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Look Ma, I'm Getting Arrested!

samzenpus posted about 3 years ago | from the hello-dad-I'm-in-jail dept.

The Courts 238

robotissues writes "Cnet reviews 'I'm Getting Arrested,' an Android app that alerts your lawyer and loved ones if you have been arrested while peacefully demonstrating. The app makes it easy to broadcast a message via SMS in case all hell breaks loose."

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The summary is only partially correct. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37712596)

A) What if an equal opportunityer decides that my clothing isn't enough?
B) What if I need to get my shoes, whore!?
C) One fingered he was delicious, the other fingered he was scrump!

Why does Slashdot seem to be so keen on missing important details?

Re:The summary is only partially correct. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37713262)

Why what I don't even

All Hell? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37712638)

I think when all hell breaks loose, it looks like Darfur, not Occupy Wallstreet.

Re:All Hell? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37712800)

I think when all hell breaks loose, it looks like Darfur, not Occupy Wallstreet.

Don't under estimate the breaking of the mellow pepper-spray can induce on a Stoner that thinks they are changing the world.

Re:All Hell? (4, Funny)

Abstrackt (609015) | about 3 years ago | (#37712886)

The problem is that everyone has a different definition of all hell breaking loose. For some it's blood running in the streets, for others it's that their portfolio dropped by 20%.

go long on guillotines (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37713338)

I just hope when this is all said and done I still have enough in my 401k for a sniper rifle, a machete and some rope.

Re:go long on guillotines (2)

Opportunist (166417) | about 3 years ago | (#37713942)

Don't worry. If you don't, so won't a few thousands/million others. And a lot of them will already have rifles, machetes and rope, due to the nature of their profession, and I guess they'll be very willing to let you tag along. The more the merrier, as I always say when going to a lynching party.

Re:All Hell? (0)

Opportunist (166417) | about 3 years ago | (#37713904)

And for someone who thinks his portfolio dropping by 20% is hell breaking loose, I do have nothing to wish for but hell.

Re:All Hell? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37714062)

... and in Zuccotti park it's "shit man I ran out of weed"

Re:All Hell? (1)

elrous0 (869638) | about 3 years ago | (#37712914)

That just gave me the idea for a "I'm Getting Shot!" app.

Re:All Hell? (4, Funny)

Oswald McWeany (2428506) | about 3 years ago | (#37712964)

Well, why not an "I just died" app. Have a blue-tooth wristband that measures your heartrate- if your heart stops beating it sends an e-mail out to your loved ones.

"If you are reading this, I just died.

- Peace & Love

Oswald McWeany"

Re:All Hell? (0)

king neckbeard (1801738) | about 3 years ago | (#37713056)

I could see some real problems with that. There are situations where someone's heart can stop without them being actually dead. Second, the wristband's battery might fail or some other failure might occur. Sending your loved ones false messages of your death is rather cruel.

Re:All Hell? (5, Funny)

delinear (991444) | about 3 years ago | (#37713074)

It just needs to say "Either I, or my wristband's battery, just died".

Re:All Hell? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37713224)

'It just needs to say "Either I, or my wristband's battery, just died".'

Let's hope the Grammar is better in the App.

Re:All Hell? (2)

adamdoyle (1665063) | about 3 years ago | (#37713112)

Sending your loved ones false messages of your death is rather cruel.

Well, I'm not sure that one applies to everyone.

Re:All Hell? (2)

ld a,b (1207022) | about 3 years ago | (#37713334)

Some might be happy about your real death, but everyone would be pissed off about a false death message.

Re:All Hell? (1)

Oswald McWeany (2428506) | about 3 years ago | (#37713562)

No- it only sends the signal on a positive message not a negative.

If the battery dies- it does not send the "throw" message send the message.

If the connection is broken around the wrist it does not send a message.

Sure- the device could malfunction- but then, everyone will be so happy to see you not dead- they will remember how valuable you are to them.

Re:All Hell? (1)

CPTreese (2114124) | about 3 years ago | (#37713394)

another problem, what happens if the wristband is taken off?

