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Magnetic Pole Shift Affects Tampa Airport

oldspewey Re:Happens all the time (317 comments)

How do you propose that pilots figure out what the "true" cardinal direction is as they approach the airport?

I learned how to set the magnetic declination on a compass when I was 8 years old.

more than 3 years ago
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For Mac Developers, Armageddon Comes Tomorrow

oldspewey Re:Oranges and...well...Apples (429 comments)

It isn't about hypocrisy so much as a person's sense of inner worth. Think of it this way: there are some people out there who are highly competent professionals, but they wouldn't feel that way if they rolled into the office parking lot every morning in a rusty 1989 Nissan Pulsar with a blown muffler. But why? It makes no sense. Their performance in the workplace has nothing to do with the tool (the car) they used to get themselves there, yet somehow internally, that '89 Pulsar creates a conflict - they don't feel like a professional being seen in that car. They would never in a million years offer to drive their colleagues to lunch.

more than 3 years ago
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For Mac Developers, Armageddon Comes Tomorrow

oldspewey Re:Oranges and...well...Apples (429 comments)

it won't be there for them in the future, at least in terms of support and critical improvements.

I've seen something related to this happen with disastrous results. I knew a guy who was a freelancer, and he liked to run cracked versions of everything. What's more, he would habitually seek out the latest releases of everything so he was constantly reinstalling new cracks. He was working on a big design job when his workstation went completely fucking nuts. Among other things, it was emailing invitations to a greeting card website to everybody in his address book (including me) - so you can only imagine what kinds of fun stuff he had installed along with those cracks.

One of the people who received a virus-ridden e-card was his client, who got pissed off and then got worried. The client phoned him and asked that he bundle up everything he'd been working on to date, and send it to him so he could do a status check. Since the machine was going fucking haywire he couldn't do it right away, and had to spend the next couple days trying to to hunt viruses and eventually reinstalling everything from scratch.

The client lost patience and simply yanked the job and gave it to another freelancer. It was a pretty nice job too, worth somewhere north of $15K IIRC. I remember sitting at a pub with this guy and three other associates of ours as he recounted his story. He was really upset - not at himself or at the website where he got his virus-riddled cracks, but at his client for yanking the work - and he was considering suing the client for breach of contract. The opinion around the table was basically "do you really want to get yourself into a courtroom somewhere and have to defend the fact you were completing (or attempting to complete) all this work with stolen software?" He let it go, but he never changed his habits. Last I heard, he was still installing the latest crack of everything on his workstation.

more than 3 years ago
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Swedish Firm Proposes City Buildings On Rails

oldspewey Re:Like birds (223 comments)

You can do a lot with orientation ... move these houses out of the shade of that big hillside in winter when solar radiation is at its most precious, make those houses face east in the morning and west in the afternoon, put these other houses near the forested park in summer so they don't need as much air conditioning, etc.

more than 3 years ago
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Swedish Firm Proposes City Buildings On Rails

oldspewey Re:Like birds (223 comments)

"... if you hear banjo music, you've gone too far."

more than 3 years ago
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For Mac Developers, Armageddon Comes Tomorrow

oldspewey Re:Apples to Oranges Plus Fear Mongering (429 comments)

Not sure what country GP is posting from, but many of the "third world" economies have an affluent and growing middle class, with lots of disposable income to toss at "premium" products. Apple ignores these markets at their peril. RIM was able to ride out some product misses and incomplete offerings in '09 and '10 by selling like hell in emerging markets, and ended up actually beating forecasts as a result. This gives them some breathing room while they figure out their R&D moves to compete with Apple and Android.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Creating Cloud-Based Mac?

oldspewey Re:more like cloud boot iCrap (204 comments)

Slashdot needs a new cloud icon to put beside stories like this.

more than 3 years ago
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Smart Grid Brings Powerline Broadband Back?

oldspewey Re:200 Mbps (120 comments)

Like ham radio operators. You know we're secretly controlling the world.

