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Has England lost it's mind?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Lohtse, Mar 29, 2010.

  1. Lohtse

    Lohtse

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    Video Surveillance deployed inside London Public Bathrooms

    You can imagine my surprise after I paid my 50pence to use the public bathroom, walked in and found myself staring at not just one but three ceiling mounted video surveillance cameras. I had to get real close to their enclosures to convince myself that I wasn't seeing things. Not only was it really there, but it was a Pan-Tilt-Zoom model with a microphone to top it off. Must get some great noises coming from there. It has also been reported that London officials are now installing cameras with speakers to allow them to talk as well as see and listen. Perhaps its just me, but I had absolutely no idea that this was legal anywhere, let alone in downtown London, UK. Sure I knew that London has more cameras per square mile than any other country on the planet, but in bathrooms?! How are they getting away with that one? It is appalling!



    According to the London Assembly of Liberal Democrats, London has been outfitted with over 500,000 surveillance cameras. Other put the number much higher at 1.4million cameras but nobody is telling what the real number is. Another few 10,000 cameras have been installed in taxis and police cars as well.
    Sounds a bit big brother to me folks, downright scary in fact. Now it gets scarier when you consider that the vast majority of these camera feeds are not sent encrypted across the wire. This makes hacking these video feeds trivial, just a simple wire tap.

    Here's a scenario, I wake up, walk out of my hotel room and see a camera in the hallway watching me. I get into the elevator and look up to smile at the camera there, I walk through the lobby and out to the street. Along the way half a dozen cameras watched me walk less than 200ft. I get in my cab and the camera in there watches me all the way to my destination. I walk into the building followed by 4 cameras. I use the public restroom, 3 cameras watch me in there. I head up the elevator to my office on the 2nd floor and smile at the camera there. I walk down the hall to my office while under surveillance the whole way. I close my office glass door. Turns out the camera in the building has a vantage angle through my glass door and the outside camera on the opposite street corner pole has a clean shot into my office through the windows. I'm feeling a lot of love right now. So I logon to the internet and start surfing. Hmmm. Now I guess they are watching physical me and virtual me at the same time as they inspect the bits and bytes I send ripping around the network.

    Just in the last couple years, U.S. cities (like my hometown of Denver) have begun installing their own public video surveillance systems in a big way. Now I need to check and see if U.S. cities are also watching you in the public bathroom.

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    Here is a shot I took in a London public bathroom. Notice the two cameras on the ceiling. Another one was behind me on the other wall facing towards these cameras. They had all of the angles covered that’s for sure. Don't want to miss any of the action.

    http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/58896
     
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  2. aircarver

    aircarver Descent Terminated Silver Member

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    Years of bad news coming out about our British cousins makes me think so.....:frown:
     

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    hamster NRA Life Member

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    Many people claiming to be conservatives in this country think that this kind of intrusion into personal privacy is just fine and dandy. They claim "if you aren't doing anything wrong, you have nothing to hide."

    In short. The Brits HAVE lost their minds.
     
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    I think the OP meant "when".

    It was about 2 yrs after the Falklands War...


    'Drew
     
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    Better not forget to flush... they are watching you.
     
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    The surprising thing about this picture is that English men apparently still stand to pee. Illogical.
     
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    :rofl::rofl:
     
  9. ScarFace88

    ScarFace88 I swear I had something for this...

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    The next time I'm in England, I'm going to shake my private parts at one of those bathroom cameras while reciting a few lines from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
     
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    Jade Falcon WTF EREN?!

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    You have to PAY to use the bathroom? Screw that. Find a dumpster and an alley.
     
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    bennwj Command Sergeant Major (retired) Silver Member

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    About the time Thatcher left office.......
     
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    Ditto.
     
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    ScarFace88 I swear I had something for this...

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    Beware the Bottom Inspectors.
     
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    Annoyedgrunt Dry Heat my ASS

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    Annoyedgrunt Dry Heat my ASS

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    Well, maybe not one that gay- just something to disguise my face. Hell, I'd take a paper bag with eye-holes cut out before I wore that mask.