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posted by takyon on Saturday May 16 2015, @05:12AM   Printer-friendly
from the MichaelDavidCrawfordNews dept.

Claiming it's because there's no poles to mount them on, the City of Paradise Valley, Arizona began installing license plate readers inside towering, fake cacti:

LPRs are normally mounted on light poles and traffic lights to scan for stolen cars or vehicles involved in an Amber Alert, but cities and counties have been stashing them in dozens of different covert locations, from car's fog lamps to retrofitted ladders. And in Arizona, it's not uncommon to see antennas camouflaged as a cactus, so the decision – at least from an aesthetic point-of-view – makes sense.

[...] [Town manager Kevin] Burke said the cameras are not being put in fake cactus to be secretive, but because there are no light poles in the area to put them on. He says they're trying to make the cameras aesthetically pleasing. It's all part of a $2 million police technology upgrade the council passed last year.

Is it safe to say the cameras are operated by a bunch of pricks?

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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Phoenix666 on Saturday May 16 2015, @01:43PM

    by Phoenix666 (552) on Saturday May 16 2015, @01:43PM (#183753) Journal

    I've been using Waze to commute from Brooklyn to Long Island lately and it's a pretty good app and use of crowdsourcing. It even tells me when there are potholes, red light cameras, cars left on the shoulder, and cops. If license plate scanners are included then you could set your EMP gun to nerf the scanner before it scans you.

    Ever since the flashmob phenomenon arrived on the scene a decade and a half ago I've thought that crowdsourcing technology was going to play a significant role in the next revolution.

    Washington DC delenda est.
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 16 2015, @11:58PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 16 2015, @11:58PM (#183871)

    Modern civilization is too comfortable for revolution. As long as there is a middle class, that will remain true.

    Unless living standards fail the flashmob is for doing the Thriller dance.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 17 2015, @06:32PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 17 2015, @06:32PM (#184131)

      As long as there is a middle class, that will remain true.

      There hasn't been a middle class for a while, and a large portion of the former-middle class are still supporting the policies that dismantled it in the first place, dreaming that one day maybe they'll be part of the 1% (and somehow missing that the policies they support are the reason they never will be).