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Author Topic: Apple Patents Making You SHUT UP!  (Read 2042 times)

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Apple Patents Making You SHUT UP!
« on: August 07, 2013, 09:44:46 PM »
Clear the room of anyone with sensitive ears. You are about to erupt into a blithering mass of profanity. Better yet, run out on the airport tarmac next to a jet as it might mask the volume of your screams...

Then again, you might just sigh and figure it's all par for the course.

http://news.techeye....deo-camera-and-wi-fi

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Apple patents tech to let cops switch off iPhone video, camera and wi-fi

So they can pummel with impunity


Police forces around the world have had the problem that when their officers get a bit carried away and start pepper spraying tied captives there is someone on hand filming the event on their mobile phones.

While six police lay into prone grannies on the floor with long batons, the pictures can be on the net in seconds, meaning supervisors have to answer embarrassing questions.

But they may not need to fear scrutiny much longer - Apple has patented a piece of technology which would allow government and police to block transmission of information, including video and photographs, whenever they like.

All the coppers have to do is decide that a public gathering or venue is deemed "sensitive", and needs to be "protected from externalities" and Apple will switch off all its gear.

The police can then get on with the very difficult task of kettling protesters without having to worry about a few beating anyone to death.

Apple insists that the affected sites are mostly cinemas, theatres, concert grounds and similar locations, but it does admit that it could be used in "covert police or government operations which may require complete 'blackout' conditions".

According to RT it could also be used to prevent whistleblowers like Edward Snowden from taking pictures and broadcasting them on the interent.

Apple said that the wireless transmission of sensitive information to a remote source is one example of a threat to security.

But it said that this sensitive information could be anything from classified government information to questions or answers to an examination administered in an academic setting.

Apple patented the means to transmit an encoded signal to all wireless devices, commanding them to disable recording functions.

The policies would be activated by GPS, and wi-fi or mobile base-stations, which would ring-fence ("geofence") around a building or a "sensitive area" to prevent phone cameras from taking pictures or recording video.

Odd that the company made famous by its 1984 Big Brother video can't really see what it is doing. Perhaps its own secretive culture and an overzealous security treatment of its staff have fostered sympathy for Big Brother after all.





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Because they need to work with companies like Apple, which adds in a bit more administrative overhead...

I can imagine that there are decent uses for it, but this WILL be abused.

And I didn't really need another reason to hate Apple...  :-\
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Re: Apple Patents Making You SHUT UP!
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2013, 08:34:09 PM »

  And yet ANOTHER POLICE STATE TOOL.

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Re: Apple Patents Making You SHUT UP!
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2013, 08:51:25 PM »
See, the weird part here is Apple can *invent* this kind of thing all they like.

But why *patent* it - so does that mean that Android is safe because Google or Samsung won't license the patent!?


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Re: Apple Patents Making You SHUT UP!
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2013, 08:55:35 PM »
Clear the room of anyone with sensitive ears. You are about to erupt into a blithering mass of profanity. Better yet, run out on the airport tarmac next to a jet as it might mask the volume of your screams...

Then again, you might just sigh and figure it's all par for the course.

No. I absolutely promise I will not erupt into a blithering mass of profanity.

Instead, I'd invoke Harlan Ellison. So Renny if you haven't read enough of his work (for example not counting that Star Trek episode), then he can take your boring old hat 1.0 style profanity, and turn it into a blithering mass of far worse words that will just make you want to curl up in a corner and expire. Quietly, so your passing doesn't bother anyone!
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It doesn't stop the horror of the situation. But it's cathartic to at least have the proper vocabulary! Come find me in IM's and I'll give you a class! : )

« Last Edit: August 08, 2013, 08:59:10 PM by TaoPhoenix, Reason: Deleted the word Very because Harlan would not approve of such boring usage! »

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Re: Apple Patents Making You SHUT UP!
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2014, 04:18:02 AM »
It seems a few more people have noticed the crApple patent:

http://thefreethough...de-police-brutality/

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Re: Apple Patents Making You SHUT UP!
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2014, 05:56:01 AM »
In a world where the USPTO just recently awarded Amazon a patent for taking pictures of objects against a white background, anything is possible when it comes to patents. :-\

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Re: Apple Patents Making You SHUT UP!
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2014, 06:43:26 AM »
Okay, so the next question is when are they going to start farming out the remote burn functionality built into smart phones? It works regardless of whether or not the phone has access to a carrier so it can be transmitted over a local WiFi network, and it erases everything on the phone. It dovetails with the above as a nice backstop for those times when the curtain doesn't go up quite fast enough..