Got Lasers?!

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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article6841380.ece

article said:
Now Roman Abramovich, the Russian oligarch, appears to have come up with a novel solution to protect his privacy.

In a move that could eventually be copied by all discerning billionaires, Abramovich has installed an anti-paparazzi shield on his newest vessel, the world’s biggest and most expensive private yacht.

Infrared lasers detect the electronic light sensors in nearby cameras, known as charge-coupled devices. When the system detects such a device, it fires a focused beam of light at the camera, disrupting its ability to record a digital image.

The beams can also be activated manually by security guards if they spot a photographer loitering.

Mindful of a rise in piracy on the high seas, the yacht has a hull and windows capable of withstanding a missile attack and a mini-submarine for emergencies. Once it leaves the Blohm + Voss German shipyard, it will be fitted with a missile defence system in France.
 

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Read this yesterday and was interested in what, IIRC, a British legal advisor suggested about him possibly facing criminal damages against photographers equipment.
 
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How can it detect a CCD, which is pretty much a passive device?

Surely it will just be time to dig out the 35mm SLRs?
 

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It won't work.

The laser will reflect off the camera mirror and into the eyes of the photographer. Infrared is extremely dangerous to the eyes so this isn't going to happen
 
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