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Former startup Apple is valiantly sticking up for the entertainment industry with a new patent designed to thwart obnoxious iPhone recordings.

Have to say, we can’t think of anything that could go wrong with this technology in the hands of the wrong people. Nothing at all.

The patent shows that Apple may allow iPhone cameras to be disabled through special infrared sensors, giving the example of a concert venue using the technology to make sure no one makes bootleg videos of a touring band.

“I really dig this band, but one shaky video with average sound is enough for me. Let’s not get tickets,” said apparently everyone after seeing a four minute video clip.

While camera deactivation would require the venue or property owner to buy and install infrared transmitters, if Apple decides to implement this technology in future iPhones, there’s a wide-range of scenarios whereby a third party would be able to deactivate a key product feature.

Is the constant iPhone video documentation of live events and protruding tongues sometimes annoying? Of course. But who put the “I” in “IRL?” Does Apple want to put the genie back in the bottle with technology that could disable documentation of things more important than an impromptu county fair jam sesh by The Guess Who? We look forward to our future and the role some House of Blues dipshit and also cops and the government might play in it.

Starbucks employees upset with less hours but more work can take it up with anything that’s not human

Starbucks workers and customers are signing an online petition claiming “extreme” cutbacks in employee hours despite an increase in customer traffic. According to Reuters, this petition has been signed by more than 9,000 people.

At the heart of many complaints is an internal computer system that dictates staffing at individual stores and definitely harkens back to Starbucks’ mission statement which aims to “inspire the human spirit.”

“No matter what we do to save on labor at my store, the system tells us EVERY SINGLE DAY that we are at least 8 hours over in labor for the day and have to cut even more,” wrote signer Aaron I.

Think about how difficult it is to get movement from management when the pencil-pusher is an actual person. Starbucks workers have to lodge complaints about cuts to the weekend night shifts to an algorithm.

In the liberal enclaves which deign to allow chain coffee shops, minimum wage increases also received their inevitable blame, though most worker complaints seem to reflect the inequity of seasoned workers’ flat wages when all entry level wages received government-mandated bumps. But Guys, do you realize someone who works full-time at $15 an hour makes like $31,000 a year? I’ll take a skim windfall to go please!

And then there’s the little extras that are getting smaller and smaller.

Others said take-home pay had also taken a hit because tipping has fallen substantially amid broad customer adoption of the “Starbucks Rewards” program, which allows customers to pay with a loyalty card or mobile phones.

To this, despite the annoying proliferation of dumb rewards programs for dummies, we absolve Starbucks and say, tip your fucking baristas.

Think tank dude thinks payday loans are just the free market lookin’ out

Payday loans are a well-documented scourge preying upon America’s most vulnerable. But don’t tell that to Tim Worstall of the Adam Smith Institute.

In a Washington Post column titled, “We can’t get rid of payday loans just because we don’t like them,” Worstall supports an insanely nonsensical thesis with a warm embrace of Libertarian ideals – not to suggest that Libertarians are into hugs. So why can’t we get rid of loans with typical annual percentage rates around 400%?

Banning things simply because we disapprove of other people’s choices is not a mark of a free society.

Worstall expands on this point by noting how ridiculous it would be to ban luxury cars. They’re basically the same thing! In fact, if a military spouse can take out a payday loan to make a car payment, who’s to say this short term boost in liquidity won’t one day free the lucky person to own all of the Aston Martins?! Not Tim Worstall. In fact, some payday lenders don’t even make more money than traditional lenders, which is the benchmark by which we should judge all lending practices.

In fairness to Worstall, he does suggest alternatives to the crippling debt of predatory loans: community banking, credit unions, postal lending, among other reasonable ideas. But beyond cryptic allusions to loan sharking, he never really gets to the point of why we need these financial instruments at rates outlawed for centuries. (Yep. Even in a time where human bondage was morally accepted, the idea of soaking people with even double digit interest was considered abhorrent.)

In the end, Worstall is essentially dropping “free market sorting it out” criticism of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – an agency that still can’t cap interest rates on these loans. Thanks, Congress! Carry on, old chap.

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  • Jenny

    The apple thing bothers me. Because it won’t be venues using this, it will be law enforcement. I don’t have an apple phone, but I could see the android and windows phones following their lead.

    • FlownOver

      It bothers me almost as much as this Wibbitz autoplay-ad crap. Was this a secret invisible-ink piece of the “Ad Fewer” opportunity?

      • Jenny

        Ha I know. I surf at work on my phone, thankfully I always plug my headphones in first. Last thing I need is the snot next to me going oooohhh you’re on your phone!!

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    Fat fucking chance it’s to protect the touring artist that Apple is agreeing to this infrared plan – this has Homeland Security or law enforcement written all over it. As Matt said, a few four-minute shaky videos of Justin Bieber won’t keep teen girls away from his concerts – but a four-minute shaky video of a cop gunning down a fleeing man in broad daylight can change the world.

    • onedollarjuana

      You read my mind. Or was it Apple?

      • Querolous

        The Orangeatan will be all over this tech. “You say I said that? You can’t prove it!”

    • Lamashtar

      Makes me glad I only buy Android phones.

      • JCfromNC

        As Jenny said at the top of the thread, I don’t see it being long before Android and Windows phones have the same “feature.”

    • Uncle Mark

      It is entirely possible that Apple patented this technology to prevent someone else from developing it. I’ll reserve judgement, until Apple offers to sell the technology, at which point, as a long time Apple customer, I’ll drop them immediately…never to return.

      Not only would corrupt police depts love this technology, but politicians and third-world despots. (Mitt Romney’s 47% speech was caught on an iPhone. If only more such recordings have been made to capture politicians talking out of both sides of their mouths.)

  • FrenchFriar

    Another well thought out plan by the geniuses who brought you the genius bar.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      As someone has pointed out before me, if they’re geniuses, they aren’t working for minimum wage at a help desk.

      • Pickwicknext

        Actually. Yeah. They could be like me and if you aren’t interested in a thing (ie most of school) they won’t do anything other than the bare minimum

        • TJ Barke

          Just cuz you’re a genius doesn’t mean you can’t be lazy.

          • Pickwicknext

            Ramen…fuck it. Too much effort

      • Lascauxcaveman

        Being called a genius is part of the compensation package.

    • onedollarjuana

      Actually, at Apple it’s spelled “genius”.

  • TJ Barke

    Rapidly approaching the cyberpunk dystopia of William Gibson’s nightmares.

    • Pickwicknext

      Better or worse than Idiocracy being a documentary from the future?

      • TJ Barke

        Yes.

      • sw19womble

        Not Sure.

      • Lamashtar

        Outlook unclear; try again.

