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Smile! Urine Candid Camera!

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the let's-see-what-you-got dept.

United States 370

Anon E. Muss writes "Just because you can put a camera somewhere doesn't mean you should. Apparently, the Department of Homeland Security doesn't grasp this concept. They've installed video cameras in urinals at Houston's Hobby Airport. At least they weren't sneaky about it — they posted a notice saying 'Automatic infrared flush sensors also provide video monitoring for security purposes.' (Insert bad joke about bashful bladder syndrome here)."

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370 comments

Simple solution (4, Interesting)

Z00L00K (682162) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064021)

Bring some post-it stickers to cover the lens while doing the business - remove&flush afterwards.

Re:Simple solution (5, Funny)

Spasemunki (63473) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064159)

What if the camera is too big to flush?

Re:Simple solution (4, Funny)

Aranykai (1053846) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064557)

That sound you hear is 16 armed TSA officers bursting in the bathroom.

Re:Simple solution (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28064605)

Oh, yeah, the land of the "free". Just continue being "proud" and do some flag-waving.

Re:Simple solution (3, Funny)

YourExperiment (1081089) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064755)

So why don't they just take a leak already?

Re:Simple solution (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28064631)

Citizen. Come with me. Uncle Sam wants to peep your dilznick. Make even the least bit of sense? No? We're detaining you indefinitely anyhow, terrorist.

Re:Simple solution (1)

theeddie55 (982783) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064717)

you'd have to be quite tall, the passive infrared sensors most often used for urinals are usually fitted to the ceiling or very high on the wall.

Re:Simple solution (4, Informative)

More_Cowbell (957742) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064809)

You are trying for some kind of humor? I can't see the joke in your comment.... ^ALL^ of the sensors I've seen (and I've seen quite a few across the US and other countries) have been built into the plumbing of the individual urinal.

Well... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28064025)

Well, that just takes the piss...

oh hai (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28064031)

i see what you did there.

Not as bad as it sounds (5, Insightful)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064033)

If there had to be a camera somewhere in a men's restroom, the safest place would probably be right on the urinal facing straight out, where it apparently is. And if you're blanketing a building with security cameras, how much sense does it make to leave out prominently labelled rooms where any illicit activity can occur under the radar?

Don't get me wrong, video surveillance is absurd, but cameras in bathrooms isn't any worse than cameras on every street corner.

Re:Not as bad as it sounds (5, Funny)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064071)

Except that most people don't walk around on the street corner with their wang out.

Re:Not as bad as it sounds (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28064151)

I do.

Re:Not as bad as it sounds (5, Funny)

Seriousity (1441391) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064267)

And you get modded insightful... What's going on today, this must be one of those false awakenings, I bet I'm still dreaming...

Re:Not as bad as it sounds (5, Funny)

rohan972 (880586) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064335)

And you get modded insightful... What's going on today

Yes, clearly that comment should have been modded informative.

Re:Not as bad as it sounds (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28064457)

Now it's modded funny. Behold the power of time!!!1

Re:Not as bad as it sounds (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28064843)

And you get modded insightful... What's going on today

Yes, clearly that comment should have been modded informative.

The mod may be apt as it's fully...in...sight

Re:Not as bad as it sounds (1)

LaskoVortex (1153471) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064819)

most people don't walk around on the street corner with their wang out.

I do.

And you get modded insightful... What's going on today

I'll clear this up for you. His name is Peter Wang.

Re:Not as bad as it sounds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28064181)

That was such a bad analogy that I can't even seem to find the analogy.

Re:Not as bad as it sounds (1)

bytesex (112972) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064437)

Leave it to the badanalogyguy, then !

Re:Not as bad as it sounds (1)

Isotopian (942850) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064561)

Look, if you were going to put a rear camera in a car, you'd want it on the back of the car, not in the base of the seats, right?

Re:Not as bad as it sounds (2, Funny)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064191)

Except that most people don't walk around on the street corner with their wang out.

What? You don't walk out with your cock out?

Re:Not as bad as it sounds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28064527)

what the fuck is walk out?

