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Huawei, already sanctioned by the US for helping the Chinese government crack down on Uyghur muslims, built facial recognition software to surveil the ethnic group and alert authorities whenever a positive match was detected, it's claimed. The company collaborated with AI startup Megvii to test a camera system that predicts …

  1. Danny 2

    Dzungar genocide

    I surf Wikipedia and learned this last night. The Uyghurs were among the tribes and nations recruited by the Chinese to destroy the Dzungars, formerly the abusive overlords of the Uyghurs.

    "the Qing victory was, in a certain sense, a victory for Islam".

    Okay, so nobody could ever trust historical allies, but technology amplifies power to the point / risk of total domination.

    1. Gene Cash Silver badge

      Re: Dzungar genocide

      Or as Schlock Mercenary would say "Maxim #29: The enemy of my enemy is my enemy's enemy. No more. No less."

      1. Danny 2

        Re: Dzungar genocide

        Hiya Gene,

        We all have to execute a few folk to establish the emperor's awesomeness.

        Mao Wenlong was reported to Ming authorities by Joseon for cowardice and treachery. Mao began acting independently and minted his own coins in 1628, while conducting illicit trading in contravention of Ming law. He was caught by Yuan Chonghuan in 1629 and executed for smuggling on 24 July, 1629. Yuan reported the death of Mao Wenlong to the Joseon court, stating that it had been done to "properly establish the emperor's awesomeness."

        Sorry, I'm deep mining Wikipedia for cool quotes. It's my bitcoin.

  2. Richocet

    Sundar Pichai insults engineering

    His apology letter has me seeing red with his references to "Engineering Culture". Pichai is referring to his idea of the culture at Google.

    Engineering culture is about being honest, and accurate, don't cover up flaws and weaknesses. Ask for and accept peer review. Continuous improvement.

    The Boeing 737-MAX is the perfect example of where Google-style engineering culture was substituted for professional engineering culture - and the result was planes falling from the sky and many deaths.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    As far as poor excuses go

    The lifetime achievement winner is…

    > Huawei said it was "simply a test"

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: As far as poor excuses go

      "better than all the rest"

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