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Submission + - Your Phone's on Lockdown. Enjoy the Show.

HughPickens.com writes: The NYT reports that more artists are discovering a technology called Yondr. Fans are required to place their cellphones into Yondr’s form-fitting lockable pouch when entering the show, and a disk mechanism unlocks it on the way out. Fans keep the pouch with them, but it is impossible to snap pictures, shoot videos or send text messages during the performance while the pouch is locked. “I know my show is protected, and it empowers me to be more honest and open with the audience,” says Dave Chappelle who insists on deploying Yondr at all of his shows. Other entertainers have since used Yondr, including Alicia Keys, Guns N’ Roses, and Maxwell, and the actor, musician and comedian Donald Glover, who goes by the stage name Childish Gambino. Chad Taylor, who manages Mr. Glover, among others, says, “It’s hard to meet people in the room when you’re busy texting friends who aren’t there. It’s hard to enjoy a concert experience when you’re looking at it through an iPhone camera and trying to get the best shot.”

But some fans object to not being able to disseminate and see live shows via videotape. “The ability to see it happening live” from the comfort of your living room “is incredible,” says Chris Kooluris of Manhattan, a hard-core music fan who has been to dozens of live shows and watched others online through Periscope, Twitter’s video feature. “In this day and age, my phone is how I keep my memory,” says Gerard Little. “Chris Brown. Jason Derulo. I have their footage on my phone. If you don’t want your music heard, then don’t perform it.” Andrea Ostolaza says she wants to share the concert with her friends who couldn’t get in. “If it doesn’t have a flash or light, I don’t feel like it’s disrupting."

Comment What about the victims of vaccine injury (Score 1) 499

We all benefit from others being vaccinated, and being that it is more or less mandatory we should (but currently do not) have a compensation program in place for those who suffer from vaccine injury. In fact we gave a precedent set by the Supreme Court of Canada that the state cannot be held responsible. https://scc-csc.lexum.com/scc-...

Comment Keurig and Tassimo - worst invention of the centur (Score 0) 299

The coffee tastes like crap, is an environmental nightmare and is far less cost effective than previous methods. Are we really that busy that we don't have 2-3 minutes to brew a shot of espresso and steam some milk?/For fucks sake people COME ON. If you own or regularly use one of these machines, please do us all a favour and off yourself!

Comment Re: can someone give the TL;DR (Score 1) 205

Yes it was a bad analogy, what i meant to say was the licencing is necessary to ensure quality of service but the exorbitant licencing fees are not necessary. The spectrum licenses are sold to the highest bidder (for billions of dollars) the cost of which is passed on to the consumer, which is literally taxing end users on thin air.

Comment Re: can someone give the TL;DR (Score 1) 205

Can't blame carriers 100%. Carriers dont really do anything other than repackage software and hardware solutions from their vendors. Vendors that licence based on number of subscribers, number of OFDM codes, number of installed sites, instances of software, global geographical region. Vendors that heavily utilize FOSS solutions in their products but contribute very little to the FOSS community. Vendors that charge millions for (but provide a very poor level of) support. Don't get me wrong the carriers could improve their game greatly by focusing on providing better value and service for their customers, but the truth be told the margins for running a national wireless network aren't that great, and it's the multinational vendors mentioned above that are making the most of it. Here's looking at you Ericsson/Cisco/Juniper/HP/etc...

Comment Re: New rule (Score 1) 161

I bought a Telstra prepaid SIM when I was in Australia recently and was required to provide a valid passport with a valid visa label which was magically verified by Telstra (I was somewhat surprised to learn they have full access to the passport database because it told me my passport wasn't valid when I accidentally put the wrong passport number). The coverage was so poor however, that I decided on my way home to give it to a terrorist at the airport who was flying in from Saudi Arabia to say G'day to the Australian parliament house.. Serves em right!

Comment Re: SJW crap (Score 1, Interesting) 310

He's doing what he loves, what's wrong with that? He also has a point about not only women, but many people working in technology. They get into it because it pays well, but they really lack the natural interest (passion) in the field to take it beyond being work. People like the GP are the ones who succeed in tech because they do it for the right reason, i.e. they love it and are good at it. The same can be said for any profession, and its the advice I give to my kids and others.. Do something because you love it and you're good at it. We are all good at something.

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