Re:Not as bad as it sounds (2, Funny)

oljanx (1318801) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064213)

Actually that depends on the street corner, and whether or not there are ongoing celebrations.

Re:Not as bad as it sounds (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28064707)

Of course! Homeland Security has to make use of these opportunities as they present themselves.

Re:Not as bad as it sounds (2, Insightful)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064075)

I mean right above the urinal of course.

The camera itself isn't shown in the picture; it's on the wall probably chest-height. That's where the IR sensors usually are. (I don't know how much slashdot females know about mens urinals o.o)

Re:Not as bad as it sounds (5, Funny)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064313)

slashdot females

They exist?

Re:Not as bad as it sounds (1)

tecc91 (1232638) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064221)

But in all honesty, if someone is going to steal anything or participate in any other kind of illegal activity, why wouldn't they just sneak in and go into a stall?

Re:Not as bad as it sounds (1)

BiggerIsBetter (682164) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064621)

But in all honesty, if someone is going to steal anything or participate in any other kind of illegal activity, why wouldn't they just sneak in and go into a stall?

Presumably the auto-flush lavatories in the stalls also have cameras. Anyway, I dunno why people are getting so upset. These guys can shove their hand up your ass - er, check your cavities - if they want to, they have back-scatter x-ray that render you completely naked as you walk past them, yet everyone's getting upset about a handful of extra chest-high cameras...

Re:Not as bad as it sounds (1)

P0ltergeist333 (1473899) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064291)

I disagree with the comparison of an airport bathroom with a street corner. Despite being someone who disagrees with the majority of fear mongering and removal of civil liberties in the wake of 9/11, the airport is the one place where I am willing to give up some privacy and convenience to gain more security. I flew approximately 40 times in 2003, and with the exception of one idiot TSA worker, had no problems with screenings, etc. In this case, if your TRULY worried about someone seeing your flaccid junk, then zip up before stepping back.

Re:Not as bad as it sounds (5, Insightful)

Romancer (19668) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064669)

"...the airport is the one place where I am willing to give up some privacy and convenience to gain more security."

Why?

Do you think it's easier to hurt you in an airport?
Or did you mean on the plane? Where there should be a solid impenetrable door to the cockpit and an absolute no negotiate policy.
That would actually protect you on the plane.

But you said the airport. Are you more afraid that they would hurt you there rather than on a bus? Or perhaps the train or subway?
Why not the mall? Why not a school? That'd make a point from a terrorist point of view.

If you are willing to give up your privacy in an airport simply because someone used that as a point of terrorism in the past, you're pretty narrow minded.
Just because something has happened in the past does not make it right to fear it more than other things that are just as likely and obviously much less guarded in the future. If you thik the terrorists are a one note band then you'll be just as surprised on the next news flash as you were on the last one. Learn that the only way to make things secure is to actually make them secure, not play security theatre.

Do you think that they will be able to monitor every camera, in every bathroom, all the time and that no one will figure out to go into a stall since the camera is visible?

Really?

Then you shouldn't worry about those terrorists, you should worry about what they are "trying to destroy"... Your freedoms, your feelings of safety and security, since there will be more stupid stunts to gain attention in the future and it's inevitable. Since they can buy a gun and walk into a mall or onto a bus or into a church and do whatever they want without time for a response, you're doomed if you let go of youor freedoms. They're the only thing that can sway those kinds of people away from those acts. To get them to stop doing what they "think they must do to get attention to their plights" and instead help fix the world of the consistant removal of those things that make us different. That make us not want to commit those acts because we have the freedoms to live and prosper as we see fit. To be in america. The things you are willing to give up to feel a little safer are the things that have been keeping you safe in your own country from domestic terrorists. Look to the middle east and count the bodies of those who did not have the freedom to think otherwise and then tell me you would give it up to feel safer and be a little more like them.

Re:Not as bad as it sounds (1)

geekprime (969454) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064697)

Thank you Romancer.

Urine a lot of trouble TSA!! (1)

erroneus (253617) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064039)

There is no way they will be able to escape the public outcry on this one. This is utterly incredible.

