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The Graffiti Code Breaker |
"To keep tabs on new members looking to make a name for themselves, officers can manually annotate images in GARI to document taggers’ names. From there, linking real names to aliases and seeing where else the names show up can indicate where particular gang members operate or live."
graffiti  crime  police  technology  gps 
january 2018 by kevan
Secret Cameras Record Baltimore’s Every Move From Above
"Individual recognition, however, wasn’t the point; any dot could be followed backward or forward in time, which opened up all sorts of investigative possibilities."
surveillance  police  air  secrets  time 
october 2017 by kevan
Drone wars: new UAV interceptor billed as net-firing solution to rogue flying | Technology | The Guardian
"Michigan Technological University’s latest drone-catcher system deploys an octacopter armed with a gun that fires out a net to entrap and carry off rogue unmanned aerial vehicles flying where they shouldn’t be."
drones  police  weapons 
january 2016 by kevan
London Police ‘Super Recognizer’ Walks Beat With a Facebook of the Mind - The New York Times
"Facial recognition software managed to identify one suspect of the 4,000 captured by security cameras during the London riots. Constable Collins identified 180."
faces  memory  surveillance  police 
october 2015 by kevan
FBI offers rewards to stop laser attacks on airplanes - CBS News
"Aiming a laser at an aircraft is a federal crime. Since the FBI began tracking laser strikes in 2005, there has been a more than 1,100 percent increase in the deliberate targeting of aircraft by people with handheld lasers."
light  crime  transport  police 
october 2014 by kevan
California police use of body cameras cuts violence and complaints | World news | The Guardian
"[...] after cameras were introduced in February 2012, public complaints against officers plunged 88% compared with the previous 12 months. Officers' use of force fell by 60%."
surveillance  police  technology 
november 2013 by kevan
ReadWrite – Augmented Reality Game Gets Player Busted: The First Of Many?
From the original thread: "Apparently sitting near a police station for about 5 minutes with a GPS view of the surrounding area with little blue blips on the screen is a red flag."
games  gps  illusions  police 
january 2013 by kevan
BBC News - Macy's parade: 'Shredded police papers in confetti'
"[The documents] included sensitive data such as social security numbers and banking information for police employees. They were shredded horizontally, not vertically, leaving text visible."
paper  police  secrets 
november 2012 by kevan
Drunken Bohemian Rhapsody rendition may offer fame, but no fortune - The Globe and Mail
"On the ride back to the police station, Wilkinson decided to belt out a manic but lyrically faithful rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody. [...] Content ID caught a 'melody match,' and notified EMI, the music company that owns the rights to Bohemian Rhapsody."
music  sound  technology  law  police 
may 2012 by kevan
BBC News - Sonic device deployed in London during Olympics
"The American-made Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) can be used to send verbal warnings over a long distance or emit a beam of pain-inducing tones."
sound  london  police  technology  weapons 
may 2012 by kevan - Militarizing Your Backyard with Python: Computer Vision and the Squirrel Hordes
Firing computer-controlled water at squirrels. "By the end, they don't care. [...] They'll just sit there eating, getting spritzed. I thought for sure this would be the solution."
mammals  water  surveillance  police 
march 2012 by kevan
Fearsquare - How dangerous are your check-ins?
"The FearSquare application takes a list of your ten most recent FourSquare check-ins and cross-references these with the UK Police Crime Statistics database."
crime  maps  hacking  police 
april 2011 by kevan
You are listening to Los Angeles
Playing LAPD police radio over random ambient music from SoundCloud.
music  police  radio  sound  emergence  via:waxy 
march 2011 by kevan
What's going on? - Google Maps
Live, timestamped Google map of police units around today's protests in central London. "Parliament Square party! Flares and fireworks. The party is so good, no one wants to leave! Not that they could..."
police  maps  london  via:bengoldacre 
december 2010 by kevan
A kettling-based puzzle game from Increpare. "Looks like you'll be late for class, eh?"
games  police  via:zarba 
december 2010 by kevan : Police must not hide
"Let's find every public picture where an officer has hidden their shoulder numbers, and tag it with #policehide. If we act together, and put together a decent list of occurrences, we can then look at how best to submit a mass complaint about the officers involved."
police  photos  surveillance  via:amuchmoreexotic 
april 2009 by kevan
Flash mob mimics T Mobile advert - and closes train station - Telegraph
"We had to close the station because it was completely overcrowded. There were around 12,000 people here. [...] We had to make a couple of arrests for public order offences, but on the whole it was a peaceful and fun event." How long before a cult leader with a megaphone successfully hijacks one of these?
