1251: Anti-Glass

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==Explanation==
 
==Explanation==
The police are at [[Black Hat]]'s door, wanting to talk to him about an eyeglass attachment that he has apparently distributed throughout Silicon Valley, including to the children of Google executives. The policewoman is carrying a sample of the device.
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[[Black Hat]] makes an attachment for eyeglasses which shines a laser light at people using {{w|Google Glass}}. The quote "The best defense is an indiscriminate offense" plays off the adage "{{w|The best defense is a good offense}}". Black Hat's goal seems to be to interfere with the Google Glass user potentially recording the person with the laser, and possibly blinding Google Glass users, undermining the project. By mailing one to the children of every Google executive (likely to be Google Glass users), he's clearly aiming to disrupt the entire Google Glass project. Silicon Valley is a place where many technologically up-to-date people live who are more likely to use Google Glass.
  
Black Hat explains that the purpose of the attachment is to detect nearby users of the {{w|Google Glass}} device, and then direct a laser into its eyepiece, presumably disrupting or disabling the device, as well as alarming the user[[Black Hat]] is clearly feels unhappy or threatened by Google Glass, and wishes to make it unpleasant or impossible for anybody to actually use one.
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The "viral marketing campaign" excuse seems to play off how battery-powered LED placards were mistaken for terrorism in the {{w|2007 Boston bomb scare}}.  He pretends that his terrorism is actually a viral marketing campaign, but seems to have not thought this excuse through.  He then tries to get them to look into a laser light.
  
The quote "The best defense is an indiscriminate offense" plays off the adage "{{w|The best defense is a good offense}}". By mailing one to the children of every Google executive (likely to be Google Glass users), he's clearly aiming to disrupt the entire Google Glass project. Silicon Valley is a place where many technologically up-to-date people live who are more likely to use Google Glass.
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The title text shows the irony between Black Hat's needlessly complicated technical solution, and his apparent hate of Google Glass, a relatively new technology. In addition, he remarks that he wouldn't do something as old-fashioned as shining a laser in peoples' eyes, as this does not live up to his technical expertise.
 
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He pretends that his terrorism is actually a viral marketing campaign, but seems to have not thought this excuse through - he has no clearly defined product  The police are not convinced and again try to gain entry.  He implies that he is going to acquiesce, but asks them to first look into the door's peephole.  The implication is that, were they to comply, he would shine a laser into their eyes. Note: do not try this at home, kids! 
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The title text shows Black Hat's response to the hypothetical question "Why don't you just point [the laser] at their eye directly?"  His response indicates that he thinks this would be a brutal and primitive overreaction; he is not trying to blind people, merely stop them from using Google Glass, and thereby stop the Google Glass project as a whole.  The joke is that he is referring to the year 2007 as though it was the {{w|dark ages}}.  
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However, he is clearly planning to shine a laser through the peephole, which would have the same effect on the police officers.
 
However, he is clearly planning to shine a laser through the peephole, which would have the same effect on the police officers.

Revision as of 20:52, 7 January 2014

Anti-Glass
'Why don't you just point it at their eye directly?' 'What is this, 2007?'
Title text: 'Why don't you just point it at their eye directly?' 'What is this, 2007?'

Explanation

Black Hat makes an attachment for eyeglasses which shines a laser light at people using Google Glass. The quote "The best defense is an indiscriminate offense" plays off the adage "The best defense is a good offense". Black Hat's goal seems to be to interfere with the Google Glass user potentially recording the person with the laser, and possibly blinding Google Glass users, undermining the project. By mailing one to the children of every Google executive (likely to be Google Glass users), he's clearly aiming to disrupt the entire Google Glass project. Silicon Valley is a place where many technologically up-to-date people live who are more likely to use Google Glass.

The "viral marketing campaign" excuse seems to play off how battery-powered LED placards were mistaken for terrorism in the 2007 Boston bomb scare. He pretends that his terrorism is actually a viral marketing campaign, but seems to have not thought this excuse through. He then tries to get them to look into a laser light.

The title text shows the irony between Black Hat's needlessly complicated technical solution, and his apparent hate of Google Glass, a relatively new technology. In addition, he remarks that he wouldn't do something as old-fashioned as shining a laser in peoples' eyes, as this does not live up to his technical expertise.

