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The Department of Homeland Security, gigantic government security octopus of the USA, has announced plans to wrap Americans in a huge "high resolution video quilt". The DHS vid-quilt tech is called the Imaging System for Immersive Surveillance (ISIS), and uses a "discreet, chandelier-like frame — no bigger than a basketball" …

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Unhappy

Discrete Chandelier Type arrangement

It reminded me of those camera housings in larger shops in the 70's, looking a bit like an interrogation droid. IIRC they were black, spherical and had loads of lenses pointing out in all directions, so you couldn't tell which were the real ones. Does anyone know what they were called?

They were great. At least as a child you could pretend you were living in a Terran Federation City and that Blake and his mates would come and invite you to join.

Now that hope is just crushed.

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Re: 70's 'interrogation droid' camera housings, "Does anyone know what they were called?

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Cameras.

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Big Brother

And what has it achieved?

So by now the security team at Boston Logan International airport will have the very best collection of high-res down-blouse videos in the world. But how many terrorists have they caught?

BTW, a chandelier of cameras the size of a basketball is not "discreet".

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Derroizds

...will be detected by klazzified Artficial Intelligence processing the camera data ???

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now

they can see terrorists in HD as they are allowed to board planes by "security" staff who were too busy going through some old lady's handbag to really care.

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Apple missed a trick there

iPanopticon

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Happy

VId Quilting

I thought they were talking about DfS for a while there

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CT

Metaphor overload

"The DHS vid-quilt tech is called the Imaging System for Immersive Surveillance (ISIS), and uses a "discreet, chandelier-like frame — no bigger than a basketball" holding an array of HD cameras pointing in all directions with their images seamlessly "stitched" together to form a single mighty goldfish bowl style image"

quilt, chandelier, frame, basketball, goldfish bowl - sounds like a road accident with the removals truck.

Anyone know what this is about?

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Linux

@ CT

"quilt, chandelier, frame, basketball, goldfish bowl - sounds like a road accident with the removals truck."

Or the worktop in Steve Ballmer's kitchen after he's made himself a sandwich.

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Anonymous Coward

Ain't no hard-on . . .

like a surveillance tech hard-on!

IT's like Bill Hicks 'military catalogue' jape brought up to date.

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Terminator

360 view

we have just given terminator a 360 view field. i'm sure that didn't happen in the movie.

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It was in the TV series

Season 1 episode 8.

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Big Brother

Happy goldfish bowl...

...to you, to me and to everybody!

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Hey, they probably got me

I bet they got my whole fiasco of attempting to get a replacement 1U power supply onto an airplane. After the 8th xray they decided that it was probably safe. They still gave me a lecture, just to be sure.

And I re-read that Arizona Fat Pipe article (read it when it was new) and it still cracks me up. Every day reminds me why I read El Reg...

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Much needed

Because airports are known as lawless places with a lack of security.

I bet these things are pricey.

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Coat

It's been done

It's been done before:

http://tinyurl.com/yb692qm

I'll get me blazer. It's got natty stripes.

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Joke

Can they put them in ladies' toilets?

Anyone know the IP addy...

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Black Helicopters

They need to do something ...

On the few occasions I have flown London to Boston I have experienced the UK security at Heathrow meticulously keeping inbound and outbound interrnational passengers separated from each other and from domestic passengers. In contrast, the 'security' on arriving and departing Logan was practically non-existant. They could perhaps concentrate on these processes rather than this high-technology stuff.

Anonymous because I don't want a 'no-fly' listing for daring to criticise the Merkins' security deficiencies.

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Unhappy

Re: After the fact

So this means that they will have [the potential] to have complete accountability [and liability?] for every slight and miss in the security screen? So when the next "unknown attack" happens, they will have a complete picture of who, what, and when?

Yeah, I can see that really going well when all the security peoples know that EVERYTHING is being watched... There will be "unknown" areas of nil or non coverage that will be where "incidents" are "alleged" to happen; because without the camera to back it up, its Uber Important DHS/TSA Man vs. common pleb.

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Anonymous Coward

Everybody happy in the goldfish bowl

"We've seen that terrorists are determined to do us harm, and ISIS is a great example of one way we can improve our security by leveraging our strengths,"

They did? I think they just decided that because of the juicy pork barreling involved. But then, they've been at that game for half a dozen decades if not half that many centuries. United Fruit wasn't the first All-American Commercial[tm] reason for a coup d'etat.

The cost? Everyone's privacy, funny talking people's lives, .... Small change in return for continuous fat paychecks, hey.

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