police  music  crowds 
february 2009 by kevan
Iceland police shoot second Greenland polar bear | The Daily Telegraph
"It is believed the bear travelled several hundred kilometres from Greenland atop an ice floe, probably landing near the town of Saudarkrokur, on the Skaga fjord, where it was seen and killed."
mammals  iceland  police  death  ice 
june 2008 by kevan
Cambridgeshire Constabulary - News Items
"A compilation of 'non' 999 calls is being made available for the public to listen to in an effort to curb the number of nuisance calls the police receive."
phones  police  delusions  via:tim 
december 2007 by kevan
The Visible Man: An FBI Target Puts His Whole Life Online
"Elahi's site is the perfect alibi. Or an audacious art project. Or both. The Bangladeshi-born American says the US government mistakenly listed him on its terrorist watch list - and once you're on, it's hard to get off."
surveillance  technology  gps  terrorism  police  photos  via:collision 
october 2007 by kevan
Tens of thousands of CCTV cameras, yet 80% of crime unsolved | News | This is London
"A report by the criminal justice charity Nacro in 2002 concluded that the money spent on cameras would be better used on street lighting, which has been shown to cut crime by up to 20 per cent."
surveillance  crime  police  light  london  via:zarba 
september 2007 by kevan
Crackdown (Xbox 360)
A fun, cartoonish sandbox game, with a nice parkour feel plus the mission freedom of Mercenaries ("kill this one person over here, by whatever means"), although the near-future environment is very thinly painted, and the characters entirely forgettable.
gamelog  4stars  police  crime  weapons  transport  cities 
september 2007 by kevan
Casablanca (1942)
Hadn't seen this before. Good, sharp, non-stop, dialogue-driven stuff, everything in the foreground, with a great, clipped subtlety to all of the characters.
filmlog  5stars  war  love  secrets  depression  police  crime  paris 
september 2007 by kevan
The Taking Of Pelham 123 (1974)
The hidden information of hostage negotiation, between four over-confident criminals and the entire, swearing infrastructure of New York.
filmlog  4stars  transport  crime  police  politics 
august 2007 by kevan
Police to use helmet cams to record public order incidents | Guardian Unlimited Politics
"The footage can be played back on a four-inch (10cm) screen attached to the officer's belt. [...] Officers are to wear a sign and to announce: 'I am video recording you.'"
police  surveillance  technology  clothes  signs 
july 2007 by kevan
More police to patrol on full moons | Telegraph
"Inspector Andy Parr, of Sussex Police, made the connection while analysing crime statistics for the Brighton and Hove area’s 'night-time economy'."
police  psychology  brains  brighton  space  via:rodcorp 
june 2007 by kevan
Last Tango in Aberystwyth - Malcolm Pryce
Good, deadpan, Welsh-seaside noir parody, with nuggets of well-written genre in there. The silliness has a better edge of coherency to it, this time, but the plot's a sprawling mess of afterthoughts and needless cameos.
booklog  mysteries  death  secrets  police  tourism 
may 2007 by kevan
Memories Of Murder (2003)
South Korean police procedural - an idealistic by-the-book city cop being stationed among cynical provincial detectives, their beaten confessions involving a lot of flying kicks. A slow film with some weird dead-end tangents, but nice aesthetics.
filmlog  3stars  police  death  mysteries  lies  cheating  crime 
april 2007 by kevan
Hot Fuzz (2007)
Good double-parody of complex-motive ITV village-detective mundanity and exploding American cop films. Missing references makes some scenes oddly pointless, and the gore doesn't fit either genre, but Pegg and Frost carry it engagingly for two hours.
filmlog  4stars  police  death  mysteries  comedy 
march 2007 by kevan
District 13 (2006)
Five or ten brief minutes of good parkour, and an hour of nonsensical bomb-defusing videogame plot, including arbitrary end boss. Expected parkour to be more interestingly filmable on a big multi-camera budget; either it isn't, or they just didn't bother.
filmlog  1star  paris  police  parkour  architecture  society 
march 2007 by kevan
Guys And Dolls (1955)
How man's perceived free will is really just subservience to women, to small-time gangsters who talk without using contractions, and to die rolls.
filmlog  3stars  music  crime  dice  love  money  police  lies  religion 
february 2007 by kevan
Notorious (1946)
The perils of office romances in the intelligence industry, a powerfully slow death and some fun heavy-handed this-is-important zooms of things containing other things.
