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Bert - Big Brother is watching you
Entered on: November 17, 2004 9:37 AM by The Bone

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From: Ross Entered on: November 17, 2004 10:05 AM
Just what I need, more people to catch me while picking my nose in the car.  
Actually it's probably not related to this, but Heather got a ticket for running a red light on the way home from work, from one of those automated cameras. There's really no arguing with them, I guess.
From: The Bone Entered on: November 20, 2004 10:51 AM
Ever since reading 1984 I've been paranoid about infringements of privacy - part of my reason for joining the ACLU.  
Check out this camera. It's pretty cool. Click on the pic and you can zoom in with absurd clarity. Neat technology but imagine if we had a bunch of the cameras all over town.
From: Jackzilla Entered on: November 20, 2004 12:15 PM
Woah! That's sweet!
From: TallPat Entered on: November 21, 2004 9:26 PM
Wow! That is awesome.  
So now the next time I am watching a movie, and they are looking at the crappy black and white pics taken from a security camera, and they ask the computer guy to enlarge and clarify the picture, I will know that the security camera must just be a 2.5 gigapixel model. And all this time I thought those movies were so fake.
From: Creeko Entered on: November 22, 2004 7:56 AM
That is pretty sweet, but if your read the fine print, its a picture made up of 600 images that took many days to compose.  
Technical details  
Below are some facts and figures about the gigapixel image:  
Final image dimensions: 78.797 x 31.565 pixels  
Number of pixels in final image: 2,487,227,305 (2.5 gigapixel)  
Final image file format: 24-bit colour bitmap  
Final image file size: 7.5 GBytes  
Number of source images: 600  
Number of pixels in source images: 3,537,408,000 (600 images * 3008*1960)  
Lens focal length: 400 mm (equivalent to 600 mm on a 35 mm camera)  
Aperture: F22, Shutter speed: 1/100, ISO: 125  
Horizontal field of view of final image: 93 degrees  
Time required to capture component images: 1 hour and 12 minutes  
Time required to match overlapping images: 20 hours  
Time required to optimise project: 4 hours  
Time required to compose the image: 3 full days using 5 high-end pcs  
Time required to blend seams / correct misalignments / finalise image: 2 days
From: Ross Entered on: November 22, 2004 8:37 AM
Good sleuthing, Creeko. I guess we can still be secure when we bitch about every fucking movie and TV show where the detective says to the computer geek "can you enhance that?" and the guy goes "sure!" and blipblipblip, there you go, crystal clear 100x zoom!
From: Jackzilla Entered on: November 22, 2004 9:36 AM
Angie will be glad to know that she's not the ONLY one that has to listen to bitching about that in movies. That "enhance the picture" bullshit drives me crazy too. That and when the whole plot of the movie involves getting some computer disc -- as if it's a golden idol or something -- Dudes! You can COPY the contents!
From: Creeko Entered on: November 22, 2004 10:56 AM
Yea and why is it that computers always make beeping noises and cars always drive away squealing their tyres?  
My computer doesn?t beep churn as I type and I rarely squeal my tyres (granted, with my car I probably couldn?t, even if I wanted to).  
Oh, and the streets/parking lots are always wet. That bothers me too.  

From: Jackzilla Entered on: November 22, 2004 12:07 PM
From: Ross Entered on: November 22, 2004 12:10 PM
You say "tire", he says "tyre"  
You say "rogering", Fatty says "rodgering"  
Let's call the whole thing off.
From: Creeko Entered on: November 22, 2004 12:40 PM
It's like a tire, but with European flare.
From: Swerb Entered on: November 22, 2004 1:10 PM
Tyres? Is the engine under the bonnet, too? And do you go home after work and watch the telly?
From: Creeko Entered on: November 23, 2004 3:37 AM
Don't forget to stow the luggage in the boot!

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