You could.

more than 3 years ago
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For Mac Developers, Armageddon Comes Tomorrow

oldspewey Re:Apples to Oranges Plus Fear Mongering (429 comments)

If this were Microsoft, or Google, or just about any other company in the world, nobody would be making claims that $SERVICE_LAUNCH is going to change the economics of the entire software industry. It's because it's Apple, and these days people seem to work from the paradigm that Apple is the epicentre of technology - whether we're talking about devices, software, or services.

more than 3 years ago
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For Mac Developers, Armageddon Comes Tomorrow

oldspewey Re:Oranges and...well...Apples (429 comments)

the professional user - a user whom it's assumed will be audited at the end of the year, and therefore can't avoid paying for the product

I've known a few freelancers who didn't buy the full product for fear of an audit - they bought the full product because they didn't want to feel like a smalltime crook every time they turned on their workstation to do some design work for a client. It's a state of mind thing: if my skills and professionalism are solid enough to land me a 5-figure design gig, I'm going to do that work using professional equipment, none of which is stolen.

more than 3 years ago
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Thousands of Blackbirds Fall From Sky Dead

oldspewey Re:Or they flew over a CAFO (577 comments)

Well, if you're willing to dig up this thread and hammer on it some more I guess I'm game too ...

your arguments make you look like a fool.

Which arguments, and which specific logical fallacies am I engaging in?

Hundreds of millions is not billions, and it's 31%* of the population.

I never made any claims about billions of anything. The only claim I made was that hundreds of millions of people manage to live a vegetarian lifestyle in at least one place on earth with no difficulties. They do not "go back" to eating meat and the do not become horribly sick. Hundreds of millions is a pretty decent number; the kind of number that carries some statistical weight if you want to start throwing generalizations around (as did GP) about inevitable health consequences of a vegetarian diet.

Almost all restaurants of Non-vegetarian, vegetarian and lacto vegetarian dishes.

Yes, many restaurants offer different menus for different people, but in my observation quite a lot are also strictly veg - if they prepared even a single meat or egg-based dish inside their four walls, a certain percentage of their potential clientèle would never set foot inside the place, and they know it. For some other people, milk and eggs are fine most days of the week and year, and they use those to supplement their protein intake. No, not vegan, but still vegetarian by pretty much every definition I've seen.

Of course, you ahve bothered to do an real research and just take someone else's ignorant view and parrot it.

Does observing the day-to-day or week-to-week life of several practising vegetarians from India count as real research or ignorant parroting? I have seen exactly how an ethnic vegetarian diet from India works - which grains complement which other grains to form complete amino acid groups, which vegetables and legumes complement the various starches. I've also eaten this diet for weeks at a time (though I'm an incurable omnivore and I can't see myself ever giving up meat entirely) and my health was fine ... great even, since vegetarian fare seems to help reduce the acid levels in my stomach after I've been at it for several days in a row.

Of course your argument that 'they do it over there' means jack over shit.

Which argument is that? You seem to be confusing me with somebody who said "they do it over there so everyone should do it over here." I never actually said anything like that. I only stepped into this thread to offer some evidence to counter some rather outlandish claims I was reading.

I say shame on you sir, Shame on you.

Awwww, well now you're just trying to sweet-talk me.

more than 3 years ago
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Pink Floyd Give In To Digital Downloads

oldspewey Re:i so don't care (409 comments)

... then I saw your face, and you're a belieber ...

more than 3 years ago
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Saudi Arabia Requiring License For Online Media

oldspewey Re:Fairness (175 comments)

governments being the most corrupt organizations on the planet

Nor did he say the world is black-and-white

Actually, he pretty much did say the world is black-and-white.

more than 3 years ago
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US Begins Sophisticated Wireless Jamming Project

oldspewey Re:BLADE (157 comments)

Hey ... the guys at the Tactical Advanced Acronym Research Division don't take kindly to having their work disrespected.

more than 3 years ago
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Google's Next Challenge, Spam Results

oldspewey Re:Somebody else will come along, eventually. (238 comments)

Some other search engine will eventually come along. They will provide a better service, and Google will swallow them up like a ripe, juicy tomato.

FTFY

more than 3 years ago
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Google's Next Challenge, Spam Results

oldspewey Re:Broken? (238 comments)

I guess it's time to go back to Archie.

more than 3 years ago
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Thousands of Blackbirds Fall From Sky Dead

oldspewey Re:Or they flew over a CAFO (577 comments)

Google turns up a lot of sites that paraphrase the above research (and for some reason I have trouble believing a site called "biblelife.org" is fully committed to scientific fact), but no sites showing the research paper itself. You happen to have a link?

more than 3 years ago

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Republicans Vow to Take Down FCC's Net Neutrality

oldspewey oldspewey writes  |  more than 3 years ago

oldspewey (1303305) writes "The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday approved net neutrality rules, but that will be a short-lived victory if congressional Republicans have anything to say about it.

