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Creepiest SmartPhone App Yet Scans Crowd for People with Dating Site Profiles

Via: The Daily Sheeple

by Kimberly Paxton

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Imagine for a moment, that you are at the farmer’s market on a Saturday morning, getting your veggies and minding your own business. Suddenly, a creepy guy with a comb-over approaches you. “Hey, there.  I bet you like long walks on the beach and strawberry margaritas, baby.”  

What? you think. How on earth did he know that?

Then he begins to talk to you, and it’s eerie, simply uncanny all the things Mr. Creepster has in common with you.  Suddenly you realize, he is all but plagiarizing that profile you put on OKCupid last month in the hopes of meeting Mr. Right. He knows that you don’t smoke, that you have 3 children, the city in which you reside, what you do for a living, and that you go hiking alone to enjoy the solitude of a nearby mountain trail every single weekend. 

Putting the “stalk” in stalker, a new facial recognition app for Smartphones will allow a user to scan a crowd and pinpoint people with profiles on online dating sites or social media sites. Nametag, designed for Android and iOS, scans a person in whom the user is interested and looks for that person on dating sites such as PlentyOfFish, OkCupid, and Match as well as social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

NameTag wirelessly sends the photo that the user has surreptitiously taken of the prospective date to a server, where it is then compared to millions of records. In seconds, a match is returned that has the unwitting victim’s full name, additional photos and all social media profiles.

Check out this rather disturbing blurb on the NameTag website, where they’re actually encouraging people to register their photos voluntarily:

With NameTag, Your Photo Shares You.

Why leave meeting amazing people up to chance? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to connect with others who share your passions!

Connect your info and interests with the world by simply sharing your most unique feature – your face.  Nametag links your face to a single, unified online presence that includes your contact information, social media profiles, interests, hobbies and passions and anything else you want to share with the world.

Using the NameTag smartphone or Google Glass app, simply snap a pic of someone you want to connect with and see their entire public online presence in one place.

Don’t be a Stranger :)

The app strongly encourages you to register yourself so that people on the street can instantly know everything about you. Who on earth would think that this is a good idea?  I fear an alarming number of people might think so, sadly.

Here’s Jane, NameTag’s example profile holder.

Meet Jane – by using NameTag

Jane has lots of different social media profiles and loves to meet new people. By using NameTag, she can link all her social networks to her face and share her information and meet new people in an instant. At work, she opts to have just her Professional Profile information visible, but when she goes out to happy hour with her friends, she changes her profile settings to Personal and displays more details, like her hobbies, interests and relationship status.

Bad idea, Jane. There’s a pervy dude that just took your picture and is now salaciously thinking about your single self doing yoga.

The techy folks think that this is just great:

NameTag’s creator Kevin Alan Tussy said: ‘I believe that this will make online dating and offline social interactions much safer and give us a far better understanding of the people around us.

‘It’s much easier to meet interesting new people when we can simply look at someone, see their Facebook, review their LinkedIn page or maybe even see their dating site profile. Often we were interacting with people blindly or not interacting at all. NameTag can change all that.’

Tom Wiggins, Deputy Editor of tech mag Stuff, thinks the app is a good idea, but that users should exercise caution.

He said: ‘It could be very handy if you’re not afraid of scaring people off with your creepy app. It’s evidently pretty clever but I think most people would find it quite invasive. And isn’t the point of dating to find out more about people? This kind of defeats the object.

‘In terms of privacy, I assume it’s only finding information that you’ve already put online, so it’s not really any more of a risk to privacy than adding photos to Facebook.’ (source)

Could it get any creepier or more invasive? I’m glad you asked. YES! It actually CAN.

The app doesn’t stop at accessing dating profiles and Facebook accounts.  Oh no!  Just like a Ginsu knife commercial, wait, there’s more! If you order right now, you’ll get this great bonus!

For added peace of mind, the user can also cross-reference the photos against more than 450,000 entries in the National Sex Offender Registry and other criminal databases. (source)

So this cheapo app is going to take ONE PICTURE and tell you that someone is in a criminal data base.   Can you imagine the potential vigilante applications of this?

First of all, we all know that the “justice” system is anything that just, and that not everyone who is registered as a “sex offender” is actually a threat to society. Think about an 18 year old who dated a 16 year old, for example. Suddenly anyone could be pinpointed as a sex offender, while they’re just going about their business at the grocery store or the mall.

Secondly, this is not a state-of-the-art facial recognition program. What if it’s wrong? What if it says that guy pushing the grocery cart full of juice boxes and animal crackers to the checkout stand is a purveyor of kiddie porn, but he’s actually just a dad with 3 kids at home?

SmartPhones seem to have taken the place of SmartPeople. Not only have electronic devices taken away many interpersonal communications and experiences (see this video), now they’re taking away the mystery of getting to know somebody new, and they’re boiling the magic of attraction down to facial recognition and algorithms.

With stuff like this, the eugenicists won’t need birth control to depopulate the world.  People will just connect via their smartphones. Problem solved.