      • revenant

        totally different universes.. Idiocracy is a live action cartoon, while Gibson’s work is not altogether implausable

  • sw19womble

    Steve Jobs might have been a bit of a cunt, but I can’t believe he’d allow this sort of shit happening on his watch.
    Shame on you, Apple Inc.

    • theCryptofishist

      Oooh. Can we throw in complaints about Tim Cook kissing up to the Republicans?

  • goonemeritus

    This is why I always insist on bootlegging the shows I attend with my Revox A700.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    I want to say something about the payday-lender defender, but his logic has left me unable to even.
    Okay, I thought of one tiny objection: there would be a market for any disgusting, horrifying, illegal, or immoral thing you could think of – are we no longer to ban, say, snuff films on the grounds that we can’t just ban stuff we don’t like?

    • FauxAntocles

      I say we can ban whatever the fuck we want – it’s a democracy, not an anarchy.

    • sw19womble

      Welp, the ‘non-aggression principle’ oftentimes gets turned on its head these days, especially by theorists.
      I prefer the simpler ‘do no harm’ axiom.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      People who defend parasites like payday loan lenders should be treated as parasites themselves.

    • H0mer0

      apparently Alito thought so (read an article so horrifying that I won’t link but something about the right to make snuff films with feline victims (just as my feline has commandeered my lap and left arm as I try to type)

  • Jenny

    You know, it would be nice for a few financial classes to be included in basic training. I know there is a push on bases and a few classes afterwards but just going in, it needs to be drilled into your head that yes on top of being sent to some of the shittiest places in the world for freedoms; the free market is going to try and rape your shitty pay every way possible.

    • TJ Barke

      Should be in high school. But warning people about the how the parasitical class is looking to exploit you and how to guard yourself would be socialism.

      • Jenny

        They have that as elective, which duh no one elects because boring but the military kids are more likely to fall for their shit because 1) minority 2) poor.

        For many minority kids payday lenders and tote the note places are normal parts of life. No one has ever told them differently. Plus they’re already poor and don’t have things so getting a job and having the money to buy a thing is a major factor in getting suckered into a 30,000 used v-6 mustang.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      We could try paying them a decent wage and providing shuttle service from on-base housing to stores that don’t upcharge by massive amounts, also too.
      Sometimes I crack myself up.
      Sometimes I crack myself up.

    • HazooToo

      That is exactly where I started running into Payday Loan places. When my then-husband was in the military and we were struggling with bills and housing. It didn’t help that I wasn’t even old enough to drink yet, and didn’t know how to budget for shit!

    • phoenix00

      Basic financial planning taught in high school?

  • chascates

    Not only does Apple overcharge for its products it will decide how and where you use them.

    • onedollarjuana

      And there’s no spam filter on the Apple email app.

      fuck em! (with votes)

      • sw19womble

        Those aren’t spam, they’re exciting opportunities!

    • Rock Drummer

      What can possibly go wrong with technology that will prevent a camera from taking pictures? Beat cops would be the first to adopt this kinda thing, for obvious reasons.

    • phoenix00

      I will say the Apple Tax isn’t as bad today as in years past. To their credit, they do pick either best-of-the-bunch or very good quality components and materials, and most of their devices do have that quality feel.

  • bubbuhh

    Them corporate citizens cut right to the core of their employees and customers concerns and their hearts out.
    Yummm.

  • memzilla

    In fairness to Worstall, he does suggest alternatives to the crippling debt of predatory loans…

    OOH OOH OOH PICK ME PICK ME!

    A mandatory inflation- and productivity-adjusted minimum wage?
    Which would currently be $21.50?
    Federally mandated usury laws?
    Confiscatory corporate taxation?
    Raising the Estate Tax to 70%, as the aristocracy-hatin’ Founding Fathers intended?
    A Transaction Fee of one-hundredth of a penny on each financial speculation?

    What’s that? NONE of the above, Katie? Why, it’s almost like Worstall wants the Worst For All!

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      There you go again, pretending the Republican party isn’t a thing.

      • phoenix00

        We dare to dream.

    • SayItWithWookies

      How about a government-chartered short-term loan bank that would make money available for unsecured loans at reasonable rates? It could be a nonprofit or channel any extra money towards, say, community colleges that would give poor people job skills so they wouldn’t be in the position of needing short-term loans again.

    • phoenix00

      And then maybe student loan reform? Reinstatement of Glass-Stegall? Toughening of Dodd-Frank?

  • Villago Delenda Est

    I swear that the defenders of “Intellectual Property” are doing their damnedest to destroy the concept. Has no one at Apple thought this through?

  • Callyson
    • sw19womble

      I think he’s confusing ‘free market’ with ‘free society’ again.

      • AntiDerpomeme

        They ken take meh payday loans, but they ken nevar take meh freedom!

        *Paints face and runs naked down Wall St, brandishing a rubber chicken*

        • phoenix00

          but they /can/ take 30% compound interest.

        • theCryptofishist

          … can’t… be… … … … unseen…

    • TJ Barke

      “Banning things simply because we disapprove of other people’s choices is not a mark of a free society”
      No, but banning exploitative and harmful practices is the mark of a responsible society.

      • efoveks

        I love it when people pull out the free society argument. Given the freedom to choose, most people would not be in debt in the first place. Given the freedom to negotiate terms between equals (which lending NEVER is), at the very least, no one would go for the terms that payday lenders demand. It baffles me how anyone can argue that there is any kind of moral or redemptive value in this, as these activities are clearly dangerous to anyone within 6 degrees of separation.

        • sw19womble

          There’s no such thing as a free market, or a free society (but either way you certainly can’t have both coexisting). Ideals are nice tho.
          However, if I were to choose to favour the market or society as a whole in any case, I’d choose society every time.
          And that’s why I’m not a Big-L Libertarian.

          • efoveks

            True. I also saw your post below, but of course, after I posted ? (oops!).

    • HanBarbara

      When you’re drowning and trying to grab for anything you can, it’s ok for somebody to throw you a life preserver that is actually an anchor. Just the free market, dudes and dudettes!

    • dshwa

      “Banning things simply because we disapprove of other people’s choices is not a mark of a free society.”

      Think he’d agree with that argument if it was made about Abortion?

      • jmhm

        No, he decidedly does not.

  • Rick Hill

    Are you sure that Apple is fighting bootlegging and not trying to limit the number of douchehats that hold up their pad sized phone to record an event regardless of blocking the folks in back of them from seeing the show?

  • cousin itt

    Someone should ask Samsung, Motorola, and I dunno, a dozen other phone makers what they think of this stupid idea and do they intend to be just as stupid.

  • Mr. Lambert

    Back in college I managed a record/video store for a big chain (that’s now out of business). Scheduling employees was bullshit. Never enough labor. In fact, many weekdays we could only have 3 total employees spread out over 14 hours of work, which meant often times only one person would be running the store…alone. Theft was a major problem, and the thieves knew how easy it would be to steal from the store when the only employee on the floor had to take a restroom break or check the stock room.

