An anonymous reader writes: ""Talking" CCTV cameras that tell off people dropping litter or committing anti-social behaviour are to be extended to 20 areas across England. They are already used in Middlesbrough where people seen misbehaving can be told to stop via a loudspeaker, controlled by control centre staff. About £500,000 will be spent adding speaker facilities to existing cameras. Shadow home affairs minister James Brokenshire said the government should be "very careful" over the cameras... A recent study by the government's privacy watchdog, the Information Commissioner, warned that Britain was becoming a "surveillance society"."
from the if-it-aint-broke dept.
thefickler writes "A recent Harris Poll has found that while most online computers users are aware of Microsoft's Windows Vista, few are intending to switch over to the new operating system anytime soon. The Harris Poll of 2223 US online adults in early March found that 87% were aware of Vista. Unfortunately for Microsoft, only 12% of Vista-aware respondents were intending to upgrade to Vista in the next 12 months."
bain writes: "The latest quarterly report on the worlds most eco-friendly electronics firms by Greenpeace, places the Chinese PC maker Lenovo number 1. The companies were judged on a range of criteria from removing certain chemicals from the production process to improving the ease with which the equipment can be recycled at the end of it's life span. For all those interested, Apple came last."