Saturday, June 13, 2009
Sorting Through Lies While Saving Careers With A New Tool
Today being a cop is tougher than ever. With GPS Big Brother gizmos on your patrol car checking on and reporting your driving habits there are surveillance video and other devices spying on your every move.
The days of quietly slipping out of your district to enjoy lunch elsewhere are over. Now every traffic stop you make provides opportunities for the malicious neighborhood wildlife to make you a YouTube star.
Police dash cams are a pain since you have to choose between picking your position for tactical safety advantages or a better camera angle.
No more, the Flip Mino HD camcorder is here! No you can turn the tables on violators since you can have crisp, clean, clear video and audio of those you suspect may be the source of trouble.
The camcorder gives you one hour of high quality .mpg video you can quickly preserve on DVD’s with most laptop computers.
When things start to happen, you can deploy the Flip and actually be recording within three seconds.
Aside from using this camera for my investigations, I’m using the flip to capture great video for this blog. Being as small as a cell phone the Flip is hardly noticed. The quality of the video far exceeds today’s cell phones.
The cost of the Flip Mino HD camera is around $200.00
Some departments prohibit personal cameras and this should be addressed by the various police unions.
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Better to have it and not need it,than need it and not have it.
Savvy consumers often go online for independent consumer reviews of products and services, scouring through comments from everyday Joes and Janes to help them find a gem or shun a lemon.
What some fail to realize, though, is that such reviews can be tainted: Many bloggers have accepted perks such as free laptops, trips to Europe, $500 gift cards or even thousands of dollars for a 200-word post. Bloggers vary in how they disclose such freebies, if they do so at all.
The practice has grown to the degree that the Federal Trade Commission is paying attention. New guidelines, expected to be approved late this summer with possible modifications, would clarify that the agency can go after bloggers — as well as the companies that compensate them — for any false claims or failure to disclose conflicts of interest.
I hope nobody is suggesting that I profited from my article on an item that worked well for me and found writing about it worthwhile simple because the product was much better than expected.
If you want to send me cash e-mail me please, I could use some!
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