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nospam007 (722110) writes "You may complain about the machines that tax your parking, but recently, a computerized machine that's not yet arrived in the United States, is now deployed in the German city of Bonn. 'Prostitution is a legal and taxable trade in Germany, but enforcing taxes among sex workers on the street can be problematic. The city of Bonn has come up with a new solution, though. Prostitutes must now pay a nightly tax to automated ticket machines.'" Link to Original Source top
nospam007 (722110) writes "Hide your ink. Apparently you have to be careful what you decide to have permanently etched on your body. In “The Hangover Part II,” the sequel to the very successful what-happened-last-night comedy, the character played by Ed Helms wakes up with a permanent tattoo bracketing his left eye. The Maori-inspired design is instantly recognizable as the one sported by the boxer Mike Tyson, which is part of the joke. But S. Victor Whitmill, a tattoo artist formerly of Las Vegas and currently from rural Missouri, doesn’t quite see the humor. Mr. Whitmill designed the tattoo for Mr. Tyson, called it “tribal tattoo,” and claims it as a copyrighted work." Link to Original Source top
nospam007 (722110) writes "In a street in suburb Bergerhausen/Essen, Germany, several houses in the same street, all of which were pixelated on Google Streetview, on request of the inhabitants, were egged by Google fanboys. They left flyers on the mailboxes saying: 'Google's cool' Police said egging was no property damage." Link to Original Source top
nospam007 (722110) writes "CCTV cameras are bringing more and more public places under surveillance — and passenger aircraft could be next.
In-flight surveillance could foil terrorists in the sky
A prototype European system uses multiple cameras and "Big Brother" software to try and automatically detect terrorists or other dangers caused by passengers.
The European Union's Security of Aircraft in the Future European Environment (SAFEE) project uses a camera in every passenger's seat, with six wide-angle cameras to survey the aisles. Software then analyses the footage to detect developing terrorist activity or "air-rage" incidents, by tracking passengers' facial expressions.
The system performed well in tests this January that simulated terrorist and unruly passenger behaviour scenarios in a fake Airbus A380 fuselage, say the researchers that built it.
Systems to analyse CCTV footage — for example, to detect violence (with video) or alert CCTV operators to unusual events — have been designed before. But the SAFEE software must cope with the particularly challenging environment of a full aircraft cabin....