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NYC, Microsoft Team On Huge Surveillance System
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one_seeker@yahoo.com
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8/9/2012 | 2:46:27 PM
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BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING! George Orwell's novel "1984" has finally come to pass albeit a few years late. Why don't we have massive demonstrations or at the least some expression of concern? Do we no longer live in America?

Every day our privacy is eroded as companies and well-meaning politicians take our private information and our daily commute and use it for their own purposes, generally "for OUR protection!' And we allow it! All of us!

We have become a nation of zombies, unless something directly affects something we have undertaken we ACCEPT whatever we are told that we MUST do to access some website or travel to some place we have gone for generations without our presence being detected and tracked.

Children can be forgiven such oversights due to their lack of knowledge and experience on what this means but for the rest of the adult population has it become the norm to turn a blind, foolish eye to these things? What kind of a country are we allowing to exist for future generations?
moarsauce123
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8/9/2012 | 4:45:11 PM
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Too true. Next generation of car diagnostics will track you. Drones will track you. So many more examples.

And as far as future generations go, keep in mind most of them go to schools where they have to pass through metal detectors every day, have no expectation of privacy, can be searched anytime for no reason, and are around armed guards in the halls at all times.

A whole generation is being trained and conditioned to accept these conditions as normal, and, indeed, 'safe.' When large numbers of this generation start to vote I worry deeply about what they will see as 'not a problem,' and what type of society we'll have then. We might long for the days we have now, which is pretty depressing.
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8/9/2012 | 6:11:42 PM
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I don't know what Bloomberg is thinking. I would assume that this will end up costing New Yorkers millions in legal fees. This is just another of his wild ideas. I am so glad I do not live in NY. Mistaken identities can destroy your life.
Andrew Hornback
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8/9/2012 | 9:39:19 PM
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Have to wonder how long it'll be before NYPD enters into a deal with Simon Cowell to produce a TV series based on the crazy stuff that happens in this city on a daily basis. I can see it now... coming soon on (insert basc cable channel here) "New York's Got Crazy"

Joking aside - I've seen systems like this before, getting installed to protect businesses (casinos) or government institutions. I know that London has a system with a similar theory in place. However, I'd have to wonder if there is any kind of disclaimer or waiver that people would have to sign in order to show that they're under surveillence when they come into Manhattan?

And speaking of signs... how long before you see "Welcome to Manhattan - Smile, you're being watched" or "Welcome to Brooklyn - Cameras? We don't need no stinkin' cameras!"

Andrew Hornback
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8/15/2012 | 1:23:45 PM
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A similar capability is already working at the Lowell Police Department in MA. See the link http://www.lowellsun.com/news/.... Called PolicePad, it was developed by Zco Corporation working with the Lowell Police Department and runs on the Apple iPad. There is a version for the fire service as well, called FireTab. Both PolicePad and FireTab will be demonstrated at the International Association of Chiefs of Police show in San Diego on September 30th, booth 2004. Check it out at www.zco.com/policepad. Also, Zco will be unveiling "Time Patrol" for crime analysis at the show.


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