Diary of a Network Geek

The trials and tribulations of a Certified Novell Engineer who's been stranded in Houston, Texas.


Big Brother is NOT watching

Filed under: Criticism, Marginalia, and Notes,News and Current Events — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Hare which is in the early morning or 7:08 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waning Gibbous

Well, here’s a nice change!

According to this article on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Tampa has discontinued their use of face-recognition technology to try and nab crooks and invade everyone else’s privacy. I wish the move was motivated by a sudden rush of human-rights centered thinking, but it was really motivated by a lack of success. Since it was installed, not a single criminal has been caught!
The face-recognition technology was mediocre, at best, but then, that’s what anyone who’s really familiar with it has been saying all along. Unfortunately, it took two years and an undisclosed amount of money for the Tampa Police Department to figure that one out.
I hope other departments have been paying attention and have learned their lesson.

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