Archives: 'Introductions'

Doug Bedell — October 26, 2015, 3:08 pm

Ravens Can Spot Cheaters (But Don’t Expect to Co-opt Them)

Bruce Schneier calls our attention to the remarkable fact that ravens, those black, forbidding birds from Edgar Allan Poe’s era, “can identify cheaters.” Schneier’s source? The IFL Science! site. “Ravens have shown complex cooperative abilities previously only seen in a handful of mammalian (and one fish) species,” says IFL. “However, collaborations only happen when two […]

Doug Bedell — January 6, 2009, 8:05 am

Times Critic Pans ‘Homeland Security’

Alessandra Stanley, a New York Times TV critic, calls the new “Homeland Security” reality show “more homage than reportage.”  “…there is something more than usually troubling about a network series that purports to cover the full canvas of homeland security and that is made with the assistance — and censorship (they call it “prescreening”) — […]

Doug Bedell — December 29, 2008, 8:29 am

‘Homeland Security’ Airing as Reality TV

Like other security outfits, we’re not in the entertainment business. But it’s with a sense of duty that we refer you to ABC-TV’s new reality series, “Homeland Security USA,” that debuts on January 6 (8 P.M. Eastern). From the advance billings, “Homeland Security” looks like an earnest effort to present life in the national security […]

Doug Bedell — December 1, 2008, 7:31 pm

A Video System that Watches Itself, Until Something Changes

Here’s a video surveillance approach that sounds like an excellent complement to a barrier-equipped perimeter security system, especially a large perimeter: Have the video gear watch itself and sound an alarm when it sees something unusual. Prescient Group is offering iSentry, a system that watches video feeds to learn what is normal in a setting […]