Typhoon Guchol (Butchoy) Update 2 Media Blackout


Typhoon Guchol is speeding towards Japan and hitting it within 24 hours.  As of today, the storm has 120 mph winds and would be classified as a category 3 hurricane in the atlantic ocean. The typhoon‘s eye has filled in and it is showing signs of slowing down and weakening.  16 inches of rain are expected in Japan as the typhoon moves northeast.   West of Tokyo, they expect mudslides and flooding.   There is a huge media blackout on the topic of this typhoon and the danger it poses when combined with the nuclear disaster in Fukushima that occured in early 2011.  A couple of days ago when I wrote my other post on this issue, as I researched the internet, links that I had visited minutes before were disappearing.  I checked my history and some of them still worked, but were not being indexed by Google.

The next 36 hours are critical! The forecast says that the typhoon will pass far west of Fukushima.  You can watch the wind change direction as the typhoon moves across Japan. (This also shows the danger zone Fukushima).  Note how the winds blow east over Japan then how the jetstream takes the air right over the radioactivity westward.  http://www.kachelmannwetter.de/japan/japan.html




Facebook Buys Facial Recognition Face.com

In a move to open up opportunities, the social network site, Facebook.com bought Face.com, an Israeli company, that specializes in facial recognition software.

Face.com has already released 2 facebook apps, the first, called photo finder, scans untagged pictures of themselves and friends and photo tagger,  which allows a user to tag pictures in bulk.

Although the apps may seem convenient to some, facial recognition software has raised flags with privacy groups and other people that don’t want their privacy invaded and potentially fall into the hands of those who could abuse it, like corporations or the state.  Matching a face to a name and then a person’s entire background could be used to achieve a society under complete surveillance every time they leave their home and a camera picks up their image, in a store, on the street, or in this instance, where they were and who they were with, when a photo was taken.   As this technology advances, expect to see more and more law enforcement agencies using it to track every citizen, associate you with other people and associate the people within a certain area of a crime that’s taken place.

This is especially troubling because Facebook recently bought the popular app called Instagram, which allows users to take photos with their phones, add filters to achieve certain effects, tag people, geotag the location of the photograph and then share the photograph with other Instagram users (which boasted 30 million accounts in April, before the Android app was available).

Face.com is backed by Yandex NV, Russia’s most-used search engine, and investing firm Rhodium.

Alas, Facebook is not the first to use facial recognition technology.  Google‘s Picasa, Apple’s iPhoto,  Sony’s Picture Motion Browser and Microsoft’s Windows Live Photo Gallery already use similar software.

Facebook’s stock rose 4.7 percent in trading today, but still falling 17 percent short of it’s projected value.

And don’t bother deleting your pictures from any of these services, they’ve already been crawled most likely and if not the FBI has been using this technology for awhile.


The image above represents a study done by Adam Harvey in which makeup is used to disguise ones face.  The faces with red square are ones that were identified by facial recognition software.  This may be out of date.  read more: http://gajitz.com/about-face-defeat-face-recognition-software-with-makeup/


Tools: People Search Made Easy

Many people search  sites today are frustrating when you are searching for someone because they make you pay. I’m going to show you a few a tricks to help you search.  I recommend searching for yourself first.  Search your name, usernames, emails, phone numbers.  If you have any pictures on the internet, you’ll want to do a reverse image search using google reverse image search or tineye reverse image search (both are available as extensions in the google chrome store for free).  You’d be surprised where you pop up on the internet. Many people search engines, such as spokeo, offer an opt out option under the “privacy” tab on the bottom of their page. It’s very small, so don’t miss it.

There are many ways to begin a search. If you have a name put it into quotation marks in Google search,  for example: “Your Name”

If you come up with results that are clearly not right, but share a common keyword, run another search this time with a minus (-) sign in front of the wrong word:  “Your Name” -delaware  .         This will exclude all the sites that have Delaware  connected to your search term.  You can also exclude entire websites by using the minus sign, such as:

“Your Name” -delaware  -blogger.com  -twitter.com

You can narrow your search results down significantly this way.

If you have an email, name, or telephone number just place it into Facebook‘s search box, any accounts associated with that email, given they are not private, will show up in the results. This also works with other social networking sites like myspace.com

You can also just put that information into Google search, of course.

Here are some good people searchers:











New people search sites are always popping up and I’m sure that I missed a bunch, so if you have some good recommendations please leave it as a comment and I’ll add it to the list.  If one of these sites stops working let me know as well so I can remove it.

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