    • Sardonicuss

      ….but as a manager, your hours were unlimited right? So the algorithm they used to calculate hourly personnel mysteriously had levels of volume that would require that to stay within budget, the manager would have to run the store alone quite a bit of the time?

      • Mr. Lambert

        No, not at all. They would give us, say, 200 hours of labor each week. If you took out 120 hours (40 max per week) for the 3 managers (1 manager, 2 assistant) it left 80 hours for the regular staff. A thief could easily steal a few hundred dollars worth of merchandise in a blink, whereas another body on the floor could have detered the theft.

        But like I said, the chain has since gone out of business. And yes, often the manager would run the store alone.

        • Sardonicuss

          Actually, that’s exactly what I said. Your total hours are based on sales volume. Salaried managers, are not required to be paid overtime. Hourly personnel are.

          • Mr. Lambert

            Surprisingly we weren’t salaried. We were all hourly employees, even the managers.

            I only became a manager because I tried to quit. I even filled out the resignation form the company provided. The manager at the time tore it up, promoted me, and gave me a raise. It was a good college job.

          • Sardonicuss

            In bigger stores, like Walmart, Best Buys ect.. They will call some non-salaried employees “managers” and keep them below weekly hours that would require them to pay benefits.
            Conversely, salaried employees (actual managers) can be worked unlimited hours without having to pay overtime. (Something the President recently tried to change..Thanks Obama!)…so in lower volume stores, the manager is actually required to run the store alone. They account for theft in the gross profit component of the algorithm.
            We used to call it the WIS system (Wal-Mart Indentured Servitude)

          • Mr. Lambert

            I’ve been working as an accountant for the past 15 years. Labor laws are messed up, and the less you make, the fewer protections are in place. Unions can be great, but tend to take more from the non-Union employees than from the employer.

          • Lamashtar

            I was offered a manager job at a pizza delivery place once. I figured out I’d make less money (after tips) and be required to work more, so said no thanks.

        • Good_Gawd_Yall

          Reminds me of the Kmart I once ambled through – an enormous big-box place with maybe three employees working, two at the cash registers. On every single aisle there were cut-open and empty packaging materials hanging from hooks. Small wonder that they have since declared bankruptcy.

          • Mr. Lambert

            How about Best Buy? Giant store with 2 registers open.

          • PubOption

            Was that Manchester Road, St. Louis, or is it normal practice?

          • Good_Gawd_Yall

            Must be normal practice, as it was in KY.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      I ordered a pizza from a large national chain (try not to judge me – small town) a few weeks ago that took an hour and fifteen minutes to arrive (the online order thingy said it would be 35-40 minutes). When it finally came, I asked the guy why it took so long. He said he was the only delivery driver on shift that night – which was a Saturday. I don’t know whether that staffing was because of incompetence on the part of the manager, folks just not showing up, or corporate directives, but it has certainly achieved the apparent goal of dissuading me from ever ordering from them again.

      • Mr. Lambert

        No judging here. Sometimes you just need those garlic bites!

        But in this case, I’d bet some drivers didn’t show up to work. They pay so little that it’s a job you can easily walk away from.

        • Lamashtar

          The problem with the delivery model is that it requires someone willing to work for pennies, but who owns their own working car.

  • Mr. Lambert

    Apple has a whole lot of interest in protecting artists intellectual property.

    That being said, this reminds me of the record companies trying to make CDs that couldn’t be burned. Sony would sell you a computer with a CD burner so you could burn CDs, but try to block you from burning music from Sony artists.

    • Steely_Fan

      Well, after letting fans tape their shows put the Dead out of business, it’s no wonder… oh, wait…

  • HanBarbara

    Anybody who read even the Readers Digest Condensed version of Adam Smith would realize that Adam Smith would not have been in favor of payday loans. His vision of capitalism was that people would provide needed goods and services to eachother, and thus grow prosperous, not rentier corporations that preyed on the desperate and needy.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      There is no “Libertarian” alive who has actually read and comprehended The Wealth of Nations. Which is why it’s very easy to troll them with quotations from Das Kapital that are lifted (with citations!) from Smith’s work.

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        This is my basic problem with Libertarians. They apparently envision a world where everyone behaves nicely out of noble motives, despite the overwhelming evidence that corporations will always fuck you over if they can make a buck off your bleeding corpse. And when you point out to them that corporations don’t play nicely unless the government forces them to, they pour a never-ending stream of whiny bullshit all over you.

        • HazooToo

          They think those corporations will change their ways when people stop buying from them. I like to point out how well that’s worked at Walmart and Amazon! Two of the worst American offenders for employees, two of the most popular places for shoppers. They will NEVER change according to free market demands, only government oversight will ever change them. And even that hasn’t done enough.

        • dshwa

          Meh, most of them just see it as a way to preserve their status while keeping everybody else down. They can coat it in all the altruistic ideal they want but it’s the same “I got mine so fuck you” of other conservative philosophies.

        • Pinkham’s Law

          Even back when I identified as a libertarian (Classical Liberal would be a better term, really), I felt that, while it would be good to have a significant number of Libertarians in elected office, a truly Libertarian system would be a nightmare. It’s rather like Communism, in that, on paper, it’s damn near perfect, but impossible in the real world.

          • Villago Delenda Est

            Either a Libertarian or Communist system would work just great in a small enough setting, where everyone knows everyone, and thus personal actions have immediate consequences. Once you get past that point (say 100 people) things start to break down.

          • sw19womble

            Spot on! That’s why anything above that small, local level becomes more and more pure game theory.
            And it’s important to remember that, no matter what point on the x-y axes you are.

          • theCryptofishist

            I think you’ll find that to be Dunbar’s Number==which is 150 to 200.

        • Whale Chowder

          Agree. Libertarianism as a personal philosophy is reasonable and even noble. It just doesn’t scale to society.

      • The Wanderer

        I still say that Groucho was funnier than Karl. Although I will concede that Karl and Friedrich had the best two-man lounge act before Martin and Lewis.

    • SayItWithWookies

      The idea that everything is market-based is as preposterous as the idea that everything can be cured by apple cider vinegar or that ab crunches are the only exercise you’ll ever need. In a complex world, there is no such thing as a panacea.

      • HanBarbara

        I don’t see capitalism as a cure all- it’s more like a game where there have to be rules and a referee (government) to enforce those rules. Otherwise, the cheaters become too powerful and make their own rules.
        Also, if prosperity is a hundred yard dash, some of the contestants start out at the 90 yard line, whereas others are at minus 10 with a boat anchor tied to their leg. It’s ridiculous to pretend that everyone is equal.

