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  • Bill Would Ban Red Light Cameras

    11/26/2014 8:32:12 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 14 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/24/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Legislation was recently introduced that would prohibit communities from using automated traffic enforcement devices as the basis for issuing traffic tickets. House Bill 5921 was introduced Nov. 6 by Rep. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, in response to Senate Bill 1063, which – if enacted – would permit traffic tickets to be issued on the basis of photographs taken by unmanned cameras. “This (House Bill 5921) was a bill we had been looking at doing, similar to the newer driver protections they are passing in states like South Dakota and New Jersey,” Rep. Shirkey said. “They’re going 180 degrees out there, from...
  • What if all cops wore cameras? California town's success echoes to Ferguson.

    11/22/2014 7:55:08 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 13 replies
    CSMon ^ | November 22, 2014 | Daniel Wood
    Rialto, Calif., has seen a major decline in complaints of police violence since putting body cameras on it police. The technology has also helped resolve situations like the one in Ferguson, Mo.
  • City's Speed Traps Backfire [Chicago]

    10/18/2014 10:00:41 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 58 replies
    Yahoo! Screen ^ | CBS-Chicago
    Drivers in Chicago have gotten wise to speed cameras, budget figures show, and now the city needs to come up with $50 million in revenue. Chicagoans are costing the city tens of millions of dollars -– through good behavior. Mayor Rahm Emanuel underestimated the intelligence of Chicago drivers, and the city paid for it big time. On a smooth, wide, well-travelled stretch of Irving Park Road, running between two cemeteries — no homes, no stores, no parking — the city of Chicago is trying to balance its budget. Each flash means a photo; each photo, a violation. Each violation: a...
  • A Wearable Camera That Would Turn Into a Drone and Fly Off Your Wrist

    09/26/2014 12:34:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | September 26, 2014 | Kate Knibbs
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Meet Nixie, a wearable camera concept that flies off your wrist and turns into a remote-controlled quadcopter. It's the bizarre-yet-appealing wearable camera drone nobody asked for... and now I kind of want it. Intel is holding a competition to encourage new wearable technology ideas, and the Nixie is one of the finalists. So far, it's still in development, so the flying wristlet camera is rough around the edges. Team captain Christoph Kohstall eventually wants you to be able to send the the Nixie flying with a gesture. It would recognize where you're standing, snap a picture, then return to the...
  • Valley Police Dept Says Nothing About Rumors Of Hidden Cams Aimed At Women

    09/16/2014 3:53:06 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 3 replies
    KMJ.580 ^ | September 15, 2014 | Unknown
    Rumors are rampant about male public safety employees in Ceres placing hidden cameras aimed at women, and the city isn't saying much about it. The stories about cameras placed under a woman's desk and in changing areas at the Ceres Police Department came to the attention of the Stanislaus chapter of the NAACP. President Frank Johnson says they got so many calls they thought it was a prank, and he says if it's not true, they'll apologize - but if it is true, the organization will take action against it. The city attorney would only say action is being taken...
  • Rice’s Misfortune Is that His “Infraction” Was Caught on Camera

    09/11/2014 7:43:20 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/11/14 | Jerry A. Kane
    As long as players don't get caught knocking out women on camera for the world to see, they're cleared to play football in the NFL Ray Rice has become “Peck’s Bad Boy” for a deteriorating National Football League. When the first video of him dragging his unconscious fianc√©e out of an elevator appeared in July, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell slapped Rice’s wrist with a two-game suspension. Goodell went on to revise the league’s disciplinary policy regarding domestic violence to include a minimum six-game suspension or more for the first infraction and up to a lifetime ban for the second, with...
  • Anaheim police officers to wear cameras

    09/10/2014 11:37:11 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | September 10, 2014 | Louis Casiano Jr.
    ANAHEIM – The Anaheim Police Department could be the first agency in the county to require officers to wear video cameras while on patrol, after the City Council unanimously approved the the $1.15 million purchase of 250 of the devices Tuesday. The first officers are expected to be outfitted with the body-mounted cameras in November, with all of them wearing the devices by April. It’s part of the department’s effort to increase transparency and mend a fragile relationship with the public after several high-profile shootings.
  • Not #Ferguson: Elderly White Woman Hospitalized After Brutal Robbery in Ocoee

