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Strict New Security Measures Put In Place For CES 2016 Attendees (cepro.com) 91

CIStud writes: Due to the recent terror events, the Consumer Technology Association is instituting drastic new security measures for attendees coming to the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas from Janury 5-9, 2016. Attendees will be subject to metal detector screening and bomb-sniffing dogs, but the biggest potential bottleneck is that laptop computer bags are being discouraged. Bags with wheels will not even be allowed.
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Strict New Security Measures Put In Place For CES 2016 Attendees

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  • Cowards (Score:3, Interesting)

    by r_naked ( 150044 ) on Friday December 18, 2015 @03:00PM (#51145145) Homepage

    America -- big bunch of fucking pussies....

    *sigh*

    Proud to be an old school red neck.

    • ...big bunch of fucking pussies...

      America does have a lot of women working in the pornographic industry.

    • Probably just a way to sell overpriced snacks and $12 bottled water.
    • But pretty much everybody with wheeled luggage just uses it to transport guns and bombs. It's pretty much the reason why wheeled luggage was invented.

      Sure, you might find the rare person who would store person items like notebooks, laptops, cameras, but these people probably account for only 1-2% of all users of wheeled luggage.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    if its a credible threat, shouldn't the event be canceled.
    if its not credible why the drama.

    • Re: hmmm (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Two words: three more words.

      Seriously though, "security theater".

  • Didn't they try that at COMDEX one year? I think they caught hell fo rit.

  • by Nidi62 ( 1525137 ) on Friday December 18, 2015 @03:10PM (#51145235)
    Will the metal detector near the video game section be called the "Gamer Gate"?
  • Long lines (Score:5, Insightful)

    by OhPlz ( 168413 ) on Friday December 18, 2015 @03:12PM (#51145263)

    What are they going to do when the terrorists realize that the long queues waiting to get through the security checkpoints are a ripe target?

    • I always think the same at the college where I teach; the single biggest attack surface, and the easiest to reach, is the large packed line outside the school on days when they decide to do universal ID checks. (Fortunately they only do this on the days immediately following some national tragedy.) It seems much safer on the days where a security guard is just alert and actually watching the people walking in, instead of doing mindless heads-down busy work checking ID cards.

    • Are there really going to be long lines? I'm not clear on what real purpose these large trade shows serve anymore, other than to give tech journalists an excuse to get away from home for a few days.

    • What are they going to do when the terrorists realize that the long queues waiting to get through the security checkpoints are a ripe target?

      Not sure. I always assumed that the terrorists had a part in designing the unconveniences at airports, shows, and the like. Either foreign terrorists or job-preserving bureaucrats; it is sometimes hard to distinguish them. For either group, the idea is to give a large collection of easy targets.

      A later committee chooses which targets get hit this month. Sometim

  • by Midnight Thunder ( 17205 ) on Friday December 18, 2015 @03:13PM (#51145275) Homepage Journal

    I am probably over-reacting, but this does seem to be a little over the top? What next CES 2017, where only Hamish approved technology is permitted or lithium free access?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    No really. Why?

    It's an electronics show you idiots.

    • Members of the "home of the brave" are pissing themselves over "Duh Mooslims!!"

      • So in light of the announced intent of Daesh and al Qaeda to kill innocent people, examples like San Bernandino, Paris, Mumbai, London, Madrid, and thousands and thousands more, you think a minor security precaution is unwarranted and somehow shows poor judgement?

        1. At least half of your handle is well chosen. (Which is left as an exercise for the reader.)
        2. Your comment is kind of dumb.
        3. "Duh Mooslims!!" - classy. Does your misspelling make a suicide bomber less lethal? If so I'm sure the FBI would l

  • back in the las vegas mob days they made it so that there will no need for BS like this.

  • by bjdevil66 ( 583941 ) on Friday December 18, 2015 @03:42PM (#51145561)

    And a total waste of time. But people have to feel safe, so why not?

