I mean I understand why they would want a system like this. Drive by shooting...just roll back the tape and see where the car came from and where it went.
What I don't understand is why they don't bring in privacy experts to advise them on these systems. They know the blow back once its found out is going to be huge and possibly get the whole thing shut down. Why not bring in the ACLU, Larry Lessig, etc and say "This is what we're planning to do, these are the benefits we see to this. What kind of safeguards can we put in place to protect privacy, make this acceptable to the public, and still achieve our goals?"
Maybe there are none and they just continue as they were, but maybe, just maybe there would be a way to keep the system in place, catch bad guys, and still protect the rights of everyone else. Problem is, until they do this we'll never know.
I don't have a smart tv either, but it may be that blocking the site may break some functionality. Even if it were possible, this isn't something that you're average person is going to be able to do. Since we're reading a blog with "tech" in the title most of us here are technically savvy or at least technically aware of things, but do you think your average senior citizen is going to know how to configure their router and setup a white/black list?
What we need is a day when every kid at a school with these stupid zero tolerance policies pulls out a piece of paper and draws a picture of a gun. Let's see how their policies fare in the face of massive disobedience.
Worse case, if they end up expelling all the kids, they'll no longer need to be employed.
The over collection of US user data really isn't the NSA's fault. They had all the proper checks in place to make sure they were only getting those people who were within the contact circle of a target. The problem started when a "foreign target" miss-dialed one of his contacts and got Kevin Bacon instead. Once they got 6 layers out from Kevin, they had inadvertently collected the data of the entire country.
Does it really matter what he said? He could have called the cop a pinko communist fascist pig cocksucker and it shouldn't have mattered. He was doing nothing wrong and we have this thing called the 1st Amendment.
Was Nee being an ass? A little bit, but who cares. Far to many cops seem to think that any manner of disrespect is somehow a threat to their "authoritah" and they need to do something about it. What they should do is simply roll their eyes and walk away.
No, I understand WHY they want to bill by the citation, just not why the Law Enforcement Agencies ALLOWED them to do so.
All it would take is all the the various Law Enforcement Agencies that are looking to purchase these systems to just say no to that part of the contract. Eventually one of these camera companies will agree to the terms and that will be that for the rest of them.
As I said almost all other hardware/software agreements operate on the initial price to buy + yearly maintenance costs model, so I don't see why the camera companies can't do the same.
I mean look at paper tickets. Does the company that prints out the ticket form get a cut of the citation? What about the company the provides the pens, what about them. It doesn't make sense there and it certainly doesn't make sense for the camera companies as well.
THIS. I never understood why law enforcement ever allowed them a portion of the ticket revenue. They make the camera's and I'm assuming the software that runs the cameras. They should be selling all of that for X dollars with a yearly maintenance fee of Y dollars to fix and maintain the software and the cameras. Those costs shouldn't change whether the camera issues 1 ticket or 1 million tickets.
This is how all other hardware and software vendors that I'm aware of due business, why are the red light camera companies different?
In theory, yes, but that's assuming you have a good search and sort mechanism in place to go through all that data, and that's typically where the intelligence agencies fall down. 9/11 being prime example of this where they had all the information they needed to stop the attacks, but it was buried under all this other intelligence they had gathered (Gross oversimplification, but hopefully you get my point).
To use another bad analogy, if you know you lost your needle at the Mohammed farm, it doesn't do you any good to collect the hay from the Smith, Johnson, Rodney, Andersen,...etc. Farms. Too much hay just makes it that much harder to find the needle.
It is admittedly a good thing to have an over abundance of data after the fact to figure out what happened, but one, our laws don't allow for that and two the whole justification for these is the prevention of criminal acts.
Then don't buy it. If humor had to steer clear of anything that might have possibly hurt/damaged/offended someone in the past, then all we'd have left if knock-knock jokes. I don't know about you, but I don't want to live in that world.
There are plenty of things in this world that I find offensive, weird, or in bad taste, etc. My solution is to simply not buy/watch/support those things. It's not to try an magically make those things disappear and deprive them from those who enjoy them, as I'm sure there are many things that I and yes, you enjoy, that others don't like.
Good god that first picture brought back bad memories I thought I had repressed. It was 7th/8th grade at my school, but yeah, it was the same deal. Diagramming sentences over and over and over and over again.
I hadn't thought of the diagramming part in years till I saw that picture, but I still subconsciously break down sentences into their parts when I read them. Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs, Prepositions, Conjunctions, I'm almost 40, why the hell do I still do that!
Not that it justifies double the price, but I agree if you check any baggage this trick will not work unless you have huge layover times. As Danny says booking seperately means you can't check your bags to your final destination which means at each stop you will need to go down to baggage claim, get your bag, recheck it, and then re-go through security.
Even without checked bags, if you forget to pre-print your boarding passes for you other flights you may have to leave the terminal to go check in which means another round of security. You may be able to find someone to check you in in the terminal at customer service or another gate, but that isn't a guarantee.
It's so detrimental to children we must prevent them from seeing it, unless according to the second bill, their parents get it for them. I look forward to his followup bills where cigarettes, alcohol, and porn are now ok for children as long as their parent or guardian purchases it for them.