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Are Hewlett–Packard’s webcams racist? 

Evidence (hat tip to Tari Akpodiete) that the Hewlett–Packard webcam’s face-tracking feature is racist, and does not like black people:

If there’s some whites-only thing going on, then it might not work with Chinese, either. That’s one big market these folks will be missing out on.
   It’s an extra reason for sticking with my Asus, thank you. I have a facial recognition log-in, which is pretty cool. And I hear from a white friend that these Chinese-designed computers even work on minorities like her.

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Probably not so much racist as they only configured their software with white facial features...

Sometimes starting from somewhere yet no completing the task to the nth degree can be seen as racist...but can also be seen as just a job unfinished.

Great beginnings Jack, but I'm missing YOU in this blog! YOUR personality is not shining through...maybe in the new year reconsider your visual delivery, to reflect Jack and not just the news of the Day...something to think about, right?


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Ah, but how do you know this isn’t the real me and the Vox one was fake?
   This blog dates from January 2006 and predates Vox. It also has a larger and longer following, some of whom came over from the Beyond Branding blog, which ran from 2003.  
Wait a minute. Can someone explain a) how they shot this? and B) why their name tags backwards.  
Anonymous, I noticed the backward name tag as well.
   I was told today that Hewlett–Packard has responded.  
Hiya Jack... interesting.

MsBurb-- you wrote it before I did; my first thought was "it's the programmers/coders that are inadvertently racist, if anything: hardware/software has no intelligence of its own save what people give it".

And while I do know this blog is older, well, yes, I agree, your personality doesn't seem to be shining through as much here as it did on VOX.

Perhaps a "podcast" might be in order? Although I never remember getting much of a following out of such, voice posts always helped me feel a little bit more personally connected.  
Jak, I’m not sure it’s fair to judge one’s “voice” in a series of posts (the history of the decade ones, which dominate this part of the month) that were originally destined for print. Podcasts will be made, but for the political campaign.  
Fair enough, Jack. You're missed at VOX, or at least, that's my reason. A new acquaintance is getting me to think about blogging beyond my usual haunts, and it involves possible collaboration on a tech-themed blog. If you're interested, I'll follow up.  
Sure, Jak—would be happy to help. As to Vox, I tried again just yesterday and it was all the same. I don’t think they are on to it at all: as with Patricia, they just hoped I’d go away.  
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