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British Pizza Chain To Install Cones of Silence

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the sound-of-silence dept.

Music 122

itwbennett writes "British pizza chain Pizza Express is installing iPod docks and soundproof domes in booths of their new iPizzeria stores. 'The idea is that you can plug in your iPod and play whatever music you like without disturbing other diners,' says blogger Peter Smith. 'But I'm sure it'd work for talking about government secrets and other spy stuff, too.'"

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iDontcare (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34065600)

this shit is fucking retarded

Re:iDontcare (1)

Chris Tucker (302549) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065714)

Yes. Yes, you are.

Meh... (1)

toastar (573882) | more than 3 years ago | (#34067096)

Why not just get delivery?

Re:Meh... (1)

morari (1080535) | more than 3 years ago | (#34068540)

Because it's not delivery... it's DiGiorno!

Oh please. (-1, Troll)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065606)

'But I'm sure it'd work for talking about government secrets and other spy stuff, too.'"

Always trying to stir the pot...

Re:Oh please. (3, Insightful)

Chris Tucker (302549) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065696)

"WHOOOOOOOOOOSH!"

The sound of the joke flying SO FAR OVER YOUR HEAD, The Space Station is in danger of being hit.

Re:Oh please. (1)

countSudoku() (1047544) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065820)

More humorous is the fact that since this is the UK they install each cone with a omnidirectional mic and a colour camera to "prevent a breach of the peace." The neighbouring cone then gets paid a few shillings to monitor the undesirable, free-thinkers who are most likely to cause a disturbance.

Re:Oh please. (1)

bhcompy (1877290) | more than 3 years ago | (#34066500)

For the greater good.
...the greater good...

Re:Oh please. (2, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065956)

Actually, at that altitude, it doesn't make a OW! OW! STOP IT!

Re:Oh please. (1)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 3 years ago | (#34067202)

No!

They don't make that noise either.

Re:Oh please. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34070966)

Or, you don't get the irony. Had it happen to me many times...

Re:Oh please. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34065812)

It's actually pretty funny. I thought spies liked good pizza. Since you can't get that in the UK, the spies are probably all out for Indian food.

Re:Oh please. (1)

vm146j2 (233075) | more than 3 years ago | (#34066354)

HUH? WHAT DID YOU SAY?

Re:Oh please. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34066488)

While I wouldn't call Pizza Express "good" by any means, it is the closest you can get to edible pizza in the UK as far as I could tell. And once you've been stuck there eating terrible terrible food for a few weeks, you start to believe it's good pizza even though it's not.

Re:Oh please. (1)

digitig (1056110) | more than 3 years ago | (#34067092)

It's the closest you'll get in any of the chains. You can get truly great pizza if you go to an independent, but it will be Italian style, not American style, so all to many Americans will be wondering where all the dough and fat are.

Apple specific? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34065618)

Will it work with other mp3 players too?

Re:Apple specific? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34065710)

I'm gonna say probably no. Looks like a standard 30-pin dock connector.

Re:Apple specific? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065782)

So then why do they not just have a line-in jack?

Which every player and smartphone could support.

Re:Apple specific? (2, Insightful)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065868)

Oh, please. They're already called "iPizzeria".

Re:Apple specific? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34067222)

Because they don't give a shit about your android piece of crap phone?

Re:Apple specific? (1)

stripes (3681) | more than 3 years ago | (#34067956)

So then why do they not just have a line-in jack?

A dock connector gets you line level output which needs less fiddling to get acceptable results from. I'll also bet there are far more people with a iPod dock connector on their iPod/iPhone then there are folks that walk around with a 3.5mm male-male cable.

However I think a 3.5mm line-in would be a good thing to have in addition to a dock connector.

Can you rent these boots during day? (4, Funny)

santax (1541065) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065622)

*looks at wife*

Re:Can you rent these boots during day? (1)

camperslo (704715) | more than 3 years ago | (#34066082)

Yes, I suspect there would be a market for the home-delivery versions of this. Whether it's a grumpy spouse, noisy kids, a barking dog, or just everyone watching/listening to different things at once, many would appreciate relief.

- - -
There is no confirmation that the recent Obama meeting had anything at all to do with an Apple-built Cylon being built for president in 2016.

Re:Can you rent these boots during day? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34067480)

Actually one company does that [bit.ly]

Re:Can you rent these boots during day? (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 3 years ago | (#34071238)

The home version of this is a clear plastic bag...