  • sw19womble

    OT I see Trump finally went for the trifecta in dogwhistling:
    https://twitter.com/NumbersMuncher/status/749261572116127748

    Piles of money and six-pointed star, purely accidental. Sure. That’s why his campaign just changed it to a circle.

    • lucidamente

      Shouldn’t that star be yellow?

      • sw19womble

        It’s dogwhistling (or subconscious). Can’t make it too obvious, can we?

        • AntiDerpomeme

          I dunno, with Trump he prefers to make things as clear as possible for the poorly-educated doofuses. Subtlety really isn’t his thing.

          • HAHAHAHAHA!

            Don’t matter ’cause GAME OVER MAN!!

            SHRILLARY KILLARY was interviewed by J EDGAR HOOVER HIMSELF this morning for THREE DAYS about EMAILSERVERGHAZI!

            Waiting for the PERP WALK!

            Any minute now!

            . . .

            Uh,,she left in her motorcade…announces she is pleased with the interview . . . musta forgot her toothbrush and shiv collection at home and they’re letting her go home to get them before THROW IN ALL THE JAILS FOREVER!

            / a real picture /

          • HanBarbara

            Pictures like that are why I blocked my Wingnut relatives.

          • Whale Chowder

            What about your Bernie Bro friends?

            (Yes this really happened on my feed)

          • HanBarbara

            Thank God, most of mine seem to have gotten over it. Just lucky I guess.

          • theCryptofishist

            Mine are still going, full tilt. Heck, I voted for Bernie. But they seem a little unhinged. Just yesterday, someone was assuring me that it wouldn’t be their fault if Trump won… I’m too old to go through this again.

          • Lascauxcaveman

            But the Jews – terrific people, just terrific – the Jews love me. They come to my casinos! Love ’em. The buffets stock kosher items, of course. Can’t get enough, the…

            The Jews just love the low prices at my casino buffets!

      • lucidamente

        I know: it’s the color of her bleeding out of her whatever.

        • sw19womble

          She has a star-shaped whatever? :-o

          • Biff52

            Through the miracle of ‘scaping, and no, I don’t wanna go there this early in the day.

      • cynmac

        ONYD!

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Every time you think he’s finally hit rock bottom, he digs a new bottom underneath it.

      • cynmac

        Digging a hole to China?

        • kimberlyrsingley

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    • The Wanderer

      Hastur’s Hairpiece, that’s fucking blatant.

      • theCryptofishist

        Nice swear, there.

    • JustPixelz

      And Little Donnie cites a Fox poll where people talked about how terrible Trump is in many ways. “Hot headed”, “unqualified”, “steam stack of shit”.

    • WomanInAMood

      Well played Josh Jordan! And you too, sw 19womble! My goodness.

    • Wee Mousie

      They could have used a five-pointed star, but then the mouth-breathers would have thought they were talking about lyncanthropy.

  • proudgrampa

    Worstall, you are the worst of them all.

  • Nounverb911

    When did Apple steal Google’s Don’t Be Evil”?

    • TJ Barke

      Years ago.

    • zerosumgame0005

      a long long time ago, ask anyone who ever worked for or with Steve Jobs

  • zerosumgame0005

    https://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Ainfrared%20filter

    here ya go Crapple! how long until they are standard accessories?

  • Biff52

    When will restaurants create a blocker so we don’t have to see everyone’s dinner from last night? Here’s a tip–cooked meat doesn’t photograph well, stop it.

  • SayItWithWookies

    If they’re gonna make an infrared signal, then great — all you have to do is cover the IR receiver on your phone. Of course the next step will be to make the blocker work via radio signal that stops the camera, but again, that would have to work with every phone operating system, which means your serious bootlegger would have to invest, oh, $199 for a GoPro. Fascism can’t be done on the cheap, Apple — suck it.

  • Belasaurius

    “1984” is not supposed to be a how to manual. unless we’re talking about the album, then it is #cocaine #hookers #midgets.

    • Which album? Eurythmics, Rick Wakeman, someone else?

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        Van Halen

      • Belasaurius

        Van Halen. I thought midgets would have been a clue

  • diogenez

    A couple of years ago, David Byrne began a show by saying “now that we live in the future, feel free to video parts of the show, but please just post good bits to Youtube.”

  • Fartknocker

    Mr. Pay Day Loan is a condescending prick. And I have some minced and pickled unsalted rat dicks I’ll be sending to him. Guys who defend usury as a finance tool elevate themselves to graves I want to piss on when I retire status.

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    I’m going to take the contrarian view (likely to be unpopular) on Apple and the pursuit of video-free concerts. While I’m not a fan of Apple’s specific solution to the problem, because it’s fraught with unintended consequences (any time you give an external means of disabling cameras, it’s ripe for abuse), the problem of smartphone abuse at shows is real and has gotten bad enough that Apple is responding to demand- and not just from artists.

    The issue is, too many of you (concert goers in general, not wonketeers) are selfish assholes who abuse the technology to the detriment of everyone around you, from the artists to your fellow audience members. As I’ve mentioned many times, I work in the biz, not at the level of the A list artists making news about this problem, but certainly at a high enough level to have a somewhat unique vantage point to observe the problem. And some of my peers do work at that A list level and we all discuss what a major annoyance it is.

    Most of you don’t really realize what you all look like at a show, unless you happen to have a front row seat and you stand in your chair, turn around and look back across the crowd to see what the artist sees, other than watching concert video shot from the stage. But to the artist, that sea of camera flashes from the first 50 rows or so is quite distracting. There’s nothing worse than that quiet ballad, that emotional peak, that gets disrupted by the sea of flashes (that are useless anyways, if you’re more than 10 feet away) while you all try to “capture the moment”. All you’ve done when taking that photo is annoy everyone in a 10 foot radius around you and ruin that moment for them. Even the people courteous enough to turn off their flash are annoying the people behind them with the glow from their screen. You’ve all seen that douche who insists on texting/facebooking/snapchatting at a movie- it’s even worse at a live show.

    It it were just the flash photography though, we probably wouldn’t see dumb solutions like Apple’s or the new locking cell pouches that artists are using- it’s the abuse of video that is driving artists to these extremes. Too many times I’ve stood at FOH and looked through that forest of extended arms holding up their 4″ glowing screens over their heads for half an hour at a time or more. That is extraordinarily rude to the people behind you to block their view of the stage that way- the glow alone is obnoxious, let alone your meaty arms way over your head- to get “the perfect view”. If it were 30 seconds to snap off a couple pix of the show it would be one thing, but many of you are recording entire shows, which means the people behind you have to put up with that crap the entire time- they paid just as much for their ticket as you did, show some respect.