Re:Urine a lot of trouble TSA!! (2, Insightful)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064117)

The cameras are mounted on the wall above the urinal; they're not staring at you out of the disinfectant cake. The only people with anything to be embarrassed about are the douchebags who lean forward and put their hand on the back wall and roll their head back and make weird facial expressions, and I don't feel sorry for them at all.

Re:Urine a lot of trouble TSA!! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28064389)

I'm one of those douchebags. The ALS [alsa.org] makes my legs and trunk too weak for me to stand unsupported, and my neck won't hold my head up unless I lean it back far enough to balance. I'll try to piss my pants next time, so as to avoid bothering you.

Re:Urine a lot of trouble TSA!! (5, Insightful)

physicsphairy (720718) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064131)

It is a joke. Note how half the lettering is bleeding out? Printed on an inkjet. Also, the suggested idea of combining flush sensors and cameras is absurd in every way. *is thinking about putting up some similar placards at his own airport*

Excuse me but... (5, Funny)

KneelBeforeZod (1527235) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064081)

"When did we put on yellow lens filters on the cameras?" "We didn't"

Re:Excuse me but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28064325)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Pacific_(1958_film)#Production_history

Re:Excuse me but... (1)

stepdown (1352479) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064483)

I thought nobody's aim would be that bad, then I noticed the splash-back on the label.

Why not in stalls in BOTH sexes? (5, Interesting)

cfryback (870729) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064083)

Hmmm...Interesting - but why only on Urinals? Why not in the stalls in BOTH sexes of restrooms? Either way, this confirms that I don't really want to make the US as a destination when I make trips from Australia to Canada...

Re:Why not in stalls in BOTH sexes? (1)

Z00L00K (682162) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064405)

And in people's bedrooms too. Why not run an EEG scan on everyone before boarding too?

Re:Why not in stalls in BOTH sexes? (2, Insightful)

Rakishi (759894) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064517)

Have you read ANY of the stories on proposed security measures in the last five years? Only reason they don't run lie detectors on everyone is because it'd take too much time.

Re:Why not in stalls in BOTH sexes? (2, Informative)

dbIII (701233) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064729)

There's one other reason.
That silly device invented by the writer of Wonder Woman and adopted by the FBI at a time when they were infamous for taking kickbacks doesn't actually work.

Re:Why not in stalls in BOTH sexes? (1)

SlashWombat (1227578) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064609)

Even Hitler let you pee in peace ... I'm afraid (very afraid!) that the USA has lost its way.

It used to be Up, Up and away, but with camera's looking on it really is a Downder ... or perhaps
Truth, Justice, and the American way!

Re:Why not in stalls in BOTH sexes? (1)

Racemaniac (1099281) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064641)

News for nerds, stuff that matters.

Re:Why not in stalls in BOTH sexes? (1)

YourExperiment (1081089) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064761)

Female terrorists? Yeah, right!

Bullshit (3, Insightful)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064085)

Well, just to get this out of the way.. this is bullshit. And dear god when did Slashdot become Digg?

Anyway, I think the comments are more interesting, especially this one:

From Inner Loop Realtor:

Y'know about 3 years ago I was mugged in the Hobby Airport parking garage. I told them at the time that they needed cameras in the garage. This is typical of bureaucratic idiocy. Meanwhile, watch your back.

1. I thought Houston was in Texas.. why weren't you packing? Defend yourself asshole.
2. Ya know that security cameras are completely useless for identifying people, right? I mean, if *you* couldn't identify the guy, then how is a security camera gunna help? You don't actually believe that "we zoomed in and cleaned it up a bit" shit that you see on 24, right?
3. Has anyone ever done a study (a real study) of the effectiveness of security cameras at preventing crime? Any sort of crime.
4. It's this kind of knee jerk "we need more surveillance" reaction that the DHS contractors are banking on. You are the problem.

Re:Bullshit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28064279)

> And dear god when did Slashdot become Digg?

