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Paranoia, Data Theft & Other Tales of Big-Data

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kq4ym
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Re: I've got a stiff neck from looking over my shoulder.
kq4ym   12/28/2012 7:00:41 AM
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I'll have to watch out for those manequins. I'm sometimes prey to paranoia not knowing just who's watching and just what are "those" people looking for. While my guess is data theft is going to be a growing problem, it's probably still much like any kind of theft. The wider the door is open, the greater the problem. Lock the doors and that should deter the casual theive. A determined thief....now there's the real problem.

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Re: Oddball CIA move
Louis Watson   12/27/2012 10:10:37 PM
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@ Noreen it is odd and just one of many things that is wrong with our system.

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Re: I've got a stiff neck from looking over my shoulder.
Louis Watson   12/27/2012 10:08:57 PM
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Congrats Noreen for writing about an issue that the rest of the World is just coming to grips with, I too saw the Nightly News piece and I will admit it freaked me out !   To actually see this in action really opened my eyes{ no pun intended) and after seeing in action, I like it even less.  

This is worrisome no matter how you cut it, on many fronts and I think if I ever run across this in my daily dealings , this nice piece of technology "gone wild"  can watch me leave.

 

Analyze that.

 

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Re: I've got a stiff neck from looking over my shoulder.
Lyndon_Henry   12/27/2012 4:33:20 PM
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..

Yesterday I wrote


Well, it turns out the mannequins equipped with surveillance cameras in their eye sockets do have an advantage after all, according to a report on tonight's NBC Nightly News (Dec. 26th).


 

NBC has now posted this.  You can find it at the following URL:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/

You have to grab the "Latest video" scroll bar, and pull it down until you get to the segment titled "Using mannequins to monitor shoppers".  Then watch the video...

 

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Re: I've got a stiff neck from looking over my shoulder.
Lyndon_Henry   12/26/2012 9:51:23 PM
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..

Update for an issue raised in this thread.  Noreen had written


Noreeen writes



Being paranoid no longer means you're crazy. Just when you thought it was safe to go back to brick-and-mortar stores, we learn "that department store mannequin really is watching you." The mannequin, with a camera mounted behind one of its eyes "feeds data into facial-recognition software like that used by police. It logs the age, gender, and race of passers-by."


...To which I responded


Don't need a stupid mannequin for that.  Ordinary surveillance cameras, now in wide use, surely have better optics and a better persepctive than the peepers of a mannequin.


Well, it turns out the mannequins equipped with surveillance cameras in their eye sockets do have an advantage after all, according to a report on tonight's NBC Nightly News (Dec. 26th).  A surveillance camera at roughly human face level is far better at obtaining a view of your face adequate for facial recognition, than is an overhead camera.  The NBC report also claimed the mannequin is better at tracking you in the store.

While the surveillance obviously has a security function, what the system is also tracking, after recognizing who you are, is your purchasing history and more info about you.  Not exactly clear what they can do with this in the store, but after "locking" in on you, the snoopers watch what you buy and then correlate this with the rest of their dossier on you, to enrich their profile of you.

Goodness knows what they're doing with all this private, personal info about us.  Or maybe Badness knows? 



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Re: Oddball CIA move
Noreen Seebacher   12/11/2012 7:20:58 AM
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Somehow I think it is odd that our government agencies are investing in any companies, anywhere!

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Re: Oddball CIA move
Louis Watson   12/11/2012 1:07:58 AM
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I don't know about you all but I am tired of being watch and erroneously analyzed.  I worry about the abilities of those who get this data and this is something to really be worried about.

Agreed. This whole CIA issue is very strange, but I tend to be less concerned since it is located in the UK.  This was probably the most reasonable way to attain the objective which could have been to secure a database between the two nations and those that are also allies.

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How Much Weight Does the Web Carry ?
Louis Watson   12/11/2012 12:59:31 AM
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" It's impossible to effectively measure influence on the web."

I really understand and support this statement of Mr. Wu, while of course we can come up with generalizations yet being able to prove that some web based act had significant influence on a sale is still very difficult to do.

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Re: I've got a stiff neck from looking over my shoulder.
Lyndon_Henry   12/9/2012 12:16:22 PM
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..

CallmeBob writes


I think I'll go home, lock the doors, pull the shades down, and spend the rest of the day hiding in bed under the blankets.


 

Probably to little avail.  The spooks have developed nanotech robots that can sneak under the covers and see what's going on...

Noreeen writes


Being paranoid no longer means you're crazy. Just when you thought it was safe to go back to brick-and-mortar stores, we learn "that department store mannequin really is watching you." The mannequin, with a camera mounted behind one of its eyes "feeds data into facial-recognition software like that used by police. It logs the age, gender, and race of passers-by."


 

Don't need a stupid mannequin for that.  Ordinary surveillance cameras, now in wide use, surely have better optics and a better persepctive than the peepers of a mannequin.

To further rev up your paranoia ... how about the new black boxes in cars?   ABC News had a story on this the other night.  Seems that the Massachesetts Lieutenant Governor got ensnared by this technology, now standard in all new cars, which records what you're doing, how fast you're driving, what pedals or buttons you're pushing, etc.  After a spectacular smashup, the Lt. Guv claimed he was driving at the speed limit with his seatbelt on.

Uh-oh.  The Black Box reported otherwise — claimed he was doing 100 mph with no belt fastened.  Naughty boy, caught by the robot...

See:

Black boxes in cars raise privacy concerns

 

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Re: Oddball CIA move
SethBreedlove   12/6/2012 7:41:43 PM
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Also what concerns me is that the CIA couldn't find a U.S. competitor with the qualifications. 

I have to admit that next time I see those mannequins I might do a little dance in front it and see what it thinks.  Can it analyze if I look good in an outfit?

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