Delivered by The Daily Sheeple

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Texas Library Offers Glimpse Of Bookless Future

Via: news.yahoo.com

by Paul J. Weber

Texas has seen the future of the public library, and it looks a lot like an Apple Store: Rows of glossy iMacs beckon. iPads mounted on a tangerine-colored bar invite readers. And hundreds of other tablets stand ready for checkout to anyone with a borrowing card.

Even the librarians imitate Apple’s dress code, wearing matching shirts and that standard-bearer of geek-chic, the hoodie. But this $2.3 million library might be most notable for what it does not have — any actual books.

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Car Locks Hacked With A Handheld Device

Via:ksdk.com/news

By Kyung Lah, CNN

Police across the country are stumped by a rash of car thefts. In surveillance video of the thefts, criminals appear to open locked cars with a mysterious handheld device.

Nobody, not even the car manufacturers, knows how it works.

In Long Beach, Calif. The man walked up to the car, and used a small box to open it. Right next to him another man, also using a box, opens that car.

The problem is they’re thieves without keys. Now they’ve swiped all valuables from the cars.

In Chicago, it was the exact same scenario. A man by a sedan unlocked it without a key. The alarm was disabled by some mystery device.

The same thing happened to Steven Doi of Corona, Calif. His car’s computer system was hacked. But the crook didn’t get away clean. Doi’s dash-cam, pointing toward the front of his escalade, caught the suspect pacing and holding some mystery box.

“I was like whoa. You see this guy walking back and forth in front of the car,” said Doi.

In just 18 seconds the crook emptied out $3,000 worth of electronics.

Mike Bender, ex-police officer and auto theft expert, calls it the latest high tech crime tool hitting New York to Los Angeles.

And like police across the country, he doesn’t know exactly what it is.


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Kevin Spacey Says: Give Control To The Viewer Because Convergence Is Coming

“…we have learned the lesson that the music industry didn’t learn – give people what they want, when they want it, in the form they want it in, at a reasonable price, and they’ll more likely pay for it rather than steal it.”

“If you watch a TV show on your iPad is it no longer a TV show? The device and length are irrelevant … For kids growing up now there’s no difference watching Avatar on an iPad or watching YouTube on a TV and watching Game Of Thrones on their computer. It’s all content. It’s all story.”  – Kevin Spacey

 

US Navy X-47B Drone Unmanned Combat Aircraft

Via: Wikipedia

The Northrop Grumman X-47B is a demonstration unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) designed for carrier-based operations.

On 10 July 2013, the X-47B launched from Patuxent River and landed on the deck of the George H.W. Bush, conducting the first ever arrested landing of a UAV on an aircraft carrier at sea. The drone subsequently completed a second successful arrested landing on the Bush…

The Navy is using software from the X-47B to demonstrate unmanned refueling capabilities. On 28 August 2013, a contractor-flown Learjet 25 refueled from a Boeing 707 tanker. A pilot was on board the Learjet, but it flew autonomously as a surrogate aircraft uploaded with the X-47B’s technology. Surrogates are often used as stand-ins for unmanned aircraft. The test was to demonstrate that unmanned and optionally-manned aircraft can have an automated aerial refueling capability, significantly increasing their range, persistence, and flexibility.

On 18 September 2013, the X-47B flew the 100th flight for the UCAS-D program. Objectives of the program were completed in July, which included a total of 16 precision approaches to the carrier flight deck, including five planned tests of X-47B wave-off functions, nine touch-and-go landings, two arrested landings, and three catapult launches.

On 10 November 2013, flight testing for the X-47B continued on board the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). During this phase, the X-47B’s digitized carrier-controlled environment was tested which involved the interface between the unmanned aircraft and carrier personnel during launching, recovering, and flight operations. Such a digital environment offered increased flexibility and enhanced safety for carrier operations.

 

Coming Soon! Sono: A Noise Cancellation Device That Sticks On Your Window

Via: extremetech.com

by James Plafke

If you’re the sort that needs peace and quiet to get anything done, escaping the noise pollution of every day life — regardless of where you’re located — is no easy task. A white noise machine can help, but in the end it’s still electronic noise, and unless you can afford a fancy sound system, the noise often sounds unnatural. A new device that sticks onto your window, Sono, will not only cancel real-world noise, but isolate the noises you’d prefer to hear, if any.

You live in a corner apartment, and your one, meager window faces a beautiful, serene park. However, in front of that park is a major metropolitan road, host to loud traffic throughout the day. If not for the constant stream of cars and barking dogs, the soothing sounds of chirping birds and the wind rustling through trees would make its way across the street and into your bedroom. You could put on some noise-canceling headphones, but then you’ll have a huge pair of headphones tying you down; music doesn’t do the job white noise does, either. With Sono, you can stick the device right on your window, and fiddle with some settings to either cancel out noise entirely, or cancel out the specific noises that are drowning out the peaceful ones.

As you may have guessed, Sono does sound too good to be true within the realm of modern day technology, and it isn’t a product you can go out and purchase at the moment. Rather, it’s a concept created by Australian industrial designer Rudolf Stefanich. Sono works by vibrating a window in a pattern counter to the vibrations caused by the ambient noise, essentially turning the surface into a noise-canceling speaker.

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