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Thursday, March 31, 2005

The Shouting Lamppost

Via the Guardian Unlimited, and only in Britain so far, an arresting new piece of street furniture - a camera that takes your picture and bellows at you to behave yourself.

The Flashcam, developed by a company which goes by the suitably space-aged moniker of Q Star, was developed in the United States and is being marketed to UK councils.
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The cameras, perched high on lampposts and other vantage points in neighbourhoods where vandalism, theft, drug dealing and prostitution are rife, sense human movement and shout catchy warnings such as: "Stop! If you are engaging in an illegal activity, your photograph will be taken and used to prosecute you. Please leave the area."
Ah progress...... gone completely mad....See Bunny for further evidence.

Categories: gone mad.


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