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  •  IR is no different from radiation? (none)
    Among other things, the radiation that would be the signature of bad things going on in the basement is hazardous, whereas photons, per se, are not.  In addition, it is illegal to possess most radioactive substances of interest in weapon-making, whereas there are legitmate uses for grow lights.

    "This machine kills fascists"--words on Woody Guthrie's guitar

    by Old Left Good Left on Fri Dec 23, 2005 at 04:59:00 PM PST

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    •  and further, (none)
      you can't get anything much like a "picture" of a place based on nuclear radiation you pick up from outside it. Scan a building in IR, and you can sort out things like the locations of objects and people inside, quite a lot about electronics that are operating in there, all sorts of invasions of presumed privacy.

      But no one walking around my house with a rad detector can learn a damned thing about me other than whether or not I have something unusually radioactive inside and roughly where it is. They can't tell if anyone's inside the house or not, to pick something at random. There really isn't much in the way of illegitimate prying possible this way.

      Walking down my street with a good set of human ears is vastly more intrusive. I do not believe the police are constitutionally prohibited from doing that without a court order, even several times a day!

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