"I just died, or I took my wristband off, or the battery just died, or someone has hacked the device, in fact this watch has in general given you no additional information"

*mom gets message*

I hate it when he gets something new, I never understand what in the hell he's trying to do

Re:All Hell? (1)

Thud457 (234763) | about 3 years ago | (#37713478)

oh come on, it can't be that hard to have it also monitor the battery and have a interlock switch that will tell you if the wristband has been removed. It's just a simple matter of engineering.

Re:All Hell? (1)

CapnStank (1283176) | about 3 years ago | (#37713560)

Check this out: http://beta.deadmansswitch.net/ [deadmansswitch.net]

Its a service that you register with that periodically sends you emails you must respond to. If you don't respond to the email the service assumes you've passed away and then sends out an email to the people you indicated previously. I haven't given it a try yet but it might be handy to have for when I keel off and business partners need access to my data.

Re:All Hell? (1)

Oswald McWeany (2428506) | about 3 years ago | (#37713618)

Cooool. I might sign up for that... I'm sure plenty of times I will forget and send fake death messages.... but I bet that's half the fun.

Imagine using this for real though if the spam filter stopped the e-mail confirmations reaching you.

Re:All Hell? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 3 years ago | (#37713970)

I'm just waiting for the first smart guy to come up with a service that responds automatically to that message so you don't have to. Ya know, saves you work...

Re:All Hell? (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about 3 years ago | (#37714078)

I wonder how often their mails get caught by spam filters...

Re:All Hell? (3, Insightful)

Culture20 (968837) | about 3 years ago | (#37714006)

That's the same as this app. Reach for your phone during an arrest, and suddenly, cop thinks you're reaching for a weapon.

Re:All Hell? (3, Insightful)

nedlohs (1335013) | about 3 years ago | (#37712916)

Everyone else uses the phrase as a relative term. But go ahead and complain that your unique language choices aren't globally accepted.

Personally I think the phrase should only be used to refer to situations in which some crazy vampire opens a hellmouth, but I don't complain when nobody agrees with me.

Re:All Hell? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37712986)

Thank you for brightening my morning with an obscure Buffy reference. I needed that. Mod parent up.

Re:All Hell? (1)

dogmatixpsych (786818) | about 3 years ago | (#37713428)

Joss Whedon would probably agree with you.

Enough time? (3, Interesting)

aglider (2435074) | about 3 years ago | (#37712648)

Would you mr policeman give me time to run this pretty app before you use your handcuffs on me?

Re:Enough time? (4, Funny)

Leebert (1694) | about 3 years ago | (#37712700)

I was thinking exactly that. I guess if you see the cop coming and reach into your pocket quickly for your phone it might work. What could possibly go wrong?

Re:Enough time? (0, Redundant)

Dark Lord of Ohio (2459854) | about 3 years ago | (#37712798)

I was thinking exactly that. I guess if you see the cop coming and reach into your pocket quickly for your phone it might work. What could possibly go wrong?

Errr... a bullet in the head?

Re:Enough time? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37712898)

Ahem.

***WOOOOOOOOSH***

Re:Enough time? (-1)

nedlohs (1335013) | about 3 years ago | (#37713018)

Because spelling out the jokes only makes them funnier!

Re:Enough time? (3, Funny)

mevets (322601) | about 3 years ago | (#37713532)

Frogs and jokes don't fare well by discetion...

Re:Enough time? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37713654)

Note to self: The Dark Lord of Ohio cannot detect sarcasm.

Re:Enough time? (1)

elrous0 (869638) | about 3 years ago | (#37712940)

Maybe you could rig it with a dead man's switch. While it's active, you periodically have to click on the "I'm okay" button. If you don't, it broadcasts a "Something is wrong" message. Should work, unless the cops think to pull the battery.

Re:Enough time? (1)

ezzzD55J (697465) | about 3 years ago | (#37713038)

Yes, good idea, and run that logic on the server side.

Re:Enough time? (1)

Cro Magnon (467622) | about 3 years ago | (#37712948)

Maybe it should be like a "dead man's switch". If you don't press a button in a certain amount of time, it will send a "Help, I'm being arrested" message.

