Wednesday, September 28, 2005

No heckling, no photos. Just sit and clap, please.

How to piss off your own party members. Good job, boys. Dem terrorrists sure are pesky.

Regarding seizure of media footage, I've heard some thoughts before about schemes such as wireless-enabled cameras to send data remotely asap. There are definitely a wireless camera or two out there, but nothing that does it automatically, AFAIK. Anyone have any hints or tips?

Update, 30th Sep: Well, Blair and Straw have apologised now that Wolfgang (suspected terrorist) has become a national hero - it's amazing what a little press coverage can do. No such grace, however, for the 600 innocent people stopped and searched throughout the conference*, or for the various local people getting arrested for bearing anti-blair slogans, under the anti-terrorism act, no less.

Hecklers, protestors and people doing nothing are all terrorists now. This turned into a comedy farce a while ago.

* An unmissable quote from the police spokeswoman:

"By definition, many totally innocent people going about their normal lawful business will be stopped and checked," she said. "This is what creates the deterrent for terrorists."

There's definitely a push for the norm to become a population of innocent people prepared to put up with whatever crap the police push onto them. The true effects of this continue to go unquestioned.


Anonymous said...

The Canon EOS 1D has an optional attachment that automatically uploads photos taken to a remote computer server over a wireless link. It's horrendously expensive, though (purely for professionals)

Scribe said...

Kodak also seem to have come up with their own wireless camera, although no details on being able to automatically upload/back-up pictures somewhere.

Maybe it's possible to write an app for a phone that does this, but I can't see the mainstream public installing it in their droves.

Still, remote storage sounds like the future. No more memory cards when you havea wireless connection. Expect future conferences to have strict firewalls imposed on them...

Charlie Williams said...

Currently, blocking mobile phone signals is illegal. Several theatres and cinemas have tried, but were dissauded by the authorities. Instead we get those "Don't let your mobile ruin the movie" campaigns.

For there to be a change in the law allowing the blocking of mobile phone signals two problems need to be overcome.

Firstly, this would need to be in conjunction with a law that required the premises to have a publicly accessable phone (to contact the emergency servies in an emergency) or panic button.

The second problem concerns various professionals who are "on-call", who carry mobiles and/or pagers so that they may be summoned if required. They need to be able to receive signals (set to vibrate).

I don't think we are likely to see the law changed anytime soon, regardless of what Tony thinks.