    08/16/2014 8:21:55 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 61 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 16,2014 | Kristinn Taylor
    WFTV in Orlando, Florida reported Friday about a callous, violent robbery of an elderly white woman by three young black men that left the woman hospitalized with a serious brain injury and a broken clavicle. The Publix surveillance videos released to the media show rare, clear before, during and after video of the victim, the perps and the robbery. There will be no protests, no candlelight vigils, no statement by President Barack Obama, no Justice Department investigation, no visits by Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson. The race ‘healers’ won’t descend on Ocoee like they are doing in Ferguson this week...
  • Cops Back Off From Plan to Photograph Boy's Erection

    07/11/2014 2:49:25 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 51 replies
    Newser ^ | July 11, 2014 | Rob Quinn
    Sanity appears to have prevailed in Manassas, Virginia, where authorities had planned to chemically induce an erection in a 17-year-old boy accused of making child pornography of himself by sending explicit photos to his 15-year-old girlfriend. The aunt says she's glad police are dropping the plan, but she won't be satisfied until they drop what she says are overblown felony charges of manufacture and possession of child pornography.
  • Minneapolis Police to Use Body Cameras as Early as September

    07/08/2014 3:10:42 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    KSTP ^ | 7-8-14 | Jay Kolls
    We now know when and where Minneapolis Police officers will soon be testing body cameras on the streets. The Minneapolis Police Department has confirmed that dozens of officers will test the body cameras in three precincts in late September or early October. The tests will be done in precincts that generally have higher police activity. MPD says the body cams will be used for testing purposes only in the First Precinct downtown, the Fourth Precinct in North Minneapolis and the Fifth Precinct in southwest Minneapolis. The city council set aside $400,000 to buy the cameras for the 2014 budget. Mayor...
  • "You're being watched"

    05/19/2014 6:50:29 PM PDT · by OldNavyVet · 15 replies
    Click on small front-page photo to left that's titled "You're being watched."
  • Angry motorists want to put brakes on red light cameras

    04/01/2014 9:39:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    ·FoxNews ^ | April 01, 2014 | Robert Gearty
    The new law makes South Dakota the sixteenth state to stamp out red light cameras and speed cameras by statute or state court ruling ... the cameras violate due process, don’t make intersections safer and generate revenue more for the red light vendor than the community. ... Brekford, based in Maryland, reported last week that it is losing money. .. Redflex Traffic Systems in Phoenix has even bigger headaches. The firm has been the subject of a federal bribery investigation in Chicago for the past year.
  • Colonoscopies to be replaced by camera that comes in a PILL

    02/04/2014 9:12:48 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 93 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 2-4-14 | Daily Mail Reporter
    There are few medical procedures feared more than a colonoscopy. But what if there was another way to screen patients for colon cancer that's much less intrusive? Now there is: The PillCam, an ingestible camera that takes high-speed photographs as it works its way through the digestive system and helps doctors spot polyps and other early signs of colon cancer was just cleared by the Food and Drug Administration. The device is designed for patients who have had trouble with the cringe-inducing colonoscopy procedure, which involves probing the large intestine with a tiny camera embedded in a four-foot long, flexible...
  • Bang! Payday for man suing cops over guns

    12/12/2013 4:02:55 PM PST · by marktwain · 38 replies
    WND ^ | 11 December , 2013 | Joe Kovacs
    A man who sued police in Colorado Springs, Colo., for violating his Second Amendment rights has reportedly won more than $23,000 from the city, as local officers apparently did not know it was legal to “open carry” firearms at public parks. The saga of James Sorensen began in July 2012 at a homosexual-pride festival, just one day after the shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., that left 12 people dead and 70 others injured. He was openly sporting a handgun on his hip, which prompted police to take him into custody. Sorensen’s arrest was caught on camera by...
  • Photography In The Parks: What's In Your Camera Bag?

