Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 2nd Dec 2011 12:12 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption If you're modest, think twice before having sex in your van, truck, or RV. Law enforcement uses roving vans with backscatter X-ray technology to peer inside vehicles (the same technology used in airport body scanners). In the Land of the Free, authorities don't request search warrants. More at Forbes here and here. What, you don't want an X-ray bath?
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RE: market gap
by Doc Pain on Fri 2nd Dec 2011 17:16 UTC in reply to "market gap"
Doc Pain
Member since:
2006-10-08

I really hope this technology comes to Germany quite soon. You know, "we" Germans are always quick foxes when it's about adopting US habits, especially things claimed to be for our own security, for democracy, free market, freedom 'n stuff, and it's a nice opportunity to spend tax payers' money. :-)

Still I see a positive aspect in this technology: The x-ray vans could be employed by the police to check payload securing of trucks, maybe it's easier this way than taking a truck off the road in order to inspect it. In this regards, they couldn't just draw few samples, they could... draw some more samples!

Improper payload securing has been a main reason for car accidents for many years now. Instead of polluting innocent people with x-ray, why not use that technology for something reasonable?

Conforming to your market gap idea, also the car, van and truck manufacturers would profit, as they will be required to sell more powerful vehicles in order to carry the heavy lead panels.

Hooray for Doctor Wilhelm Röntgen, inventor of x-rays, saviour of the free market! :-)

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RE[2]: market gap
by Soulbender on Sat 3rd Dec 2011 01:52 in reply to "RE: market gap"
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2005-08-18

The x-ray vans could be employed by the police to check payload securing of trucks


Yeah, good luck with this being used for an actually useful purpose. If it doesnt stop the terrorist or save the little children...fat chance.

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RE[2]: market gap
by blitze on Sat 3rd Dec 2011 08:15 in reply to "RE: market gap"
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2006-09-15

Good luck with that, if the EU has banned the use of the tech due to health concerns, you know like irradiating people, then no way will Germany be jumping on the tech.

Sometimes the EU ain't as bad as the brit press makes out but then there is the part where the US pushed a lot of dodgy investment stock onto them and the rest is history. We'll see if the EU becomes that soon.

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RE[3]: market gap
by Doc Pain on Sat 3rd Dec 2011 16:30 in reply to "RE[2]: market gap"
Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

Good luck with that, if the EU has banned the use of the tech due to health concerns, you know like irradiating people, then no way will Germany be jumping on the tech.


Just because something is prohibited, it doesn't imply that it won't be done. It's done secretly, and when it accidentally becomes public, there's lots of "ah!" and "oh noes!" and "oh god!" and "how coult it", then someone gets fired, and the next story enters the stage (e. g. attack dogs, cold winter, youth poverty or plagiarism). Meanwhile, the next "banned" technology will be instantiated, justified by "it fights terrorists", or particularly for Germany, "it reduces unemployment", "it saves nature" or "it benefits freedom and democracy". In the end, nobody cares.

You can find many examples of "banned" things that have been done in german history. And if you closely look at today, you'll find many more.

As I said, nobody knows, nobody cares.

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