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King Uncorks Clunker: The Cell Phone Clicky Noise Act
Publius' Forum ^ | 1/28/09 | Warner Todd Huston

Posted on 01/28/2009 6:29:14 AM PST by Mobile Vulgus

In a what-was-he-thinking move, Representative Peter King (R-NY) has recently introduced H.R. 414, the Camera Phone Predator Alert Act which is aimed at preventing "predators" from taking illicit photos of others in public with cell phones. The bill will force cell phone manufacturers to make the camera feature of a cell phone emit a noise so that it will be audibly obvious when a picture is taken.

As the bill summary at Thomas.loc.gov states:

Requires any mobile phone containing a digital camera to sound a tone whenever a photograph is taken with the camera's phone. Prohibits such a phone from being equipped with a means of disabling or silencing the tone. Treats the requirement as a consumer product safety standard and requires enforcement by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Really? So now we are mandating sounds here? Should we begin to make laws that devices of every kind emit some sort of sound to alert everyone in the vicinity that something has been used in their presence, and predicate it all on "public safety"? And, what if someone doesn't like the particular sound chosen? Are we going to sue to get the sound we like? Will the government then make rules of what kind of sound is made, how loud, how long? Will there be great volumes of the sorts of sounds "allowed" for one thing or another? Clicks for cameras? Star Trek-like swooshing sounds when doors open?

Read the rest at Publiusforum.com...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: cellphone; congress; looney; lunatic; peterking; rino; unconstitutional
This one is a stupid bill!
1 posted on 01/28/2009 6:29:14 AM PST by Mobile Vulgus
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To: Mobile Vulgus

I get the feeling someone took a photo of King when he was unawares (maybe picking his nose) and he’s feeling a bit irritated.


2 posted on 01/28/2009 6:32:46 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

A Republican enemy of liberty. What a surprise. </s>


3 posted on 01/28/2009 6:33:35 AM PST by oblomov (Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods. - Mencken)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Five minutes after the bill is passed, someone will figure out and post all over the internet how to bypass it, probably by something as simple as putting tape over the mic.. then bam.. the millions of taxpayer dollars it took to create this bill is out the window.


4 posted on 01/28/2009 6:33:59 AM PST by mnehring
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To: theDentist

I wonder if Tiger Woods complained about photos of him in action being sold without his approval and now the audible sound is cause for them not to be allowed in the gallery.


5 posted on 01/28/2009 6:34:33 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
My camera already has one of these sounds. The actual sound on my camera is a good representation of my old Nikon F shutter.

"Crick"

6 posted on 01/28/2009 6:34:41 AM PST by Paladin2 (No, pundits strongly believe that the proper solution is more dilution.)
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To: theDentist
This is a stupid attempt to micromanage the life of us slaves in many ways. First, there are already hundreds of millions of phones out there. Second, it's a feature that will be easy to disable or muffle. Third, there are times when it is legitimate to want to take a picture quietly (say you are hiding in a closet with a cracked door, trying to send a pic to police of an intruder in your home.)

Why not prosecute the actual illegal activities that harm people, instead of trying to micromanage us so we can't do anything that _might_ be bad?

7 posted on 01/28/2009 6:35:16 AM PST by Liberty1970 (Democrats are not in control. God is. And Thank God for that!)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

This is Exactly what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they created this country. Make digital cameras “click.” Did I see an “R” after that jacka$$es name?


8 posted on 01/28/2009 6:35:37 AM PST by laweeks
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To: mnehrling

And will video cameras go click..click...click...click...click.?


9 posted on 01/28/2009 6:39:08 AM PST by rovenstinez
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To: Mobile Vulgus

stupid party in action.

somebody just needs to substitute the sound file with a “silent” sound file and it is bypassed.

THIS is why the GOP lost, boneheads like this doofus who have no clue how the real world works today.

Perhaps we should pass a bill requiring congress creatures to live in the real world instead of the beltway.

(if a congressman can live in his father in law’s dresser drawer, then it should be no difficulty for the rest of them)


10 posted on 01/28/2009 6:39:28 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: All
This guy is a killjoy.


11 posted on 01/28/2009 6:40:08 AM PST by WakeUpAndVote (INGSOC starts 1.20.09)
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To: rovenstinez

..and once you hear the click, the picture is already taken.. maybe they should pass a bill requiring that everyone who takes a picture be required to shout out the word click before actually snapping the picture?


12 posted on 01/28/2009 6:40:36 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Mobile Vulgus

This legislation has been introduced in previous sessions of congress. It is sold on the idea that perverts are taking photos of our children, which is possible. But, what makes one think that the phone can not be modified, like putty being put in the speaker channel?

