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Comments on news posted 2013-08-12 13:48:53: In an age where everything is connected and location data mining is a largely an unregulated goldmine, it shouldn't be too surprising to see that London has had to shelve a program whereby street recycling bins were being used to track the cellphones.. ..


Mike
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Pittsburgh, PA
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Where is the street justice?

"Yesterday, some hooligans knocked over a dustbin in Shaftesbury." - Bill Hicks

Re: Where is the street justice?

Perhaps these hooligans were just ahead of their time...

FFH
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Tavistock NJ
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The trash bins are watching you

The trash bins are watching you. Sort of a cross between a trash can; travel kiosk; and Google ad purveyor.





The company that put that technology in trash cans also uses it in stores too. Statement of the company's CEO:
»renewlondon.com/2013/08/official···-memari/

How the trash can tracks people:

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQi171lsODU

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If you want to anger a liberal tell him the truth."
tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY

incase you were unaware...

London is just one big Spy Shoppe.. nothing much else of consequence goes on there (sarcasm/satire)

N10Cities
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Fort Smith, AR

"Minority Report", here we come....

Just waiting for someone to announce the invention of public eye scanners any time now...

aaronwt
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Woodbridge, VA

Re: "Minority Report", here we come....

said by N10Cities:

Just waiting for someone to announce the invention of public eye scanners any time now...

Sounds perfect to me. I would much prefer targeted advertising like in minority report than what they have today that targets everyone with the same thing.

Anonymous_
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said by N10Cities:

Just waiting for someone to announce the invention of public eye scanners any time now...

sun glasses would be come extremely popular
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Live Free or Die Hard...

tshirt
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Snohomish, WA
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London already is blanketed with security cameras

If you went to London for privacy, boy, did you choose the wrong place.

StuartMW
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Galt's Gulch
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Feed me

Reminds me of "Audrey" in "The Little Shop of Horrors" movie.

"Feed me! Feed me!"

although in this case its MAC addresses instead of blood
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aaronwt
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join:2004-11-07
Woodbridge, VA

I wish they would do this in the US...

If i am going to have an advertisement pushed at me, i would rather it be something I am interested in.

carpetshark3
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Idledale, CO
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Re: I wish they would do this in the US...

said by aaronwt:

If i am going to have an advertisement pushed at me, i would rather it be something I am interested in.

Hate to tell them, but there is nothing usual I am interested in. Most of my interests are niche.
rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO

Is it Time for Regulation?

I think we're nearing a breaking point. Perhaps it's just me but between the on-screen television pop-ups, web-site pop-ups, in-app advertising on mobile phones and now recycle bins, isn't it about time to say enough is enough?

I still remember visiting Cancun for the first time in the early 90s. I was shocked at how what was billed as a tropical paradise was absolutely corrupted by signs. The trip from the airport to the strip was unbelievably packed with signs. It made me appreciate how most US communities regulate signs. Normally I'm not one who supports more regulation but without them, one-upmanship seems to guarantee no limit to the size and quantity of signs cluttering business districts. Equally so, I believe technology is the new frontier. It's created some sort of advertising drug and everyone who tries it is immediately hooked regardless of how ridiculous it might prove to be.
pb2k

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Calgary, AB
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Slippery slope

Calgary uses the same type of technology to monitor traffic flow on our busiest road and provide travel times posted on electronic signs along the route. They say it's all anonymous and encrypted, but It's a slippery slope if they make an exception even once (for say proving a timeline in a murder trial).