Re:Can you rent these boots during day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34066560)

"These boots are made for walking, and that's just what they'll do..."

Why? (3, Funny)

drhank1980 (1225872) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065638)

If you really care about what music you listen too while you eat your pizza, why wouldn't you just take it back to your place and eat it there?

Re:Why would somebody eat pizza at a pizzaria? (4, Insightful)

iYk6 (1425255) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065848)

This may be hard for some Slashdotters to understand, but some people spend hours at a time outside of their basement. When they are away from home and haven't eaten, they might buy some pizza at a pizzeria and eat it there, even if they don't like the noise. They probably wouldn't even consider bringing it home. Unless they are intending to head home immediately anyway, it is quicker, more convenient, and saves gas to eat at the pizza place.

No offense, but I find it hilarious that anybody would ask why somebody would eat their pizza in a pizzeria.

Re:Why would somebody eat pizza at a pizzaria? (1)

Killall -9 Bash (622952) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065906)

You're right. It was hard to understand.

Re:Why would somebody eat pizza at a pizzaria? (2, Insightful)

Straterra (1045994) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065934)

How does it save gas when you have to drive back home anyway?

Re:Why would somebody eat pizza at a pizzaria? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34067424)

that depends on if your driving back home right after or continuing to stay out.

you would add an extra trip out and then back home if you were to drive home with your pizza if home was not your next stop.

Re:Why would somebody eat pizza at a pizzaria? (1)

Un pobre guey (593801) | more than 3 years ago | (#34068660)

Since you calmly at the pizza at the pizzeria you 1) don't have the buildup of expectation as you drive home with the pizza in the passenger seat (you are obviously alone), and 2) do not have the anxiety of eating alone in the basement, both of which cause elevated gastric and colonic distress, which in turn produce more gas.

Re:Why would somebody eat pizza at a pizzaria? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34066004)

And what's even harder for /.'ers is that some of use like to bring out girlfriends/ wife/ spouse on dates. While eating at home is efficient and economical, going out can be fun too. And not just going out for pizza, but catching a movie or a play nearby afterwards.

You know, socializing. Sometimes even meeting and having a good time with strangers. IRC doesn't count.

Re:Why would somebody eat pizza at a pizzaria? (0, Flamebait)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#34066126)

That wasn't the question, dumbass.

His question was about listening to music. If THAT's what's important to you, then why wouldn't you take home?

He isn't asking why people would eat at a pizzeria.

But you're stupid knee jerk reacting to try and make yourself seem funny and smart made you not actually understand the question. That makes you look stupid.

Re:Why would somebody eat pizza at a pizzaria? (1)

Un pobre guey (593801) | more than 3 years ago | (#34069072)

Damn, Dude. Anger. Sheesh.

Re:Why? (1)

sconeu (64226) | more than 3 years ago | (#34066276)

Maybe I don't want to hear the screaming baby two booths over?

Wizard (-1)

Stargoat (658863) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065644)

My Wizard once installed a Cone of Cold permanently up a Sorcerer's butt.

Please note, that is probably the most intelligent comment that will be made in this thread. Cones of silence in pizza restaurants isn't news for nerds nor stuff that matters. WTF?

Re:Wizard (4, Insightful)

God'sDuck (837829) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065752)

Cones of silence in pizza restaurants isn't news for nerds nor stuff that matters. WTF?

  1. Mainstream parabolic sound wave manipulation
  2. Handheld computation engine orchestras
  3. Cheese
  4. Pepperoni
  5. Sausage

How is every word on that list not newsworthy stuff that matters????

Re:Wizard (1)

Grapplebeam (1892878) | more than 3 years ago | (#34067492)

Mainstream isn't, unless you mean nerd mainstream.

Slashdot, a true Sausage Fest (1)

dduberfourpres (1333631) | more than 3 years ago | (#34069338)

  1. Sausage

How is every word on that list not newsworthy stuff that matters????

hate the name, but that aside (1)

callmebill (1917294) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065654)

What's wrong with take-out?

Re:hate the name, but that aside (1)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065686)

Food gets colder (or warmer - if served cold) during the trip home. The ice in your drink melts (kinda associated there). Not to mention that though it's not much of a problem with pizza, with lots of take-out rather than having food more loosely distributed over the plat, it's tightly packed into some small container.

For the most part, I can't stand take-out. If I want to eat at home, I'll cook it myself.