    Plus, there’s the whole intellectual property issue. Contrary to what many of you may think, that show ticket doesn’t entitle you to anything beyond admittance to the show to experience it in real time. You have no right to record it or disseminate it in any fashion. In the past, various artists approached this differently, usually recording bans and flash bans. But video is a whole different story. And yes, artists have the right to control their IP. Often it’s an artist trying out new material- they have every right not to have the upcoming world premiere of their new single ruined by having everyone’s first exposure to it being some crappy bootleg youtube video. Would you all prefer that they simply never give you that extra treat at a show of hearing something unreleased? Never take any chances with new material? Never do anything above and beyond or special, because some thoughtless asshat will vine it or youtube before the show is even over? For comedians it’s even worse. They work hard to come up with new material, as comedy has a much shorter shelf life than music. How frustrating it must be to have your entire routine posted online and all those jokes you crafted circulating in the public, before you’re even a quarter of the way through your tour?

    For every Beyoncé or Rolling Stones or Garth Brooks that people hand wave away the complaints with “they can afford it”, there are thousands of up and coming artists who have very thin profit margins who get hurt by it. Also, that up and coming artist doesn’t need their first exposure to people to be some grainy youtube video that might turn people off before the artist has the chance to impress them. Even if that artist decides to post their own free videos or music- it should be their choice and they should have the ability to control the quality of it. It would be one thing if all you people videoing were just doing it for yourselves- but the fact is- 90% of it these days is for social media bragging, so it goes viral.

    And it’s not like artists decided to be dicks about this out of the blue. The problem has been getting steadily worse for years. People completely ignore the signs and the announcements. They ignore the requests from the stage, they ignore the complaints from their fellow audience members. Artists hear from disgruntled fans who are tired of staring at those 4″ glowing phones. Venue owners and promoters hear it all the time, too. Lots of people are complaining about the inconsiderate ones who can’t respect anyone around them. That’s why we’re finally seeing the technological fixes, whether it’s cell signal blocking in venues, or the new locking cell pouches that artists like Dave Chapelle and Alicia Keys are using. If people can’t police themselves and show some discretion and respect for others, technology will do it for them. And that means ham handed solutions like IR triggers for your iPhones. Nobody wants to have their phone locked in a pouch for the duration of the show, or have ushers chase after abusers with a flashlight (you’d be surprised by how many won’t stop until they are literally thrown out of the venue). Artists really don’t want to do this either- but unfortunately, too many of you simply refuse to cooperate unless forced to do so. Nobody cares about the occasional FB or instagram photo (turn off the damn flash!), but if many of you continue to insist on watching the entire show through the lense of your smartphone- affecting the artist’s performance and the experience of the people around you, someone WILL come up with a solution. Don’t blame Apple for responding to the demand you created with your bad behavior.

    • Ghenghis McCann

      We seem to have reached the point where some people have retreated from reality so much that nothing happens unless they can see it on a screen.There’s an advert on TV in the UK just now for Vodaphone. You see three guys in all sorts of exotic locations, and one of them is never looking at what is around him as he’s always taking selfies. He seems to be the person the advert is aimed at.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        Some people seriously need to decompress from social media and viewing life through a lense- enjoy the damn experience! Take a couple pix and live in the moment, instead of fancying yourself as some sort of cultural documentarian. It’s a concert or comedy show- not Neil Armstrong’s first step- put the phone away and enjoy the show.

    • gene108

      I’m sorry, but this is America. When I pay money for something I am entitled to be as obnoxious as I want.

      Whether it is being loud at a restaurant or letting my kids run around the place or rude to the staff, my spending money on your service gives me special rights and priveleges.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        Sadly, for many people that isn’t snark

      • Smokahontas

        I’m a member of the AARP, DAMNIT!!!1!11!!!

    • Selfishness in concerts needs to be addressed, I suggest a mechanical scythe about 6″ over the head of the camera user – operation triggered by votes, of course.

    • iGrover

      I remember reading a story about comedians years ago using all the “Borscht Belt” resorts as a means of trying out new material and refining that material before they went mainstream with it. Today there is no way they could receive the same amount of anonymity to find out what works and what does not.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        Taking away the ability of comedians or musicians to woodshed new ideas without them going viral- warts and all- will only hurt the audience experience. Yet that is what the selfish ones are pushing artists towards- play it safe, take no chances, because some fool might upload it for the world.

        • ahughes798

          I guess I should be glad my band existed slightly before the age of cel phones. Because, at every shoe, we would do at least one new song, warts and all, whether it was perfect or not. I never did like bands where you’d hear the same set 4 times in a row, then the fifth show, they’d break out the new song, after it was “perfect.”

    • Panika MCD

      I would personally be happy to get rid of the American Phoenix Foundation and the stupid “only those with media credentials can record these hearings, everyone else must rely on media services” statements.

    • YoBunnyBunny

      People completely ignore the signs and the announcements. They ignore
      the requests from the stage, they ignore the complaints from their
      fellow audience members.

      This is my beef, too. Mayhaps, I’m an authoritarian conformist or something, but if there’s an announcement to not record the performance, I have no problem abiding by it, out of respect for the venue. I go to a lot of ballet and symphonic performances, and the concert halls are usually filled with The Olds who would look down their bifocals at me if I whipped out my phone. True story, I took a date to a performance, and I was mortified when he pulled out his phone to start a recording.

      Like others have said, some people just NEED to document and share their experiences. Which is a nice gesture, but at the end of the day, that crappy video does absolutely no justice to the actual performance itself. If the performance were really that good, you’d recommend that others go see it for themselves, not through the very limited perspective of someone else.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        It’s not authoritarianism, it’s simply courtesy- something in short supply these days.

    • fka_donnie_d

      Right, because Apple is the only smartphone manufacturer on the fucking planet. Not sure about that? Just ask them.

      Employees drinking own Kool-Aid – cleanup in Aisle 2

      And re IP – if, as an artist, you look at recordings as IP theft as opposed to free advertising, your material and/or your act sucks. Go make coffee.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        lolwut?

        Apple is the only smartphone manufacturer on the fucking planet. Not sure about that? Just ask them

        I’m not sure who you’re talking about. I doubt Apple thinks they’re the only one. I’m sure the author Matt doesn’t. I certainly don’t. I own a Samsung Galaxy.

        Employees drinking own Kool-Aid – cleanup in Aisle 2

        Holy non sequitur, Batman. I have no idea what you’re talking about, or even who you’re talking about.

        if, as an artist, you look at recordings as IP theft as opposed to free advertising, your material and/or your act sucks. Go make coffee.

