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Face recognition police tools 'staggeringly inaccurate' - BBC News
"In figures given to Big Brother Watch, South Wales Police said its facial recognition technology had made 2,685 "matches" between May 2017 and March 2018 - but 2,451 were false alarms."

This is going to be a disaster.
surveillance  bbc  wales  facial-recognition  privacy  false-positives  ml 
may 2018 by jm
"BBC English" was invented by a small team in the 1920s & 30s
Excellent twitter thread:
Today we speak of "BBC English" as a standard form of the language, but this form had to be invented by a small team in the 1920s & 30s. 1/
It turned out even within the upper-class London accent that became the basis for BBC English, many words had competing pronunciations. 2/
Thus in 1926, the BBC's first managing director John Reith established an "Advisory Committee on Spoken English" to sort things out. 3/
The committee was chaired by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, and also included American essayist Logan Pearsall Smith, 4/
novelist Rose Macaulay, lexicographer (and 4th OED editor) C.T. Onions, art critic Kenneth Clark, journalist Alistair Cooke, 5/
ghost story writer Lady Cynthia Asquith, and evolutionary biologist and eugenicist Julian Huxley. 6/
The 20-person committee held fierce debates, and pronunciations now considered standard were often decided by just a few votes.
bbc  language  english  history  rp  received-pronunciation  pronunciation  john-reith 
june 2017 by jm
When the Children Crashed Dad’s BBC Interview: The Family Speaks - WSJ
Mr. Kelly describes his reaction as a mixture of surprise, embarrassment and amusement but also love and affection. The couple says they weren’t mad and didn’t scold the children. “I mean it was terribly cute,” Mr. Kelly said. “I saw the video like everybody else. My wife did a great job cleaning up a really unanticipated situation as best she possibly could... It was funny. If you watch the tape I was sort of struggling to keep my own laughs down. They’re little kids and that’s how things are.” “Yes I was mortified, but I also want my kids to feel comfortable coming to me,” Mr. Kelly said.

cute  family  bbc  interviews  funny  viral  kids  hippity-hoppity  robert-kelly 
march 2017 by jm
TV detector vans may have been a con all along
This is shaking my world view -- although I find it more plausible that (as responses to,5753,-22440,00.html claim) they _did_ work until about 10-20 years ago, by detecting RF emissions from the local oscillator inside the TV.

Ross Anderson, at , notes:

During [..] World War II, radio engineering saw advances in radar, passive direction
finding, and low-probability-of-intercept techniques, which I’ll discuss in the next
chapter. By the 1960s, the stray RF leaking from the local oscillator signals in domestic
television sets was being targeted by direction-finding equipment in “TV detector
vans,” in Britain, where TV owners must pay an annual license fee that is supposed to
support public broadcast services. Its use has since expanded to satellite and cable TV
operators, who use detector vans to find pirate decoders. Some people in the computer
security community were also aware that information could leak from cross-coupling
and stray RF (see, for example, [259, 791]).
rf  radio  tv  bbc  tv-licenses  tv-license-detector-vans  security  emissions  tempest 
august 2016 by jm
BBC Digital Media Distribution: How we improved throughput by 4x
Replacing varnish with nginx. Nice deep-dive blog post covering kernel innards
nginx  performance  varnish  web  http  bbc  ops 
january 2016 by jm
BBC uses RIPA terrorism laws to catch TV licence fee dodgers in Northern Ireland
Give them the power, they'll use that power.

'A document obtained under Freedom of Information legislation confirms the BBC's use of RIPA in Northern Ireland. It states: "The BBC may, in certain circumstances, authorise under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and Regulation of Investigatory Powers (British Broadcasting Corporation) Order 2001 the lawful use of detection equipment to detect unlicensed use of television receivers... the BBC has used detection authorised under this legislation in Northern Ireland."'
ripa  privacy  bbc  tv  license-fee  uk  northern-ireland  law  scope-creep 
january 2015 by jm
BBC News - Pair jailed over abusive tweets to feminist campaigner
When a producer from BBC Two's Newsnight programme tracked Nimmo down after he had sent the abuse, the former call centre worker told him: "The police will do nothing, it's only Twitter."
bbc  bullying  social-media  twitter  society  uk  trolls  trolling  abuse  feminism  cyberbullying 
january 2014 by jm
How much can an extra hour's sleep change you?
What they discovered is that when the volunteers cut back from seven-and-a-half to six-and-a-half hours' sleep a night, genes that are associated with processes like inflammation, immune response and response to stress became more active. The team also saw increases in the activity of genes associated with diabetes and risk of cancer. The reverse happened when the volunteers added an hour of sleep.