However, he is clearly planning to shine a laser through the peephole, which would have the same effect on the police officers.

Transcript

[Two police officers stand at an apartment door. The female officer is holding a pair of glasses with something attached to it. We will see later that Black Hat is in the apartment.]
Female officer: Police. Open up. Did you make this glasses attachment?
Black Hat (through door): Oh, yeah.
[Black Hat is sitting at his laptop.]
Police officer: What's it do?
Black Hat: It detects when someone near you is wearing Google Glass and shines a laser pointer at their eyepiece.
Police officer: Why??
Black Hat: The best defense is an indiscriminate offense.
[Cut back to officers outside the apartment.]
Male officer: It seems you've mailed these devices to people across Silicon Valley, including the children of every Google executive.
Black Hat: Yeah. It's a viral marketing campaign for an upcoming movie.
Male officer: What movie?
Black Hat: Haven't decided yet. Anything good coming out this fall?
Male officer: Sir, open the door.
Black Hat: First stare at the peephole for a sec.
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Discussion

Could someone explain the title text, please? I'm afraid I don't understand the irony mentioned. 115.70.105.180 11:37, 14 August 2013 (UTC)

Yes. And also why 2007? Not like him to pick a random year. Was it something to do with the new laser classification and warning/labeling regulations that went into place that year? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_safety) Drjoe047 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

It should be the iPhone, the first generation was released on June 29, 2007. It was a similar technical revolution as Google Glass will be.--Dgbrt (talk) 13:12, 14 August 2013 (UTC)

I don't think that the explanation needs to include the description of Black Hat. He has his own page. Regarding his desire not to blind people, he's about to shine a laser in the police officers' eyes. He has no problem blinding people. In addition, I don't think the title text is ironic. Black Hat is a hacker. He's always embraced technology. He just embraces it his way. Theo (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Wouldn't Google Glass be a nuisance for Black Hat? If everyone goes around always recording everything, it gets much harder to pull off nefarious plans in secret... 89.253.76.71 17:11, 15 September 2013 (UTC)

"The best defense is an discriminate offense." Might this be a play on the idiom "The best defense is a good offense"? The "indiscriminate" part strongly reminds me of NSA's justification that their massive surveillance program was not warrantless search & seizure because it's indiscriminate, i.e. no one person is targeted. Kind of like in this comic, where the device automatically targets any nearby Glass user but no one user(s) in particular. 128.97.244.16 08:46, 15 August 2013 (UTC)

  • Dunno about the NSA reference, but it is an obvious play on that adage. I've added a one-sentence explanation of the reference and a link to the Wikipedia page. --V2Blast (talk) 06:08, 27 August 2013 (UTC)

Could Black Hat's attachment be for Google Glasses? Somehow the attachment has to see the targets and process this information ... The Kids will be running around and shooting each other. Sebastian --178.26.118.249 10:12, 15 August 2013 (UTC)

The explanation should be changed in order to remove a number of errors, inaccuracies and grammatical faults.

1. The laser is aimed at the eyepiece of the device, not at the eye of the wearer

2. Therefore it could not blind the wearer

3. No explanation of why mailing them to the children of google executives would disrupt the project.

5. Clumsy double use of the nothing phrase "plays off".

6. Unsubstantiated and extremely unlikely link to a real news event.

7. Starting the final paragraph with the word 'However'.

8. No explanation of the reference to the year 2007.

9. Use of the word "hate" seems misplaced. Black Hat is unemotionally evil.


Go for it. 108.162.219.58 02:39, 4 February 2014 (UTC)

The reason I left that incomplete template there, with only "Incomplete?", is because it was there earlier, and I didn't know what was incomplete about it. 0100011101100001011011010110010101011010011011110110111001100101 (talk page) 23:24, 4 February 2014 (UTC)

Regarding #3 above: Children likes toys. Glasses with a laser pointer attached looks like a toy. Children would run around using and playing with these glasses/toys. They would eventually meet their parents. Their parents being Google executives, there's a high probability they would be wearing Google Glasses. They would be aware of the annoyance created by Black Hat. Without being able to fight back this annoyance, they would feel best to shut down the Google Glass project. 173.245.53.128 04:25, 30 March 2014 (UTC)
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