Pretty sure this is how Twelve Monkeys begins http://t.co/4c5ipAzs1S
— Matt O'Brien (@ObsoleteDogma) June 12, 2014
.@ObsoleteDogma No, pretty sure it was the opening to "I Am Legend."
— billmon (@billmon1) June 12, 2014
And if that isn’t scary enough… Alison P. Davis at NYMag says “Ladies, You Can Now Marry Your iPhone“:
… I was initially intrigued by Ringly, a new business in the wearable-tech melee, which offers a ring that inconspicuously notifies you of incoming communication. Co-founder Christina Mercando, a start-up alum with a background in fine art, created the ring because she was sick of missing texts and calls from friends and family, but also felt like a jerk for keeping her phone constantly in view. The ring, available for preorder this week for $145, connects to an iPhone or Android and alerts the wearer to incoming texts, calls, calendar alerts, or emails. It also allows for push notifications from Tinder, eBay, Facebook, and Twitter. If info is coming in, the ring will vibrate and flash a tiny light, so the wearer can be aware of communication without sacrificing social etiquette or style…
So, if there is a swine flu outbreak, you will never miss a notification on your iphone ring. Good to know.
More, um, robust versions of the ring for males cannot be far off.
“You receiving a text or just glad to see me?”
There’s something wrong with the very concept of the Ringly. The device that tells me I have an incoming communication on my smartphone should be my smartphone. (ETA: ) Not some additional thing that I need to buy and wear.
Villago Delenda Est
The entire idea of be wired to some network on a continual basis bothers me no end. I experienced this in a way when I was in the Army (I was, after all, often a unit signal officer…by definition, I was wired in all the time) and I grew to loathe it. Turn off the damn phone, let it go to voicemail, don’t sweat it. 90% of the time it’s simply not that damn urgent to respond at once. ESPECIALLY when it’s some idiot customer who associates “losing a million dollars an hour” with life and death. Because they’re not “losing a million dollars an hour”, they just think they are because they want to impress someone as to how “serious” they are about fucking money.
Villago Delenda Est
Also, it’s the height of utter stupidity to be creating airborne viruses that could get out and start pandemics. We’ve got enough stupid in the GOP in this country already without mad scientists getting their rocks off on “experiments” straight out of stock 50’s B movies.
Based on what I’ve seen of social etiquette nowadays — texting while driving, eating, talking — the ship sailed on sacrificing it long ago.
This was made known to me by a friend who works with the domestic violence group in the mayor’s office. They recently ran a study and found quite a few weaknesses in Nashville’s current system for handling domestic violence, and this crystallizes them.
@Villago Delenda Est:
I like to distinguish between connectivity that cannot get away from me, and connectivity that I cannot get away from.
Per Chris Hayes: Cantor invoked the Holocaust in speaking about his defeat to the GOP caucus.
No cell phone (and hope never shall have one). Still occasionally unplug my landline for days at a time.
And it’s getting worse, now that people are taking out smartphones — or worse, tablet phones — to do their texting. In movie theatres, during the movie.
Did he really? The poor baby.
@David Koch: Well of course. After all, do you know who else purged his entire legislative caucus of Jews?
The corrupt NY Times is in full panic over Cantor’s defeat
Because it is absolutely vital and imperative to immediately inform everyone they know that there were more red Jujubes in the box than there were orange ones.
Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism
No, no, no. It’s a lab-created airborne influenza virus.
It’s Captain Trips.
@Amir Khalid: I have seen people sitting at the table in the office cafeteria texting like mad. It reminds me of the scene in The Big Bang Theory where Raj and Lucy have their first date and are incapable of speaking to each other, so they have a text date. It’s the next dimension of phone sex, I guess.
It’s pretty sick that that story is in the “most important” position on the front page, next to a picture of weeping refugees. A perfect distillation of their moral universe.
Exactly. I thought all of those things are what the phone was supposed to do. So…what? She’s uncomfortable not having her phone glued to her ear?
Wouldn’t Crazy Glue be cheaper?
@Sondra: Soon, the ring and the phone will be ONE.
And then we are at chip-in-the-head like one of my favorite movies, The President’s Analyst.
We take that shit seriously down here.
I have a bag of onions if anyone needs a new one.
There is a British lord who, while a scientist on paper, is also a crackpot. Is that Lord May? He’s the big name in opposition in the article, so it’s kinda important.
While I am incredibly leery of recreating the Spanish Flu, the guy who did it makes an awfully good argument. And Sun Pony knows it wouldn’t be the first horribly deadly virus we’ve kept successfully locked up.
