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(Tech Crunch)   Interesting: inventor has been wearing digital glasses for over 30 years. Scary: a man in McDonalds tries to forcibly remove his glasses. Asinine: they tear up his doctors letter about the glasses. Fail: His glasses recorded the whole thing   (techcrunch.com) divider line 169
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2012-07-17 09:07:02 PM

ciberido: MythDragon: [images.wikia.com image 764x573]
Not amused.
/but probably would have killed them all in .73 seconds.
//Damn I wish I had shades like that. *snikt*

He needs to be cooler. Like twenty percent cooler.


Yeah, thats what I was thinking about when I posted.
 
2012-07-17 09:08:58 PM

IAmRight: WordyGrrl: Still, anyone who skips out on trying real food when they're in one of the world's centers of great cuisine should be shot.

It's not like you only eat one meal there. And you really do have to go to one just to order a Royale with Cheese.

/plus everywhere else in France serves food for about 2 hours per day, so if you're hungry at an odd hour (if you just came over from North America, you probably are), McDonald's is one of few options


Never been to France, but I've eaten in McDonald's in several different countries. The food is a lot better than it is in American McDonald's. It's worth trying once just so you can experience a McDonald's hamburger that actually tastes good. And, as several people have pointed out already, it's possible that it's open at a time or place when nothing else is available, plus it's interesting to try things that aren't on the menu at your local McDonald's.

In general, if you have other options and you're going to be in the country for only a single day, sure, skip the McDonald's, but if you're going to be there for a while and have plenty of meals to "spend," it might be worth a try.

Personally, I used to eat at McDonald's reasonably often when I lived in Korea, because I can only eat Korean so many times in a row, and it's not always possible to cook for yourself.
 
2012-07-17 09:20:41 PM

Teufelaffe: digitalrain: [content9.flixster.com image 359x264]

That's it...blame the Fronch.

/ fronch fries, doncha know!
// I want my two dollars!

Perhaps he should have spoken the International Language


Bah weep gragnah weep nini bong!!!

Wait...that's the universal greeting...
 
2012-07-17 09:28:34 PM
Has to be done:

klingonweapons.com

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www.interaction-design.org
 
2012-07-17 09:55:50 PM
What amuses me is that places like museums, which typically have quite strict rules about recording devices, didn't have any problems with his EyeTap, but a McD's did.

Another point of consideration for those that say, "They have the right to kick him out!" is that, yes, they do, and they chose not to when they first confronted him.
FTFA:
"I showed this doctor's letter and the documentation to the purported McDonalds employee who had stopped me in the McDonalds line.
"After reviewing the documentation, the purported McDonalds employee accepted me (and my family) as a customer, and left us to place our order.
"
It was only after he had been allowed to remain, ordered, sat down and then started eating that he was confronted again (more aggressively, according to his blog).
 
2012-07-17 10:38:43 PM

Bender The Offender: WordyGrrl: misanthropologist: This is what happens when you do the low-class tourist thing. Why the fark would you bother with MacDonald's in Paris? Or anywhere for that matter...?

Because low-class friends of said tourists don't know what an Arc de Triomphe or Louvre are and will not be interested in things they do not comprehend. But they DO know what a McDonald's is and will express curiosity about how the Parisian McDonald's is different from their neighborhood's McDonald's.

Still, anyone who skips out on trying real food when they're in one of the world's centers of great cuisine should be shot. Forced to eat 100 Royales with Cheese, and then shot again. And then guillotined.

/Did NOT go to McDonald's, but did have steak frites at a sidewalk cafe in Paris, and yes, the meal was sublime and inexpensive.

Give it a break hipster foodie. I've been to, Paris, Nice, and parts of the pyrenees, there is nothing special about french cuisine except the outrageous price and the shiat attitude of the servers like they're doing me a huge farking favor.


Eh, I've been to Paree a few times, never gotten bad service. Food WAS good, and no more expensive than in Boston, but as you say, you can find its equal in plenty of places nowadays.

Now what they REALLY need to work on is their coffee.
 
2012-07-17 11:10:41 PM

burning_bridge: What, is this guy blind or is it just some dork who's waaaay too into TV?