Congress only considers the gratitude of the public.


13 posted on 01/28/2009 6:40:38 AM PST by Loud Mime (Dems: Republicans are enemies - Bush: Democrats are Friends)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Are there any Republicans left who even have a clue?


14 posted on 01/28/2009 6:42:35 AM PST by all the best
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To: mnehrling

Five minutes after the bill is passed, someone will figure out and post all over the internet how to bypass it, probably by something as simple as putting tape over the mic.. then bam.. the millions of taxpayer dollars it took to create this bill is out the window.
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Exactly.


15 posted on 01/28/2009 6:43:49 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Uuuuuuuum, uh, uh...............aaannnnnnd....................................................um.)
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To: mnehrling
maybe they should pass a bill requiring that everyone who takes a picture be required to shout out the word click before actually snapping the picture?

How about "say cheese".

16 posted on 01/28/2009 6:44:14 AM PST by DYngbld (Aspire to inspire before you expire)
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To: Loud Mime

perhaps the congressman has something he needs to hide causing his irrational fear of cameras.


17 posted on 01/28/2009 6:44:28 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: mnehrling
everyone who takes a picture be required to shout out the word click before actually snapping the picture?

Will Japanese people have to say, "Crick?"

18 posted on 01/28/2009 6:44:52 AM PST by Eaker (Go n-ithe an cat thĂș is go n-ithe an diabhal an cat)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

So... Aside from the solutions presented here by Freepers in mere moments after hearing about the bill, I think the best laughingstock moment of all of this: No requirements for cameras not equipped with cell phones to make the ‘sound.’ And cameras hooked up to wifi?

Mo(R)on.


19 posted on 01/28/2009 6:45:08 AM PST by kingu (Party for rent - conservative opinions not required.)
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To: all the best
Are there any Republicans left who even have a clue?

No.

20 posted on 01/28/2009 6:45:28 AM PST by Spirochete
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To: Mobile Vulgus
WTF...

No... Seriously. WTF???

21 posted on 01/28/2009 6:48:00 AM PST by Dead Corpse (What would a free man do?)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

My Motorola Cell Phone is already equipped with such a feature. The noise is so LOUD, I would not use it in a restaurant as it would distract the entire establishment.


22 posted on 01/28/2009 6:57:50 AM PST by Chronically aghast in Florida (Thanks Mom (for not being a hippie chick)
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To: Mobile Vulgus; All
These overpaid idiots have 'way too much time on their hands.

A discussion I had on our Canadian sister site revolved around how many more molesters, muggers, would-be rapists and other assorted lowlifes were being revealed, more & more, because so many people- especially the women-- are using cell phones with cameras.

This damn-fool meddling would sure put a crimp in that, wouldn't it?

23 posted on 01/28/2009 7:07:39 AM PST by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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To: mnehrling
maybe they should pass a bill requiring that everyone who takes a picture be required to shout out the word click before actually snapping the picture?

Arlen Spector may import some Scottish law for this purpose: When striking a golf ball, one must yell "Fore!" and when taking a picture, one must shout "Click!"

24 posted on 01/28/2009 7:08:13 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Chronically aghast in Florida

UNLESS you put your phone is silent mode.


25 posted on 01/28/2009 7:14:27 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Liberalism is a mental illness.


26 posted on 01/28/2009 7:18:52 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (liberalism = serious mental deficiency)
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To: Liberty1970
(say you are hiding in a closet with a cracked door, trying to send a pic to police of an intruder in your home.)

Say you are hiding in a closet with a cracked door, getting ready to shoot an intruder in your home. You can get a gun cheaper than a cell phone.

27 posted on 01/28/2009 7:22:02 AM PST by Tax-chick (I will not be silenced.)
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To: Eaker; Mobile Vulgus
Will Japanese people have to say, "Crick?"

They won't have to say anything. Japan already requires all cameraphones to make an audible noise when taking a photograph.

28 posted on 01/28/2009 7:24:28 AM PST by Between the Lines (I am very cognizant of my fallibility, sinfulness, and other limitations.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Boy Congressman King. You have sure picked up on the MOST important issue of the time! What is next? Outlaw texting because the finger movement annoys you?
29 posted on 01/28/2009 7:31:35 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (Chevron 7 will not engage!)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

My brother has an optional sound effect on his new 3.3 megapixel cell phone camera. Unfortunately the sound is played immediately upon pressing the button, but the picture isn’t actually made till a couple of seconds later. He says he has a picture of a friend of his getting up out of her chair thinking that the picture had already been taken.


31 posted on 01/28/2009 8:07:34 AM PST by Paleo Conservative
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