    Imagine getting patted down or bodyscanned before entering Wal-Mart during the holday shopping season (after the 2017 Black Friday terrorist bombings and shootings in Ft. Lauderdale, Boise, and Albequerque.)

    • by Anonymous Coward

      And a total waste of time. But people have to feel safe, so why not?

      Imagine getting patted down or bodyscanned before entering Wal-Mart during the holday shopping season (after the 2017 Black Friday terrorist bombings and shootings in Ft. Lauderdale, Boise, and Albequerque.)

      I thought that's what they did on your way out of Wal-Mart.

      I don't shop at stores whose trust in me is so low that a guard has to check me 5 feet from the register.

  • by Jester998 ( 156179 ) on Friday December 18, 2015 @03:45PM (#51145593) Homepage

    Sounds like the terrorists are winning.

    • by quintessencesluglord ( 652360 ) on Friday December 18, 2015 @04:50PM (#51146097)

      Winning? They've won!

      We are only about a generation away from anyone remembering a time before paranoia spilled out into the streets. After that, it is never coming back short of revolt

      The War on Drugs may have been the prelude to a police state, but there is no denying we are in the embryonic stages of one now. And the irony being the US will be just as locked-down as any caliphate.

      • Winning? They've won!

        We are only about a generation away from anyone remembering a time before paranoia spilled out into the streets. After that, it is never coming back short of revolt

        That isn't their goal. The terrorists haven't won. Are you claiming that democracies automatically lose long wars? Will you be converting to Islam and support Sharia law in place of the Constitution as Bin Laden demanded? Or should I just call you Dhimi?

        The War on Drugs may have been the prelude to a police state, but there is no denying we are in the embryonic stages of one now. And the irony being the US will be just as locked-down as any caliphate.

        The US is not in the embryonic (or later) stage of becoming a police state. See, I just denied it, and I'm right.

        Do you think the US will start executing homosexuals by throwing them off of tall buildings or crushing them under falling walls? Will adu

    • They won the day the Patriot Act was passed.

      • In much the same way that they "win" every time the Air Force drops a 2,000 pound bomb on their infantry or oil truck motor pools.

    • Sounds like the terrorists are winning.

      If you think their goal is to institute bag searches at major public events then you totally misunderstand their goals.

      Have you converted to be a religious Muslim living under Sharia law as Bin Laden demanded? No? Then they haven't won.

  • by WaffleMonster ( 969671 ) on Friday December 18, 2015 @04:00PM (#51145719)

    There are well over a million incidents of violent crime in the US every year including four 9/11's of people killed each and every year. Yet people elect to freak out about rounding errors... Could his have anything at all to do with 24x7 terrorism propaganda being piped out of the media?

    Millions of people are treated at hospitals for falls every year roughly another four 9/11s worth of death by falling each and every year. Nobody spends any time reporting on falls or murders of random "unimportant" people.

    The people who WANT YOU to be AFRAID are the Media and the Government because fear increases viewership and makes those governed by "consent" more willing to cede power to government.

    Meanwhile CES is busy creating unnecessary bottlenecks where people who have not been checked for WMD will mass in the name of safety for their own protection.

    • There are well over a million incidents of violent crime in the US every year including four 9/11's of people killed each and every year. Yet people elect to freak out about rounding errors.

      So your argument is that because in a country of 330,000,000 you can tally up lots of crimes no precautions should be or need to be taken to prevent mass murder when gangs of extremists with tens of thousands of members and millions of supporters have announced their intent to do so?

      Hmmm ....

      Why should I buckle my seatbelt when there are tens of thousands of people killed in automobile crashes every year ....
      Why should I keep my potato salad in the fridge when tens of thousands of people get sick from food

      • by SEGT ( 880610 )
        I disagree with your argument. Wearing a seatbelt prevents you from being flung about during an automobile crash. Refrigerating your food prevents bacterial growth. Studying helps you to recall knowledge. What all of these have in common is that they are preventing injury or failure against a non intelligent foe. Your test cannot adapt to your studying. Bacteria can not, likely, infect you if you choose to refrigerate your food. An obstacle hitting your car cannot correct for the fact that you are wearing
  • Murder all the people queued up waiting to go through security screening.