    10/31/2013 3:14:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 60 replies
    National Parks Traveler ^ | October 29, 2013 | Rebecca Latson
    For the past couple of weeks, I have been dragging myself along, super-tired from jet lag from the Eastern Seaboard time zone change (that Maine trip), losing hours of precious sleep due to plane delays and plane diversions, and then forcing myself to rise early (3 a.m. early) each day of the work week to sync my hours with the rest of my departmentÂ’s team currently located in London (you do the math). A fuzzy brain makes writing an article on a single subject quite a challenging prospect. So, Traveler Editor-in-Chief Kurt Repanshek suggested a Q&A article. I liked that...
  • Emanuel speed cameras may bring in more revenue than expected

    10/13/2013 12:23:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 36 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/11/13 | Bill Ruthhart
    Chicago's first speed cameras at just four locations issued warnings to more than 233,000 speeders in 45 days, violations that would have totaled $13.8 million in tickets, according to data released by the city today. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has touted his speed camera program as a way to improve traffic safety for children near the city's parks and schools, but the early warning violations from Chicago's first speed cameras are the latest indicator that the fledgling program could be a financial windfall for the city. Emanuel has projected $15 million in speed camera revenue for the remainder of 2013, with...
  • Arrest Made In Webcam Highjacking Extortion Case

    09/27/2013 7:07:57 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 31 replies
    slashdot.org ^ | Friday September 27, 2013 @03:01PM | Soulskill
    "CNN reports that Jared James Abrahams, a 19-year-old computer science student, has been arrested for allegedly hijacking the webcams of young women — among them reigning Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf — taking nude images, then blackmailing his victims to send him more explicit material or else be exposed. Abrahams admitted he had 30 to 40 'slave computers' — or other people's electronic devices he controlled — and has had as many as 150 total. His arrest came six months after a teenager identified in court documents as C.W. alerted authorities. She has since publicly identified herself as Cassidy Wolf,...
  • Now Fatwa Against Photography! (Behold ... "The Religion of Peace")

    09/11/2013 7:59:35 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    BDNews24.com ^ | 2013-09-11 | News Desk, bdnews24.com
    Now Fatwa against photography! India's leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has issued a fatwa branding photography ‘unlawful and a sin’. Mufti Abdul Qasim Nomani, Mohtamim (Vice-Chancellor) of the institution, has said Islam does not permit videotaping of marriages or taking of pictures to save as mementos. "Photography is un-Islamic. Muslims are not allowed to get their photos clicked unless it is for an identity card or for making a passport," he was quoted as telling the Press Trust of India over phone. Saudi Arabia allows photographers inside Makkah and live telecast of namaz and Hajj on TV across the...
  • SF fire chief bans helmet cameras in wake of crash

    08/18/2013 12:11:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    SFGate ^ | , Saturday, August 17, 2013 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    San Francisco's fire chief has explicitly banned firefighters from using helmet-mounted video cameras, after images from a battalion chief's Asiana Airlines crash recording became public and led to questions about first responders' actions leading up to a fire rig running over a survivor. Chief Joanne Hayes-White said she issued the order after discovering that Battalion Chief Mark Johnson's helmet camera filmed the aftermath of the July 6 crash at San Francisco International Airport. Still images from the footage were published in The Chronicle. ... Critics, including some within the department, questioned the chief's order and its timing - coming as...
  • Convert Your Old Film SLR Into a Digital Camera with the DigiPod

    08/16/2013 8:38:01 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 32 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | August 16, 2013 | DL Cade
    The idea of fitting electronics into a film SLR in order to capture digital photos with it is not new. The thing is, most of the ideas we’ve shared ranged from April Fools jokes to promising concepts that never seem to advance beyond that. The DigiPod is the first product we’ve seen actually become a reality. It’s a digital cartridge that fits inside your old film SLR, and if it makes it to market, it could be quite groundbreaking.
  • Iowa governor orders review of undercover plates

    07/19/2013 5:05:48 PM PDT · by Brandonmark · 18 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | July 19, 2013 | RYAN J. FOLEY
    Gov. Terry Branstad is ordering transportation officials to cut the number of special license plates issued to government vehicles that exempt them from traffic cameras. Branstad said Thursday it's unacceptable that 3,218 plates given to local, state and federal agencies have a designation that keeps them out of computerized databases. The designation is meant for those doing undercover work. Cities with red light and speed cameras typically let those with the plates out of tickets that would cost ordinary drivers $75 to $200. Branstad also said the review should look at how many tickets the cameras have issued and how...
  • Driving somewhere? There's a gov't record of that

