Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Buggy Apple Patent for Tracking People on the iPhone Without their Consent

Oops, an Apple patent for the invasion of privacy via iPhone. See Kashmir Hill and the The Not-So-Private Parts at Forbes Blogs in Apple Filed a Patent Application in 2009 for What It’s Now Calling a 'Bug'.

Now, think about it, all you iPhone-owning patent yay-sayers out there, not only is Apple patenting YOUR hand motions to operate electronic equipment but they are also specifically PATENTING tracking YOU.

Is that an "invention" or "discovery" envisioned by the Constitution or did "tracking" come "Out of Africa"?

It would seem to me that any "tracking" system is simply an application of the state of the art at any time to something that was basically invented millennia ago by our hunting forefathers. I suppose there are millions of ways to do that. "Stop following me around!" Ever heard that?

But patentable? We would say not. Tracking is tracking. Nothing is discovered.

If a mobile phone can be located electronically then it is quite obvious that such information can be used to track where and when the phone is going and thus also to follow the activities and location of its owner viz. carrier.

In the days of regular phones, you knew people were home if they answered the phone. Tracked to the source. Brilliant? But surely not an invention.

Take a look at the drawing of this pandemonious "discovery":

When I was younger, we used to call this kind of stuff B.S.

I am still trying to figure out what the invention here is.

WHAT is the invention? Sneaky tracking by phone? People have done that before too.

The ISandIS Network

Our Websites and Blogs: 3D Printing and More 99 is not 100 Aabecis AK Photo Blog Ancient Egypt Weblog Ancient Signs (the book) Ancient World Blog Anthropomorphic Design Archaeology Travel Photos (blog) Archaeology Travel Photos (Flickr) Archaeo Pundit Arts Pundit Astrology and Birth Baltic Coachman Bible Pundit Biotechnology Pundit Book Pundit Chronology of the Ancient World Computer Pundit DVD Pundit Easter Island Script Echolat Einstein’s Voice Energy Environment and Climate Blog Etruscan Bronze Liver of Piacenza EU Laws EU Legal EU Pundit FaceBook Pundit Gadget Pundit Garden Pundit Golf Pundit Google Pundit Gourmet Pundit Hand Proof HousePundit Human Migrations Idea Pundit Illyrian Language Indus Valley Script Infinity One : The Secret of the First Disk (the game) Jostandis Journal Pundit Kaulins Genealogy Blog Kaulinsium Kiel & Kieler Latvian Blog Law Pundit Blog LexiLine Group Lexiline Journal Library Pundit Lingwhizt LinkedIn Literary Pundit Magnifichess Make it Music Maps and Cartography Megalithic World Megaliths Blog) Minoan Culture Mutatis Mutandis Nanotech Pundit Nostratic Languages Official Pundit Phaistos Disc Pharaonic Hieroglyphs Photo Blog of the World Pinterest Prehistoric Art Pundit Private Wealth Blog PunditMania Quanticalian Quick to Travel Quill Pundit Road Pundit Shelfari SlideShare (akaulins) Sport Pundit Star Pundit Stars Stones and Scholars (blog) Stars Stones and Scholars (book) Stonehenge Pundit The Enchanted Glass Twitter Pundit UbiquitousPundit Vision of Change VoicePundit WatchPundit Wine Pundit Word Pundit xistmz YahooPundit zistmz