(Videos) Italy: 75% of Venice underwater in record-breaking floods..
Rare 3,000-year-old Assyrian art work expected to fetch more than $10M at auction..
With No Laws To Guide It, Here’s How Orlando Is Using Amazon’s Facial Recognition Technology
New documents obtained by BuzzFeed News reveal the most detailed picture yet of how the Orlando Police Department is using Amazon Rekognition, the tech giant’s facial recognition technology.
Walking around downtown Orlando, you might not notice the lightbulb-sized camera affixed to one of the traffic signal poles along the city’s palm tree–studded avenues. But it’s there, scanning all the same. If it sees you, the camera will instantly send a live video feed over to Amazon’s facial “Rekognition” system, cross-referencing your face against persons of interest. It’s one of three IRIS cameras in the Orlando area whose video feeds are processed by a system that could someday flag potential criminal matches — for now, all the “persons of interest” are volunteers from the Orlando police — and among a growing number of facial recognition systems nationally.
In the US, there are no laws governing the use of facial recognition, and there is no regulatory framework limiting its law enforcement applications. There is no case law or constitutional precedent upholding police use of the tech without a warrant; courts haven’t even decided whether facial recognition constitutes a search under the Fourth Amendment. The technology is still plagued by inaccuracies.
But that hasn’t stopped law enforcement from piloting these systems. According to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News, the city of Orlando — which initially allowed its original Rekognition pilot to expire amid growing public outcry — just embarked on a second pilot that allows for an unspecified but “increased” number of additional cameras….
Nearly three-quarters of Venice, Italy, flooded after storm system drives up water levels more than five feet in the lagoon city and kills at least 6 nationwide
Beginning of last year, we reported that the lagoons of Venice had almost dried up. Nine months later, today, nearly three-quarters of Venice, Italy, was flooded because of a storm system that brought strong winds, driving up water levels more than five feet in the lagoon city.
High winds push water in from the lagoon, flooding parts of the city frequently, but Monday’s levels were far higher than normal. At its peak, Monday’s water level reached nearly 61.5 inches, the highest since December 2008. Water levels were forecast to reach 63 inches above normal levels, which would have been the first time that had happened since December 1979….
Southern Europe’s freak weather see’s Spain blanketed by heavy snowstorms
- Snow and unseasonably low temperatures have been blamed on the arrival of a mass of polar air lingering over the Iberian Peninsula.
- Venice flooding could reach the record levels of 1966.
- More than 38,000 homes were left without power for a whole day after the tornado ravaged the island of Menorca yesterday.
Southern Europe’s freak weather has seen the Mediterranean nation of Spain battered by a tornado, just 48 hours after the country was blanketed by heavy snowstorms.
More than 38,000 homes were left without power for a whole day after the tornado ravaged the island of Menorca yesterday.
More than 50 trees and hundreds of power lines were pulled down by the powerful storm, leaving thousands of residents without electricity….
Typhoon “Yutu” (Rosita) to hit Isabela and Aurora, traverse over Quirino, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet and La Union, Philippines
The center of Typhoon “Yutu,” known in the Philippines as Rosita, is just east of Luzon at 16:00 UTC, October 29. Yutu is expected to make landfall over Southern Isabela – Northern Aurora area by the end of the UTC day (05:00 – 07:00 local time, October 30) with maximum sustained winds of 150 km/h (92 mph). This would make it a Category 2 hurricane equivalent on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Storm surge up to 3 m (10 feet) is possible over some coastal areas along with moderate to heavy rain across Northern and Central Luzon.
As of 23:00 local time, October 29 (15:00 UTC):
Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWC) no. 1 is in effect for Southern Quezon, Batanes and Babuyan group of Islands, Rizal, Metro Manila, Laguna, Batangas, Bataan, Cavite, and Camarines Norte, Luzon….
Pastor Issues Urgent Warning for Christians Who Watch Porn, Play Video Games
Ben Stuart has dedicated his life to encouraging young adults to live their lives for God. In a message delivered at a Texas convention last week, the pastor of Passion City Church in Washington, D.C., and author of “Single, Dating, Engaged, Married: Navigating Life and Love in the Modern Age,” implored young adults to not waste their time on things like pornography and video games.
“The real world is on fire,” Stuart said Thursday at the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s conference, according to The Christian Post.
Given this, he argued there is no time to waste on the imaginary worlds of pornography and video games….
Indonesia Lion Air flight crashes into the sea with 189 aboard, no survivors expected, official says
A brand-new jet airliner carrying 189 passengers and crew crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from Indonesia’s capital on Monday, prompting a major effort in the region that soon turned from rescue to recovery when officials disclosed there were likely no survivors.
The Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft had just taken off from Jakarta when the pilot requested to return to the airport three minutes into the flight. Data for Lion Air’s Flight 610 on aircraft tracking website FlightAware ends just a few minutes following takeoff, with the plane at an altitude of only 5,200 feet.
An air transport official, Novie Riyanto, told the Associated Press the flight was cleared to return to Jakarta after the pilot made a “return to base” request, but the flight plunged into the sea about 10 minutes later….
Secret tunnels found below Mexico’s Pyramid of the Moon are a ‘passageway to the underworld’ – and experts predict they will contain skeletons with strange deformed skulls
- Teotihuacan had its apex between 100 B.C. and A.D. 750
- Scans found tunnel about 30 feet below the surface of plaza in front of pyramid
- Pyramid of the Moon is the largest pyramid in Mexico after Pyramid of the Sun….
All the prophecies the bible said will happen in end times, are happening or almost complete at present