        Ummm OK… I’ll be sure to tell successful artists like Alicia keys, Dave Chappelle, Louis C.K., Guns N Roses and Chris Rock how they’re doing it all wrong and that they suck. Because these acts have all opted for the new cell pouch technology to cut down on smartphone abuse- including illegal recording. I’ll be sure to tell nobodies like Adele and the star of Hamilton that they need to quit ranting about the offensive selfies and show recordings and should instead listen to some anonymous clown on the internet for career advice. Because Lord knows, none of them will ever be successful without some fool telling them to give away their IP. Newsflash: That IP is theirs to do with what they will, contrary to the entitled whining of some millennial snowflake that thinks that everything that can be digitized should be theirs for the taking. I listed several rather important reasons why an artist would want to control their art- unreleased material, the chance to stretch out and take chances without it going viral, etc. If an up and coming artist decides they benefit from the exposure from those viral videos- good for them! Hell, the Grateful Dead allowed audio taping of their shows for over a half a century. But even they had to lay down rules when things got out of hand, including no video taping. Artists can do what they like. But it’s their choice, not yours. They have the right to approve it, the right to the quality control of official live releases if they so choose, or they can say anything goes- that’s their call. But in instance after instance, some rude concert goers have chosen to ignore the explicit requests of the artist not to record, because those snowflakes don’t think they have to listen to anyone. If these selfish asshats don’t learn to police their own behavior, then artists and venue owners will turn to technology to police them. And we all suffer from ham fisted fixes like this Apple patent.

        • fka_donnie_d

          This patent is the stupidest thing I have seen a major company do in a long while. The only way that it is physically possible for apple to sell anything like this to anyone is to assume (or, at least, make potential customers believe) that it will put every other smartphone maker out of business in the near strategic term. A system that only affects _some_ smartphones is of no use to anybody. On the other hand, if they attempt to sell this in an open market (where they don’t have a monopoly, or anything close) they will be doing irreparable damage to their consumer sales because nobody will buy a smartphone whose camera can be disabled remotely. The only thing close to this level of stupidity I have recently seen is m$ dumbass AI experiment with Twitter.

          Re artists; notice I did not say it was not rude/distracting. If that’s your objection, sure, do whatever you want (although, if I can put up with my asshole boss playing Howard Stern the entire workday, etc. – I am the furthest thing from an artist, so whatever). Nor did I say that I wanted to enforce my will on any artists – their show, their rules, etc. But, the argument that shaky handheld video recordings constitute IP theft and people will watch them rather than going to see shows is, let’s be generous, unsupported by a large body of evidence.

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            If you think Apple is being stupid, you have no idea what they’re actually doing. By buying the patent, they covering the possibility that these sort of blocking tools might become mandatory in the future in order to be allowed to bring your phone in the venue. Of course they’re not going to unilaterally start producing phones with it unless they have some sort of guarantee that it won’t hurt marketshare. But they probably picked up that patent for peanuts and can now sit on it. And you haven’t been paying attention to the state of video recording lately if you think that a shaky HH recording is the best available. I’ve seen concert footage on Facebook Live that looks and sounds pretty damn good. But that’s besides the point, crappy or great it’s still IP theft and even crappy recordings go viral if there’s something interesting enough being recorded, e.g. the new unreleased single from a superstar. Or it could be some sort of embarrassing moment from the artist- forgotten lyrics, a little too drunk/high, an embarrassing fall, a bad rendition of a song, etc. It doesn’t matter what the quality is- those go viral. And let’sbe honest, while there’s no way to prove a negative (like not attending a show after seeing a lousy video), what artist wants to take the chance that someone’s first exposure to them is some crappy, unflattered Vine or Youtube video? An artist should have the ability to control for those moments too. Again, the real issue here isn’t Apple- if not them, someone else will invent the technology to prohibit smartphone abuse at shows. WHatever that technology is, you can bet that it will be clunky and inconvenient ripe for abuse. The obvious solution is to get it through people’s heads that this sort of tech is inevitable if people can’t figure out on their own how to behave at shows.

          • fka_donnie_d

            No offense, but I’m curious – have you actually written any code? I got through about half an android project (before deciding it wasn’t for me) and am currently studying electrical engineering. This notion of a tech capable of blocking all cellphone cameras, or major manufacturers agreeing to such, seems a little unlikely to put it mildly. Even if it comes to pass, there are plenty of tiny dumb cameras currently available. If you really want to enforce such a policy you will need to strip search people.

            Again, I don’t really disagree with you about artists right to control public image (although, if I _were_ an artist I would assume every performance was filmed and prepare accordingly – because, lets face it, I will never make a living off album sales these days). Calling a public performance intellectual property, however, opens up a huuuuge can of worms. I have absolutely no desire whatsoever to go merrily down that particular garden path.

        • Zyxomma

          A thousand times yes!! Concertgoers should be aware that (1) it’s now nearly impossible for an artist to make a living selling recordings; most of their income is from live shows, and (2) there are other people in the audience, all of whom paid to be there (unless it’s a free show, in which case they probably camped out for hours to get inside).

          Speaking of live shows and camping out, last summer I and a friend who was visiting from Mumbai went to Prospect Park in Brooklyn to see St. Vincent (the only new artist I think is worth that name). We didn’t go early, so all the seats were filled. There were thousands of people outside the fence, including us. Most of them were 20-somethings who were only there because both the Village Voice and Time Out NY told them it was THE place to be. Rather than listening to the music, they talked incessantly (either to each other or on their phones) until the end of the song they hadn’t listened to, then CHEERED. At the end of four or five songs’ worth of this blatant disrespect, we left. I listened to a recording of the show (a radio station was recording it, and it was in their archives). The show was bloody BRILLIANT, and I’m still pissed I didn’t get to enjoy it because of bad behavior.

          Are you going to a live show? TURN OFF THAT GODDAMNED PHONE.

  • gene108

    I am so glad I no longer have to work retail or at Starbucks or Cinnabons type places, because it seems most any store in that space is working extra hard to crush what little joy you might possibly have by being employed.

  • A Bashful Nobody

    F%$k Apple. Buy a Samsung.

    • georgiaburning

      Samsung and Apple seem to be suing each other to distract regulators from noticing how the two of them have grabbed so much of the smartphone market. This technology will probably be in the next cross-licensing agreement.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        yup

    • phoenix00
      • Lamashtar

        That seems like just stupid crazy family shit.

        • phoenix00

          In South Korea, business is crazy family shit. And crazy family shit is business.

      • A Bashful Nobody

        Nah, just using them as an example. My point is that Apple products are overpriced, overrated, and under powered. Much hype with little substance. JMHO.

        • phoenix00

          Overpriced yes. Apple Tax still exists, although not as badly as it used to be.
          Overrated and underpowered? Not so much. Apple’s SoCs are the best in the business given its job at hand, iOS is relentlessly optimized for Apple’s hardware, and MacOS/OSX has some pretty impressive mobile device integration tricks up its sleeve (text and voice messages and calendar appointments automagically sent to desktop? Ability to answer phone calls/Facetime on either phone or desktop?), plus the general vibe of ‘it just works’ and general quality feel the moment one picks one up.

          Now if someone can untangle the abomination that is iTunes, that would be aawwwwesome!

