How is using this in a public place any different from ripping a newspaper or a book out of someone's hands?
(Found at Instapundit).
I`ve never gotten a universal remote to work at home...
old are you?
It's different because its purpose is to turn off a TV that nobody is watching. It's a great little invention. I might buy one myself soon.
The company I work for installs advertising screens in grocery stores. They run continuous 7 minute loops of advertising. TV be gone will be a pain for our tech support, because someone can turn off the TVs in the stores and then we get a call from the staff at the store saying "uh. The screen thingie is off. What do I do?"
You can turn off all the TVs in a Best Buy/Circuit City and then someone has to turn them back on again. You can aim it at someone's bay window and turn of their TV, and walk down the street and do it to all the neighbors too. It's more of a nuisance thing, but it has a real edgy subversive message or philosophy to it... The argument some folks have for doing this is that we are constantly bombarded with images/noise/advertising, and it is time to turn the TVs off. My company has thought about ways to block the turn off signal... it's that real an issue for what we do.
The difference is that someone reading a book or newspaper is presumably not bothering you with constant moving images and loud sounds. I was once hanging out in a bar with friends, trying to have a conversation, and the bartender turned on the TV right above us really loud. It soon became evident that _no one_ in the bar was watching it. But the bartender refused to turn it off because it added atmosphere or something like that. The device would have come in quite handy.
A newspaper or book someone else is reading isn't making a lot of loud disturbing noise.
If the purpose is to shut off a tv that nobody is watching, it's not like ripping a book out of someone's hands, unless they aren't reading it at the time. If someone is watching the tv, you have a more valid argument.
On the other hand, I don't think anybody has the right to turn off a television or a stereo that doesn't belong to them without asking first.
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