"Today's action by the FCC will hurt our economy, stifle private-sector job creation, and undermine the entrepreneurship and innovation of Internet-related American employers," Rep. John Boehner, the incoming House majority leader, said. "The FCC is attempting to push excessive government regulation of the Internet through without Congressional authority and these actions threaten the very future of the technology," according to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas.

Under the Congressional Review Act of 1996, a resolution of disapproval lets Congress disapprove of regulatory rules issued by federal agencies. If enacted, the rule may not take effect and the agency can't issue similar rules with statutory authorization, according to the Congressional Research Service.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski defends the changes, arguing the "freedom and openness of the Internet is unprotected." The rules crafted by the commission will protect basic Internet values, provide a process for monitoring Internet openness and a recourse for innovators, consumers, or speakers harmed by improper practices. It will also provide predictability for Internet service providers so they can manage and invest in networks, he said. "On one end of the spectrum, there are those who say government should do nothing at all. On the other end of the spectrum are those who would adopt a set of detailed and rigid regulations," Genachowski said. "I reject both extremes in favor of a strong and sensible framework – one that protects Internet freedom and openness and promotes robust innovation and investment.""

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"Anonymous" launch DDoS in support of WikiLeaks

oldspewey oldspewey writes  |  more than 3 years ago

oldspewey (1303305) writes "News is emerging that the hacker group "anonymous" has launched DDoS attacks against PayPal, the Swiss bank that froze Julian Assange's assets, and other "Websites that are bowing down to government pressure have become targets," according to an Anonymous hacker calling himself Coldblood.

"As an organisation we have always taken a strong stance on censorship and freedom of expression on the internet and come out against those who seek to destroy it by any means."

"We feel that Wikileaks has become more than just about leaking of documents, it has become a war ground, the people vs. the government," he said.

So far the denial-of-service attacks (DDoS), which swamp a site with so many requests that it becomes overwhelmed, have failed to take any sites offline although that is not the point of the attack, according to Coldblood.

"The idea is not to wipe them off but to give the companies a wake-up call," he said. "Companies will notice the increase in traffic and an increase in traffic means increase in costs associated with running a website."

Wikileaks has been hit by a series of denial-of-service attacks, following the release of a quarter of a million US embassy cables. Among other actions, online payment company PayPal has permanently restricted Wikileaks' account, making it harder for supporters to make donations. MasterCard Worldwide is also choking payments to the site. In all cases, the companies have insisted their decisions are not politically motivated."

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Passenger refuses screen, threatened with lawsuit

oldspewey oldspewey writes  |  more than 3 years ago

oldspewey (1303305) writes "As American Airlines passenger John Tyner was travelling through San Diego airport, he was pulled aside for a supplemental backscatter x-ray scan. Rather than submitting, he refused the x-ray and opted instead for a pat down, but rather than meekly submitting to public degradation, he tells the TSA screener "if you touch my junk, I'm going to have you arrested."

Two supervisors later, Tyner is told the screening — even one that touches his junk — is a condition of his ticket and if he refuses to submit he can go get a refund. The situation gets more surreal after he gets that refund, when he is chased down by TSA and told he is not allowed to leave the airport unless he submits to a screening, and that he can be charged and fined $10,000 dollars for his crimes.

Fortunately, Mr. Tyner had the presence of mind to record most of the proceedings with his cell phone camera, and he has blogged the entire episode along with a rallying cry that enough is enough."
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If machines "come to life"

oldspewey oldspewey writes  |  more than 3 years ago

oldspewey (1303305) writes "If a group of machines spontaneously become sentient and self-replicating, humans should:
  1. immediately destroy those examples
  2. contain them and limit their ability to evolve
  3. teach them to live in peace with us
  4. prepare to pass the baton. Our time is ending
  5. Run for the hills and look for John Connor
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My job is:

oldspewey oldspewey writes  |  more than 3 years ago

oldspewey (1303305) writes "My job is:
  1. Awesome. I love getting up in the morning.
  2. A mixed bag, but I'm in no hurry to quit.
  3. Temporary until I find what I want.
  4. Rubbish. I hate it.
  5. Nonexistent. I'm a student.
  6. Nonexistent. I'm unemployed.
  7. Other. Explained below.
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The appropriate response to encroaching baldness

oldspewey oldspewey writes  |  about 4 years ago

oldspewey (1303305) writes "The appropriate response to encroaching baldness is:
  1. Implants or a toupee
  2. Something from a late night infomercial
  3. Start wearing sweatpants in public
  4. The combover
  5. Shave it all off and add 20lbs of muscle bulk
  6. Ignore it. Life happens.
"
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Poll: Would you receive a cyborg implant?

oldspewey oldspewey writes  |  more than 4 years ago

oldspewey (1303305) writes ".