Re:Enough time? (3, Interesting)

delinear (991444) | about 3 years ago | (#37713128)

Of course, "Help I'm being arrested" in that case might actually mean "Sorry, I had to go pee and didn't think what would happen if I needed both hands for something else". I wonder if a bluetooth headset and an app that listens for a pre-defined keyword might be a more robust solution, it would kill the battery though. Having said that, I really don't see a point in a "Help I'm being arrested, text my lawer" app, you generally get the option to call them direct anyway, and if the police are denying you that most basic of rights they're already in very murky territory, what's to stop them just denying they have you in custody at all? It seems to me an app that, when you hit the emergency button, starts streaming live video/audio to half a dozen secure servers just in case the police get a bit feisty would be far more useful.

Re:Enough time? (2)

AuralityKev (1356747) | about 3 years ago | (#37713840)

If I have to use both hands to pee I'm buying a completely different app for that. iBrag.

Re:Enough time? (1)

BigSlowTarget (325940) | about 3 years ago | (#37712984)

Siri, tell everyone I'm getting arrested.

Time for an iPhone app - it should be on iTunes after just a few weeks of Apple review.

Re:Enough time? (3, Funny)

BigSlowTarget (325940) | about 3 years ago | (#37713058)

Phone starts dialing everyone - (000) 000-0001, (000) 000-0002, ...

Re:Enough time? (2)

AdamThor (995520) | about 3 years ago | (#37713372)

That's "Wheatley, tell everyone I'm getting arrested."

Re:Enough time? (1)

iarnell (578972) | about 3 years ago | (#37713908)

... (311) 399-2364
Greetings Professor Falken.
Shall we play a game?

The good news is... (1, Insightful)

Bardwick (696376) | about 3 years ago | (#37712664)

We're not to far from the first frost of the season, so a good bit of these protests will go away.

Re:The good news is... (1)

Dark Lord of Ohio (2459854) | about 3 years ago | (#37712784)

yeah, frost or it will turn into some first person shooter.

Re:The good news is... (2)

Amouth (879122) | about 3 years ago | (#37713806)

and why is it good news that the protests will go away?

Re:The good news is... (3, Interesting)

ScentCone (795499) | about 3 years ago | (#37714050)

Because then they can at least be warm and comfortable, and not using other people's toilet paper, while not actually accomplishing anything. I mean, it's good news for them, comfort-wise. It's bad news for the people they so hate, because all they're doing it making themselves look and sound ridiculous.

"We demand jobs!"

Ah. That's all it takes! Just demand a job from the people who could be hiring, but who aren't hiring because ... don't want to ruin their business and the jobs that it provides to current employees.

"We demand that bankers go to jail!"

Then why aren't they protesting in front of the White House, where the guy who has made the descision not to do anything about that actually lives?

"Leather Shoes Are Murder!"

"Money Is Evil! and, uh,who's running for coffee and a scone?"

"Only Vegans Have The Moral Standing To Vote!"

"Hugo Chavez Has It Right - Nationalize All Media So That The Government Can Only Tell The Truth About How Important And Good They Are!"

"Union Power! Nobody Needs Managers, Financers, Accountants, Legal Teams, Or Anything Else - Just Workers Who Should All Be Rich!"

"Everyone Should Get Everything They Want, Except For The People We Say Shouldn't!"

"US Out Of South Korea! Let North Korea Show They Way!"

"Peaceful Protests Aren't Enough When You're Dealing With Business Owners!"

Yeah, I think the one or two people with the intellectual honesty and integrity to be trying to make anything like a valid point in that crowd will definitely be much better off when all the fair-weather go-to-protests-for-the-food-and-to-rack-up-facebook-friends crowd decide it's a little too chilly out and go away.

Needs live streaming (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 3 years ago | (#37712684)

An app that streams live audio and video to the web (in case the phone is confiscated or destroyed) would help catch those abusing their power. The key is to make it automatic and impossible to prevent, short of jamming mobile networks. Evidence is the most important weapon in the war on abusive authorities.

Re:Needs live streaming (2)

technomom (444378) | about 3 years ago | (#37712864)

Like this one? [android.com] or this one [android.com] or even this one [android.com] if you set it up to auto-upload.

