Filed under: Civil Liberties, Politics, Surveillance Society | Tags: cctv, privacy, rfid
From The Register:
A school in Doncaster is piloting a monitoring system designed to keep tabs on pupils by tracking radio chips in their uniforms.
According to the Doncaster Free Press, Hungerhill School is testing RFID tracking and data collection on 10 pupils within the school. It’s been developed by local company Darnbro Ltd, which says it is ready to launch the product into the £300m school uniform market.
Hungerhill headteacher Graham Wakeling said the pilot was “not intrusive to the pupil in the slightest.”
Near-real-time use of nationwide CCTV may not be an option now, but the government would like it to be. The two main requirements, of course, would be a central database of every camera and a network allowing access to it from elsewhere than a local control room, shop till etc. Consider these repetitious grumbles from the report:
The [Data Protection Act] does not require CCTV systems to be registered – this is considered to be at the heart of all the problems…No effective systems for registration of CCTV are in place…
[There is] no central register of CCTV systems nationwide…
A system of registration is needed and an initial step towards this would be to create a database listing all CCTV schemes. Such a database would provide information such as location of cameras, their coverage…
Bingo. Step one to a real Bourne-style panopticon. And:
Only in a few of the more recent installations is there remote access… on almost every occasion where police need to view CCTV material, they first have to attend the venue… This is all prior to assessing if the CCTV has even captured the event…
This is assumed to be bad. Again, the top cops have plans:
The delays and difficulties outlined above need not arise if the live and stored CCTV systems were networked and the CCTV material was easily accessible… Consideration needs to be given to the expansion of the networks to include CCTV from shopping centres, transport and commercial CCTV schemes.
There’s even a note about plugging in the cams in the corner shop – strictly with the owner’s permission of course. And it comes with the admission that:
Security, access and audit trails need to be stringent and continuing management scrutiny of the security, access and audit trails will be essential.
No shit. This is actually worse than what Jason Bourne has to put up with, as the spooks would one day have no need to know where he was to start following him on camera. Rather, the second he drove the wrong car, used the wrong credit card – or maybe even just took down the top of his hoodie – ding! Nearby cams would swivel round and he would be followed in real time until the cold steel bracelets snapped shut on his wrists.
Honest, that’s the plan:
In future, as technology is developed… such a network will allow the use of automated search techniques (i.e. face recognition) and can be integrated with other systems such as ANPR, and police despatch systems… [there might also be links of] transport system cameras to travel cards [and] shop cameras to Electronic Point of Sale (EPOS) systems… actions can be triggered by associated events and post event CCTV images can be quickly searched against other events/data…
Despite the title, this is not a post about New Labour, but about this lady…
No, I’m not just a perv posting silhouetted computer generated naked woman spinning for kicks. The strange thing about this is that you can see the woman spinning either clockwise or anti-clockwise. The article I got this from claims this has something to do with whether you are left-brained or right-brained, but that’s probably nonsense. You can also flip from seeing it one way to seeing it the other way. The way I got it to work was to look at the ‘reflection’ at the bottom, and try to convince myself that when I thought the upper foot was at the back, it was actually at the front. After a few spins, the woman at the top starting spinning the other way. From then on, she stayed spinning that way quite stably until I focused on something else and then looked back.
FWIW, I naturally see her spinning clockwise, which apparently means I use the right hand side of my brain more than the left (contrary to most people, according to the article). A quick search on the internet suggests this means I am visual, intuitive, etc.
Update: Just scoured the internet to see if anyone had written anything interesting about this, and the answer is: not really. Two pages did stand out though:
- This one from NeuroLogica blog, which like me takes a pretty dim view of the whole left/right-brained thing
- This one which shows two slightly modified versions of the animation side by side. Minor cues have been added to bias your interpretation of the image one way or the other, and they’re completely effective.
I was amazed to discover that the WordPress domain capitalismsucks hasn’t been taken. So I grabbed it. Now – what to do with it?
Filed under: Politics | Tags: injustice, julie amero, justice, matthew barrett, Morality, Politics, pornography
The BBC reports:
Schoolchildren in the US state of Ohio were left bemused after images of nude women were shown in a politician’s lecture on the legislative process.
State representative Matthew Barrett was giving a computerised presentation at Norwalk High School when the images flashed up on the screen.
He said he had no idea where the images came from, adding that he took them down after a few seconds.
Mr Barrett was “embarrassed and apologetic”, police said.
“I believe this was an unfortunate and unintended incident,” Superintendent Wayne Babcanec told local media.
All fairly innocent no doubt. Maybe the guy had been downloading this porn and saving it on his USB stick, maybe not, who really cares? So far, so meh. But, compare with the case of Julie Amero:
On October 19, 2004 Julie Amero was substituting for a seventh-grade language class at Kelly Middle School in Norwich, Connecticut. The teacher’s computer was accessed by pupils while the regular teacher, Matthew Napp, was out of the room. When Julie took charge, the computer started showing pornographic images.
On January 5, 2007 Amero was convicted in Norwich Superior Court on four counts of risk of injury to a minor, or impairing the morals of a child. Her sentencing was delayed four times after her conviction, with both the prosecution and judge not satisfied that all aspects of the case had been assessed. The felony charges for which she was originally convicted carry a maximum prison sentence of 40 years.
A detailed look at the facts of the case strongly suggest – as does common sense – that it is much less likely that Amero was intentionally downloading porn than Barrett. But, whereas in the case of Barrett police said “I believe this was an unfortunate and unintended incident”, Amero has been going through the courts for three years, trying to save herself from a possible 40 years in jail.
Filed under: Frivolity, Games, Scrabble | Tags: azahar, creamcheesewhizzing, forester, Games, record, Scrabble, sheading, wiselier
A new personal record: 539 points, thanks to using all seven letters three times during the game, and twice over a triple word score. Incidentally, that’s a 264 point lead – what does that make it on azahar’s scale? Category 6, a creamcheesewhizzing? See more of our matches here.