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3D Face Reconstruction
"This is an online demo of our paper Large Pose 3D Face Reconstruction from a Single Image via Direct Volumetric CNN Regression. Take a look at our project website to read the paper and get the code. Please use a (close to) frontal image, or the face detector won't see you (dlib)"
3d  artificial_intelligence  modelling  photographs  dopost 
yesterday by niksilver
Two Ex-Googlers Want To Make Bodegas And Mom-And-Pop Corner Stores Obsolete
"The major downside to this concept–should it take off–is that it would put a lot of mom-and-pop stores out of business. In fact, replacing that beloved institution seems explicit in the very name of McDonald’s venture, a Spanish term synonymous with the tiny stores that dot urban landscapes and are commonly run by people originally from Latin America or Asia. Some might bristle at the idea of a Silicon Valley executive appropriating the term “bodega” for a project that could well put lots of immigrants out of work. (One of my coworkers even referred to it as “Bro-dega” to illustrate the disconnect.)"
bodega  retail  startup  startups  economics  social_media  dopost 
yesterday by niksilver
The great nutrient collapse
"“Every leaf and every grass blade on earth makes more and more sugars as CO2levels keep rising,” Loladze said. “We are witnessing the greatest injection of carbohydrates into the biosphere in human history―[an] injection that dilutes other nutrients in our food supply.”"
food  nutrition  biology  climate_change  science  dopost 
6 days ago by niksilver
The Equifax Data Breach Didn't Have to Be This Bad
"The problem with Social Security numbers is that businesses and financial services treat them as authenticators, meaning that the mere possession of the number is enough to verify a person’s identity. In practice, identification and authentication should be two different things. For example, a driver’s license is a form of identification. A person’s face, which corroborates with the photo on the license, provides the authentication. One is useless without the other."
security  identity  authentication  crime  dopost 
6 days ago by niksilver
Equifax moves to fix weak PINs for “security freeze” on consumer credit reports | Ars Technica UK
"A number of customers discovered that the PINs generated by enrolling in Equifax's TrustedID Premier Service were non-random and apparently sequential—in fact, they were essentially date-time stamps of the time of enrollment."
security  failure  dopost 
7 days ago by niksilver
Every JavaScript framework tutorial written more than 5 minutes ago
"Step one, the tutorial said, was to install Tupress. Well, duh. Then Roger had to install Bistup — a lightweight wrapper, whatever that meant. After that, he had to install Claster, which provided a thin unopinionated layer of utility methods and middleware. He didn’t know what that meant either, but installed it anyway."
humour  javascript  frameworks  dopost  tutorials 
8 days ago by niksilver
For the love of God, please tell me what your company does
"A button invites us to try a demo, but doesn’t bother to mention what this might be a demo of — clicking it takes us to a contact form, which seduces us with the promise, “Learn how to take your PR and social media marketing programs to the next level”."
marketing  communication  failure  dopost  public_relations 
10 days ago by niksilver
Why I owned a Macbook Pro for a day — and what it says to me about the future of Apple
"Chapter 1. ‘How to run a business’ — ‘Think like a customer’. The End."
apple  hardware  customer_service  dopost  mac 
11 days ago by niksilver
There are some crazy medical codes out there—here are the weirdest on record | Ars Technica UK
"Amino found that 25,500 people experienced a W2203, which is code for “walked into furniture.” In the same vein, 17,200 Americans walked into walls and 400 walked into a lamppost."
categorisation  health  insurance  data  weird  dopost 
16 days ago by niksilver
JP Morgan Chase just got a patent on basic app communications | Ars Technica UK
"As we have explained many times before, the Patent Office seems to operate in an alternate universe where the only evidence of the state of the art in software is found in patents. Indeed, the examiner considered only patents and patent applications when reviewing JP Morgan's application. It's no wonder the office gets it so wrong."
patents  apps  dopost 
16 days ago by niksilver
Twitter account suspected of being part of Russian disinformation campaign
"Keir Giles, an expert in Russian information warfare at Chatham House, said that the user’s high standard of English, and the relative complexity of their arguments, would make it “one of the most sophisticated” pro-Kremlin accounts on social media."
russia  propaganda  twitter  analysis  dopost 
20 days ago by niksilver
Not everything is awesome | FT Labs
"Unfortunately we often write job ads thinking about how we’d describe the person we want to hire, not how someone like that would describe themselves. So it’s understandable that you describe them in glowing terms, but it’s actually not helpful."
recruitment  sexism  language  dopost 
22 days ago by niksilver
If you’re a startup, you should not use React (reflecting on the BSD + patents license)
"“BSD + patents” essentially means that the code is open (for everyone to see and use), but it’s always copyrighted by Facebook. And they grant you a patent license as long as you’re nice to them by never suing Facebook for patent infringement."
facebook  react  patents  legal  startups  licencing  dopost 
29 days ago by niksilver
So apparently we lost the grammar war, and on-premises is just called "on premise" now?
"I never thought I'd be writing a blog post like this, but now that I'm coming up on 20 years in this industry, and I'm writing on a website called, I feel like I've earned the right to. I'm saddened that the industry seems to have adopted the grammatically-incorrect term "on premise" in place of the actual term, "on premises" when discussing where servers will live."
grammar  cloud_computing  dopost 
4 weeks ago by niksilver
12 'best practices' IT should avoid at all costs
"What makes IT organizations fail? Often, it’s the adoption of what’s described as “industry best practices” by people who ought to know better but don’t, probably because they’ve never had to do the job."
advice  enterprise_computing  project_management  failure  dopost 
4 weeks ago by niksilver
AgilePM aka DSDM | IndigoBlue
"If you’ve never heard of it then you really ought to take a look and if you did use it in the past then it’s worth revisiting as much has changed in the latest version (launched in 2014). [...] DSDM is also well structured, established, scalable, home grown and for organisations who’s governance is based around traditional approaches, a more comfortable migration path."
agile  scalability  frameworks  dsdm  agilepm  dopost 
4 weeks ago by niksilver
How it feels to learn JavaScript in 2016 – Hacker Noon
"No JavaScript frameworks were created during the writing of this article."
javascript  humour  frameworks  dopost 
4 weeks ago by niksilver
Every Voting Machine at This Hacking Conference Got Totally Pwned
"By the end of the weekend, every one of the roughly 30 machines at the village, including those used to tabulate votes and to check voters in when they go to the polls, had been hacked. Even though several of the exploits ended up paying tribute to Astley, they’re not jokes—they also present a serious lesson about the security vulnerabilities in voting machines that leave them open to tampering and manipulation."
voting  hacking  security  dopost 
4 weeks ago by niksilver
How these hidden video watermarks can help spot piracy, doctored images | ZDNet
"He argues that what this technology brings is reversibility. Reversible watermarking is a method of hiding the watermark in digital media in such a way that its effect is as imperceptible as possible but which also allows digital media to be restored to its original form, down to the individual bit, once the watermark has been extracted."
video  copyright  algorithms  dopost  watermarking 
4 weeks ago by niksilver
Thank you Donald Rumsfeld! | IndigoBlue
"I have been working with a client on explaining the concept and management of Uncertainty. I write Uncertainty here with a capital as I would like to differentiate it from the generic use of the word in the same way Agile is often stated. There are many definitions of what Agile thinking is all about but here at Indigoblue we consider the three pillars of Agile as collaboration, incremental delivery and Uncertainty management. So, understanding Uncertainty management is pretty fundamental."
risk  risk_management  uncertainty  agile  dopost 
5 weeks ago by niksilver

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