Re:hate the name, but that aside (2, Funny)

jimicus (737525) | more than 3 years ago | (#34066680)

This way, some other bugger does the washing up.

Why a dock? (4, Insightful)

eepok (545733) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065662)

Why limit the benefit to customer with iphones and ipods? Why not a 3.5mm and 2.5mm jack (much cheaper to install and replace) so that anyone with any MP3 player or cell phone media player can hook up?

Re:Why a dock? (4, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065834)

Exactly.
Why a chickens?
Why a horses?

Re:Why a dock? (0)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065996)

I'm sorry I opted out of moderation, because I want to rate you up SO MUCH.

Re:Why a dock? (1)

vm146j2 (233075) | more than 3 years ago | (#34066390)

I think he means a haddock. Issa fish.

Re:Why a dock? (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 3 years ago | (#34066868)

I have a haddock too.
Whaddya take for a haddock?

Re:Why a dock? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34066864)

Sorry to ruin the joke by asking someone to explain it, but I don't get the reference.

Re:Why a dock? (-1, Troll)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065870)

because apple-faggotry knows no limits.

Re:Why a dock? (2, Funny)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065886)

Because then it would no longer be hip now would it? Now, do you want your frappuccino now or after your meal while you read poetry from your iPad?

Re:Why a dock? (2, Informative)

AnonymousClown (1788472) | more than 3 years ago | (#34066036)

Why limit the benefit to customer with iphones and ipods? Why not a 3.5mm and 2.5mm jack (much cheaper to install and replace) so that anyone with any MP3 player or cell phone media player can hook up?

Oh God! And allow the riff-raff to come in?!? They obviously don't want those kid of people in there.

If you can't afford an Apple product, you can't afford to eat there. Nor do they want the folks who like to pretend to be riff-raff with their MP3 players and other non-Apple products.

Re:Why a dock? (2, Interesting)

DittoBox (978894) | more than 3 years ago | (#34066084)

Try teaching people to turn the amp down when you plug in the device. Pops and clicks can get pretty loud when you insert a TRS connector.

I wish you luck in your endeavors!

(PS: I think you're right, but there are some issues involved here that need some extra engineering.)

Re:Why a dock? (1)

edcs (1931354) | more than 3 years ago | (#34066144)

I'm going to guess they either do have proper jacks as well (it'd be pretty foolish not to), or they're being paid by Apple. Apple doesn't seem to be the kind of company to do that type of promotion though.

Re:Why a dock? (1)

interval1066 (668936) | more than 3 years ago | (#34066968)

And- plug in to what, exactly? The innernets? So you can d./l from that itunes deal? Ok.. I guess that's a draw. I think I'd have more fun with my linux netbook running kismet and the air*-ng suite, but whatever trips your trigger.

Re:Why a dock? (1)

Wiarumas (919682) | more than 3 years ago | (#34066988)

Scope creep!

Re:Why a dock? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34067788)

You can hardly scrape useful data off of people's phones through an analog audio port.

Why would someone trust plugging their iPhone/Pad/Pod into someone else's port?

Get Smart? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34065668)

Better tell Max Smart about this!

What? (5, Funny)

JustOK (667959) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065672)

What?

Re:What? (2, Funny)

Ol Biscuitbarrel (1859702) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065754)

I can't hear what you're saying, Chief.

Music? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34065680)

Why do people want music while they eat? "Normal" people are so weird.

Over-engineered? (1)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065722)

Quoth TFA:

Along with listening to music, Pizza Express patrons can use their iPods to activate a light at the table that tells the restaurant staff if they need a bill, drink refill or anything else.

Damned if I know why you'd need an iPod to switch on a light. What's wrong with just pressing a button? Seems to work on planes. I hear they have this sort of thing in Japanese restaurants, just hit the button and summon the waiter instead of hoping you'll catch his eye.

And why did /. decide to destroy my post by interpreting the delete key as a browser 'back' button a few seconds ago?

Re:Over-engineered? (2, Insightful)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 3 years ago | (#34066268)

Pres a button... are you INSANE?

It's far more convenient to make your customer connect to the apple app store, find your light app, install it, and then figure out how to use it to turn on the light than pressing a freaking button!

Next you will tell me that making them use the iphone/ipod to flush the urinals is a bad idea....

Re:Over-engineered? (1)

pearl298 (1585049) | more than 3 years ago | (#34069832)

Next you will tell me that making them use the iphone/ipod to flush the urinals is a bad idea....

