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  • ‘We’re going to have more visibility and less privacy’: Mayor Bloomberg admits soon NYPD surveillance cameras will be on nearly every corner and in the air

    Big Brother is watching. Now get used to it!

    Envisioning a future where privacy is a thing of the past, Mayor Bloomberg said Friday it will soon be impossible to escape the watchful eyes of surveillance cameras and even drones in the city.

    He acknowledged privacy concerns, but said “you can’t keep the tides from coming in.”

    “You wait, in five years, the technology is getting better, they’ll be cameras everyplace . . . whether you like it or not,” Bloomberg said.

    The security measures have drawn scorn from some civil libertarians — but Bloomberg scoffed at privacy concerns on his Friday morning program on WOR-AM.

    “The argument against using automation is just this craziness that ‘Oh, it’s Big Brother,’” Bloomberg said. “Get used to it!”

    The New York Civil Liberties Union has documented nearly 2,400 surveillance cameras fixed on public spaces in Manhattan alone. Many are operated by the police, others by poroperty owners.

    In Lower Manhattan, an initiative developed after 9/11 known as the “Ring of Steel” integrates the NYPD’s cameras with those of banks and other institutions.

    But in the future, the cameras won’t just be planted on buildings and utility poles. Some of them will be able to fly, the mayor pointed out.

    “It’s scary,” Bloomberg said. “But what’s the difference whether the drone is up in the air or on the building? I mean intellectually I have trouble making a distinction. And you know you’re gonna have face recognition software. People are working on that.”

    Bloomberg warned that drones would be able to peep into private residences – but that Peeping Tom legislation could help maintain some privacy.

    Full article: http://www.nydailyne … ty-article-1.1296103

  • Electronic Games, January 1984

    Electronic Games, January 1984 – #VideoGames #arcade #ComputerGames #1980s #80s #1984 #Atari #Commodore #Apple


    Electronic Games is the granddaddy of all video games magazines. While it was only around a couple of years, it had a huge influence. The January 1984 issue includes:

    • Switch On!
    • Hotline
    • Meet Pac-Man’s Video Godfather
    • Readers Replay
    • The Ultimate Gaming Gift – Read about the most exquisite game station ever built.
    • Games On Disc – The dragon’s out of its lair and brought some friends along.
    • EG Goes Continental – Think only Americans read EG, huh? Think again.
    • Computer Gaming Section
      • Software Showcase
      • Articles of War
      • Passport to Adventure
      • Think Tank
      • Electronic Pressbook
    • The 1984 Arcade Awards – The best videogames, computer games, coin-ops, and stand-alones of 1983!
    • The Players Guide To Atari Computer Software – From action to strategy games, Atari owners have the pick of the lot.
    • Kideo: Games for the Younger Set – The second of a three-part series on gaming for tots.
    • New Products
    • In Control
    • Inside Gaming
    • Programmable Parade
    • Insert Coin Here
    • Strategy Session
    • Q & A
    • Games Library
    • Stand-Alone Scene
    • Reader Poll
    • Coming Attractions

    …and more!

  • Enter, Issue Number 11, October 1984

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    The October 1984 issue of Enter. This was a magazine associated with Children’s Television Workshop and covered the popular 8-bit computers of the day.

    Enter, a magazine associated with Children’s Television Workshop, was a relatively short-lived 1980s computer magazine oriented towards kids/teens. It is somewhat similar to another short-lived 1980s magazine called K-Power by Scholastic. The October 1984 issue of Enter includes:


    • Life On-Line – Welcome to the world of computer networking. A first-hand look at how people across the country are communicating with each other by computer. Plus, a kid’s view of the on-line life.
    • Plugging In – ENTER’s step-by-step guide for getting on-line. Find out about modems, baud rate and on-line services that offer information, games and a whole lot more. Plus a 12-year-old Sysop’s own story.
    • Martina’s High-Tech Trainer – A special computer program is helping international tennis great Martina Navratilova get an on-court advantage. Now she’s better than ever.
    • Is There A Robot In The House? – There is in the D’Ignazio family – and it has changed home life in some unpredictable ways. Visit the D’Ignazios and see what it’s like to have a robot around the house.
    • Computers Go To College – High technology meets higher education. Come along with Lisa Partch and Kathy Dawes during their first year on an all-computer college campus.


    • Feedback – Readers write.
    • Bits – A byte of news briefs.
    • Ask Enter – Our Help-Line.
    • Random Access – Nerds?
    • User Views – Game reviews.
    • Software Scanner – Reviews.
    • Newsbeat – Computer news.
    • Showbeat – High-Tech Showbiz.
    • Pacesetters – Musa Mustafa, 17, computer animator.
    • Connections – News to use.
    • Pencil Crunchers – Maze. Micro-Words.
    • Input – Your Opinions.


    • BASIC Training – Programs for nine computers.
    • BASIC Recommends – A book full of game programs.
    • BASIC Glossary – Vocabulary.
    • BASIC Plus – Debugging.