    Not saying extra security is a bad idea per se but if you replace one juicy target with another then it's not really solving the problem. If some crazy detonates their bomb in the queue for screening then they still achieve the same purpose as if they got inside.

  • by SuperKendall ( 25149 ) on Friday December 18, 2015 @04:32PM (#51145965)

    I was at CES for the last several years in a row, I just stopped going last year...

    There is no way on earth with the huge numbers of people at CES that you can manage even the most rudimentary screening. Every single person is going to have at least a cellphone so it's not like you can even have a no-bag bypass line that just swims through a metal detector quickly.

    They honestly would be smarter to recommend that attendees come armed with concealed weapons. Then an attacker could never be sure if any given crown would counterattack.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by dcollins ( 135727 )

      "They honestly would be smarter to recommend that attendees come armed with concealed weapons. Then an attacker could never be sure if any given crown would counterattack."

      It's just so convenient that right-wingers flag their bad reasoning with equally bad spelling.

      • Well honestly, I don't bother to check my spelling when speaking to idiots. If they can't get past a simple spelling error how can they understand more abstract concepts?

    • Then an attacker could never be sure if any given crown would counterattack.

      Yep I'm sure a suicide bomber will definitely reconsider attacking when there's a small chance he may get killed.

      I have a better idea, how about Americans stop being shit scared of their own shadows and realise they have a higher chance of dying in a car accident on the way to CES than getting bombed or shot at the event itself. And please trigger happy people leave your guns at home. The type of mentality that requires a concealed carry permit to feel safe is not the type that typically makes a sound judge

  • The only clothing allowed is skin tight and revealing. Yes, even you, hairy guy with a gut who used to ogle the booth bunnies. How's that working for ya?

  • I've never been to CES, and now there's less reason to go there in the future.
  • Aren't most terrorists well funded?

    You can set yourself up with an amazing booth, including pamphlets, a fake company that's been around for 6 months, and a whole bunch of backstory, etc., etc., for about $150,000 (actual booth rental is only about $20K-$30K, the rest is just window dressing).

    And at that price it includes paying the union guys to haul in your bombs for you from the truck, and more union guys to plug it in for you, in case you don't know how plugs work.

    Security theater much?

    • None of this security theater matters. All someone has to to is bring a bomb vest to the entry line at CES and wait for it to be super crowded at the detector and then detonate while in the middle of the yet-to-be-screened crowd.

      The same thing applies to airports. The most dangerous place in an airport is the queue for the security checkpoint. Thousands of people, perhaps tired, overloaded with hand luggage, packed in queue lines like sardines, unarmed, not paying attention at all to the people around t

      • None of this security theater matters. All someone has to to is bring a bomb vest to the entry line at CES and wait for it to be super crowded at the detector and then detonate while in the middle of the yet-to-be-screened crowd.

        ...

        I actually think it rather depends on the point they are attempting to make.

        If their point was simply "you are not safe", then yes, such attacks would make sense, and we'd have more attacks like the Boston Marathon bombings.

        If their point was retaliation for things like the drone strike which killed "Jihadi John", then we'd see more like the San Bernardino and Paris attacks.

        If their point was "your government has put security in place, yet they can not protect you", then we'd see more attacks like 9/11 and

  • CES is often the place where companies claim to have on display various products that will obsolete the laptop as we know it and free out minds and bodies from having to sit at a desk and work. And the media, bloggers, reporters and web podcast network people lap it up and spew it back at their listening and reading audiences as if these gadgets (and there is a new iteration every year!) will change the goddamn world.

    Well.

    Put up or shut up. Show us you really CAN report on a tradeshow for your semi-known

  • They freaking are everywhere, and clog up all the aisles and corridors. If you have a booth - show your stuff there, distribute information digitally (rather than phonebook-sized catalogs). And if you're there to show your wares to people in booths - freaking pony up the $10K and get a booth yourself.

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