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New Taser Gun Draws Suspicion August 16, 2007

Posted by Tony S in Security, World.
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Ever since it was introduced in 1994, Taser guns have became a popular method of self protection that is widely available to civilians everywhere. However, the newly released C2 Version of the Taser gun, numerous changes have taken place such as becoming smaller, less conspicuous, and yet still packs a powerful punch. Although no bigger than a handheld razor, this piece of equipment can send out a 50,000 volt jolt, causing a victim to be momentarily incapacitated, even paralyzed, by it.

This new gun is raising concerns because of its wide availability, as well as its potential for criminal abuse. When technology falls in the wrong hands, we all know that bad things will happen. Therefore, the company has taken protective procedures to ensure some level of safety. First of all, buyers must first go through an intensive background check to make sure they’re not a criminal. Afterwards, they receive a special 5 digit code which they need to fire the weapon with. Furthermore, the company made the civilian version of the C2 Taser a short distance weapon; it can only fire up to 4.5 meters. That way, there will be no need to worry about criminals running around shocking innocent bystanders, or sniping somebody far away. This takes the potential lethality of the weapon out of its reach, rendering it just a safe alternative for self protection. I think that this is good that these government officials have put together a pretty good plan in order to make self-protection really self-protection and not giving weapons to criminals

Via [Reuters]

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Want to play your PS3 in a sauna? August 15, 2007

Posted by Ratish in Games, Security.
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Some recently conducted “extreme tests” have come to prove that in the battle of the consoles, Sony wins the Strength & Endurance award. Well looking at all the problems coming up in Microsoft’s Xbox 360, you can’t be surprised that some one else took the crown.

Sony’s Dave Karraker is wooing the company’s official blog post called “How to Kill a PS3” which clearly gives Sony a boost. The tests included playing a blu-ray disc games & movies for 108 hours without damaging the console. Not only that but they made it Antarctica-friendly by proving putting it in a freezer and lowering the temperature from a cool 50 degrees to a below-freezing, zero! I’m not so sure that any of the scientists there really care about a game, or maybe they can make a game all about penguins. Who knows?

Not to leave the Saharans out, tests were also conducted in a sauna where the temperature rose from 100 to 120 degrees over a period of 3 days. Unsurprisingly, the console was hot but it worked fine.

“A lot of noise has been made recently about the reliability issues of one of our competitor’s systems,” Karraker said, then went on to kick some sand in Redmond’s eye by adding “Did it fail? Nope.

Via [PS3Vault]

People-Trackers in China August 13, 2007

Posted by Tony S in Security, World.
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Surveillance Camera Mounted on Building

Beginning this month, people in Shen Zhen will have to carry “resident cards” around for security purposes. These resident cards can identify information about each individual and report that information to police headquarters. Furthermore, over 20,000 police surveillance cameras were deployed in public areas recently, to track criminal activity and identify criminals in the large crowds of Shen Zhen, city of over 12.7 million people.

Citizens carrying the resident cards would be identified by their saved information on the embedded computer chips inside the cards. The personal information about them include their address, work history, educational background, religion, ethnicity, and even their reproductive history (in an attempt to enforce China’s “one child” policy to reduce its overpopulation problem).

Surveillance cameras were also recently implemented, in public areas, for security reasons. With these cameras, the Chinese government hopes to reduce the crime rate in these crowded cities, ensuring a better future for China. Although the idea of using security cameras to catch criminals has been tried before in other countries, China is one of the first to arrange such massive, large-scale plans. Shen Zhen already has over 180,000 closed-circuit cameras in operation both indoors and outdoors, and each new day brings forth more cameras, set up in all places imaginable; from street corners to lamp posts, from billboards to taxi-tops. In short, the city of Shen Zhen is one of the first cities that China is working on; a demonstration to the world of what technology can help with in the community.

With resident cards and surveillance cameras in operation in the city of Shen Zhen, China, the Chinese government is hoping to use this as an example to show other countries that technology can aid in catching criminals, and other security issues that plague the world today. May this serve as a reminder that our technology is the key that can potentially turn the lock and rid us of tomorrow’s problems. Comments would be appreciated; please take time to discuss your views on this article, thanks!

Via [NY Times]