* Posts by Paul Renton-Harper

2 posts • joined 19 Jun 2010

Boffins brew up formula for consummate cuppa

Paul Renton-Harper

Any fule also kno

That if you put the milk in last, you'll scald it...

Speed cameras slide out of LibCon budget

Paul Renton-Harper

re usual Crap

Having been burgled last year I discovered from the police that CCTV does NOT play a significant part in reducing crime. Apparently less than 30% of CCTV footage is of any use at all and even in those cases where it can be used the quality is such that a number of criminals have claimed mistaken identity and got away with it in court when the footage is shown. If you do get mugged, according to the police there is precious little chance that CCTV will help you even if it happened in plain sight of a camera. Fortunately, the built in camera on my iMac caught the perp in glorious hi-ish def technicolour.

Best we can say about the CCTV explosion and civil liberties is that the quality usually seems so poor that our liberties are not being greatly infringed if most of the time they can't tell who we are. Best solution though would seem to be to stop wasting money on them.

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