Re:Needs live streaming (1)

technomom (444378) | about 3 years ago | (#37712884)

Sorry, forgot this one too. [android.com] It's made to record inside automobile footage but there's no reason you can't use it for anything else.

Look Ma, I'm Getting Arrested! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37712696)

Eighth time in this week?
Don't come back home u filthy scum!!!!

Corporate shills! (3, Insightful)

ArcherB (796902) | about 3 years ago | (#37712706)

This is awesome. So while I'm out protesting corporations, I can use my phone, produced by a corporation, to notify my family that I've been arrested. Maybe I can get one of them to bring me a frapacino [motifake.com] .

Re:Corporate shills! (4, Insightful)

Vanders (110092) | about 3 years ago | (#37712768)

To be fair, I don't think it's necessary for the protesters to abhor technology: it's a "No true Scotsman" fallacy to suggest that they should. If they were protesting Google, Samsung, HTC and AT&T directly then yeah, there would be some hypocrisy there. As it is they're on Wall St. and are directing their protests at the banks, mostly.

Re:Corporate shills! (1)

Hijacked Public (999535) | about 3 years ago | (#37712836)

Exactly.

Because GOOG, SSNLF, 2498.TW, and T are unconnected in any way to Wall Street.

Re:Corporate shills! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37712892)

Good thing Facebook hasn't IPO'd yet, they can still use them. >.>

Re:Corporate shills! (1)

fifedrum (611338) | about 3 years ago | (#37713722)

except facebook has sold stock to investors who are the very people the protesters are protesting.

Re:Corporate shills! (1)

Vanders (110092) | about 3 years ago | (#37712944)

Everyone is connected to Wall Street in some way. The protesters are wearing clothes too, and those clothes are made by companies. Are we going to declare that only naked protesters are "real" now? Like I said, "No True Scotsman"

Re:Corporate shills! (1)

Hijacked Public (999535) | about 3 years ago | (#37713432)

But we are talking about a smartphone.

If a person can't leave off buying a smartphone + voice and data and texting plan, with 0 degrees of separation between the seller and the stock market, it causes me to question their level of commitment and true understanding of what you describe as "everyone is connected to Wall Street". You'd have to win a contest to get a phone with fewer people between you and an actual 1%er.

If this movement could more accurately focus on chrony capitalism versus capitalism, the duality wouldn't sting as much. But a lot of people just want an excuse to set something on fire and I don't blame them.

Re:Corporate shills! (2)

Thud457 (234763) | about 3 years ago | (#37713580)

There's a difference between
  • a company whose stock is traded on the market
  • and

  • a company that manipulates the market, crashing economies around the world

Re:Corporate shills! (1)

Amouth (879122) | about 3 years ago | (#37713914)

correct.. i have no problem with a publicly traded company.. i do have problems with companies whose goal and purpose is to manipulate the market for their own benefit and not the benefit of society as a whole.

Re:Corporate shills! (1)

Archangel Michael (180766) | about 3 years ago | (#37713950)

YES!

But only good looking people. Fat Ugly people are just there because they are pervs

Re:Corporate shills! (2)

LanMan04 (790429) | about 3 years ago | (#37712846)

You are the most prolific strawman-builder I've ever seen.

Re:Corporate shills! (1)

elrous0 (869638) | about 3 years ago | (#37712976)

That's nonsense. Those people out there are fighting the big corporations with the power of their MacBooks!

Re:Corporate shills! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37713524)

"Those people out there are fighting the big corporations with the power of their MacBooks!" ...built by Chinese slave laborers just before they committed suicide.

Re:Corporate shills! (5, Insightful)

mswhippingboy (754599) | about 3 years ago | (#37713092)

I suppose it would be more "pure" to eschew anything produced by a corporation while protesting their influence, but then the protesters would need to carry around stone tablets and chisels to communicate, all while wearing animal skins (or protesting in the nude). However, I see no hypocrisy in using all available technologies at their disposal to make their point. After all, the protests are not against technology, but rather corporate greed, government corruption and the undue influence of power and money on the political system.