A short time after Taco realized that Digg had overtaken /. in web traffic, ad revenue, site activity and users.

Any other bright questions you got for the class there?

Re:Bullshit (4, Insightful)

guyminuslife (1349809) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064467)

"I thought Houston was in Texas.. why weren't you packing? Defend yourself asshole."

AIRPORT.

He wasn't packing because he hadn't unpacked yet. You have to check those, you know.

Or maybe---since he had just flown in---he wasn't from around here. ;-)

Re:Bullshit (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28064579)

>> 1. I thought Houston was in Texas.. why weren't you packing? Defend yourself asshole.

Please carry a firearm into the Houston airport terminal and let us know how that works out for you. kthanksbye.

Re:Bullshit (4, Informative)

cheros (223479) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064651)

3. Has anyone ever done a study (a real study) of the effectiveness of security cameras at preventing crime? Any sort of crime.

Here you go [schneier.com] , that's web economy for you (two answers in one link).

Have a nice day.

fake. Anyone can make up stickers. (5, Insightful)

YesIAmAScript (886271) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064109)

I'm actually bit jealous of whomever came up with that gag. He sure got a lot of mileage out of it.

It's clearly just a riff on the "naked X-ray" controversy going around.

Illegal (4, Insightful)

Renraku (518261) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064125)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this illegal?

I remember some stores had the pants sued off of them (no pun intended) when people found out the dressing rooms were being monitored by cameras, to prevent theft.

Lots of high end places have bathroom attendants. Their job is two-fold. I'm not quite sure of the first one, but I know the second one is to make sure people know that it isn't a place where they can go and shit in the sink or assemble guns from the parts they have hidden in their underwear.

Re:Illegal (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28064471)

I thought so too. Not sure if this is a hoax or not yet...but on the other hand, when did DHS *not* consider itself above the law?

Re:Illegal (1)

justinlee37 (993373) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064479)

The first one is to hand you a towel to dry your hands with, and receive a tip for doing so.

Re:Illegal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28064785)

Third, sometimes they are also drug dealers...

Isn't it probably just a prank? (5, Insightful)

Cyberllama (113628) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064155)

Am I the only one who thinks this is just some prank pulled by some kid with an inkjet printer and some label paper? It would take 2 minutes to make that sticker and just slap it on a few urinals for giggles.

Like, I realize some ridiculous crap has happened in the past few years, but are we all so jaded we just automatically assume that this sort of thing is real?

Re:Isn't it probably just a prank? (1)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064175)

are we all so jaded we just automatically assume

You must be new here.

Re:Isn't it probably just a prank? (2, Insightful)

mattwarden (699984) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064281)

If it is a joke, I bet someone goes to jail.

Re:Isn't it probably just a prank? (1)

Phroggy (441) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064397)

If it is a joke, I bet someone goes to jail.

For what crime, exactly?

Re:Isn't it probably just a prank? (4, Insightful)

guyminuslife (1349809) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064553)

You do realize that in the War on Terror it isn't necessary to charge people with crimes, don't you?

Re:Isn't it probably just a prank? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28064587)

If this a joke, there were no cameras to catch the guy who made this joke!

Re:Isn't it probably just a prank? (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064311)

Am I the only one who thinks this is just some prank pulled by some kid with an inkjet printer and some label paper?

My printers and label paper were not involved with this prank.

It would take 2 minutes to make that sticker and just slap it on a few urinals for giggles.

I would prefer to buy them in bulk, on eBay.

And I think that all the gents who got the joke and pissed on the stickers, had a hell of a laugh.

Like, I realize some ridiculous crap has happened in the past few years, but are we all so jaded we just automatically assume that this sort of thing is real?

Let's just hope that the security folks don't read Slashdot. This prank might give them so ideas.

Is it illegal now to shake it more than three times?

Re:Isn't it probably just a prank? (1)

Farmer Tim (530755) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064577)

I realize some ridiculous crap has happened in the past few years

The surveillance tapes show the crap was actually pretty ordinary. Oops, you weren't supposed to know about those cameras...

