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    ...because evil never dies?
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    So there's a cosmonaut up in space, circling the globe, convinced he will never make it back to Earth; he's on the phone with Alexei Kosygin — then a high official of the Soviet Union — who is crying because he, too, thinks the cosmonaut will die.

    Cosmonaut Crashed Into Earth 'Crying In Rage'
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeOct 31st 2013
    @Vorn - it's a good story (one that has been circulating in various forms for years), but the most dramatic points are either unsubstantiated or actually false. The NPR article links to a fairly extensive disavowal of the tale.
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    Supermarket giant Tesco is installing hundreds of hi-tech screens that scan the faces of shoppers as they queue at the till to detect their age and sex for advertisers.

    It works by using inbuilt cameras in a TV-style screen above the till that identify whether a customer is male or female, estimate their age and judge how long they look at the ad.
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    Remind me to wear a Camilla Parker Bowles mask the next time I go into Tesco...
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    @JP Carpenter: It's OK, we got this covered.
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2013
    @magnus yeah, a prototype for this was actually done by one of our clients a few years ago. Using our software, the Intel Perceptual Computing library and a kinect-like camera, they built a screen that could detect your age & gender, but also whether or not you were paying attention as well as some interactive gestures and then drive the content depending on that. (so when a 75 year old female walks by it plays a different ad than when a bunch of kids stray past - but also if you stop paying attention it could switch to an attract loop to get it back)

    But back then it was wrong just often enough to make it more funny than useful. (nothing like playing a barbie ad for the 85 year old grandpa) The depth cameras also didn't have enough range and accuracy to be reliable enough for field use, though we'll see what the next generation brings. I actually just built a test project using the same libraries as this for shits'n'giggles to drive a presentation with hand signals.

    I think next I will build a version that plays subtle horror movie music at you when it detects you nodding off to sleep.
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2013
    I recall some Gaiman movie called Mirrormask and wonder about that. What would the effect be of wearing a mask made of mirrors on this thing?
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2013
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2013
    The way the papers are reporting it over here, I suspect the backlash might put them off. Tesco are in an awkward place financially at the moment, historically they've always been the 'biggest' in the UK, but that's been eroded a lot in recent years, and the possibility of a boycott over this might be enough to make them back out.
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2013
    Kind of odd, though - I am not sure I understand the backlash. We are being recorded on CCTV the whole time we are in the stores anyhow - so it isn't the video recording part. The difference is that they are tailoring the advertising content to the people standing in front of the screen. Honestly, does that matter? Is it any worse being subjected to advertising that might have to do with your age and sex than advertising that is randomly chosen? Do people believe they are NOT subjected to advertising every second they are in a tescos?

    What exactly are people disturbed by?
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2013
    FWIW, if you've registered your details against a store loyalty card, they have a lot of that information already...
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2013
    I think a lot of people see it as the thin end of the wedge. Let this go, and next it'll be your tv watching you...
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    I wonder if it's too overt in showing the filter bubble? Loyalty card marketing is perhaps more discreet than a screen in your face? I guess objectively there are more insidious forms of marketing, but this feels more obviously manipulative?
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2013
    The wifi-tracking bins came to a sharp stop once the papers picked up on them.
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2013
    Nobody Dies After Two Planes Full of Skydivers Crash in the Air
    Nine skydivers and two pilots survived a mid-air crash at 12,000 feet this weekend after those aboard were able to safely parachute to the ground. Two of those aboard suffered minor injuries. The surreal crash along the Wisconsin-Minnesota border left one plane totally destroyed, forcing its pilot to eject to safety. The other plane was eventually able to land. Both planes were owned by Skydive Superior.
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    @D.J. Oh, that must have happened near Duluth/Superior. Since nobody died, cool.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2013
    Don't Appear to Be Clenching Your Buttocks When Pulled Over For Not Coming to a Complete Stop or Be Tortured by Doctors: America, This is Your War on Drugs

    after law enforcement asked him to step out of the vehicle, he appeared to be clenching his buttocks. Law enforcement thought that was probable cause to suspect that Eckert was hiding narcotics in his anal cavity. While officers detained Eckert, they secured a search warrant from a judge that allowed for an anal cavity search.

    The lawsuit claims that Deming Police tried taking Eckert to an emergency room in Deming, but a doctor there refused to perform the anal cavity search citing it was "unethical."

    But physicians at the Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City agreed to perform the procedure and a few hours later, Eckert was admitted.

    While there...

    1. Eckert's abdominal area was x-rayed; no narcotics were found.

    2. Doctors then performed an exam of Eckert's anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.

    3. Doctors performed a second exam of Eckert's anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.

    4. Doctors penetrated Eckert's anus to insert an enema. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.

    5. Doctors penetrated Eckert's anus to insert an enema a second time. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.

    6. Doctors penetrated Eckert's anus to insert an enema a third time. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.

    7. Doctors then x-rayed Eckert again; no narcotics were found.

    8. Doctors prepared Eckert for surgery, sedated him, and then performed a colonoscopy where a scope with a camera was inserted into Eckert's anus, rectum, colon, and large intestines. No narcotics were found.
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    @Wood: if it had been that far up inside him he wouldn't have needed to clench his buttocks, surely?
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    And, of course, the hospital is trying to make him pay for all of that...