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Jun 28, 2013, 08:09 PM
big brother is watching
This doesn't have much to do with home improvement, but I think you will find it interesting
It is a photo taken with a 2100 mega pixel camera. after opening it just double click on any part of the photo or use the sliding magnifier on the left. you will be amazed
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Jun 28, 2013, 08:27 PM
lots of detail

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Jun 29, 2013, 10:45 AM
I would LOVE to have a camera with that level of detail for telephoto shots, especially for wildlife and airshows.

But I also have mixed feelings about using it for crowd shots. Anyone know if this kind of technology was used to identify Tsarnaev? That would certainly be a good use of it.

This raises a lot of other issues though, ranging from the extensive monitoring of stores, restaurants and traffic intersections to the private sector gathering of personal data. Apparently this photo was taken at a public sporting event.

In the Western part of Oakland County in SE Michigan, almost every intersection has 8 security cameras monitoring traffic. In the Eastern section, which isn't as wealthy, there aren't as many cameras, even at major intersections. To me, this intersection monitoring is a good thing (not to quote the famous Martha), not only for accident reconstruction but to serve as a warning to red-light runners.

There's also one gated community that I know of which requires any visitor to show a driver's license and allow his/her vehicle's license plate to be photographed. I understand the security issues for the community residents, but my concern is that this is a private entity gathering data allegedly for its own purposes, and with no apparent provision of confidientiality or against misuse to the drivers.

Segueing into other information gathering applications, it's commonly known that Facebook gathers extensive data from people who voluntarily provide it, and leverages that data for commercial purposes. I would think that unless (1) attendees at public events sign waivers (2) there are restrictions on the use of these photos, and (3) there is specific legislation addressed to the issue of crowd gathering surveillance, that these photos could be used for a variety of commerical applications by whatever entity takes them, w/o either the consent or knowledge of those photographed. I might be wrong; I haven't done much research on this issue.

But consider these applications for education, this article on adaptive learning does address the use for commercial purposes of highly personal data gathered by a commercial entity to tweak learning techniques.


Be sure to read the section titled "A Cost to Privacy", toward the end of the article. The limited quotes suggest that educators see some value to this kind of data collection and sharing, but that parents feel otherwise. If I were a parent, I wouldn't want the intimacies of my children's learning abilities (or disabilities) commercialized and shared, especially without my consent.

I know this is way, way off topic but I'll blame it on Nona for raising the issue by posting the photo Big Grin. Maybe I can order some extra sunshine from him this winter to compensate for this transgression.

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Jun 29, 2013, 10:03 PM
ever wondered if we would still speak English in this country if the Germans had this technology during world war 2 ??
Jun 30, 2013, 12:01 AM
Originally posted by beers1:
ever wondered if we would still speak English in this country if the Germans had this technology during world war 2 ??

That's a scary thought. Occasionally I watch a documentary on some aspect of WWII and the Cold War that wasn't commonly known and feel very unsettled. Your query falls into that category.
Jul 01, 2013, 09:49 AM
Look down near the lower right corner of that link. You see that bicyclist in red with the helmet? Now zoom in just to the right of that person. There is an upper body with no legs that appears to be floating -- and there are legs with no upper torso. And to the left, there are a couple of headless people. LOL maybe zombies do exist

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Jul 01, 2013, 01:56 PM
Hmmm, looks like a little photo shopping there. But still and all, with that big a camera, the possibilities are endless for intrusion into your privacy
Jul 01, 2013, 04:40 PM
It is probably a function of the panorama aspect of the picture. There are a lot of issues in the lower right corner of the picture.

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