Well in Singapore you could use the picture as evidence to prove that you really did flush! (S$100 fine for not flushing!)

The Chief... (1)

nman64 (912054) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065844)

...is getting one of his headaches.

Haven for terrerists! (1)

newdsfornerds (899401) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065860)

I can see Obama bin Laudin chatting with his sleeper agents in these!

Re:Haven for terrerists! (1)

Anne Thwacks (531696) | more than 3 years ago | (#34067384)

Maybe. While I was swimming in a North London public swimming pool I witnessed the following:

Two groups of hench Russians lined up on opposite sides of the pool, at the point where the water was shoulder depth. One person from each group walked to the centre of the pool.. A brief discussion took place. The two gentlemen withdrew to their own side of the pool. All persons then gradually departed, one at a time. Swimming resumed as normal.

I dont know what was discussed, but I am certain no weapons were carried, and no one was wired.

Re:Haven for terrerists! (1)

Anne Thwacks (531696) | more than 3 years ago | (#34067434)

I forgot to mention: The pool plays extremely boring music, but quite quetly. No Pizza was involved, Italian or American (not even Lamacun - Turkish Pizza, which is quite popular in that area). No swimming was involved, either.

More than Music (3, Insightful)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065878)

I'd be happy to see this just to limit exposure to people who do not have an "inside voice".

Re:More than Music (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34067624)

I COULDN'T AGREE MORE!!!!!!!! THEY JUST DON'T REALIZE HOW ANNOYING IT IS!!!!

The following text is an attempt to bypass slashdots automated caps police: It works!

If there only was ... (2, Insightful)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065892)

A device that allowed you to listen to music without disturbing others. Some kind of very small speakers that you can put very close to your eardrums. Oh well, we'll have to do with freaking cones of silence.

Re:If there only was ... (2, Funny)

DIplomatic (1759914) | more than 3 years ago | (#34065970)

A device that allowed you to listen to music without disturbing others. Some kind of very small speakers that you can put very close to your eardrums. Oh well, we'll have to do with freaking cones of silence.

The old micro-sized-speakers-in-close-proximity-to-the-eardrums ploy. That's the third time I've fallen for that this month!

Re:If there only was ... (2, Insightful)

DrgnDancer (137700) | more than 3 years ago | (#34066000)

You know, sometimes people like to eat and talk with *gasp* other people while they listen to music that doesn't happen to be whatever the restaurant is piping in. Not to say that this idea doesn't have holes; I agree with several people that say it should use 3.5mm connectors so that it's not limited to iDevices (I use an iPhone, but really, why limit yourself to such a small subset of people when it would be trivial to expand the idea). Your objection just doesn't make sense though. Of course if you're sitting by yourself you can use headphones, but I doubt that's the intended use case here.

Re:If there only was ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34066098)

This is Slashdot. Most users don't know what the concept is of talking to other people.

Re:If there only was ... (1)

Amouth (879122) | more than 3 years ago | (#34066412)

eat
talk
listen

sorry but most people stop at 2 things at once

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2010/04/16/does-the-multi-tasking-brain-max-out-at-two-tasks/

as for your sig.. i would change that to single-mode fiber..

a la Sheldon (1)

gfreeman (456642) | more than 3 years ago | (#34066034)

Knock knock knock.
Garçon!
Knock knock knock,
Garçon!
Knock knock knock .
Garçon!
Knock knock knock ,
Garçon!

They Need To Do Some Research (1)

phantomcircuit (938963) | more than 3 years ago | (#34066120)

Clearly they have not seen the research that shows that louder restaurants result in more people buying alcohol.

Re:They Need To Do Some Research (1)

cruff (171569) | more than 3 years ago | (#34066226)

Clearly they have not seen the research that shows that louder restaurants result in more people buying alcohol.

I believe you have the cause and effect reversed in your statement. :-)

Would you believe.... (1)

cstacy (534252) | more than 3 years ago | (#34066174)

1. A high-tech anechoic chamber shaped like a transparent bubble? 2. A plastic deco gimmick? 3. How about a boy scout with a transistor radio and earphones?

Extra Protection (1)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 3 years ago | (#34066230)

You will also be free from hearing all the sarcastic comments being made about "The dork over there in the plastic dome."

