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(GigaOM)   I am Mouse of Borg, resistance is futile. Your life as it has been is over. From this time forward you will service us if you want to visit Disney World   (gigaom.com) divider line 28
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15828 clicks; posted to Main » on 20 Jan 2014 at 10:21 AM (12 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-01-20 10:44:38 AM
7 votes:

houstondragon: As soon as they deliver cheap tarts dressed as Disney Princesses to my hotel room that are willing to show me a whole new world in my pants, I'm all for their technology.

Course, don't have kids, so no real urge to visit the Mouse. Cons are way more fun for grown kids :)


Aladdin is the one who promises to show a "whole new world," not one of the Princesses. Just thought I'd give you a heads up in case that knock on the door ever comes.
2014-01-20 10:49:34 AM
5 votes:
If you don't like anything of what you just read:

1.  Don't go to Disney theme parks or take that Big Farking Disney Boat cruise.

2.  Don't use those customer rewards programs at supermarkets, drug stores, or any other store or shop which offers them.

3.  Pay cash for all over the counter purchases.

4.  Don't take seriously any of those privacy notices sent to you by credit card companies.

5.  Stay away from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Amazon, e-Bay, ... wait make that don't purchase anything over the internet.

6.  As a matter of fact, stay away from the internet.

7.  Move to a cabin in the wilds of Montana and begin preparing your manifesto.
2014-01-20 10:58:36 AM
4 votes:

Forbidden Doughnut: In an alternate history where Nazi Germany won WWII and eventually dominates the Earth, I'm sure Disney wouldn't have to change too many things....culturally most of their stuff would be a good fit....


Well they'd have to replace all their movie executives.
2014-01-20 11:38:48 AM
3 votes:
Those bands don't like, detect motion, do they?  Like a fast jerking motion wouldn't send some kind of signal about anything unusual going on in "it's a small world" ride?  they could only know that you are on that ride and not any activity happening during the ride?
2014-01-20 05:16:09 PM
2 votes:
buckler: ...if a kid gets lost, then decides to hop a monorail or ferryboat, they could wind up a few miles away. Having the ability to use the long-range RF readers to pinpoint a kid's location seems like it would make it worth its weight in gold to a family.

Assuming you want the kid back.
2014-01-20 03:59:18 PM
2 votes:

FarkGrudge: JerkStore: As someone who is taking his family to Disney in 4 days, I'm getting a kick...

My wife is a life-long Disney fan, as in her parents took their family every other year for 20 years. She is also an IT geek and she went nuts for these wrist bands.

I, on the other hand, hate all this tracking stuff and am a big fan of personal privacy. So while she's getting all excited about going to Disney and trying out all this new tech (we haven't told the boys we're going, we're just going to drive to the airport, get on a plane, and let them figure it out), I'm dreading being tracked, cataloged, studied, and data-plotted as I try to enjoy it with my family. I don't much care about Disney, and the last time we went three years ago (my first time ever), I was all, "THIS is what all the fuss is about?!? Meh." I'm still that way, but now that the boys are 5 and 8, maybe they'll have more fun and that's really what it's about.

But for at least one of our days, you can bet I will swap bands with my wife. Let their data tracker try to figure out why a 43-year-old man was spending so much time in the ladies' room. I don't have to like it, but I intend to be the outlier on their data set that gets discarded in analysis. It's really the only thing we can do to maintain a modicum of anonymity beyond not going at all.

To what end?  Why does it matter if they have your exact log of activity within their parks when it's collected as one of the millions of other visitor logs?  Furthermore, let us assume the absolute worst can happen here and your entire log is leaked onto the internet with your name attached, would you honestly really care after the initial shock wore off?  Seeing something like:

9:42am - Arrived at Magic Kingdom
10:12am - Purchased a coffee kiosk on Main Street with armband
10:32am - Used restroom near Cinderella's Castle
10:45am - Arrived at Fantasyland
11:10am - Rode Space Mountain
...

What could a log at Disney World possibly say about your moral character ...


12:00-5:00 - Remained in the general vicinity of Ariel actor until confronted by security
2014-01-20 01:03:39 PM
2 votes:

Slypork: washington-babylon: It's almost like someone wants to track a massive data set for a series of experiments on the behavior of large groups of humans...

/Wraps Aluminum foil tighter around head.

Disney World - a maze for humans built by a rat. Was Skinner ever a Disney employee?
img.fark.net


"TO RIDE ALONE"

3.bp.blogspot.com
2014-01-20 12:22:08 PM
2 votes:
Wait a second. Just farking wait. You're telling me that Disney's going to give me these armbands we wear while there that make it an absolute snap to get into the parks and our hotel & room. In addition we can use them with a PIN to purchase things we'd like to buy AND we'll be able to track down the kids if needed. And in exchange for this, they're going to track where we go and what we use on their property in a concerted effort to make me and my family as shiat-eatingly happy as they possibly can while we're there so we'll continue to give them our business?