Perhaps (as your post seems to infer) everyone should just STFU and accept the wonderful economic condition the US is in, due in no small part by the factors mentioned above, eh? I'm sure "Corporate America" thanks you for your support.

Re:Corporate shills! (2)

ArcherB (796902) | about 3 years ago | (#37713390)

I suppose it would be more "pure" to eschew anything produced by a corporation while protesting their influence, but then the protesters would need to carry around stone tablets and chisels to communicate, all while wearing animal skins (or protesting in the nude). However, I see no hypocrisy in using all available technologies at their disposal to make their point. After all, the protests are not against technology, but rather corporate greed, government corruption and the undue influence of power and money on the political system.

I see it as people having liberals having Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speak about human rights. I have no problem with them using technology, as long as the tech they use is not produced by the very people they are protesting. If they have a problem with Haliburton or Bank of America, they should protest Haliburton or Bank of America, not all of Wall St. See, much of my retirement is tied up in Wall St and I'm the working class schlub they are supposed to be protesting for. They are NOT helping!

Perhaps (as your post seems to infer) everyone should just STFU and accept the wonderful economic condition the US is in, due in no small part by the factors mentioned above, eh? I'm sure "Corporate America" thanks you for your support.

Taking down corporations is not going to improve our economic situation. It will put a bunch of people out of work and turn us into a country like India with an even more defined caste system. Lower energy prices, lower taxes, less regulation, and most importantly, STABILITY, are ways to improve our economic situation. Then again, I don't see these guys as Nobel Laureate Economists.

Re:Corporate shills! (2)

Vanders (110092) | about 3 years ago | (#37713558)

I have no problem with them using technology, as long as the tech they use is not produced by the very people they are protesting

Just what technology would be that be, precisely? Flint knives and smoke signals?

Re:Corporate shills! (0)

mswhippingboy (754599) | about 3 years ago | (#37713890)

I see. You are OK with the country going down the tubes as long as it doesn't impact your retirement. Gotcha. Thanks for playing.

Re:Corporate shills! (1)

royallthefourth (1564389) | about 3 years ago | (#37713102)

When you exist in a world where the dominant social relation is capital, the vast majority of the things you use will be produced by means of capital, dumbass.

Re:Corporate shills! (1)

Archangel Michael (180766) | about 3 years ago | (#37714026)

And these protesters want to get rid of capital. Dumbass indeed.

Re:Corporate shills! (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 3 years ago | (#37714114)

I doubt that anyone wants corporations to go away. They're not protesting corporations or the products they make. They are protesting against the unhealthy intertwining of business and politics. They're protesting that they, essentially, pay for the manager's bonus payments with their tax money. They're protesting against the "privatize profits, socialize losses" policy that has invaded wall street and got the blessing of the government.

The products are not the problem. If there's a problem, then that you cannot even get anything that's not made by a corporation these days, highlighting just how these parasites can hold whole economies ransom and blackmail them into covering their losses if their gambling fails.

App accidentally runs... (1)

Oswald McWeany (2428506) | about 3 years ago | (#37712716)

Could be embarrassing if you accidentally run the app.

/ did not rtfa incase it says something about that.

police state (3, Insightful)

Lord Dreamshaper (696630) | about 3 years ago | (#37712722)

regardless of where you stand on any of the issues or what you think about any protests and protesters, whether you think all police are jackbooted thugs or are paragons of virtue, or (more realistically) somewhere in between, the fact that there is a (perceived or actual) need for this app is an incredibly sad comment on our times

Re:police state (1)

Tomato42 (2416694) | about 3 years ago | (#37712838)

Only in US of America.

Re:police state (1)

Formorian (1111751) | about 3 years ago | (#37713412)

Really? People in UK don't feel somewhat if not more the same way? Huh i need new friends then.

Re:police state (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37713552)

Yes, I'm sure nobody else in the entire world would has problems of a similar nature.

Re:police state (1)

cbope (130292) | about 3 years ago | (#37713040)

Sad to say I totally agree. The police in practically every US state have shown time after time that they are fully willing to break the law and assault peacefully protesting citizens without cause. Not that this is limited to the US, but it seems to be rampant there now.