That ring sounds completely stupid, but this week I actually would have found it helpful — I was in a job situation on a noisy location with a new phone, with lots of texts and calls flying about, and I could neither hear the ringer nor feel the vibrations even with the phone in my pocket. And that was a situation where it was perfectly “socially acceptable” to be using a phone.
Not that I got a spare $150 bucks lying around…
@Amir Khalid: Here’s what I don’t get: who has enough money nowadays to pay $12 for a movie ticket and then not pay any attention to the movie?
We’re really going to, uh, ‘book of Revelation’ ourselves one day and do something stupid that will kill off 5/6ths of us, aren’t we?
@Frankensteinbeck: Lord Monckton, I believe.
@Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism: My first thought also was The Stand. You just know that the Walking Dude I’d advising the current Republican Party.
You know, there actually is an old episode of Big Bang Theory that aired this week where one of the guys falls into a relationship with the female voice recognition software on his smart phone.
Yep! I think you’re right. It looks like Lord May is a pretty respected and knowledgeable guy, so that is significant. I’m not sure if I agree with him here – I’m very ambivalent – but I’ll take his word as an expert seriously.
@Villago Delenda Est:
Boss once observed me turning off my company cell as I was leaving work. Told me I had to leave it on 24 hrs a day in case someone needed me. Told him that if I was that necessary and I had to be available 24/7 they would have to triple my pay. He did not appreciate this. I still left with my phone turned off.
The most horrifying part was that the guy was released a second time without a 12-hour hold. WTF? I could see the first one being the judge’s mistake, but who the heck was the second judge who decided, Well, last time he attacked his girlfriend again immediately after being released, but I’m sure that won’t happen this time.
@WereBear: “Everybody hates The Phone Company!” That remains one of my favorite films of all time.
The Stand is supposed to be a work of fiction, not a fucking “how-to” manual.
You may be thinking of Viscount Monckton.
ETA: jayjaybear got there first
ETA2: about three hours ago
So many great lines:
A killer flu pandemic is every microbiologist’s worse nightmare, and based on the typical time span between them, we’re due for a big one, so I can understand why they want to recreate this virus for study purposes. Though it does give me pause, but we’ve managed to keep small pox on ice so far (crosses fingers). Read this: http://www.amazon.com/Great-Influenza-Deadliest-Pandemic-History/dp/0143036491/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1402593773&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Spanish+Flu An excellent book, very well researched. One thing that struck me as I read it is that it is almost like this world-wide pandemic has been wiped from popular consciousness; I rarely see it mentioned even when discussing WWI or what an authoritarian prick Pres. Wilson was. I suspect because it was such a terrifying time, those that survived it never wanted to talk about it so the memory wasn’t passed on.
One of the points at the end of this book is that it was only relatively recently that they found some blood samples from this pandemic and were able to correctly ID the strain of flu virus responsible for killing what was then 3 to 5% of the world’s entire population, 50 to 100 million people. It is from the H1N1 strain, so when one of those shows up, the CDC gets very anxious. It killed mostly those in the prime of life, simply because at age 21 your immune system is about as strong as it will ever be, and their body’s defensive response did so much damage that it killed them. Certain cells from your immune system “tag” infectious cells for destruction by other immune system cells, which do so by various means, but the released nasties from the process also destroy some of your normal healthy tissue, so in a normal situation the body rebuilds what inadvertently got destroyed. With this flu in those young people, the tagging system ran out of control and the destruction from hypervigilant immune system destroyed so much tissue (lining of the lungs, for one) that people died, horribly. Moving around soldiers and the associated crowding is why it raged through the ranks of the armed forces, starting apparently in Kansas and spreading with the recruits as they were mustered and sent overseas. Young kids with immature immune systems got sick, but usually didn’t die; those over age 50 had been exposed to a milder form of H1N1 flu when they were younger and had some immunity, plus their immune systems were weaker too. Flu usually kills young kids and older, medically compromised adults, but the Spanish Flu of 1918 didn’t, and may have played a large role in ending WWI.
i’ll take one. mine fell off when i was chasing the Kaiser…
Yes, because nothing sacrifices social etiquette or style like a nagging little voice in your head wondering what that message was that just vibrated your finger…
I seriously wonder what the world might be like if some Apple virus all of a sudden took every iPhone off line for a couple of days. How would people endure the horror?
Also, how long until an app comes out that makes your finger vibrate continuously…