HumanBeingsSuck: He's visually impaired, and is a pioneer of visual assistance technology. It's basically his bionic eye.


You just missed your answer by like a minute. Wikipedia also has an article about him. He's a university professor; this is part of his career.
 
2012-07-17 11:28:48 PM

camaroash: Eriond: Has anyone posted an 80's sci-fi reference yet? I see Last Starfighter was covered, as was ST:TNG. This is how I imagine it looking if they managed to pull the glasses off him:

"Grab an imager off one of those agents!"

/maybe it's cause I just saw Ted

Holy shiat. You posted a video to Youtube just for that? Epic.

And funny vid.

//Rum.


Yeah well I couldn't find that clip anywhere else. Had the movie on my pc already (don't judge), clipped and uploaded. :)
 
2012-07-17 11:51:26 PM

karmaceutical: Worst backpeddle in Fark history right here, folks.


It's not a backpeddle at all, so I'm not sure how "worst" would apply. What exactly are you trying to criticize?
 
2012-07-18 12:30:57 AM

BigJT: What amuses me is that places like museums, which typically have quite strict rules about recording devices, didn't have any problems with his EyeTap, but a McD's did.

Another point of consideration for those that say, "They have the right to kick him out!" is that, yes, they do, and they chose not to when they first confronted him.
FTFA:
"I showed this doctor's letter and the documentation to the purported McDonalds employee who had stopped me in the McDonalds line.
"After reviewing the documentation, the purported McDonalds employee accepted me (and my family) as a customer, and left us to place our order."
It was only after he had been allowed to remain, ordered, sat down and then started eating that he was confronted again (more aggressively, according to his blog).


The thing is if you grab someone like that...it's assault(even in France). Even the kid with downs syndrome that Wendy's hires to sweep the floor understands that you can't just attack someone like that; which begs the question: who are the mouth breathers that McDonald's in Paris is hiring and with Paris' level of unemployment why can't they do better?
 
2012-07-18 12:55:07 AM

ciberido: karmaceutical: Worst backpeddle in Fark history right here, folks.

It's not a backpeddle at all, so I'm not sure how "worst" would apply. What exactly are you trying to criticize?


ADMITTING YOU'VE MADE A MISTAKE IS BACK-PEDALLING!

That's how it works in America, or so the political news from America tells me.
 
2012-07-18 01:22:53 AM
I will boycott McDonald's.

Given I haven't eaten that awful shiat in decades and wouldn't be caught dead in one, good as done.
 
2012-07-18 02:27:22 AM

capt.hollister: ModernLuddite: People who video blog in public deserve to be assaulted.

This is not snark or sarcasm. Put your God damned cameras down.

Agreed.

And furthermore, in France you cannot record private citizens going about their business without their express written consent, whether they are in a private place, such as Mcd's, or out in public.

The hell with him. If he feels he must record everything and everyone let him do it in countries like the UK or the US where citizens do not own the right to their own image.


Does this mean I can't take pictures in public when I'm in Paris? Or do I have to get a release from every farking person milling around the base of the Eiffel Tower?
 
2012-07-18 02:32:49 AM

RexTalionis: bekovich: Did I miss the beginning of this article? Why did he suddenly get attacked? What happened to provoke the workers trying to rip the guys glasses off?

Apparently, the prevailing theory is that employees at French McDonald's have been extremely hostile to customers with recording devices because of a series of investigative reports on the cleanliness of McDonald's in France. In an earlier incident, a tourist took a picture of the French McDonald's menu and was accosted by the staff and forced to delete the picture from their camera.


So they're super-defensive because their menus are dirty? I still don't get it.
 
2012-07-18 02:41:43 AM

Raoul Eaton: RexTalionis: bekovich: Did I miss the beginning of this article? Why did he suddenly get attacked? What happened to provoke the workers trying to rip the guys glasses off?

Apparently, the prevailing theory is that employees at French McDonald's have been extremely hostile to customers with recording devices because of a series of investigative reports on the cleanliness of McDonald's in France. In an earlier incident, a tourist took a picture of the French McDonald's menu and was accosted by the staff and forced to delete the picture from their camera.