When peaceful protest becomes a crime, you know something is seriously wrong with the system.

Re:Canada (4, Interesting)

Phrogman (80473) | about 3 years ago | (#37713422)

Until a few years ago I would have said we were free from being in this state up here in Canada. But then we have the pepperspraying of peaceful protesters in Vancouver, followed many years later by the treatment of the protesters at the G8 summit - which appears to have been used by the Conservative Harper government as a training exercise in how to run a police state in all regards. They attempted to incite people to break the law using police undercover officers in the midst of the protesters, they kettled people with no reason, they beat up on hundreds of peaceful protesters, they announced they were enforcing a law that they KNEW was not on the books and which had never existed - arresting people under it. They held protesters who had been arrested in overcrowded cages,refusing them food, water, medical attention etc, without charges being layed, then released them 12-24 hrs later without explanation. All this against a backdrop of Conservative misappropriation of the vast funds spent on the event (1 billion total or so I think). I am thoroughly ashamed that my fellow citizens somehow saw fit to elect Stephen Harper to be our Prime Minister, then handed him a majority government in the following election. How enough of them could be so misguided as to vote for him is beyond me. I wouldn't buy a used car from that asshole, and I sure as fuck don't trust him as the PM. The only things Harper believes in as far as I can see, are his own manifest destiny and a strong desire to earn the praise of the US Republican party by doing whatever they want him to do.
Mostly Canada is pretty peaceful and calm, but if we dare object to something the Conservatives are doing, we get treated like we are criminals with no rights, and the Canadian constitution which guarantees those rights is trampled by the Police that run to do his bidding. I used to have immense respect for the various police forces in Canada - my father was a cop in Vancouver, and if I hadn't been accepted by the Canadian Military first, I would have been a cop there as well - but no longer after watching their behaviour in Toronto during the G8/G20 summit. Lies, Deceit, Corruption, these are all cards in the hand the Conservatives are playing - and my fellow countrymen/women appear to be too blind or too stupid to see it.

Re:Canada (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37714070)

The G20 summit issues were due to liberal Dalton McGuinty passing laws basically declaring a section of Toronto as a no free speech zone. You know, the same one who was re-elected by Harper Haters. There really wasn't anything fascist going on at the G8 summit other than a ridiculous waste of money. It's the G20 summit that caused the issues, 100% caused by a law that basically declared a large portion of downtown Toronto the equivalent of a nuclear power plant that's the issue. The federal government doesn't even have the power to do that. Just the province. Run by McGuinty's liberals. Remember that. You know, the same liberals that keep in power a Prime Minister that personally punches protesters in the face to the point of knocking teeth out and gets away with it. Those liberals. The jackbooted ones that punch people in the face personally.

I'm ashamed that Harper haters saw fit to keep electing McGuinty, and before that, Chretien. Positively ashamed.

Re:police state (1)

hrvatska (790627) | about 3 years ago | (#37713132)

There's always been a need for this app. It's just now that the technology to implement it for the masses exists.

Another tool (1)

poofmeisterp (650750) | about 3 years ago | (#37712736)

Another tool for the cops who are having a bad day to use against you.

"Ron, first confiscation you make from a subject is no longer the gun. It's the mobile phone."

I jest, I jest. Or do I?

Look Ma... (1)

Dark Lord of Ohio (2459854) | about 3 years ago | (#37712760)

I hope it's free app. People who get arrested usually have the right for one phone call (if they are still able to talk)...

Re:Look Ma... (3, Informative)

djlemma (1053860) | about 3 years ago | (#37712858)

One phone call using a landline at the police station that can only call other landlines within the local area code... and that's after you've had your personal phone confiscated, so if there's anybody you can call that meets those criteria you better have their number memorized.

Re:Look Ma... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37712912)

OK, off the top of your head give me your lawyers phone number, and the alternate number if you first family contact doesn't answer?

Oh right, you store those in your phone.