filmlog  4stars  surveillance  secrets  love  poison  police 
january 2007 by kevan
Full Alert (1997)
A heist, some generic police chases, and some shootouts, with a bit of genuinely affecting guilt and responsibility, but not much.
filmlog  1star  police  crime  death  via:matthew 
january 2007 by kevan
The Long Goodbye (1973)
Pillar-to-post detective work, the sliders for both "decade" and "mood" set at proportional values between Bogart and The Big Lebowski, although Gould has some nice touches of timelessness.
filmlog  2stars  mysteries  crime  money  lies  death  police 
january 2007 by kevan
Judge Dredd: Dredd vs Death (PS2)
A decent enough casual shooter, capturing the mood and style of the comics pretty well - it's good to hear all the fictional swearwords. Dredd's variable-ammo Lawgiver is fun for pre-dating FPSs but suiting them perfectly.
gamelog  3stars  police  future  comics  death  zombies 
december 2006 by kevan
Orchid Fever - Eric Hansen
Scattered interviews on the trail of collectors, judges, and smugglers. Some good historical angles, but the smuggling issue is laughably one-sided, CETIS never being interviewed, and Kew Gardens built up as a den of tea-drinking British supervillains.
booklog  plants  law  crime  police  mutation 
november 2006 by kevan
How to Steal a Million (1966)
A light and pointlessly elaborate art-forgery heist, pulled off by a reluctant but obligingly over-prepared Peter O'Toole.
filmlog  3stars  art  crime  money  cheating  police  france 
november 2006 by kevan
Girl Shy (1924)
A brilliantly inventive and endless car-stealing, horse-stealing chase scene, towards the end of this. I want to play a silent-film Grand Theft Auto.
filmlog  4stars  depression  love  language  police  transport  via:raven 
october 2006 by kevan
Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance - Matthew Kneale
Short stories pivoting around tiny, bad decisions. Unsurprising twists and something of an air of stapled-together leftovers that Kneale had knocking around, but the writing's good, the viewpoint omnisciently unjudgemental.
booklog  crime  secrets  lies  coincidences  drugs  medicine  police  writing  pestilence  terrorism 
october 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Mark Thomas on demonstrating near the Houses of Parliament
"Permission is given, and this Monday I set off with the aim of doing 21 demonstrations in the Socpa zone in five hours and 15 minutes. Each demonstration would be 10 minutes long, with five minutes travelling time between them."
london  politics  police 
october 2006 by kevan
Children of Men (2006)
Life costed in deaths. Another grimly picaresque pre-post-apocalypse, starting out from a magnificent near-future London (which I didn't even realise the film was set in, from the posters), spoiled by disappointingly generic-sci-fi advertising hoardings.
filmlog  4stars  apocalypse  children  london  dereliction  police  death  secrets 
october 2006 by kevan
The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare - G.K. Chesterton
Barrelling metaphysical identity thriller, each chase and character being spun out expertly, despite the inevitability of everything.
booklog  secrets  police  illusions  delusions 
september 2006 by kevan
Infernal Affairs (2004)
Brilliantly geometric undercover police drama, with the interlocking symmetry of 'good' and 'evil' having a few very, very critical gaps.
filmlog  4stars  police  crime  secrets 
august 2006 by kevan
My Favorite Brunette (1947)
Another accidentally-public-domain film, from a job lot of fifty mostly unwatchable ones. Bob Hope in a thin detective parody, with a few good scenes. Surprisingly little fourth-wall breaking, except for the brilliantly absurd ending.
filmlog  2stars  mysteries  crime  police  photos  secrets  delusions  comedy 
august 2006 by kevan
Participants in London watergun 'assassination' game could face arrest
"Participants in a citywide watergun game could face criminal charges from law enforcement patrolling London's subway stations, police said Monday."
police  weapons  games  terrorism  water  illusions 
august 2006 by kevan - Street gangs get Web-savvy
"Chicago police recently arrested a teenager accused of spraying his gang nickname on a church by tracing the moniker to his account. His online profile included his address, photo and real name."
web  crime  police  surveillance  graffiti  weblogs  via:wmmna 
july 2006 by kevan
Buffet Froid (1979)
Entertainingly casual deflation of the murder mystery, every guilty character confessing immediately and nobody really caring.
filmlog  3stars  death  mysteries  france  police  memory 
july 2006 by kevan
The Big Sleep (1946)
Slow, heavy film-noir cogs, Bogart having a magnificently tired invulnerability as he collects people's guns and hides listlessly behind things.
