Google Glass user detained by swarm of feds at an AMC theater at Easton

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    Jan 23, 2014 2:28 PM GMT
    http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/22/glass-user-hassled-by-the-feds-speaks
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    Jan 23, 2014 3:39 PM GMT
    This Glass business is so dumb. Most of the reason why people are up in arms about it is because of it's discrete picture and video taking capabilities. Even if you aren't using it for those purposes, whenever people see it, they could assume that you are and will treat you as such. So if you're watching a movie with them on then you should expect that someone will assume you're pirating it.

    As for needing the feds for this, that's almost just as dumb.
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    Jan 23, 2014 4:42 PM GMT
    Excessive...

    This is a bit all too convenient. Call me a conspiracy nut, but it seems this is a bit staged. Maybe the whole thing was a setup, maybe the Feds capitalized on the situation. It just seems like a statement is being made before Glass proliferates. Obviously, they cannot stop the tech from being out there so they have made a grand stand to show they are serious about stopping misuse. It's just that on the scale this product will be available and used, there is no way they can truly police everyone. Put some fear into the mass on the front end to curb some of the potential misuse down the line.
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    Jan 23, 2014 7:41 PM GMT
    I saw the headline. Why were the feds involved instead of the local police?
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    Jan 23, 2014 7:52 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidI saw the headline. Why were the feds involved instead of the local police?


    I don't understand why they would do that and I had no idea that they DHS at the ready like that. But Easton Town Center is a high profile huge outdoor mall here in NE Columbus so I imagine that they face threats from time to time.

    http://www.eastontowncenter.com/

    With over 20,000,000 visitors per year and 30,000 employees, I imagines that there's a bunch of 'stuff' going on that we don't know about.

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    Jan 23, 2014 7:55 PM GMT
    Well you do see that FBI warning on dvds about copying so maybe the local FBI office told the theater to notify them if they ever saw anyone using a video camera in the theater.
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    Jan 23, 2014 8:21 PM GMT
    Because the MPAA is working hard to stamp out domestic terrorism.
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    Jan 24, 2014 12:11 AM GMT
    They gave him two movie passes? WTF? What I want to see is the story of the mega-lawsuit for unlawful detainment.
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    Jan 24, 2014 12:18 AM GMT
    smudgetool saidThey gave him two movie passes? WTF? What I want to see is the story of the mega-lawsuit for unlawful detainment.

    It was four passes, which at today's prices (Bill's actually been to that theater!) might be significant..... But an interesting question is how uninformed the government agents are about available technology.
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    Jan 24, 2014 1:14 AM GMT
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    smudgetool saidThey gave him two movie passes? WTF? What I want to see is the story of the mega-lawsuit for unlawful detainment.

    It was four passes, which at today's prices (Bill's actually been to that theater!) might be significant..... But an interesting question is how uninformed the government agents are about available technology.


    Woops. Looks like a media discrepancy (not surprising). This link was originally posted as, "yesterday," 1/22/14" (that mentions being offered four passes), while the article I originally read was from 1/21/14:

    http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/01/homeland-security-special-agents-hold-up-a-google-glass-moviegoer/#p3, (which mentions two passes).

    Regardless, to even call four movie tickets "significant" towards the value of violating civil rights is just absurd. Unlawful detainment awards are "significant," not movie passes.
  • FRE0

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    Jan 24, 2014 1:23 AM GMT
    It was an extreme over-reaction. Obviously there concerns could have been very quickly resolved if they has simply connected the device to a PC as they finally did.

    This sort of thing adds to my paranoia about surveillance.
  • Apparition

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    Jan 24, 2014 3:16 AM GMT
    hmm...so if play my legal movies to a gov surveillance camera...can I get them arrested?