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Federal agent who knocked Google Glass off a movie goer's face was from Homeland Security

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Federal agent who knocked Google Glass off a movie goer's face was from Homeland Security
You surely remember the plight of one Tiberiu Ungureanu, who was at an AMC Theater watching Jack Ryan, when all of a sudden he was approached by a shield carrying federal agent. The object of the agent's focus was the Google Glass that he pulled off of Ungureanu's face. The Google Glass Explorer was detained and questioned for 4 hours. Keep in mind that this was not the first time that he had worn the connected specs at that particular theater, and they did carry prescription lenses which he needed to view the movie.

Now that the ordeal is over, Ungureanu calls himself an "ignorant idiot" as he didn't give the recording feature on Glass a second thought. In fact, he calls the camera the least interesting feature of the specs. After he found someone to make prescription lenses for the device, he started wearing it all the time, living in that world called Augmented Reality.

Since this took place in litigious America, friends have told Ungureanu to sue, but he refuses to entertain that notion. And the FBI itself revealed that the Glass owner works for the Bureau when it denied being involved in the incident. The FBI called him a liaison who works in "the cyber field". And that makes his ignorance of Glass' capability to pirate a movie all the more odd.

The agency involved in the matter was actually the Immigration and Customs Enforcement department, part of the Department of Homeland Security. ICE is involved in international piracy cases in connection with the Motion Picture Association of America. Officials from the latter association were in the theater along with Ungureanu at the time he was watching Jack Ryan, and they were the ones who contacted ICE.

"I wore it during the movie because I was an ignorant idiot. I seldom use the camera of any device for taking pictures (I have a Cannon 6D I use for pictures), so I didn’t even think about its existence. As a matter of fact, the camera of Glass is the least interesting feature Glass has. I got Glass in November (just after Thanksgiving), and it took me a while until I found somebody to make me a prescription lens for it, but after I got the prescription at the beginning of January, I started wearing Glass all the time as my regular glasses (with enhanced reality feature). As I don’t actively think about pirating movies, it didn’t cross my mind that Glass could be seen as a pirating device."-Tiberiu Ungureanu

Hmmm. Overzealous agents detain and interrogate a guy 4 hours for wearing Google Glass in a theater. Could be a movie screenplay in there somewhere.

source: BusinessInsider

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posted on 24 Jan 2014, 02:50 1

1. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1111; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


too bad you missed the movie,..refund?

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 08:55 1

10. reckless562 (Posts: 851; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


he got 2 tickets, reported in a previous article

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 15:56 1

14. 14545 (Posts: 1117; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


So he got 2 tickets for missing the movie and losing 4 hours of his life. Screw these jack booted thugs.

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 03:35 1

3. Hammerfest (Posts: 369; Member since: 12 May 2012)


Im sorry, when you cant treat someone civil in situations like these, you need to stop...

I for one would make and sell fake GGlass look-alike to anyone who would want to buy with a fake with only a microSD card sticking out the side, the purpose for the fake you ask!
Quite simply put, load one of those application's that forcibly increase the volume of the PC its viewed in to max and play some kind of PSA about ICE's stupidity and how Homeland Security (or at least a major part of it), is nothing more then the Media Industry's lap dogs..

They ask nicely and are civil, let them know what the jig is, if they dont, let them play it!
For even more win, get a huge group of people togeather and have them all put the fakes on when the movie starts!

burn in hell RIAA / MPAA and CO

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 21:41

16. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 153; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)


It's a good idea until you realize you lost 4 hours of your life. And, You may have to spoend a lot more than 4 hours to expalin to them why that damn thing won't work.
Remember, the agent rip it off that guy's face. There's no nice way from those agents when they believe you've done something wrong.

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 03:47 1

4. Snoobab (Posts: 174; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


TYPO: *move = movie

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 03:50 5

5. _Bone_ (Posts: 2132; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


The irony that you can't wear a recording device, even if off, but the same agency that escorted the individual out can record whatever you do in your life, USING THE SAME GADGETS of yours for spying on you.

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 04:35 4

6. techguyone (Posts: 109; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Would the battery in Glass even last long enough to record a whole movie?

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 08:56 1

11. reckless562 (Posts: 851; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


lol proably not

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 07:08

7. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 864; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


He looks like Dante Hicks from the Clerks movies.

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 07:34 2

8. chunk1x (Posts: 248; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


Penn Gillette?????

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 08:03

9. ibap (Posts: 700; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


I thought so too.

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 09:05 1

12. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


File a lawsuit and get an instant audit by the IRS, as well as being placed on numerous federal watch lists. No thanks.

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 19:32

15. 14545 (Posts: 1117; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Nah, the Fed is stupid, but they aren't that stupid. If he wanted to sue, he could. Then if the fed tried to raise a stink the media, as they already are, would be all over this like stink on chit. The IRS doesn't want anymore bad press given recent events or the calls to and groans about their unchecked power will get louder and louder.

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 11:26 2

13. newuser1 (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


The US government is totally messed up. What does home land security has to do with recording movies? did they call white house, CIA? US customs, congress, come to solve this case?

I still don't understand how did ICE come to the movie theater? was their office next to the movie theater or did they come in helicopter? that was blazing fast.

posted on 25 Jan 2014, 08:18

17. ibap (Posts: 700; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


While the agents involved behaved like bullies, let's not forget that it was the theater itself that started the incident. And the guy involved didn't think before he wore Glass into the theater. If he'd arrived with a commercial camera on his shoulder, they wouldn't have let him in. And I'd bet most of the theater staff had no idea what he was wearing.

The placement of ICE under HS isn't entirely irrational, but the placement of agencies in the government hierarchy is often not well considered, especially in the climate that shuffled all kinds of security around. Since there are export prohibitions, it isn't unreasonable for ICE to be under HS. Unfortunately, the atmosphere of HS seems to have taken over, and even when they could behave with less bluster, it seems that isn't their first approach.

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