Those monstrous bastards.
2014-01-20 11:36:05 AM
2 votes:
Anyone else notice his band ID prefix in the photo started with "1701"?

wow Subby, that was a really subtle headline tie-in.
2014-01-20 09:18:20 AM
2 votes:
But I'd like to keep my meat private, thanks.

Not me! I like my meat to be as public as possible.
2014-01-20 09:02:45 AM
2 votes:
I'm sure they have at least 666 reasons why this is a great idea.
2014-01-20 04:10:03 PM
1 votes:
6:30 - asked Princess Jasmine if she wanted to "rub your lamp"
6:40 - Escorted to park security office
7:30 - signal lost when Orlando Police escorted guest off property
2014-01-20 03:16:49 PM
1 votes:

JerkStore: But for at least one of our days, you can bet I will swap bands with my wife. Let their data tracker try to figure out why a 43-year-old man was spending so much time in the ladies' room. I don't have to like it, but I intend to be the outlier on their data set that gets discarded in analysis. It's really the only thing we can do to maintain a modicum of anonymity beyond not going at all.


What's cute is that you think you weren't being put into the system before. Unless you booked your previous trip using a fake ID and paid for everything in cash, their systems knew who you were, where you live, your preferred resort, what you ate, your kids ages, and what you purchased (via credit & debit card logs). If you stand out, in one way or another, they'll hand enter data about you during resort check-in too. (Guest is combative. Guest has food allergy. etc)

The Magic Bands change almost none of that. All they add is simple proximity data (the long-range sensors only work to about 15 feet out). They'll know you entered into Fantasyland, but not individual rides (unless you fastpass into the ride). They won't know a single thing about who went to what restroom and where - so unless you plan on separating and visiting different parks than your wife, swapping bands will do almost nothing to the data. A cute idea, and nice if it makes you feel empowered somehow - but it doesn't change the fact it won't really mess with their dataset.
2014-01-20 02:08:37 PM
1 votes:
Wonder when Disney will see the value in selling their data to Google.
2014-01-20 01:55:14 PM
1 votes:
You know who else liked armbands and total control?
2014-01-20 12:15:26 PM
1 votes:

flucto: I'm sure they have at least 666 reasons why this is a great idea.


No, there are 999 - but there's room for 1,000!
2014-01-20 12:12:23 PM
1 votes:

Clemkadidlefark: I wouldn't go to a Disney park even if they had the cure for Cancer ..


I bet you would if they did and you had it.
2014-01-20 11:42:27 AM
1 votes:

trappedspirit: Those bands don't like, detect motion, do they?  Like a fast jerking motion wouldn't send some kind of signal about anything unusual going on in "it's a small world" ride?  they could only know that you are on that ride and not any activity happening during the ride?


We have a Code J on Small World, all units close in.
2014-01-20 11:41:43 AM
1 votes:
Went to Disney about 4 years ago. It was pretty yawn-worthy. So many people around and such long waits. Even the kids we were with weren't impressed. One even asked if we could go back to the hotel room so she could finish the kids book her mom was helping her read
2014-01-20 11:37:25 AM
1 votes:

washington-babylon: It's almost like someone wants to track a massive data set for a series of experiments on the behavior of large groups of humans...

/Wraps Aluminum foil tighter around head.


Disney World - a maze for humans built by a rat. Was Skinner ever a Disney employee?  www.disneyworldtickets.com
2014-01-20 11:36:10 AM
1 votes:
MrSteve007:I know this is the point where people biatch and moan about paying 20-30% more for food, but at Epcot the 1/3 lb Mac and cheese burger is $10.49 - not $19. Which isn't outrageous.


$8 for a Caesar salad with a grilled chicken breast is entirely reasonable.

This does not align with my desire to be outraged!
2014-01-20 11:35:10 AM
1 votes:
I think we're all Bozos on this bus...
2014-01-20 10:54:45 AM
1 votes:

Marshall Willenholly: They've also added cool stuff like Mickey talks to you when you meet him, and soon he's supposed to say your name based on your MagicBand info. I know my kids were absolutely amazed to hear him talk and ask questions and interact with them.


You, [subject name here], must be the pride of [subject hometown here]!
2014-01-20 10:54:31 AM
1 votes:
It's almost like someone wants to track a massive data set for a series of experiments on the behavior of large groups of humans...

/Wraps Aluminum foil tighter around head.
2014-01-20 10:39:22 AM
1 votes:

crab66: Anyone who uses the term "meat space" needs to be cleansed from the gene pool.


He's lording over us his vast literary knowledge of 1980s techspeak.
2014-01-20 10:32:15 AM
1 votes:

Forbidden Doughnut: that new mouse logo looks a little bit like this:


derp....I meant to post:

th07.deviantart.net
2014-01-20 10:24:36 AM
1 votes:
Anyone who uses the term "meat space" needs to be cleansed from the gene pool.
2014-01-20 09:26:23 AM
1 votes:
This was covered in 1971.
If you have the time, put on the headphones, let the air out of your shoes, and listen to one man's quest.
 
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