I too am incensed -- but not surprised -- when the TSA singles out four-year old girls, children with cerebral palsy, pretty women, the elderly, and wheelchair users for humiliation, abuse, and sometimes theft. Any bureaucracy that processes 630 million people per year will generate stories like this. When people propose profiling, they are really asking for a security system that can apply judgment. Unfortunately, that's really hard. Rules are easier to explain and train. Zero tolerance is easier to justify and defend. Judgment requires better-educated, more expert, and much-higher-paid screeners. And the personal career risks to a TSA agent of being wrong when exercising judgment far outweigh any benefits from being sensible.
The proper reaction to screening horror stories isn't to subject only "those people" to it; it's to subject no one to it. (Can anyone even explain what hypothetical terrorist plot could successfully evade normal security, but would be discovered during secondary screening?) Invasive TSA screening is nothing more than security theater. It doesn't make us safer, and it's not worth the cost. Even more strongly, security isn't our society's only value. Do we really want the full power of government to act out our stereotypes and prejudices? Have we Americans ever done something like this and not been ashamed later? This is what we have a Constitution for: to help us live up to our values and not down to our fears.
A good deal of the Internet of Things won't connect directly (or at all) with the Internet proper. It seems likely there will be millions - billions - of intranet ground fogs. Battery power, privacy and security are all issues.
Much has been made about letting a 9 year old use an Uzi. One wonders about her parents and the company offing this service to kids. Her instructor was clearly in love with guns. Apparently charges will not be pressed, but it is being called an industrial accident - more strange followup here (hat tip to Jim)
That was sad and disgusting, but now the disgusting epiphany ...
Bart notes that some, presumably male, gun enthusiasts like to watch women - er - jiggle - from the recoil a gun produces and there are youtube videos devoted to their interest (example here, although it is pretty disgusting)
Mr Leetaru began work on the project while researching communications technology at Georgetown University in Washington DC as part of a fellowship sponsored by Yahoo, the owner of photo-sharing service Flickr.
To achieve his goal, Mr Leetaru wrote his own software to work around the way the books had originally been digitised.
The Internet Archive had used an optical character recognition (OCR) program to analyse each of its 600 million scanned pages in order to convert the image of each word into searchable text.
As part of the process, the software recognised which parts of a page were pictures in order to discard them.
Mr Leetaru's code used this information to go back to the original scans, extract the regions the OCR program had ignored, and then save each one as a separate file in the Jpeg picture format.
The software also copied the caption for each image and the text from the paragraphs immediately preceding and following it in the book.
Each Jpeg and its associated text was then posted to a new Flickr page, allowing the public to hunt through the vast catalogue using the site's search tool.
MIT Technology Review notes a few serious issues with driverless cars - to date they have been used in very constrained environments. Problems tend to get solved, but not overnight. I would image they will first begin to appear in environements created for them - new megacities for example. It should also be noted that cars - with or without drivers - are not a very efficient way to move people around in urban areas.
Moleskine has a notebook made to use a Livescribe 3 pen that will link to your tablet. The idea isn't new, but Moleskine has a reputation for very nice, if somewhat spendy, notebooks. The pens are about $150, so this isn't an inexpensive approach.