          (full disclosure: Apple on mobile, Windows on desktop is how I roll)

  • JMP

    “Others said take-home pay had also taken a hit because tipping has fallen”

    This is Starbucks, it’s a not a restaurant. You don’t tip at a Starbucks or McDonald’s or any other fast food chains.

    • thewendyb

      Because I have used Starbucks as a second home, home office, charging station and free A/C all summer, I do tip them. And always in cash. I know I am going back, so I come prepared.

      • Courser

        Same here. I’ll use my local Starbucks as my office from time to time, so when I go, I tip often and well.

    • Doug Langley

      Actually, it depends a lot on the server:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YJ91FKZHI0

    • HazooToo

      Starbucks has tip jars in my area, but I have to admit, that’s one of the places I only tip for really good service. Or if some asshole is in the place, making a scene. That counts as good service, putting up with that shit.

    • theCryptofishist

      True. But cafes have had those tip jars on the counter for-fucking-ever, at least around here. So, yes, I’d like them to get a decent wage and have much diminished tipping, if at all.

      Grrrrr. I hate having to think about this.

    • phoenix00

      I believe tipping rules for cafes nowadays are same as most restaurants – if you’re gonna lounge around and take up their space, tip. Don’t if you’re grabbing-and-going.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    To this, despite the annoying proliferation of dumb rewards programs for dummies, we absolve Starbucks and say, tip your fucking baristas.

    Cash makes tipping possible, and credit card slips have a blank for adding a tip. The rewards cards let you pay but don’t give you the option of tipping (but they could implement that).

    People don’t always have singles or loose change on them. If tipping ain’t easy, it ain’t gonna happen. That’s human nature.

    Starbucks should either add tipping features to their rewards program, or (better IMHO) pay baristas better and ban tipping altogether.

    • phoenix00

      Starbucks app will prompt you to tip if you pay using it.

      • Latverian Diplomat

        If so, that’s good news. I don’t have experience with the app, just with using the card.

        • phoenix00

          yes the SBUX app is a whole lotta goodness. Tracks where you are (even if creepy) so you can unlock your phone straight into the app if you are near a store (I live in Vancouver so CONSTANT); tracks how much $$ you have in your gift cards, tracks your stars, lets you pay right off your phone, lets you automagically reload $$ into your account once it runs down, and yes, asks you to tip after you pay.

          • theCryptofishist

            Oh, yuck. I don’t want any store to know where I am.

            And while we are on the subject of tipping cash v. credit, cash goes into the pocket of the tipped right away, instead of showing up in the paycheck whenever it gets processed. I prefer it that way.

          • phoenix00

            True. For me tho, the app makes it so much easier than fishing for spare change, especially if you’ve got hot liquids hanging off both arms.

          • Seek

            And pre-order. I love that. I place my order when I’m 5 mins out from the store run in and get it and leave while tipping on the app. No line. No annoying people who stand in a 10 min line and THEN try and decide what they want. In other words, no people at all. Perfect.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    The people who are serious about bootleg videos probably don’t use iphones, and if they do, will probably figure out how to filter the IR signal with a lens cover of some sort. So bootlegs will probably still happen.

    But that will be beyond the capabilities of most concert-going dumbasses. So it could help with the audience behavior issue.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Pro bootleggers use real video cameras and hide them. Pro photogs use real cameras and no flash. This is aimed at the casual concert goer who is too clueless to disable their flash, let alone use an IFR blocker and who simply plans on uploading their video to brag about it on social media

      • Frank Underboob

        “Pro photogs use real cameras and no flash.”
        Correct. Only a moron uses a flash to shoot a live gig from further than maybe 50′ from the stage.

  • Panika MCD

    Apple bought the patent, that doesn’t mean they’re going to use the technology. think about it: if there were something capable of halting a popular use for your product, wouldn’t you want to own the patent for that?

    and, if they do decide to use it, I doubt most venues could afford the infrared blockers, but shutting down the American Phoenix Foundation would happen. for that, I would be very thankful.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      With this technology, the blocker would be in the smartphone, the IFR would trigger it. People have been getting bathed in IFR at shows for years and just don’t know it. Venues routinely use IFR for their ADA systems, as well as to produce non visible light for IFR cameras. Every live play uses IRF to light the stage for video cameras for backstage viewing for the techs- have for decades.

      • Panika MCD

        cool. especially if it means my musician friends (not just the folkies, but all of ATX) bitch a little less about how they can’t make money. (I’m a poet, it gets a little old.)

        • Sakonyachen

          Wow! Musicians griping to a poet about not making money. That’s like complaining about foot pain to a quadruple amputee.

          • Panika MCD

            I know!

    • georgiaburning

      You can always put a piece of black tape over the front of the phone where the IR sensor is placed. Then again, I started as a hardware tech.

      • Jonny On Maui

        Ah tape. A technical marvel. Reminds me of a time very early in drone development where one crashed upon launch. Yup. Protective tape over the airspeed input was not removed before launch.

      • Frank Underboob

        It doesn’t require a special sensor – it uses the camera.

  • Ten years ago, I could digitally record my wife’s voice on my phone and simply save it as her ringtone. Not any more–commercially monetized ringtones only, thank you very much.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Naw, there are plenty of apps to convert any mp3 or wav into ringtone format

      • Yeah, I’ve used them. But it’s just another example of functionality removed from a device to benefit a third party.

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          I honestly don’t use custom ringtones so it doesn’t bother me. Worse yet, if I did I’d be the nitpicky guy who would import it to my laptop and use pro editing tools to get it exactly perfect before exporting it back to my phone (which is why I probably don’t bother)

          • Neither do I, anymore, for the same reasons. But it might’ve been a thing.

          • Sakonyachen

            I had to stop using custom ringtones because I listened to some seriously offensive Hiphop. You always think a ringtone is cool until you’re surrounded by old ladies at a gas station and the ringtone suddenly reminds you that it looks weird when a guys pocket is screaming epithets.

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            That’s why I don’t use them. I really don’t want to explain that cute ringtone to a client when my phone rings in front of them.

          • Sakonyachen

            I will bet that’s even more awkward. Although when my anecdote occurred, the ring tone was from Ante Up by MOP. At the end, for no logical reason, Billy Danz screams the N bomb like it’s what you are supposed to do. A bit uncomfortable.

    • Rufus T. Firefly

      Morseit app–converts contact’s name into Morse code when they call.

      Morse code is the future! The internet is a fad.

      • •• •– •• •-•• •-•• – •-• -•-• •• –
        •• •– •- ••• •- -••• — -•-•
        ••• -•-• — -•• – •- •-•• – • •-•
        •- •-•• •-••

      • Lamashtar

        Pff! Binary is, sir!

  • Parchment Scroll

    Wow, Apple. Just wow.

    • efoveks

      So much for “Think different”.

