Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Fooling facial recognition surveillance cameras with cunning and crocheting

Canadian yarn-lover and privacy-lover Howie Woo has developed an ingenious system for thwarting surveillance cameras that use face recognition technology. His solution involves crochet and LOLs. Here are more photos (via the Boing Boing Flickr Pool). More about Howie's playful creations here.


A wounded, malnourished wolf that had fallen into the freezing cold waters of the Limentra near Camugnano in the Italian province of Bologna was rescued and resuscitated by members of the the Monte Adone Centre for Conservation and Research of Exotic and Wild Fauna earlier this year.
The wolf, given the name Navarre, was found to be partially paralyzed and in an extreme state of hypothermia. He was brought to a nearby residence, where the Centre’s staff and other volunteers warmed and dried him up.
Later, at the Centre, Navarre was found to have been shot multiple times with lead pellets, but, happily, the bullets did no major damage to his internal organs.
Slowly, but surely, the treatment and rehabilitation are beginning to take hold. Navarre still has quite a road ahead to full recovery, but the Centre says the tenacious animal “day after day demonstrates a strong temperament and an increasing desire to live.”


Security camera footage shows supermarket ghost in action

The south Australian town of Brompton is a little spooked after CCTV video captured what appears to be proof that their local IGA supermarket is haunted. Last Thursday night, owner Norm Hurst closed up, leaving the shop in ship-shape condition.

But at 11.30pm, the CCTV cameras mysteriously switched on to capture a packet of Roll-Ups sweets in the middle of aisle. But the Roll-Ups are kept 12 metres, an aisle and a corner away.

The CCTV footage clearly shows the Roll-Ups packet being flung into the middle of the aisle - from the pasta section.

YouTube link.

"One of the cameras shows the packet of Roll-Ups just arriving on the ground ... it's not just slid off, it's been thrown out of the pasta, yet the roll-ups are kept 12 metres away," Mr Hurst said. Mr Hurst bought the store in October 2011, and was warned by the previous owners that the shop was haunted. He was sceptical - until now.


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