Apple bans IT posers
It's going to be a very quiet forum...
Apple is selling tickets to this year's Worldwide Developers Conference – though if you get hold of one, leave your selfie stick in the hotel room. Those wishing to attend have until Friday to register for Cupertino's lottery system. The confab will be held between June 8 and 12 in San Francisco's Moscone West conference …
So Apple does not want any scholarship awards to go to anyone younger than 13?
THAT is strictly ageism! I believe it is against both California and Federal law. They can require supervision but not an age limit.
Scholarship awards should be available to anyone who can provide a qualifying app that they created, regardless of age.
They need to be more considerate as I know of a young man that was in SUNY Buffalo and doing differential calculus at the age of ten. People like him need to be given every advantage or it's a particularly pernicious form of discrimination. His own high school was bad enough as they would not originally believe he was smart enough to take math classes in University.
IANAL, but my understanding is that Federal law prohibits collection of data on under-13s. The same data that would be required to participate in this type of contest. Furthermore, discrimination based on being a minor is not only considered legal and ethical, but established law in many cases.
Dude it's Apple. They don't think about things like that, they just want people who are old enough to act stupid and be flashy. Kids, especially smart kids, don't behave that way at all.
Apple is the image of being nothing more than image. Anyone who attended an Apple conference pre-iPod era always felt that shadow, didn't talk about it, but felt it (I haven't been back since those days...*shudder*) It's similar to how you feel like a cash dispenser at Windows conferences...don't talk about it, but feel it down your back. If you want an event that is non-biased, open to expression, and will let you bring your children, then you better head over the Comic-Con or something similar, because I.T. shows are all dried up.
"Federal law prohibits collection of data on under-13s. The same data that would be required to participate in this type of contest. "
Uh, 2 things. 1. When you pay 1600usd, you're in no contest. 2. If attending an I.T. event requires you to hand over data...hmm, let us know how it went! (sucker)
I suspect you find Apple, like everyone else, are not allowed to collect data from minors and data protection puts that age at 13. For the same reasons Adobe would skip all registration on their flash/shockwave installer when you tick the I am under 13 box.
I expect as the applications are online and they'd get into much more trouble collecting data from minors. Yes there are ways to deal with it, such a require someone over 13 register and then create an application on behalf of the minor and giving consent as an appropriate adult for Apple to collect the data required about an under 13.
For 350 awards it's probably not worth the effort.
We've face similar issues over the past 10+ years when I've worked for companies selling online educational systems and user registration for products used by the under 13 age group. It becomes even trickier providing redemption codes/vouchers in print products for them to download additional resources and not being able to let them register in the online systems used for online sales
In a sense, no. The only reason I haven't had to look them up is because I came across the thrice-bedamned things for the first time on a long weekend break in Barcelona earlier this year. It slowly broke through my general sense of well-being (Barcelona does that to me) that there were lots of people looking the wrong way wrt the lovely sights of the city whilst wafting around what appeared to be broken umbrellas with expensive phones on the end. Somehow my wife - not gifted with any interest in technology at all - knew what these things were called, and said that she had been waiting for me to note them and had tried to guess what strength of vitriol I would generate. Apparently, I was over the expected pH until it came to the utter cunt in front of the old cathedral who spent over twenty minutes trying to capture the zenith of gurning perfection whilst his (assumed) girlfriend looked on. I still don't know why he just didn't ask her to take the photo in the first place ...
Since then, I have seen one person holding the phone end of a narcissis-stick (I love that term!) whilst the other took the photo - again, why?
No, I was surprised to find out it was a real item and not a derogatory term relating to selfie takers.
I'm still not sure how having an expensive phone, waving around on a stick, whatever distance it is from you, with no real idea of what it's going to capture is very useful. It wouldn't seem to make it any safer than asking a stranger to take a photo, after all it can't be that hard to grab the phone end of a stick and walk off with it.
It started to think it'd be useful in combination with the adjustable LCD screen viewfinder on my S9500, but the centre of gravity with the weight of the camera would make it an expensive club rather than a useful camera aid...