So they're super-defensive because their menus are dirty? I still don't get it.



They were assholes. Pretty much explains everything.
 
2012-07-18 02:55:35 AM
We're seeing a lot of patent applications on this stuff, class 348/subclass 53 or whatever. Now that display technology and camera technology have skyrocketed over the past few years, this shiat is actually doable beyond just prototyping.

You only wear semi-normal headwear (slightly large sunglasses), and the post processing they're doing based on your specific visual impairment is ridiculous. Like if you have those black spots in your vision blocking the center of your FoV or various spots at the edges, you'll initially configure the device to where your spots are, and then after it grabs the image of your entire FoV, it distorts the portion-of-the-image-you-can't-see into the portion-of-the-image-that-you-can-see. And then your brain figures it out. It's farking nuts.
 
2012-07-18 03:33:29 AM

nickerj1: We're seeing a lot of patent applications on this stuff, class 348/subclass 53 or whatever. Now that display technology and camera technology have skyrocketed over the past few years, this shiat is actually doable beyond just prototyping.

You only wear semi-normal headwear (slightly large sunglasses), and the post processing they're doing based on your specific visual impairment is ridiculous. Like if you have those black spots in your vision blocking the center of your FoV or various spots at the edges, you'll initially configure the device to where your spots are, and then after it grabs the image of your entire FoV, it distorts the portion-of-the-image-you-can't-see into the portion-of-the-image-that-you-can-see. And then your brain figures it out. It's farking nuts.


The race is on, and I see it every day.... between stem cell shot patients returning from mexico to mass lasering of retinal damage from diabetes.

What you are talking about is where it is at. for at least the next 20 years.
 
2012-07-18 10:00:59 AM
machodonkeywrestler:
He only turned on the filming capability when the situation escalated. Thankfully so, from the way he was treated. Are you actually saying that a blindness "cure" would be outlawed due to the fact that it transmits to the retina, because the guy had an explanation from the doctor and the difference between this guys situation, and a blind person in the same situation is negligible. I'm pretty sure that France does not allow you to discriminate due to medical conditions, even if there is a law against filming in public in France.

I started wondering about his doctor's explanation from the moment I read the article and I have one nagging question: what language was it written in ? and even assuming that it was written in French (which is a bit of a leap of faith), I still would not expect McD's employees to take it at face value. It may have served him that his device has recording capability, but it begs the question as to why it has recording capability. Presumably the laudable desire to provide vision to the blind does not require the ability to record minutes of video...

Raoul Eaton:
Does this mean I can't take pictures in public when I'm in Paris? Or do I have to get a release from every farking person milling around the base of the Eiffel Tower?

That's actually a grey area. Certainly, you cannot shoot that cute couple embracing on the Champs de Mars, or the guy selling miniatures of the tower. On the other hand, there's no issue with shooting people watching the parade on Bastille day.

BStorm:
Thanks for pointing out that you're not a legal expert.. some people might have been confused by your brilliant legal analysis that McDonald's employees are legally justified and empowered to physically assault someone who hasn't actually done anything wrong.

Seems the 'Right to Image' laws you speak of have little to do with capturing someone's image in public and primarily involve publishing those images without permission.


You're technically correct, but in countries where these laws exist it is still a bad idea to record individuals without asking, especially since many photos do end-up being published, if only on social media. Seriously, most people know (or think they know) the law and can be very militant about this.

.
 
2012-07-18 11:26:49 AM

Jackpot777: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Subsequently another person within McDonalds physically assaulted me, while I was in McDonand's, eating my McDonand's Ranch Wrap that I had just purchased at this McDonald's

Where did this incident take place again? Burger King?

Not only a McDonald's. One in France.

Way to break the stereotype of Americans staggering around Europe like zombies, moaning, "Big Mac... Parade magazine ...baseball scores... somebody help me..."

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 800x866]

"Would you like some Champagne Américain with your Big Mac, monsieur?"


Just don't ask for the Filet Américain. This guy knows why.

/pretty funny any other time but lunch.
 
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