Any other confirmation? (4, Informative)

MindlessAutomata (1282944) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064161)

Source is just blogspam and image could easily have been faked in photoshop. The government is stupid and paranoid and not deserving of our love but this is might be just a wee bit over the top at this point in time...

Re:Any other confirmation? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28064303)

image could easily have been faked in photoshop.

Indeed. This looks shopped. I can tell from some of the pixels and from seeing quite a few shops in my time.

Re:Any other confirmation? (1)

YourExperiment (1081089) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064771)

Wee over the top - good advice.

Hrmm (1)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064165)

Would it be a felony for me to piss on the cameras?

Re:Hrmm (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28064629)

I was thinking the same thing, but I'm wondering if this would get us on at least TWO no-fly lists.

Piece of cake, urinal cake (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064171)

What happens when the video from one of these cameras gets leaked onto the Internet ?

I get a lot of money and someone ends up scrubbing the urinals for the rest of their life instead of monitoring them, right ?

Re:Piece of cake, urinal cake (1)

benjamindees (441808) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064415)

What happens when the video from one of these cameras gets leaked onto the Internet?

Urine trouble, then.

Re:Piece of cake, urinal cake (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28064547)

Obvious answer: If it's leaking on the internets, you need to call a plumber. The internets are a series of tubes, remember?

When does "stupid" and "ridiculous" (3, Interesting)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064173)

turn into "criminal? I think this is over the line.

If businesses in the United States cannot put video cameras in their bathrooms (and they can't), then neither can Homeland Security. They can't have it both ways.

If I found such a camera I would put duct-tape over it. That's just too damned far.

Also: why are they just in urinals? (2, Insightful)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064209)

Seems to me that is prima facie discrimination.

Re:When does "stupid" and "ridiculous" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28064583)

If I found such a camera I would put duct-tape over it.

Um, what are you doing in the men's room with a roll of duct tape?

I smell a prank. (1, Funny)

NF6X (725054) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064177)

I smell a prank.

Oddly, the prank smells a lot like asparagus.

Re:I smell a prank. (2, Funny)

Cyberllama (113628) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064193)

I'm pretty sure that's a common side-effect from taking Modafinil.

Re:I smell a prank. (2, Funny)

NF6X (725054) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064233)

Well, that would explain why I've been smelling pranks for the last 83 hours.

Easy solution... (1)

symbolic (11752) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064179)

Use them for target practice.

i wondered what larry craig was up to (2, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064195)

Re:i wondered what larry craig was up to (1)

The Real Nem (793299) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064535)

After about 13 minutes of sitting in the stall, the police officer observed Craig lingering outside and frequently peeking through the crack of the door on the stall.

No doubt wondering WTF was taking the officer so long...

At 1216 hours, Craig tapped his right foot. I recognized this as a signal used by persons wishing to engage in lewd conduct. Craig tapped his toes several times and moves his foot closer to my foot. ... The presence of others did not seem to deter Craig as he moved his right foot so that it touched the side of my left foot which was within my stall area. Craig then proceeded to swipe his left hand under the stall divider several times, with the palm of his hand facing upward.

More like a signal that he was out of toilet paper (which explains why he was "lingering outside" prior to the foot tapping).

Stand close (1)

grahammm (9083) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064203)

As the camera is on the wall above the urinal, unless there are also urinals on the opposite wall (in which case it should just see the backs of men using them), it will only see anything 'private' if you stand too far back. So make sure you stand close before unzipping, and zip up again at the urinal not while walking away.

unionized toilet flushing employees (2, Insightful)

JimBobJoe (2758) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064205)

I had this idea once for a short youtube feature.

It would show the normal black squares found on automatic toilets and urinals. But it would move into the wall to show employees sitting behind those squares, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of being a unionized toilet flusher.

Think of it done in the style of the BBC's remarkable Look Around You series.

I have found people surprisingly creeped out by this idea.

Child Porn?! (1)

Lvdata (1214190) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064207)

By recording in the restroom isn't Homeland Security creating, viewing, saving Child Porn? How many people have access to the recordings? Are they accessible over the internet? I say sue them into the ground just over that.