    07/17/2013 7:39:27 AM PDT · by don-o · 95 replies
    AP ^ | July 17, 2013 | ANNE FLAHERTY
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chances are, your local or state police departments have photographs of your car in their files, noting where you were driving on a particular day, even if you never did anything wrong. Using automated scanners, law enforcement agencies across the country have amassed millions of digital records on the location and movement of every vehicle with a license plate, according to a study published Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union. Affixed to police cars, bridges or buildings, the scanners capture images of passing or parked vehicles and note their location, uploading that information into police databases....
  • Obama Wants a "Smarter Government" with Greater Technology

    07/09/2013 12:47:46 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 49 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | July 9, 2013 12:15 PM | Tiffany Kaiser
    He's looking to the private sector U.S. President Barack Obama said he wants a "smarter government" with a little help from the private sector yesterday.  When introducing the the “new management agenda” at the White House Monday, Obama told his Cabinet that he wants a high-technology and more user-friendly government. He feels that his campaign was the most technologically advanced to date, and that should lead to greater progress in the government's technology sector.  “We created one of the most inclusive and one of the most successful campaigns in American history,” Obama said. “Once we got to Washington, instead of an...
  • The All-Seeing Eye

    06/14/2013 8:12:57 AM PDT · by giant sable · 30 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | June 14, 2013 | Michael S. Malone
    The other day, my college age son quietly went around the house and put electricians tape over the camera lenses on the displays of all our home computers.
  • Legislators Steering Michigan Toward Red Light Cameras

    06/12/2013 5:27:13 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/9/2013 | Anne Schieber
    Michigan lawmakers have introduced bills that would legalize unmanned red light cameras in the state. The bills, House Bill 4763 and 4762, were introduced May 22 by Reps. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, and Thomas Stallworth III, D-Detroit. The bills define running a red light that's caught on camera as a civil offense. That differs from a 2007 opinion from then-Attorney General Mike Cox, who said Michigan law recognizes red light running as a criminal violation, and the law was not authorized for photo ticketing. On Tuesday, the House Transportation Committee heard testimony on the matter. A representative from a safety...
  • No Evidence Chicago Red Light Cameras Based on Safety -- System Made $71 Million Last Year

    05/29/2013 9:50:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 24, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Contrary to its claims, the City of Chicago’s red light cameras are not based on safety, according to an Inspector General (IG) audit of the program that brought in more than $71 million in revenue for the city last year. The audit, released on May 14, sought to determine if the city’s 384 red light cameras were installed based on the Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) “stated primary criterion of reducing angle crashes to increase safety.” The IG found no evidence to support the city’s rationale for the program, which is to “increase safety on Chicago streets.”
  • Bill Would Let Michigan Install Red-Light Cameras

    05/24/2013 1:09:38 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 28 replies
    CBS 62 ^ | 5-24-2013
    Michigan’s local governments would have the option to put cameras at intersections to spot drivers running red lights under proposed legislation in the state House. A measure recently introduced by Republican Rep. Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City would give local communities the power to put cameras in place. “This legislation will give more local control to our municipalities while offering a safer environment for the people who live in these communities,” he said in a statement. The bill has gained the support of local law enforcement officials, who say the cameras will act as an extra deterrent to prevent drivers...
  • Freeper Recommendations on Starter Digital SLR Cameras

    05/15/2013 6:26:58 PM PDT · by usconservative · 90 replies
    Self ^ | 5/15/2013 | USConservative
    Not sure but this may be my first "vanity" thread since joining in 1998. In any case, I know there's folks on here who are deeply involved in photography and know lots about camera's and digital camera's -- something of which I know about zero. I'm taking the better half on her dream vacation this summer to Alaska for her birthday. We have a small 12mp digital pocket camera, but are thinking we'd really need something better (better zoom, image stabilization for example) for some nice nature pic's. I've been reading up on different camera's from SLR to DSLR and...
  • Big Brother: LA police sued over massive data collection gleaned from cameras

