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When I see gov't CCTV cameras, I think:

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"Spraypaint or burlap bag."
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"Projectile weapon of some kind."
  3121 votes / 21%
"Wire cutters."
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"Application of heat or light."
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"OK, then watch *this!*"
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"Ah, perfect safety and security."
  2666 votes / 18%
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When I see gov't CCTV cameras, I think:

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  • London (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 06, 2012 @04:27PM (#42207791)

    London.

  • How about (Score:5, Insightful)

    by virgnarus (1949790) on Thursday December 06, 2012 @04:29PM (#42207825)

    Don't care.

  • by flibbajobber (949499) on Thursday December 06, 2012 @04:46PM (#42208085)

    How about grumble and moan about lack of privacy & trust, and the absence of any true security... but yet roll over and do nothing about it? Except maybe gripe about it on the Internet somewhere?

  • by White Flame (1074973) on Thursday December 06, 2012 @04:51PM (#42208173)

    It must be nice to live under a political system that actually has opposition parties which have a non-zero chance of getting voted in.

    Greetings from the USA. :-(

  • Re:How about (Score:5, Insightful)

    by OutLawSuit (1107987) on Thursday December 06, 2012 @05:02PM (#42208363)

    or...

    "Is anyone actually watching this?"

  • Re:How about (Score:3, Insightful)

    by jonadab (583620) on Thursday December 06, 2012 @06:24PM (#42209529) Homepage Journal
    Indeed.

    To my knowledge I've never seen such things, or been where they are located. (Sometimes I joke that Galion is a risky place to live, because we're only a few miles down the road from North Robinson, which is one of the four top targets for terrorists who want to strike a blow to the US. They'd hit New York, New York; Los Angeles, California; Washington D.C.; and North Robinson, Ohio. This is exactly the kind of joke you think it is.)

    However, if I *did* see surveillance cameras around here, I'd just continue to go about my business as usual, because I'd be pretty sure nothing I was planning on doing is the sort of thing they're looking for, anyway. Do I care if the government knows that I went to work, or took my paycheck to the bank, or picked up some meat and cheese from the deli? They are welcome to this knowledge. In fact, if they asked, I'd wear a wire and narrate my daily activities for them minute-by-minute. I'd relish the prospect of some poor sap having to figure out how to summarize it for his superiors without sounding like a smart alec and also being boring at the same time.

    "Thursday, December 6th. Suspect went to work, where he manned the circulation desk for most of his shift to cover for a co-worker who was on vacation, then he put some photos from their recent Christmas Open House up on the employer's website. After work he went home, ate lunch, read from a book, cooked supper, read from a book some more, and went to sleep, all of which fits the suspect's established pattern for Thursdays." Some day I want to meet the operative who has to read those reports, so I can find out whether he's managed to stay sane despite the tedium.
  • Re:How about (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Spiridios (2406474) on Thursday December 06, 2012 @07:46PM (#42210409) Journal

    or...

    "Is anyone actually watching this?"

    I answered "Ah, perfect safety and security." The only problem is the poll doesn't have the massive sarcasm tags that surround that phrase when I think it....

  • Re:How about (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Joe U (443617) on Thursday December 06, 2012 @08:37PM (#42210903) Homepage Journal

    However, if I *did* see surveillance cameras around here, I'd just continue to go about my business as usual, because I'd be pretty sure nothing I was planning on doing is the sort of thing they're looking for, anyway

    Thursday, December 6th, 2:45 pm, suspect failed to come to a complete stop before turning right. $125 ticket issued.

    Thursday, December 6th, 2:50 pm, same suspect walked into crosswalk before light changed to green, $75 ticket issued.

    Thursday, December 6th, 2:52pm, same suspect placed what appears to be household trash in corner trash receptacle, $55 ticket issued.

    Hey, these things eventually have to pay for themselves.

  • by Immerman (2627577) on Thursday December 06, 2012 @09:52PM (#42211539)

    And yes, voting third party IS throwing your vote away

    Depends on your goals and values. Sure, a third party candidate is vanishingly unlikely to win, on the other hand your vote may help their party cross the tipping point to qualify for federal campaign funds in the next election and perhaps get the media attention necessary to start making a real difference - after all they don't even have to field a candidate with a realistic chance of winning to start affecting policy, they just need to attract enough of the vote that the major parties worry about losing crucial support and try to change their policy to appeal to the "renegade" voters.

    And if you don't perceive either major candidate as being significantly less bad than the other then your vote is wasted by voting for either, whereas working toward adding a new voice to the debate might actually be worthwhile.

  • Re:How about (Score:5, Insightful)

    by war4peace (1628283) on Friday December 07, 2012 @08:26AM (#42214157)

    Comparing that with the sheer amount of minor traffic and littering violations that occur in almost every larger city in the world, I don't think those measures are bad. At all.
    Here in my country the fines for the above infractions are mild and the law is never applied. There's plenty of occasions where I am the only guy waiting at the pedestrian red light. I celebrate whenever I see someone who walks their dog and actually picks up the feces. I have seen policemen littering the sidewalks with empty cigarette packs.

    Fine all those motherfuckers. Also fine me if I'm in the wrong, because I want to become more civilized than I am and I know I have bad habits too.

  • Re:London (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Eunuchswear (210685) on Friday December 07, 2012 @10:17AM (#42214633) Journal

    London.

    Why? Most cameras in London are private.

    Exactlty. Why is the poll about "gov't CCTV cameras"?

    We control the government.

    The "private" ones are much more sinister.

  • by girlinatrainingbra (2738457) on Saturday December 08, 2012 @12:11AM (#42222969)
    Some of those anti-mask laws also have an interesting component: an anti-hood law. That points to the clue that some of these laws were written to protect civil liberties and to deny the ability of KKK (Ku Klux Klan) members the ability to hide their identities while commiting their awful activities. States at which mentions hoods: District of Columbia [slashdot.org]
    Florida
    Georgia
    Louisiana
    North Carolina
    Virginia
    West Virginia
    .
    Note the geographic clustering of the anti-mask/anti-hood law states in the SouthEast United States of America: In some cases these laws originated as anti-KKK laws.

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