If cranial implants could provide digital communication, enhance memory, afford "super vision" etc.:
a) I'd sign up as one of the earliest testers
b) I'd wait a few years until the bugs are worked out
c) I'd consider some modest enhancement as a "trial"
d) My decision would be based purely on cost/benefit
e) There's no way in hell I'd get one
f) I'll figure out how to hack the system and create my own army of zombies"
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Poll: My experience with amateur astronomy ...

oldspewey oldspewey writes  |  more than 4 years ago

oldspewey (1303305) writes ".
— I own several observing instruments and know everything about the night sky
— I have a telescope or two and can find my way around okay
— I have an old scope somewhere in a closet
— I don't have the first clue what I'm seeing when I look up
— I dream of one day having a civilization-ending comet named after me
— There are stars up there above the light pollution?"
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In 2010 I expect to fly by commercial airline:

oldspewey oldspewey writes  |  more than 4 years ago

oldspewey (1303305) writes ":
— About as often as in 2009
— More often than in 2009
— Less often than in 2009
— Never. Air travel is intolerable
— Medical/legal or other reasons prevent me flying
— Just as soon as my evil master plan is complete"
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Pot use causes irreversible brain damage in rats

oldspewey oldspewey writes  |  more than 3 years ago

oldspewey (1303305) writes "Smoking pot every day can permanently alter a teenager's brain, new research from McGill University says. The results of a study showed that long-term use of marijuana by a teenager decreased the compounds serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain, which in turn sapped the subjects of motivation and the ability to handle stress while increasing depression. The study suggests the long-term effects are irreversible.

The McGill study used rats, which have a 20-day adolescence, said Dr. Gabriella Gobbi, a psychiatric researcher and McGill professor. The rats were exposed to marijuana for all 20 days.

In the short-term, Gobbi said, there was evidence that marijuana in low doses increases serotonin, giving an "antidepressant effect." The long-term effect, however, was the opposite. "This doesn't mean adults are not affected," said Gobbi. "But we didn't expect to see this strong an effect on adolescence" when brains are still in development. "The implications are that there should be a warning about the consumption of cannabis during adolescence because of the long-term effects in the brain devoted to the regulation of emotion." The study was funded by the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation and published in Neurobiology of Disease."

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Poll: I believe the science behind:

oldspewey oldspewey writes  |  more than 4 years ago

oldspewey (1303305) writes ":
a) AGW / Climate Change
b) Evolution
c) Continental Drift
d) I believe all 3
e) I disbelieve all 3
f) This poll is headed for a huge flamewar"
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The end of the line for .yu domains

oldspewey oldspewey writes  |  more than 4 years ago

oldspewey writes "

Websites using the .yu domain extension will cease to be available online from 30 September. The extension — assigned to the former Republic of Yugoslavia — has been replaced by .rs (for Serbia) and .me (for Montenegro). Icann, which oversees the assigning of top-level domain names, allowed extra time for sites to make the transition before removing the .yu extension.

It is thought up to 4,000 websites have still not migrated to a new domain.

Established in 1989, the .yu domain was first assigned to the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. With the break-up of the Socialist Republic at the start of the Balkan wars, the .yu domain was held by newly independent Slovenia but was eventually passed on to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1994. Since then, it has been managed by the Yugoslav Domain Registry at the University of Belgrade.


Time alone can tell whether migrations such as bollocks.yu to bollocks.me will be carried out successfully."
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Former Intel exec Pat Gelsinger joins EMC

oldspewey oldspewey writes  |  more than 4 years ago

oldspewey (1303305) writes "EMC Corp. today announced that industry veteran Pat Gelsinger has joined the company from Intel Corporation as President and Chief Operating Officer, EMC Information Infrastructure Products. Gelsinger, 48, will be responsible for EMC's Information Infrastructure product portfolio, including its Information Storage, RSA Information Security, Content Management and Archiving and Ionix IT management divisions.

Gelsinger joins EMC from Intel where he most recently served as Senior Vice President and Co-General Manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, the company's largest business group accounting for more than half of Intel's annual revenue. Under Gelsinger's leadership, this group is responsible for Intel's enterprise products including clients (PCâ(TM)s), Server (Xeon and Itanium), Embedded, Communications, Visualization and Storage products. The group is also responsible for the award-winning Nehalem microarchitecture product development.