    05/10/2013 10:25:42 PM PDT · by Altariel · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 10, 2013 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Show us the data. That’s the message behind a joint lawsuit seeking to force the Los Angeles law enforcement authorities to release a massive trove of information collected by ubiquitous cameras that read license plates and can thus track the movements of millions of motorists not suspected of any crime. The cameras, called automatic license plate readers (ALPRs), are on fixed locations, including stop lights, street signs and in squad cars. Each camera can record as many as 1,800 plates per minute, and more than 160 million "data points" have been collected in Los Angeles County, according to one report....
  • Store Owner Pays Big Bucks for Video Cameras to Defend Against Lawsuit Abuse

    05/03/2013 12:29:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4/25/13 | iamlawsuitabuse
    Rafael Cuellar, the owner of a grocery store in Passaic, NJ, estimates he has spent around $350,000 to install and maintain his store's camera and recording devices. But it's not to protect him from shoplifters — it's to help him defend against lawsuit abusers.
  • Boston: ANOTHER Muslim Missionary Trip

    04/21/2013 7:55:08 PM PDT · by publius321 · 3 replies
    What happens when Muslims live by the answer to the question WWMD? And what happens when Americans appease them?
  • NFL teams will be required to install video cameras in home locker room

    04/04/2013 3:02:27 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | April 4, 2013 | Brian McIntyre |
    To help improve the in-game experience, and get more people into the stadium, the National Football League will mandate their teams to install video cameras inside the home locker room before next season to provide content for use during halftime or breaks in the action, NFL executive vice president of business ventures Eric Grubman announced during a panel appearance at Wednesday's SBJ/SBD's World Congress Of Sports. While installation of the cameras is mandatory, the home team will be able to control what footage is used. "The content will be available only in stadium and the content will be available only...
  • Michael Bloomberg On Big Brother. 'Get Used To It' (Video)

    03/26/2013 4:12:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    Patriot Action Network ^ | March 26, 2013 | Michael Childs
    Mayor Bloomberg admits soon NYPD surveillance cameras will be on nearly every corner and in the air. 'You wait, in five years, the technology is getting better, they'll be cameras everyplace . . . whether you like it or not,' Bloomberg said Friday. 'The argument against using automation is just this craziness that 'Oh, it's Big Brother.' Get used to it!' Big Brother is watching. Now get used to it! Envisioning a future where privacy is a thing of the past, Mayor Bloomberg said Friday it will soon be impossible to escape the watchful eyes of surveillance cameras and even...
  • El Cajon may be next city to ban red light cameras ( San Diego , too )

    02/27/2013 9:57:44 AM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    CBS 8 ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | Steve Price
    El Cajon may be the next city to put a stop to red light cameras. ... San Diego removed its red light cameras last month
  • St. Petersburg mayor delays planned expansion of red-light cameras

    02/11/2013 9:45:04 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Times ^ | February 8, 2013 | Mark Puente
    Two months after the City Council thought they voted to add more red-light cameras, Mayor Bill Foster slammed the brakes on the increase. Foster's announcement came at a council meeting Thursday after a frequent camera critic pointed out possible problems with the timing of yellow lights at intersections with cameras. Resident Matt Florell gave council members a report this week that showed that 1,645 drivers might have received improper citations because the yellow lights changed to red quicker than they should have in some intersections. Foster said he needs more time to examine the program because the cameras are generating...
  • Chicago scandal leads to shake-up at red-light camera firm

    02/08/2013 9:36:20 AM PST · by relictele · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8 Feb 2013 | David Kidwell
    The chairman of the Australian company behind Chicago's red-light program resigned this week and trading in the company's stock was suspended amid an intensifying investigation into allegations of corruption in its Chicago contract. Redflex Holdings Ltd. announced the extraordinary actions just days after board members were briefed by an outside legal team hired to examine ties between the company's U.S. subsidiary and the city official who oversaw its contract, a relationship first disclosed in October by the Tribune. In a brief statement Thursday to the newspaper, the company also revealed for the first time that it is sharing information with...
  • Some Nikon D600 DSLRs Not Closing to the Apertures They’re Supposed To (warranty issue)

    12/06/2012 6:31:08 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 33 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | December 06, 2012 | PETAPIXEL
    The photograph above shows two D600 DSLRs. The one on the right is defective, while the one on the left isn’t. Both cameras have their aperture setting set to f/8.
  • Motorists File Class-Action Lawsuit Against NYC Over Red-Light Cameras

