December 5th, 2003, 08:51 PM
cameras and stuff
Dear AntiO Dudes: THis is a letter I sent to my local Liberal mag. (Flagpole)...thought you Cosmos dudes might enjoy.........
There has been much media attention focused lately on the prevalence
of cameras and survelliance equipment in public places, recording our
every action, and invading many aspects of our daily lives. The
common response from businesses and the government is that these
devices are "for our own protection." As many
sensationalistic headlines have warned, Big Brother is not coming, He
is already here...
However, one need only to scratch the surface of the modern day
hacker/anti-hacker sub-culture to begin to envision perhaps a
completely different picture of the future. A daily cat-and-mouse
game is constantly being played between Norton, Symantec, and other
anti-virus companies and the malevolent virus writers who keep these
companies in business. If, in the future, survelliance cameras
become so small, easy to conceal, and inexpensive to manufacture, we
might indeed "see" them everywhere (public toilets, gym
showers!). However, one could argue that at the same time, an
anti-camera culture might arise, ushering in "camera
disrupting" devices employing a technology not unlike the common
police radar scramblers that thwart the efforts of traffic police to
ticket speeders. And in turn, an "anti-anti camera"
culture will surface and the cat-and mouse scenario will start all
over again. This might sound like the stuff of a Star Trek episode
but new and astounding technological advancements that seem to occur
every day have started to make even a hopeless skeptic like me begin
to believe that anything is possible in today's world.
Beam me up...
December 5th, 2003, 09:23 PM
Your insight is closer than you think; you can already buy camera scramblers and devices to detect them and avoid them. They are already hidden in bathrooms. A small receiver can detect the wireless one's and a device that spreads laser light around a room looks for the reflection of a pinhole size lens for the hard wied one's.
Good article that speculates the dangers of an ever increasing world of camera fever. One thing though, I like the one's in Wal-Mart parking lot when I am walking across the lot at midnight. I think that a presence of monitoring devices can have the effect of making someone think twice before mugging my ass. But with everything; corrupted governments can use the same technology to spy on you without provocation.
West of House
You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door.
There is a small mailbox here.