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Business Insider Declares US Brainwashed, Blames Apple

Business Insider Declares US Brainwashed, Blames Apple

IT'S OFFICIAL: Apple Has Brainwashed The Whole Country. How Else To Explain The Lack Of Outrage Over Apple's Secret Location Tracking?

That's the entire headline from a recent Business Insider story discussing the importance of what Apple has done. It warns, in stentorian tones that would make a Doomsday cultist proud, that "Apple has so mesmerized you that you [all of us] live in the reality distortion field." We'd like to offer our readers with severe short-term memory problems a one-word summary of the story, as provided by our good friend Morbo:



Folks actually seem pretty outraged. Congress wants answers, hearings have been scheduled, lawsuits filed, Illinois' AG has made inquiries, and the FTC/FCC (one or the other) will likely investigate the issue. Journalists certainly aren't thrilled with these new discoveries, both South Korea and Germany have launched investigations of their own.

In light of these facts, we're not sure what would constitute an appropriate level of outrage. Old-school protesters may be tempted to hurl their phones at 1 Infinite Loop, but we're reasonably sure that might constitute a breach of the peace. Plus, they might break.

Let's assume, momentarily, the Business Insider is right and that the size of America's outrage isn't even half the size of our forefather's...erm, outrage. Here's some of our favorite possible reasons why they have nothing to do with Apple:

4.) It's Complicated: People got pissed about the iPhone 4's screen and amazing ability to drop calls because they could see a simple relationship between the two. This issue is about privacy, security, and anonymity. Some pundits are ticked because the file is trivially easy to access, some because there was no notification of this feature (except their was), some because Apple really doesn't need to be storing an entire history of where your phone has been since the day you activated it.

Sadly, most people don't like explanations longer than a Twitter post. We offer the below as proof.
 


Culture? Schools? Pfagh. THEY TOOK HIS JOB.

There's a lot of confusion rumbling around the media over what the outrage actually is. There's the existence of the log, its complete lack of security, the fact that Apple collected such information without user consent, and the company's decision to share it with the police. Frankly, it's a lot easier to get pissed about a broken phone.

3) It's Even More Complicated:  Google phones have location-based services. So do WP7 devices. The researchers who first presented this issue noted that they haven't found equivalent code on these other devices—which actually makes it harder to explain the difference between 'good' and 'bad' services to a non-techie. Meanwhile, we like our nifty functionalities.  We like fast GPS services that can actually pinpoint our location within 50 feet as opposed to thinking we're in China or visiting the New York sewer. We want to be able to see a list of local ATMs, restaurants that specialize in gastrointestinal cataclysms, and that one bar where we met a girl who didn't surprise us at the end of the night.

2.) We're Used To It: Anyone with a credit card, social security number, or frickin' Kroger Plus card is already trackable. Facebook and Foursquare actually encourage people to make themselves easier to find. People explicitly port cell phone numbers across carriers because they want to be reachable no matter where they are (another form of making oneself visible). We're not claiming this is good, but it's sure not Apple's fault.  

1.) Apple Hasn't Said Much Yet
:  Outrage, like fires, children, and revolution, must be fed. Even Tony Hayward, who never met a statement he couldn't use to make people hate him, didn't manage to enrage everyone in the southeast US the first time he took the podium. Apple probably will apologize for the security issues that make the file so easy to access while tossing out a bone "We're very sorry you think a feature we designed is actually a problem." The company might even deign to put in and on/off switch for this property, or at least a clearly identified agreement that you must agree to or not be able to activate the phone.

Finally, there's the practicality of it all. Even those customers who are thoroughly disgusted with Apple over this and want to jump ship don't necessary want to do so right now—not when waiting for contract renewal dates or at least long enough to gauge the company's response are both smart moves.
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OMG, APPLE IS EVIL AND STEVE JOBS IS THE RESSURECTION OF SATAN!!

Eh, it's nothing new. We've been brainwashed since the year 2007, watching that TV which tells us what to buy, listening to that music that they want us to watch.

If anything our lives are too controlled by the biggest corporations, and there are barely any alternatives if we want to live without them; they're that tightly ingrained in our lives.

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HAHA I needed that laugh this morning as far as the videos are concerned :) All they need to do is encrypt the file so that if it is taken off the phone it cannot be opened.

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omegadraco:

HAHA I needed that laugh this morning as far as the videos are concerned :) All they need to do is encrypt the file so that if it is taken off the phone it cannot be opened.

Invisible guy walks up to Apple employee.

"The file needs to be equipped" the invisible guy sayst

The guy stares at the screen, a lightbulb appears above his head.

"Hey Wait a Minute" He realizes as he types on the computer.

"There you go, just encrypt the file" the invisible guy says to him.

He continues to types on his computer.

"Encrypt it!" the invisible guy says to him.

He stares at the computer screen, now utterly clueless.

"Come on, encrypt it!" The invisible guy screams out.

The guy just stares at the computer, moments passing.

"Never mind." He says nonchalantly.

"Gosh", the invisible guy says with a pissed off demeanor.

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I think outrage has not really set in because we have so much information overload it may not seem that important to some.  Like the article states there are so many ways to track your location that maybe people feel it is a moot point.

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You're holding it wrong, You're using it wrong, You're doing it wrong.

 

The 3 commandments of the bible according to Jobs.

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maybe if we hold it wrong, it wont track us? haha

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I for one did not drink the Koolaid! It is pretty crazy that no one has made over this, and those who do have no clue what they are taking about. The crapple users in my office don't care one bit about the tracking! As long as they get their angry bird fix they are as happy as clams.

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i said it once, i will say it again, its not a bug, but a feature! i mean who doesnt want apple to know were you are at all times?

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This is all really funny in a not very funny kind of way. Apple may have brainwashed the public in a sense as they truly believe (the public in a lot of cases) that an iPhone or iPad is the only device that can do what they do. What has really brainwashed the American public, and probably a large percentage of the world public is the news.

Look at it from this perspective and you'll realize what I am saying! Ok if I sit you in front of a monitor and stream news at you as well as as much celebrity BS news as possible for long enough you forget your own issues. Then realize it is what happens to most of the general public all day in one format or another.

It is kind of like the BING commercials, although it is not truly information overload, it is psychologically shifting your thinking to where the companies want it to be. This has been a long time coming, and I am not a theorist of any kind. It is just that if you are not focused on what you should be you loose the little points. Then because you lost those little points of issues, then replaced them with "happy thoughts' or at least thoughts about someone else. Well then you forget where your at or what you were worried about and go along with your day.

I am not saying this from personal experience as I don't really watch much TV, and when I am on the net I don't follow celebs or any of that crap. I know though that the general public does to a large percentage. So Apple may have the world brainwashed about there products, and they are in many cases capable of general tasks. They are just in many ways dumbed down.

Anyway I have been wondering what would happen when this one hit. Although I figured in general the iSheep would not say much anyway because they barely ever do.

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LOL i might be brainwashed, i didn't care about the location tracking...

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Maybe if I buy one, I'll care.

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realneil:
Maybe if I buy one, I'll care.

Same here, I never had an iPhone so this doesn't impact me as much as it should as an end user.

But as someone standing from the front lines, I'm very concerned.

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Maybe apple is just like santa?

"They see you when your sleeping... they know when your awake.... they know if you been buying apple or not.... so buy apple for goodnesake....OOO you better watch out... you better not cry... you better not pout, im telling you why.... apple is coming to take your money tonight!!!!!"

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