Holy Scheisse, There's a Shazam For Nazi Music

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German authorities have developed a special app that allows them to identify extremist, right-wing music from just a brief clip, according to the German newspaper Der Spiegel. The new app works much like "Nazi Shazam."

According to the report, the app isn't currently in use, and authorities from the Interior Ministry are currently meeting to discuss its possible implementation. From the report, it appears that the app is targeted at 79 songs which have been explicitly banned in Germany for espousing neo-Nazi views. In other words, the technology is listening for particular songs, rather than for any lyrics or musical patterns that might be associated with Nazi music. The app is capable of detecting songs being played over online sources, as well as over speakers at an event. The hope is that the app will help the police identify and shut down latent Nazi influence before it indoctrinates new adherents.

The technology behind sample-based sound recognition isn't new, of course, but this particular use certainly is. Originally, this tech was developed to help people discover and learn about new music; now, it's being used to target an extremist hate group and curb its activities. Not a bad cause at all. [Der Spiegel]


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This reminds of a fun story from high school. We had a substitute teacher who was a retired Green Beret. He had served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Let's just say this quite little old man had been through some shit and developed a fantastic sense of humor. One time, he was substitute teaching a history course and, since the topic was the Vietnam War, he decided to bring in some souvenirs he had picked up while over there. These souvenirs included a pair of Viet Cong tire shoes and a Viet Cong helmet. One astute student noticed that there was a hole in the helmet and pointed it out. He simply looked at him and softly said, "How do you think I got it?"