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posted by martyb on Sunday December 06 2015, @07:31PM   Printer-friendly
from the goose-and-gander dept.

If you have an IP-enabled security camera, you can download some free, open-source software from GitHub and boom—you have a fully functional automated license plate reader, reports ArsTechnica .

Matt Hill, OpenALPR's founder, told Ars technica "I'm a big privacy advocate... now you've got LPR just in the hands of the government, which isn't a good thing."

Will "they" like it when "we" have a crowdsourced database of where and when congressmen, judges and cops go throughout their work day?

Does this level the playing field? Open yet another can of worms? Both?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 07 2015, @03:26AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 07 2015, @03:26AM (#272722)

    > the issue is whether the government is or is not bound by the Constitution.

    Such absolutism. Seems like that sort of attitude has been in the news a lot recently.

    In case you haven't noticed, the constitution has been interpreted and reinterpreted ever since it was first ratified. That's human nature - no document is sufficiently complete to cover all real-world cases, otherwise the document would be of infinite length. So, the "fuck with that document" train left the station a long time ago and really, anyone who thought it wouldn't was delusional.

  • (Score: 2) by Anal Pumpernickel on Monday December 07 2015, @03:36AM

    by Anal Pumpernickel (776) on Monday December 07 2015, @03:36AM (#272726)

    The constitution is not an unchanging document; that's why it can be amended. If the government wants powers the constitution did not grant it, it needs to write a constitutional amendment. A government that violates the highest law of the land is not legitimate; it's more akin to a group of thugs that uses force to get its way.

    So no, we don't need to cover all real-world cases, because the document can be amended. There is some ambiguity that gives us some wiggle room, but the government has gone far beyond that in many instances and is simply violating the constitution with impunity.

  • (Score: 2) by hemocyanin on Monday December 07 2015, @05:00AM

    by hemocyanin (186) on Monday December 07 2015, @05:00AM (#272748) Journal

    I agree that the train of constitution fuckers left the station years ago and its riders are presently so high on coke and v.iagra that the future of America as constitutional republic is basically hopeless -- especially so when the people the constitution is designed to protect are so willing to roll over and take it up the butt sans lube.