      • Serai 1

        The people who fell for that one are probably the same ones who fell for “Don’t be evil”.

  • OldFattyLumbkin

    Payday loans do NOT correspond to Aston Martins. More like Trabants, and I don’t think its legal to drive one in the US…

    • phoenix00

      It amounts to paying 2 Astons for a Trabant that breaks down 4 times a day. And if it breaks down 2 more times in a week you’re paying another Aston’s worth.

  • MsAnthropesMr

    Fuck apple. That is all.

  • Duke

    Apple will fall when it’s not cool to overpay so you can brandish their brand.

    “I’ve got white earbuds.”

    Whatever…

    • Serai 1

      I can buy white earbuds at the dollar store. Big whoop.

      • Duke

        Right… Now you can. Originally, it was an Apple signature. Sizes and colors are easy ways to create differentiation.

        • Serai 1

          Yes, and it seemed silly and pointless then, too. Never saw the attraction in Jobs’ little masturbatory devices.

    • phoenix00
      • Duke

        I just noticed that those have a “b” on them! May I pay you $150 or more on that basis alone?

        • phoenix00

          Try $200. Beats headphones are such overpriced crap.

          • Sakonyachen

            Heavy on the crap part, bat shit insane on the price part. I can imagine overpaying for headphones that suck if you like Dr. Dre that much, but if someone wants 200 dollars for them they should at least have his authenticated autograph or been rubbed on his balls or something.

  • Gregory Brown

    Why anyone would drink that burnt swill that Starbucks calls “coffee” is beyond me.

    • ahughes798

      I don’t drink coffee because YUK, but Mr. 798 says that Starbuck’s coffee tastes burnt, too.

      • Gregory Brown

        I love coffee with a deep and pure love, but that starbucks crap barely justifies the name.

        • Calton

          By “burnt”, you mean “not thin, flavorless hipster fuel”.

          • Frank Underboob

            Burnt, as in over-roasted. Ick.

          • Gregory Brown

            By “burnt” I mean slain in the roaster. I love espresso, which is not burned, and as for regular coffee, a nice medium roast so strong the spoon stands up in it, hot, and black as the ace of spades.

  • jmhm

    And yet Worstall is a viciously judgmental anti-abortion crusader because he disapproves of abortion. Funny.

    • Zhu Bajie

      I’m pretty sure the Bible never mentions abortion, but has a lot to say about the evils of charging interest.

      • TJ Barke

        It does mention a potion that can be used to force a miscarriage of a pregnancy conceived in adultery. So, in that situation at least, Bible: Pro abortion.

      • jmhm

        The Catholic church considered early and late-term abortions different sins, and neither was considered equivalent to murder, until the early 1900s. I have a lot of respect for seamless garment people. This asshole isn’t one of them.

      • Frank Underboob

        The holy bibble mentions abortions exactly once, except that it’s in the context of describing a potion to abort your wife’s pregnancy if it’s the result of adultery. Seriously.

  • Serai 1

    *sporfle* Having never owned a single device made by or subscription to anything produced by Apple, I can only sit back and giggle.

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v123/Serai/Comment%20pics/appholes%20cropped.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v123/Serai/Comment%20pics/stephen%20lets%20enjoy%20this.gif

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Don’t kid yourself, Apple may well be jumping on the patent, but this sort of technology will end up in all smartphones if people don’t learn to behave themselves at shows. Then yes, it won’t be long until you see law enforcement and others abusing the tech for their own purposes. Life would be so much easier if people would learn to unplug and put their damn phones away for 90 minutes without being forced to…

      • TJ Barke

        Get off my lawn!

      • Serai 1

        I’m sure that will be terrible for people who have smartphones.

        • Wee Mousie

          There is the problem — smart phones, dumb users.

      • Lamashtar

        Its not just those people. Hospitals and cinemas have also been asking for technology to block/turn off phones. Of course, we all know that this just means that the tech will just go underground. Where there is a black market demand, there will be a supply.

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          Cell signal blocking is a different animal than what Apple is talking about. It doesn’t involve the phone itself, you either flood the cellular frequencies in an area or block them from entering with something like a Faraday cage. Ther problem for hospitals is that it would block the doctor’s phones too.

        • Frank Underboob

          Speaking as an electronics guy, it’s technically piss-easy to block phones. The problem is that it’s illegal to do so in the US.

          • Rachel Book Harlot

            I cannot tell you how often I selfishly wished I had a cell blocker — especially when I’m on the bus or in the train. Who are these people talking to at 6:45am, FFS.
            Cell phones: best invention and worst invention.

  • jmhm

    I don’t care too much about bootleggers. I’m a little disturbed that law enforcement may be able to use some of their windfall confiscation money to buy the tech they need to block citizens filming them.

  • Parchment Scroll

    Since nobody seems to have recognized the person in my last “Think Different” post, I’ve picked a more famous picture of him for the follow-up. Hopefully now the angry sarcasm will be apparent.

    • Lamashtar

      Can’t help but juxtapose the famous ‘smashing computer’ commercial here..

  • TeeRaak

    I wish Apple would invent something that you could put a quarter in and make a phone call…
    https://media3.giphy.com/media/z0V749oxcJ2hy/200w_d.gif

    • Jonny On Maui
      • cousin itt

        I will AWAYS upfist Lewis Black.

        • 451 Byrnes

          I will ALWAYS upfist a Lewis Black upfist.

  • MrCanoehead

    There’s already an infrared based technology for preventing unauthorized phone camera use. It’s called “big fucking IR lights pointed at the audience”. Infrared is invisible to people but not to digital cameras.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      The problem is it would require quite bit to flood the cameras, enough that it would play hell with the video cameras used to put Imag on the screens, as well as any official tour or press photographers. Interestingly, that is a great way to test your TeeVee remotes to see if they’re working- look at them through your camera and press the button…

      • MrCanoehead

        Don’t have to flood the camera; just mess up the picture. Worth trying out, anyway.

  • Mormos

    Adam Smith explicitly stated that interest should never exceed 5% or exceed the principal. Bastards.

  • “Banning things simply because we disapprove of other people’s choices is not a mark of a free society.”

    He’s got a point. I was going to be all critical of Brock Turner’s choices than I realized I was not being supportive of a free society.

    • Poe’s Law

      Child labor, slavery, human trafficking, combinations in restraint of trade, price fixing, price gouging, bribery, corruption are all things I disapprove of but cannot forbid if I support a free society.

      I guess I have a different notion of freedom.

  • Poe’s Law

    On of the greatest fallacies of modern management is that “labor is the most easily controlled cost.”

    Walmart has learned, Starbucks is learning that it simply isn’t so.

  • kimberlyrsingley

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  • Beowoof14

    I don’t go to Starbucks, the dark roast reminds of an ex and feeling burnt and bitter.

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