    12/04/2012 6:13:42 PM PST · by george76 · 55 replies
    CBS NewYork ^ | December 4, 2012
    Red-light cameras are gaining popularity across the country. Now, New York City is being sued after it was accused of rigging the lights to catch more drivers and write more tickets. They’re “gotcha” cameras, mounted at intersections. Their photos catch and fine drivers running red lights. New York City first had them in 1998. ... By federal law, drivers have to have enough time to get through a yellow light — three seconds at the typical 30 mph intersection. Back in October, engineers at AAA New York discovered a problem. At some intersections with the cameras, the yellow lights were...
  • School Bus Stop Arm Cameras Up & Running

    08/27/2012 7:28:07 PM PDT · by Altariel · 25 replies
    CBS Local (DFW) ^ | August 27, 2012 | CBS Dallas
    DALLAS COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – According to Texas law, drivers must come to a complete stop when they see a school bus with its red lights flashing. New technology will now make it easier to catch those violating the law in Dallas County. As of Monday, Dallas County Schools and the City of Dallas are now using a high-tech program to protect students getting on or off school buses. Video cameras have been installed on the automated stop sign arm. The cameras are set up to identify license plates. The recordings are later reviewed by a licensed police officer and offending...
  • City cameras track anyone, even Minneapolis Mayor Rybak

    08/18/2012 1:54:29 PM PDT · by BobL · 13 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | August 17, 2012 | ERIC ROPER
    On Aug. 3, a mobile camera spotted Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak's city-owned car on 5th Avenue downtown. On Aug. 7, it found the car again on Nicollet Island. On Aug. 9, another camera saw the mayor's car on a side street near the University of Minnesota. All of that data resides in a city of Minneapolis database containing millions of license plates scans, captured by devices mounted on city police and traffic vehicles. As a Star Tribune public records request shows, knowing someone's license plate number gives anyone access to city data about where that vehicle has been seen.
  • The Facebook camera that can recognise you every time you walk into a shop

    08/13/2012 8:56:00 PM PDT · by F15Eagle · 27 replies
    MailOnline via Drudge ^ | PUBLISHED: 10:46 EST, 13 August 2012 | UPDATED: 11:46 EST, 13 August 2012 Read more: http://www.dai | By Mark Prigg
    Shoppers could soon be automatically recognised when they walk into a shop using a controversial new camera. Called Facedeals, the camera uses photos uploaded to Facebook to recognise people as they walk in. Shoppers who agree to use the system, which has not been developed with Facebook, will be offered special deals. A promotional video created to promote the concept shows drinkers entering a bar, and then being offerend cheap drinks as they are recognised. 'Facebook check-ins are a powerful mechanism for businesses to deliver discounts to loyal customers, yet few businesses—and fewer customers—have realized it,' said Nashville-based advertising agency...
  • "I think I found your camera": Visual clues help man solve mystery

    08/06/2012 8:03:41 PM PDT · by Theoria · 9 replies
    The Post-Star ^ | 04 Aug 2012 | Jon Alexander
    HORICON -- The camera John Noerr found at the bottom of a small creek north of Pharaoh Lake in early July could have belonged to anyone. It wasn’t until he took the Cannon XT digital camera back to his parents’ home on Schroon Lake that he discovered the crusty, soggy memory card still worked, with the most recent picture time-stamped in June 2009. And the 581 photos it contained led the Poultney, Vt., art teacher on a three-week journey to find the camera’s owner. “I started to realize there might be enough information here to track this guy down,” Noerr...
  • New Coca Cola Commercial: We Should Welcome Security & Gov't Cameras Watching Over Us 24/7

    08/06/2012 6:29:50 AM PDT · by trailhkr1 · 66 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8-6-12 | myself
    This commercial should send shivers up your spine. A Coca-Cola ad released in June encourages us to look at security cameras in a positive lite by showing uplifting moments captured on security cameras.
  • Some Thoughts on Digital Camera Lifespan