filmlog  4stars  crime  police  mysteries  death  money 
june 2006 by kevan
I Heart Huckabees (2004)
Some shallow, annoying characters assume a few arbitrary existential viewpoints, for trivial and unrewarding reasons, while any interesting holistic detective work is lost in the background. A very dull waste of an unoriginal premise.
filmlog  1star  philosophy  police  psychology  business  secrets  coincidences 
june 2006 by kevan
Scrolling football-score display of pages being deleted from Wikipedia in real time.
wikis  police  via:lmg 
june 2006 by kevan
The Transporter (2003)
Like watching someone else playing a fun but linear driving-and-shooting video game. And apparently skipping through a lot of cutscenes.
filmlog  1star  transport  crime  police  france 
may 2006 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Technology | Fingerprints hide lifestyle clues
"Dr Jickells said that adults, children and the elderly lay down different sorts of organic compounds in the prints. Furthermore, drug users typically excrete the metabolised products of the chemical they use."
hands  surveillance  secrets  science  drugs  police 
april 2006 by kevan
Crash (2004)
Entertainingly complex jigsaw of racism and racist stereotyping, almost every character giving as much as they get. Ultimately a bit arbitrary and empty, that connecting every character doesn't mean you automatically get points, but nicely built.
filmlog  3stars  society  coincidences  transport  weapons  crime  police 
march 2006 by kevan - Does Cleveland Police Logo Contain Image Of Pig?
"WEWS spoke with some Cleveland police officers, none of whom were bothered by the logo or the claims."
police  pigs  design  coincidences  via:arbroath 
march 2006 by kevan - Does Cleveland Police Logo Contain Image Of Pig?
"WEWS spoke with some Cleveland police officers, none of whom were bothered by the logo or the claims."
police  pigs  design  coincidences  via:arbroath 
march 2006 by kevan
Yahoo! News - Beijingers Being Taught to Mind Manners
"Zhang said her office has organized a small army of volunteers who are hitting Beijing's streets to hand out 'spit bags,' wearing bright orange uniforms with the Chinese character for 'mucus' emblazoned in yellow on the back."
china  police 
march 2006 by kevan
BBC NEWS | England | Norfolk | Victim's concern over 'odd e-fit'
"A crime victim has criticised a police e-fit of a suspect saying although the thief had an unusual appearance he 'didn't look that odd'."
police  faces  technology  crime  via:mcios 
february 2006 by kevan
Into The Mirror (2003)
Supernatural Korean police-procedural, doing a lot of good, subtle things with mirrors, and the patterns-of-repetition context taking the edge off of the character-flashback clichés.
filmlog  3stars  mirrors  police  death  shops 
january 2006 by kevan
Magnolia (2000)
"No, it is not dangerous to confuse children with angels." Parallels and coincidences played out across a huge and slow-arcing three hours, threatening to tie it all together but not quite bothering, in the end. Very strong characters, though.
filmlog  3stars  death  children  police  drugs  secrets  frogs  coincidences 
november 2005 by kevan
Express & Star - Speeders to be handed chocolates
"It may seem unusual to hand out chocolate and balloons instead of fixed penalty tickets but this is more an educational and awareness exercise."
transport  police  food  crime  toys  via:arbroath 
october 2005 by kevan
ITN - Police foil rumble on the net
"Pupils from rival schools used the internet to stage a mass brawl but were stopped from coming to blows when police were tipped off. Teenagers [...] used the Microsoft MSN Messenger service to arrange a large scale fight in a park in Merseyside."
children  war  police  web 
october 2005 by kevan
New Scientist - Television shows scramble forensic evidence
Criminals learning from CSI. "Police in Manchester in the UK say that car thieves there have started to dump cigarette butts from bins in stolen cars before they abandon them. 'Suddenly the police have 20 potential people in the car.'"
police  science  crime  television  cigarettes 
september 2005 by kevan
Gamecloud - Playing As The Bad Guy
"As a designer, the best thing I can do when I allow the user to indulge in that fantasy is to show that there are ramifications for those actions. In GTA the more police you attack the harder the game gets, ultimately resulting in capture or death."
games  design  crime  police 
august 2005 by kevan
Reduce the Terror Threat with a See-Thru Bag from Freedom
"The message we give is that 'I'm prepared to let others know I'm not a threat, how about you!'" Brilliantly avoiding any direct mention of police marksmen.
terrorism  tube  police  via:qwghlm 
august 2005 by kevan
Blackmail (1929)
Hadn't realised that Britain's first talkie was one of Hitchcock's. Strange buildup from initial silence-and-soundtrack into full, proper speech - the studio only decided to make it a talkie halfway through, but it comes across as clever self-reference.
