses Its First Recycled SpaceX Rocket For a Re-Supply Mission

An anonymous reader quotes the New York Post: SpaceX racked up another first on Friday, launching a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on a grocery run for NASA. The unmanned Falcon rocket blasted off with a just-in-time-for-Christmas delivery for the International Space Station, taking flight again after a six-month turnaround. On board was a Dragon supply ship, also a second-time flier. It was NASA’s first use of a reused…

December 16, 2017
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My Review of The Last Jedi

December 16, 2017

To benefit from the work I put into my typography, read natively at: My Review of The Last Jedi. — Leia Man of Steel I’m going to try my hand at doing a film review. It’ll be like the other ones you’ve read from professionals, except mine will have lots of cussing. I was going to be hyperbolic about my reaction, but I decided to control my emotions and be…

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‘The Gawker Foundation’ is Crowdfunding a Bid To Re-Launch Gawker.com

“Gawker may soon return from the dead,” reports TechCrunch. While Univision acquired most of Gawker Media’s sites last year (and renamed them as the Gizmodo Media Group), the deal didn’t include Gawker itself. In fact, BuzzFeed reported last month that a bankruptcy administrator has not been able to find a buyer for the Gawker site, and that lawyers for Peter Thiel (the billionaire venture capitalist who helped fund the lawsuit…

December 16, 2017
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Here’s the Letter Alleging Uber Spied on Individuals For Competitive Intelligence

The judge in the $1.9 billion civil suit between Google-parent company Alphabet’s self-driving car unit Waymo and Uber released the letter of a disgruntled former employee — former Uber security officer Richard Jacobs — on Friday, laying bare a number of explosive allegations against the ride-hailing company that include corporate espionage, unlawful surveillance, illegal wiretapping, bribery of foreign officials, and illicit hacking. From a report: The letter read: “This program,…

December 16, 2017
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