The gun industry and advocates are hopeful about new legislation that could make silencers easier to buy.
Deploying facial recognition software in the Boston investigation isn’t straightforward because the images available are very different from the evenly lit, frontal, passport-style photos stored in law enforcement databases. Such mug shots can be matched with about 99 percent accuracy, says Anil Jain, a professor at Michigan State expert who works on facial recognition, a figure that falls to about 50 percent for images of good quality but with added complications such as a person wearing a hat or glasses.
Cry for Self-Rule by Tamils Is Muffled by Reality
By LYDIA POLGREEN
After decades of war, any hope of self-rule among Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority appears to have been dashed by last month’s presidential election.
Would you please muffle your little commotion and straighten out your mugs.
AT 3:45 on a recent Saturday morning — as frogs croaked into the void and a mufflerless pickup downshifted onto Cow Head Road — Rodney Scott, 37, pitmaster here at Scott’s Variety Store and Bar-B-Q, gave the order.
Meaning #1: government of a country by its own people
Synonyms: self-government, self-determination
straighten sb out (PERSON) phrasal verb [M] INFORMAL
to improve someone's behaviour:
I thought that once he got a girlfriend that would straighten him out.
- The human face.
- The area of the human mouth, chin, and jaw.
- A grimace.
- A mug shot.
- A thug; a hoodlum.
- Chiefly British Slang. A victim or dupe.
- A photograph taken of the head and shoulders, often from the front and in profile, usually taken in conjunction with somebody'sarrest.
- (Britain, slang) An unflattering photograph of a person's face.
1 to make a sound quieter and less clear:
The house's windows are double-glazed to muffle the noise of aircraft.
2 to make something less strong or clear:
The report concluded that business pressure on the government had muffled the impact of the legislation.
I could hear muffled voices next door but couldn't make out any words.
The muffled roar of traffic could be heard in the distance.
noun [C] US
- A heavy scarf worn around the neck for warmth.
- A device that absorbs noise, especially one used with an internal-combustion engine.