filmlog  3stars  death  crime  police  secrets 
august 2005 by kevan
Telegraph | Law to ban war protester 'does not apply to him'
"[New laws] make it an offence to demonstrate in a designated area if, 'when the demonstration starts', the police have not give authorisation. Mr Haw argued that the law did not apply to him because it was not in force when his demonstration started."
police  law  nomic  via:qwghlm 
july 2005 by kevan
Gattaca (1998)
Odd; I was expecting this to be a ludicrous far-future nonsense, but for the most part it's a near-focus logical-conclusion thing, a look at employment and police work in a society where DNA can be easily and cheaply scanned, against a national database.
filmlog  4stars  genetics  science  technology  police  secrets 
july 2005 by kevan
Kevin Kelly - Cool Tools - Bugzooka
A suction-based, humane spider-catcher. "Just cock the bellows on your hip, point the extendable end to within an inch or two of the offending insect, thumb the trigger, and FWOOP!, insect magically gone."
insects  spiders  technology  police  via:yoz 
july 2005 by kevan
New Scientist - Details of US microwave-weapon tests revealed
"People playing rioters put up their hands when hit and were given a 15-second cooling-down period before being targeted again. One person suffered a burn in a previous test when the beam was accidentally used on the wrong power setting."
weapons  police  fire  technology 
july 2005 by kevan
New York Daily News - Victim's E-journal led to slay suspect
"Cops zeroed in on Lin [...] because Ng typed a journal entry into his computer fingering his sister's ex-boyfriend as the suspect, police said. 'He wrote that he was wondering why Lin was there and wished he would leave.'"
death  weblogs  crime  police  via:quin 
may 2005 by kevan
Ananova - Driver fined for 'having a face like a moron'
"A Romanian traffic cop has been demoted after he fined a driver for 'having a face like a moron and being a big monkey'." In a built up area.
police  lunacy  monkeys 
may 2005 by kevan - Police Use Parking Scooter To Scan For Stolen Cars
Giving traffic wardens GPS/OCR superpowers, deservedly; was saying the other day that they must be moving more and more towards free-roaming high-tech low-skill mobs. "At 15mph, officers can now scan about 1,000 cars an hour."
traffic  police  technology  surveillance  transport  via:wmmna 
april 2005 by kevan
Science News Online: Cops with Six Legs
"Punishment among insects is meted out by ordinary workers - and sometimes the queen herself - says Wenseleers, who has watched dozens of hours of black-and-white videos from infrared security cameras that he's trained on nests of tree wasps."
bees  wasps  ants  surveillance  crime  police 
march 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Asbo bars suicidal woman from rivers
"The magistrates issued an Asbo preventing her from "going into rivers, canals or any open water in England and Wales", venturing on to railway lines or loitering on bridges."
law  death  police  depression 
february 2005 by kevan
The Chiswick: Brakes Put On Criminal Cyclist
"A man who terrorised Chiswick has been banned from riding a bicycle anywhere within the boundaries of the M25 after receiving an Asbo."
transport  crime  police  london 
february 2005 by kevan News - 'Farce' Claim over Driver with Apple Case
House of Lords discuss the helicopter pursuit of a woman eating an apple. "Lord Ferrers said: 'I invariably eat a sandwich in a car on my way to this House in order to keep myself awake and avoid an accident.'"
food  transport  police 
february 2005 by kevan
Seattle Times: Hypnotism in Russia a street-crime weapon?
"Olga broke into hysterical sobs and phoned a friend, who persuaded her to go to the police. There, detectives nodded knowingly. "Gypsy hypnosis," they said."
psychology  illusions  crime  police  chess  eyes 
february 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Vampire takes a bite out of Brum
You've got red on you: "According to the rumours, he bit a man walking along the street, then pounced on neighbours who came to his aid." ("Police think he is probably nothing more than a bogeyman.")
mysteries  zombies  police  monsters 
january 2005 by kevan
Cumbria Online - Lollies May Be Used To Shut Up Revellers
"The simple measure is seen as one of the best steps to reduce noise problems and anti-social behaviour under new licensing rules being drawn up by local councils."
food  police 
november 2004 by kevan
Manchester Online: The Terror of Text
Violent crime is up 8% in the last six months, but "a large part of the increase is due to the fact that the Home Office now classifies harassment by text or e-mail as a violent crime".
email  law  phones  police  weapons 
november 2004 by kevan
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