As a side note, I would use those sensors/camera for target practice. I would feel bad for the janitor, but give me a break. A little yellow liquid civil disobedience.

Re:Child Porn?! (1)

iamacat (583406) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064725)

Only if the children in question are fucking or striking suggestive poses. What, you thought pictures of nude children are illegal? Think again, perhaps even of your baby album.

new moto? (1)

atarione (601740) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064225)

DHS - We're Watching You Pee!

Why would anybody be surprised? (1)

hyades1 (1149581) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064241)

They're a bunch of cocksuckers, why would it be a surprise that Homeland Security drones are trying to get information from urinals? J. Edgar Hoover was the head of the FBI when they did crap like this, and he used to prance around his office in ladies' dresses.

These guys are obviously cut from the same cloth.

Let me be the first to say (0, Redundant)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064277)

this really pisses me off!

Obvious Prank (5, Funny)

Phat_Tony (661117) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064297)

I'm sure this is a prank. Since this is generating bad publicity for the DHS, they will probably catch the person who put these stickers on the urinals after reviewing the video from the real, covert hidden cameras they have covering the urinals.

Who dunnit... (1)

irving47 (73147) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064345)

I bet a shiny quarter it was a college student from a fairly liberal school that is anti-police, anti-taser, etc... Probably an art student.

Clever prank, I guess. It would probably spook me out of peeing in that bathroom.

Nothing to worry about (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28064361)

Guys, I heard that it is completely anonymous, they blur your face completely (unless you sign the agreement before they sell the videos online).

There's always a silver lining... (1)

TheMightyFuzzball (1500683) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064395)

At least I can put a sign saying "This area is under CCTV Surveillance in the interest of Crime Prevention and Public safety" in there and it'd actually be accurate.

The guy that printed these... (3, Insightful)

mcrbids (148650) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064451)

The guy that printed/posted these is sitting somewhere laughing his fool arse off. Srsly - it's obviously a fake, and it made /. front page!

Ever wonder about the dark red glass on the I/R sensor? It's ridiculous to think there's a camera in there...

chuckle chuckle...

What? That really pisses me off !! (0, Redundant)

Bob_Who (926234) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064465)

I am so pissed about this I could just let loose on everything. Is that how its gonna be? No more prissy plots pander to pious public pissing people. Pppfff!

Criminal Activity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28064487)

They should get 20 years minimum in the pen and get put on the sexual offender list ( which includes home address registration, and restrictions where you can live, such as living outside of 100 meters of a school or playground) for the rest of thier existance. INdividual citizens get much tougher sentances for just urinating in a public place, much less filming strangesrs doing it. Hypocracy at its greatest... Not even private business owners can do this even with the argument of security.

For those of you who aren't from Houston... (1)

Anubis IV (1279820) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064505)

Hobby Airport is a mid-sized airport on the south side of Houston, but it's dwarfed by Bush Intercontinental Airport, which is the big one around here, and, as you can guess by its name, services quite a few international flights on a daily basis. While I wouldn't put it past DHS to try something like this (though I'm with those who are calling it a prank or simply misunderstood/mistyped), Hobby would not be a good venue to start off in when you have a major international airport just a few miles away.

Re:For those of you who aren't from Houston... (1)

S.O.B. (136083) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064715)

Hobby Airport is a mid-sized airport on the south side of Houston, but it's dwarfed by Bush Intercontinental Airport...

If this is a gag then wouldn't it have been more ironic to put the pee-pee camera at the "Bush" airport?

So if this is paid for by taxpayers... (1)

viyh (620825) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064509)

Is the data collected going to end up on data.gov?

front or back? (1)

lord3nd3r (1073580) | more than 5 years ago | (#28064591)

watch your back. errm.. I mean your front...

That's nothing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28064745)

I have installed a webcam in the urinal at At Hacking in Progress (HIP) 1997
XS4ALL is still sitting on the images, claiming they did not store them.
http://www.hip97.nl/ [hip97.nl]

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