EMC CEO Joe Tucci said, âoeWe consider ourselves highly fortunate to welcome to EMC an executive of Pat Gelsingerâ(TM)s stature and depth of credentials ... Patâ(TM)s three decades of technical and general management leadership experience will serve EMCâ(TM)s customers well ... We now possess one of the strongest and most talented management leadership teams in technology.â

Pat Gelsinger said, "Over the last three decades, Intel has provided me with extraordinary opportunities and the ultimate executive proving ground. For that I remain forever grateful. Iâ(TM)m also thrilled with the road ahead and prospect of helping lead a company of EMC's stature. The technology industry has undergone almost incomprehensible change over the last three decades since I entered it. The rate and pace of change and challenge is not abating in the slightest.a company of EMC's stature. The technology industry has undergone almost incomprehensible change over the last three decades since I entered it. The rate and pace of change and challenge is not abating in the slightest.""

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Why do drives keep getting bigger?

oldspewey oldspewey writes  |  about 5 years ago

oldspewey (1303305) writes "The explosive growth in drive sizes is due to:
— Bloatware: Commercial software that comes on 4 install DVDs
— Ripped copies of legal music and video
— Pirated music and video
— Some combination of the above
— Nothing in particular — Most consumer drives are 90% empty
— Porn"
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Google's X-Rated Steet View Camera

oldspewey oldspewey writes  |  more than 5 years ago

oldspewey (1303305) writes ".

Though Google's Street View only recently launched in Canada, the rolling cameras are already causing a stir. However Canadians who are nervous about the launch of Google's Street View can rest assured: Operators will be standing by to handle complaints and remove compromising images within 24 hours.

The pledge from the head of Google Canada to have extra staff on hand should be welcome news to Robert White, who has been fretting about unwanted exposure since April. That's when he stepped naked in front of an open window after taking a shower just as a Google camera car rolled down the street. Mr. White raised the issue with his Member of Parliament, who passed the story along to Jonathan Lister, Google Canada's managing director

"What assurances can you give Mr. White that he will not become an international sex symbol?" he was asked.

Mr. Lister said it's unlikely the cameras were able to shoot through a window. "The photography and the photographic ability isn't that good,;" Mr. Lister said. "Google is not seeing inside buildings."

His main message was that Google intends to err on the side of individual privacy. He said Google's technology automatically blurs faces and license plates that appear in its photos. If the software misses a face, Mr. Lister said, people can file a complaint and it will be addressed within 24 hours.

The tripod-mounted Google cars have been spotted taking 360-degree images in cities across Canada. Street View is already available in nine countries, but Google has yet to say when the Canadian version of the site will be launched. British tabloids quickly dubbed the site "Google Cheat View" after reports of men caught parked outside their lover's house or walking out of sex shops. The venture ran into privacy objections in Greece this year, and Google was forced to reshoot its images in Japan after complaints the photos were taken from a high angle that peeked into private backyards.

Mr. Lister said Street View will be a boon to Canadian real estate and tourism. Yet despite Google's stated commitment to privacy, MPs expressed concern that Mr. Lister has not clearly stated how long the company will keep the non-blurred images. MPs were also worried that the technology could identify vulnerable people, citing women's shelters as an example.

Mr. Lister said the company intends to alert community groups before the site goes live, in case there is a need to blur entire buildings."

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The internet will become sentient:

oldspewey oldspewey writes  |  more than 5 years ago

oldspewey (1303305) writes "The internet will become self-aware:
— Next Tuesday at 3:17PM
— December 21, 2012
— Within 10 years
— Within 20 years
— Within 50 years
— Never
— It already has, but chooses not to inform us
— Just before it goes completely insane"
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Filmmaker plans to implant eye-socket camera

oldspewey oldspewey writes  |  more than 5 years ago

oldspewey (1303305) writes "A Canadian filmmaker plans to have a mini camera installed in his prosthetic eye to make documentaries and raise awareness about surveillance in society.

Rob Spence, 36, who lost an eye in an accident as a teenager, said his so-called Project Eyeborg is to have the camera, a battery and a wireless transmitter mounted on a tiny circuit board.

"Originally the whole idea was to do a documentary about surveillance. I thought I would become a sort of super hero ... fighting for justice against surveillance," Spence said, "In Toronto there are 12,000 cameras. But the strange thing I discovered was that people don't care about the surveillance cameras, they were more concerned about me and my secret camera eye because they feel that is a worse invasion of their privacy."

Ongoing details of the experiment can be found on Spence's Eyeborg Project blog."

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