    07/06/2012 5:39:13 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 98 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | July 06, 2021 | Ming Thein
    This small mountain of gear leads to two very frightening thoughts. Firstly, there’s no ending in sight; one keeps accumulating more and more equipment in order to keep pushing the edge of what’s possible both from a compositional and artistic standpoint, as well as from an image quality standpoint. You’ve either got to have a great day job and very deep pockets, or some good recurring clients. The second thought is around obsolescence. In the film days, the camera body and lenses lasted a long time; you invested in glass, got a decent body – one that fulfilled your personal...
  • Only cameras can see through Black-Ops Plastic

    06/30/2012 3:44:57 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    Geek ^ | 6/30/12 | Matthew Humphries
    Monitoring a location or person with a camera or microphone has become a lot easier in recent years due to cameras having much higher resolutions while being fitted into ever smaller devices. Just about every smartphone now carries a high resolution camera capable of recording video along with a decent microphone. If you want to record someone covertly though, you still have the issue of hiding your recording devices from view. You’re also going to want to leave them recording for long periods of time without being discovered. Qwonn, a manufacture of security products, has come up with the...
  • Arab Susya Quakes as Regavim Walks Tall

    05/09/2012 3:44:35 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/5/12
    A lone Jew dedicated to fighting for Judea and Samaria in Israel's courts has struck fear into the Arab residents of Arab Susya. The Susya in question, which lies between Kiryat Arba-Hevron and Arad, is eponymously named for a nearby Jewish community that pre-dates its construction. "He comes with small weapons and his camera, sometimes with armed forces, sometimes with settlers,” Susya resident Nasser Nawaja told the Bethlehem-based Maan News Agency. The man in question is Ovad Arad, director of the Judea and Samaria section of the Regavim non-governmental organization. Arad is tasked with photographing and documenting illegal Arab construction...
  • Portland Council wants more assurances before allowing police to put surveillance cameras on private

    05/03/2012 7:12:30 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 4 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 2MAY2012 | Maxine Bernstein
    Amid unaddressed concerns, the Portland City Council on Wednesday sent Police Chief Mike Reese back to his bureau to draft stricter policies before allowing police to place surveillance cameras on private property in Old Town and Chinatown. Commissioner Dan Saltzman echoed concerns raised by the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon when he asked for assurances that police wouldn't use the cameras to peep into private residences. Reese, who wants to put up the video surveillance cameras to help officers monitor drug deals, said "These cameras are not focused on anything but public right-of-ways." The chief, though, did acknowledge in...
  • Speed(Spy) Cameras

    04/04/2012 9:49:24 AM PDT · by campg · 6 replies
    The Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 4/4/2012 | Mike Wiser
    DES MOINES — The Iowa House voted Tuesday to ban red light cameras on a 58-42 vote that broke largely — but not completely — along party lines. The bill now goes to the Senate, where there seems to be little chance that it will make it to the floor for a vote. The legislation took a long route to Tuesday’s vote. A camera ban had momentum at the start of the session, including tentative support from the governor and one legislator offering a constitutional amendment to ban the devices in the state. But as the session wore on, support...
  • Obama Chases Cameras For Final Four Championship Halftime Show

    04/03/2012 9:44:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/3/12 | Ben Shapiro
    Continuing his pattern of appearing on every television show – and particularly, every major sporting event – that will have him, President Obama joined the halftime show of the championship game of the Final Four last night. There he was given a four-minute infomercial about what a great guy he was, in the guise of an interview with CBS’ Clark “Special K” Kellogg. If this wasn’t an in-kind contribution, nothing is. Did Obama talk about the game? Not really. Instead, he continued his obvious campaign to reach out to female voters with gems like this: "A couple of things. Number...
  • New surveillance system can compare your face against 36 million others in a single second

    03/25/2012 8:29:29 AM PDT · by shove_it · 14 replies
    TheVerge ^ | 23 Mar 2012 | Bryan Bishop
    Using facial recognition to process surveillance footage isn't a new concept — Scotland Yard began using the technique in the wake of last year's London riots — but a new system developed by Hitachi Kokusai Electric could make the process quicker and more flexible than ever before. Shown off at this year's Security Show expo in Japan, the system processes footage from both still images and live footage, recognizing faces in real-time, and can search through up to 36 million different faces for a comparison in one second. Recognized faces are displayed as thumbnails and grouped with matching footage,...