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No Hand-Held Devices In Ontario Cars

Adam Schumacher Re:They've taken a leaf out of the UK's book (584 comments)

Mostly true.Except for cities where the Provincial Offences Act administrative duties have been downloaded to the municipalities, in which case the municipality gets the revenue (and the municipality funds the police force). (R.S.O. 1990 c. P33 s. 164(4))

more than 5 years ago

Is Cheap Video Surveillance Possible?

Adam Schumacher Inspiration from Half-Life (700 comments)

Ever since playing through Half-Life 2, I've wanted to implement the automatic security cameras they have in the game.

The idea is to set up a pan & tilt camara mount, with a high-quality flash camera co-axial with a low-light/IR webcam. The webcam is plugged into motion/feature recognition software, and controls the pan/tilt, keeping the largest moving object in the middle of the frame. Once a certain threshold for size/movement is reached, a buzzer and red light activate, and the camera takes 3 or 4 flash pictures in rapid succession.

Anyone who's played HL2 can attest to the strong sense of Big Brother that these cameras evoke. Not to mention the fact that it would produce superior images, as it would wait until the target is sufficiently large in the frame, and the light/buzzer should cause the target to reflexively look towards the camera to investigate.

Thoughts? It's not so much a practical solution to the original stated problem, but maybe a fun project for someone with more mechanical skill and free time than I have...

more than 6 years ago



TELUS Exec. Info Leaked in Response to SMS Charges

Adam Schumacher Adam Schumacher writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Adam Schumacher-Darling (267) writes "According to an article submitted to NowPublic, personal contact information has been/will be leaked for several high-ranking executives at Telus, in response to the recent unilateral TOS changes that will cause users to be charged for incoming text messages. From the article:

Canadian mobile subscribers were surprised Friday morning when private information on TELUS Executives began to leak out via the popular mobile phone website "Howard Forums". ... "The information was leaked to combat the new (as of August 24th, 2008) $0.15 charges for inbound text messages to Bell and TELUS Mobility clients. I wouldn't have leaked the information if I thought there was any other way. What TELUS is doing to Canadians is absolutely inexcusable" said the source. "I'm sorry it had to take this route but TELUS executives are clearly more interested in rolling around in piles of our hard-earned Canadian money than listening to the largest customer objection in company history."


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