sleep  health  rest  cancer  bbc  science 
october 2013 by jm
BBC Test Card image (1080p HD version)
via colinwh. The de-facto standard HTPC desktop background
htpc  desktops  hd  1080p  bbc  test-card  tv  scary-clowns 
march 2013 by jm
'uses DNS witchcraft to allow you to access US/UK-only audio and video services like, BBC iPlayer, etc. without using a VPN or Web proxy.' According to , it proxies the initial connection setup and geo-auth, then mangles the stream address to stream directly, not via proxy. Sounds pretty useful
proxy  network  vpn  dns  tunnel  content  video  audio  iplayer  bbc  hulu  streaming  geo-restriction 
january 2013 by jm
BBC News - The hum that helps to fight crime
'Dr Harrison said: "If we have we can extract [the hum of the mains AC power's 50Hz wave] and compare it with the database, if it is a continuous recording, it will all match up nicely. "If we've got some breaks in the recording, if it's been stopped and started, the profiles won't match or there will be a section missing. Or if it has come from two different recordings looking as if it is one, we'll have two different profiles within that one recording." In the UK, because one national grid supplies the country with electricity, the fluctuations in frequency are the same the country over. So it does not matter if the recording has been made in Aberdeen or Southampton, the comparison will work.'
buzz  hum  uk  mains  power  50hz  crime  forensics  bbc 
december 2012 by jm
Scoop! The inside story of the news website that saved the BBC
The Register's take on the early days of Lots of politics, unsurprisingly.
Fifteen years ago this month the BBC launched its News Online website. Developed internally with a skeleton team, the web service rapidly became the face of the BBC on the internet, and its biggest success story – winning four successive BAFTA awards.
Remarkably, it operated at a third of the cost of rival commercial online news operations – unheard of in public-sector IT projects. Devised before there were really any content management systems, the technical architecture became a template for all major news systems, and one that’s still in use today. The team endured some furious internal politicking and sabotage to survive.
bbc  news  history  web  uk  the-register 
december 2012 by jm
John Graham-Cumming: The Myth of the Boy Wizard
JGC on the Haystack mess. bad journalism by The Guardian, Newsweek and the Beeb, basically, single-sourcing articles without any corroborating backup from domain experts
journalism  haystack  the-grauniad  newsweek  bbc  news  cpj  jgc  from delicious
september 2010 by jm
BBC News - How spam filters dictated Canadian magazine's fate
the Canadian mag "The Beaver" is changing its name due to broken filters' false positives. Bennett Haselton reckons that there's no incentive to fix FPs, which as Henry Stern notes isn't the case
anti-spam  false-positives  beaver  canadia  canada  bbc  from delicious
march 2010 by jm
YouTube - "charlie brooker's gameswipe" ibbstersthecrapgamer
all 6 parts of the first episode, via Waxy. will watch this at some future point when I have free time again!
towatch  youtube  bbc  gameswipe  charlie-brooker  comedy  from delicious
october 2009 by jm
BBC News on Colin Powell dancing to Yahoozee
The Beeb definitely takes it too far with this one; the song isn't clearly about 419 at all
yahoozee  yahoo  bbc  hip-hop  spam  colin-powell  419  nigeria 
august 2009 by jm
Spinvox in trouble after BBC investigation
'A UK firm that turns mobile messages into text faces questions over its privacy standards, technology and finances following a BBC investigation' .. 'claims to the BBC suggest that the majority of messages have been heard and transcribed by call centre staff in South Africa and the Philippines.' 'The fact that messages appear to have been read by workers outside of the European Union raises questions about the firm's data protection policy.'
data-protection  privacy  facebook  bbc  technology  mobile  transcription  spinvox  security  south-africa  offshoring 
july 2009 by jm

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