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The best places to install hidden cameras

The best places to install hidden cameras

| December 16, 2013

Often, the very sight of the all-recording eye of a surveillance camera is enough to deter crime — it’s easier for a criminal to move on to a target where evidence isn’t being recorded. But if the goal is to catch an intruder (or an escaper) in the act, then installing a hidden outdoor camera […]

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In fatal dog attacks, owners get harsher punishments

In fatal dog attacks, owners get harsher punishments

| November 7, 2013

As the saying goes, there are no bad dogs, just bad owners. A new law in the UK is putting the burden of consequences directly into the lap of the responsible parties. Previously, the owners of a pets involved in fatal dog attacks could face a fine or up to two years in prison. Now, […]

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The longest airport security line: TSA to start security background checks

The longest airport security line: TSA to start security background checks

| October 29, 2013

An “SSSS” across your boarding pass is the scarlet letter of the post-9/11 airport. For two highly inconvenient years in the mid-2000s, I couldn’t board a plane without the check-in attendant scrawling the four ignominious letters, which stand for “Secondary Security Screening Selection,” across my boarding pass in big black marker. At every point where […]

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Arrest that house: surveillance and location-based policing

Arrest that house: surveillance and location-based policing

| October 15, 2013

Police work has long been associated with catching perps and criminals. But an emerging body of work has found that crime happens in very specific places: a single house, a certain street corner or a particular park. Several studies have shown that crimes are geographically concentrated, with some attributing up to 50 percent of crimes […]

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Apple aims for biometric greatness with new fingerprint scanners, misses

Apple aims for biometric greatness with new fingerprint scanners, misses

| October 1, 2013

Fingerprint scanners make it into everyone’s wildest dreams for a future of unbelievable convenience. No more digging around for keys in the dead of night in the middle of winter. Open sesame! What you need is quite literally, at your fingertips. And imagine the security! Thieves would have to pry your very fingertips from your […]

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Pet abandonment: stop it with a sign

Pet abandonment: stop it with a sign

| August 30, 2013

As everyone over the age of seven should already know, owning a pet is a big responsibility. They need to eat food everyday, which then needs to be pooped out at the right place and time. They need their nails clipped, their hair trimmed, their toys replaced, and perhaps a brand new Halloween costume or […]

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Why we can never really evade surveillance

Why we can never really evade surveillance

| August 27, 2013

One July day in San Francisco, writer Kevin Roose tried to escape everyday surveillance for a 24 full hours. He wanted to do it while living his regular, daily life: checking the internet, posting to Twitter from his cell phone, riding public transportation and the like. He did not resort to wilderness hermitage. The experiment, […]

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