Apples actual response to the Flash issue

Ian Wood revlist at
Sun May 2 07:41:14 EDT 2010

On 2 May 2010, at 12:16, Randall Lee Reetz wrote:

> Are you kidding?


>  These are revisionist applications exactly as I have noted.

Again, I have no idea what you are talking about.

> The only revolution in photo programs in the last 20 years is face  
> recognition.

Why is facial recognition revolutionary, but content-aware fill, non- 
destructive/parametric adjustments etc. etc. *not* revolutionary?

> But what has been done with it?  Almost nothing.

What's 'almost nothing'? There are apps such as iPhoto which can auto- 
crop images to show just the faces, cameras which use facial  
recognition to choose where to focus or wait for the subject to smile  
to take the photo. At the moment you are just making yourself look  

> Is it available to rev programmers?

As far as I know there are command-line apps around.

>  Can it be generalized to learn any object?

It's the other way around - facial recognition algorithms are mostly  
based on more general feature-recognition code (feature as in distinct  
areas of an image, not necessarily part of a face). Look up SIFT and  
similar stuff, it's what's revolutionised all kinds of panorama  
stitching and image alignment apps over the last 5-6 years.

>  Does it get better as we all work with it?

Yes, most software that includes facial recognition *only* works at a  
useable level by using user-confirmed results to improve the hit-rate.


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