You might want a fan in there too if you order garlic and anchovies.

ipod dock... yeah.... (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 3 years ago | (#34066232)

How about simple headphone cords instead so that everyone can use it? the 30 pin connector on the ipod is not the smartest design idea out of apple....

They don't use the Cone of Silence anymore. (1)

LordRobin (983231) | more than 3 years ago | (#34066234)

They use hover-cover.

(Now to see if I'm the only person in the universe who still gets that reference.)

------RM

Re:They don't use the Cone of Silence anymore. (1)

mbone (558574) | more than 3 years ago | (#34067148)

No, I got it. If I make it to that restaurant, I'm going to demand hover-cover.

But, what if... (1)

San-LC (1104027) | more than 3 years ago | (#34066364)

your smartphone is located in your shoe?

Good call on placement (1)

sosaited (1925622) | more than 3 years ago | (#34066370)

At least they were smart enough to not make a completely isolated soundproof booth, otherwise people would have tested their soundproofing, but without the iPods.

wierd - i was in this place last monday (1)

Alex (342) | more than 3 years ago | (#34066486)

didn't know they were ipod speakers, nice pizza and cappu though.

Hey Smart! (1)

Vinegar Joe (998110) | more than 3 years ago | (#34066598)

Make mine a 99!

New Warcraft spell? (1)

Webz (210489) | more than 3 years ago | (#34067050)

Based off of the headline, did anyone else think this was about a new Warcraft spell?

"Man, AoE silence, that's imba!"

Get Smart (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34067218)

I Heart Subby so much for the Get Smart reference and photo. Thanks!

Its about time (1)

NetServices (1479949) | more than 3 years ago | (#34067396)

Now this is an excellent idea. I went to the movies the other day and saw something I hadn't seen in years - a phone booth. But there was no phone in it. The idea was to use it for privacy when you made a cell phone call. This is the same concept.

Pizza? These should be in Chinese restaurants (1)

wickerprints (1094741) | more than 3 years ago | (#34067558)

Seriously. Have you ever been to a (real) Chinese restaurant? It's louder than a rock concert. Diners practically shout at each other across large round tables that I am convinced were arranged in various approximate solutions to the circle-packing problem. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to eat har gow without the sensation that someone is screeching in my ear in Cantonese. Given recent research on the impact of ambient sound levels on the perceived intensity of food flavor, I imagine the experience might not be quite the same.

Orange Cup has these already (1)

wasteoid (1897370) | more than 3 years ago | (#34067732)

and they are gimmicky at best. They only have an iPod connector/dock, so other music players can't use them. Should have used a mini/micro USB port instead. Also, the transparent plastic "cone" is over a small, circular booth (only two cones in the shop near me), and you can still hear some sound from the booth if you're outside it. As was mentioned previously, the easiest/cheapest option for private listening is earbuds.

Cone of Silence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34067890)

The Cone of Silence always always always made me laugh to tears.
It was the ultimate answer that needed a question.
The over engineered marvel that sounded like everyone needed it.
It did exactly what it said it would do, but worked a little too good.

No one inside it could ever hear anything either, just tons of echo and reverb.
Yet they were always willing to try it again whenever it was needed.

Until the word got out and they would beg Max not to attempt another session with it.

How did I ever get anything done laughing at stuff like that?

Domes been around, not for conversation (1)

MauiMaker (1802288) | more than 3 years ago | (#34068252)

The domes have been around for a couple decades I believe. I recall seeing them back in early 90s at some conference. The parabolic dome works really well for playback sound isolation. They have been used in museums, music stores, etc to keep the playback very isoloated -- only those under the dome can hear. Reflecting surfaces like table tops, especially if sloped, might bounce the sound out of the column, but generally they were pretty good. However, they do NOT isolate conversation under the dome. You can still hear and be heard by others outside the sound column... well maybe not hear them as well, since the playback might overwhelm outside sounds.

As long as you don't install any supercomputers (1)

OneoFamillion (968420) | more than 3 years ago | (#34068510)

Rotate the pod, please, HAL... Hm, I don't think he can hear us.

Would you believe... (1)

roguer (760556) | more than 3 years ago | (#34069080)

At the risk of dating myself: "Right now a spinning wheel of death is poised to come crashing down on this restaurant!... Would you believe an abnormally large truck tire?... Would you believe a large pie with anchovies and feta?"

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RIAA take note (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34071240)

Next thing you know, you're having the RIAA trying to catch pirates in fraganti on pizzerias.

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