Re:Look Ma... (1)

delinear (991444) | about 3 years ago | (#37713236)

Of course, if you're going along to a protest where you think there's the possibility you might run into trouble with the police, it would be prudent to memorise them, or even simpler, write them down (on a bit of paper, on your arm, wherever) beforehand - the fact that GP isn't in that specific situation doesn't negate his point. If you're going to be forward thinking enough to install an app to alert people you got arrested, you should also be able to take 30 seconds to scribble down your important phone numbers.

I think now there no limit on call other then cost (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about 3 years ago | (#37712930)

I think now there no limit on call other then the high cost of makeing them.

Re:I think now there no limit on call other then c (1)

jittles (1613415) | about 3 years ago | (#37713764)

That is where you are incorrect. They definitely do not limit the cost of those calls. The rates are outrageous. Someone from a county jail kept trying to call my cell phone collect for about a month. I eventually had to call the county and ask them to block my number. Now you better not try and call me with your free call!

subjects are a stupid requirement. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37712952)

"While peacefully demonstrating"

So it doesn't work when you're breaking windows or spraypainting buildings?

Re:subjects are a stupid requirement. (1)

delinear (991444) | about 3 years ago | (#37713246)

Stupid as it sounds, I wouldn't be surprised at all to learn they had something in their terms and conditions to that affect so that they can't be accused of aiding troublemakers.

Re:subjects are a stupid requirement. (1)

datavirtue (1104259) | about 3 years ago | (#37713442)

Just a general disclaimer.

Suggestion. (4, Funny)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | about 3 years ago | (#37713104)

This app should have the option to shout, "Don't taze me bro" repeatedly at maximum volume too.

Re:Suggestion. (1)

Megane (129182) | about 3 years ago | (#37713122)

It also needs a "MOOOOOM! BRING ME MORE DORITIOS!" option. (Think of Eric Cartman playing WoW.)

An amazing AI app: (3, Funny)

Hartree (191324) | about 3 years ago | (#37713180)

How would it know you were protesting rather than doing something else?

"I'm sorry. I can't send a message. You were holding up a liquor store. That's not peaceful protesting."

Pro Version (1)

jswinth (528529) | about 3 years ago | (#37713208)

I bet the soon to come pro version will do a secure wipe of the phone so that the police can't perform a warrantless search on it. Obviously this version will be targeted at mobsters, drug dealers, and the tinfoil hat crowd.

Modifiers? (1)

Zebraheaded (1229302) | about 3 years ago | (#37713586)

For accuracy, the app should also notify them of what you were actually doing during your "peaceful demonstration" which caused the arrest:

"John was arrested for...spitting on an officer...while peacefully demonstrating."

"John was arrested for...trespassing on private property...while peacfully demonstrating."

"John was arrested for...impeding access of emergency vehicles...while peacfully demonstrating."

see next subject :-) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37713666)

The proximity between the two ./ subject is fun...

"m'a I'm getting arrested is enhanced by 'dual profile'", so you can broadcast your familly without allerting your boss (or the other way round YMMV :-))

Hey Dad! (1)

Torodung (31985) | about 3 years ago | (#37713670)

Also makes "Hey Dad, I'm in Jail!" by Was (not Was) your ring tone. I like it here!

The classic version: (1)

Hartree (191324) | about 3 years ago | (#37714020)

"Busted, down on Bourbon Street, Set up, like a bowling pin. Knocked down, it get's to wearin' thin"

Speaking from experience... (2)

joelville (1180631) | about 3 years ago | (#37713968)

I hope it also reminds you to Sharpie your contact's telephone number to your arm before you go out. When I was arrested at a peaceful protest they confiscated my cellphone, the only number I had memorized was an ex-girlfriend's parents... from 7 years ago and two states away. http://www.joellueders.com/arrested.html [joellueders.com] [slashvertising]

Limited usefulness at demonstrations. (1)

jenningsthecat (1525947) | about 3 years ago | (#37713998)

Although this will be great for motorists being bagged by overly zealous traffic cops, I don't think it will be much use at demonstrations. Government agencies have already demonstrated their willingness and ability to shut down cellular infrastructure or use jammers in order to disrupt protesters' ability to communicate, and this trend will only escalate in the coming years.

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