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Don't think you can escape personalised adverts by switching the computer off. Luxury shops have started to use seeing-eye mannequins that harvest data about customers in the real world and - yes - target ads so they can sell more. Packing technology that is used in airport security, the EyeSee mannequins from Italian company …

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Thank god I shop online...at least I can do something to protect my privacy there.

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These things track purchases too? By payment card, I take it. So, where's the swipe rea... Oh.

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"Thank god I shop online...at least I can do something to protect my privacy there."

Does this sort of thing really matter in privacy terms?

And if it does are you less private in this scenario than you are shopping on line?

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Meh

The European courts will probably stop it claiming privacy concerns. Still, I'd like to swear at it and see what response I get!

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Mumble mumble terror mumble President mumble...

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Do they

have drop-down hands with guns in the wrists?

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No, they are fembots. They have tastefully concealed machine guns.

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look out for the one that looks like Yul Brynner - hell! they all do!!

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I'm pretty sure I don't want to know where you think the guns would be in order to qualify as "tastefully concealed".

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Don't be silly,. Everyone knows the guns will be in the nipple!

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Isn't that location already reserved for the little flashing red lights that are supposed to be on CCTV cameras to show that they are working?

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you have been spying on me with your Auton space rays!

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And frickin' lasers.

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Taxi Driver anyone?

Travis Bickle: You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? Then who the hell else are you talking... you talking to me? Well I'm the only one here. Who the f--- do you think you're talking to? Oh yeah? OK. (Draws weapon)

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Don't worry about the cameras...

they're all dummies.

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Will they put the tannoy speakers in there too?

"Hey look at this!"

*get nearer to look at it more*

"COULD THE STORE MANAGER PLEASE REPORT TO CUSTOMER SERVICES, THAT IS THE STORE MANAGER TO CUSTOMER SERVICES. THANK YOU."

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Scarey

I was scared stiff many years ago (1970's?), when a Doctor Who storey featured some mannequins that came to life.

I have never been too keen on them since.

This will not help me at all :-(

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Re: Scarey

Visitors to my kitchen/studio often gasp as they catch sight of an unexpected "person" in the corner - actually a mannequin in some of my old clothes. It acts as a 3D sculpture reference model as it is a good modelling of the human body's proportions.

The natural looking eyes and a wig are what make it look life-like. The real art of bringing a mannequin to life is in the painting. Instead of a flat skin colour there should be natural gradations. One day I might try my hand at doing that.

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Re: Scarey

I had someone in a shop almost have a heart attack.

I was stood by the counter while a colleague was talking.

When I moved, they were quite shocked. "I thought you were a mannequin!"

And people say I can't stand still.

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Grim days for some

Bad news for the cross dressers then?

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Can the next version be mobile, so they can break out through the shop window and run out down the street after our pioneering electronica friends Kraftwerk as per "Showroom Dummies"? ;)

P.S.most of the earlier album "Radio-activity" was even more scary and interesting but no idea how you'd visualise it....

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Whatever you do...

Don't blink!

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Re: Whatever you do...

They're dummies, not statues!

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Yeah, when my missus goes clothes shopping, most of the weeping comes from me, the "angel" in the corner who agreed to treat her and pay for it.

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Re: They're dummies, not statues!

Just a different sub-species. These ones don't assassinate you, they steal your wallet.

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"technology that is used in airport security"

Is that supposed to impress us?

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...can sense and log the gender, race and age of people.

Race? Really?

What, exactly do they measure? I thought that kind of thing was discredited ...around about the end of WWII, to avoid using the name one must not mention on the internet

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