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Man Physically Assaulted At McDonald's For Wearing Digital Eye Glasses

Soulskill posted about 2 years ago | from the i-don't-think-he's-lovin'-it dept.

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RockoW writes "Steve Mann, a long-time researcher of computer vision systems, (i.e. Augmented reality, Digital Eyeglass) had an incident at a McDonald's in Paris, France. He was assaulted by three men during his visit to get food with his family. They had a problem with his digital eye glasses and tried to take them off his head. 'The eyeglass is permanently attached and does not come off my skull without special tools.' The men also tore up Mann's documentation and a letter from his doctor explaining the device's use. Fortunately, the rough treatment of the device caused it to keep recent images in its memory, instead of quickly overwriting them, so Dr. Mann has pictures of the men who assaulted him."

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1198 comments

brave nerd on bleeding edge of wearable nerdiness (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40670865)

but just doesn't understand why they won't leave him alone

What is/are the race of the attackers? (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40670931)

As Paris has a mixture of many races, it is advisable for all to know the racial background of the attackers, so that, future visitors to Paris would be well advised to avoid any contact with people of that race.

Re:What is/are the race of the attackers? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671047)

Just avoid the fucking French. Worst of the lot.

Re:What is/are the race of the attackers? (-1, Troll)

Transcendz (955938) | about 2 years ago | (#40671103)

You've just won the slashdot award for the stupidest comment of the day.

Re:What is/are the race of the attackers? (-1, Offtopic)

ciderbrew (1860166) | about 2 years ago | (#40671151)

Too right, it goes without saying.

Re:What is/are the race of the attackers? (5, Funny)

mwvdlee (775178) | about 2 years ago | (#40671187)

Actually the fucking French can be quite fun, in particular the females. It's the non-fucking French that you want to stay away from.

Re:brave nerd on bleeding edge of wearable nerdine (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671031)

This is how it starts. The first blows in the war between Augmented Humans and the Naturals.

Keep humanity free from machines!

Be pure, be vigilant, behave!

Re:brave nerd on bleeding edge of wearable nerdine (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671267)

My vision is augmented.

France has a problem (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40670873)

Arabs or blacks? They are always them in Paris in this kind of incident.

Don't get confused, I am not being racist, and I don't mean all the arabs or blacks do these things, what I mean is that the 95% of people who do that in Paris (in Paris, I don't mean other cities or countries, which I don't know), are arabs or blacks.

When I was there I saw lots and lots of incidents like that.

Re:France has a problem (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40670897)

He's covered their faces, but the three of them appear to be decidedly Arab based on skin tone and general features (the beards & chins, for example).

Re:France has a problem (2, Informative)

zero.kalvin (1231372) | about 2 years ago | (#40671007)

Definetly not! Perp 1 might be an arab, but 2 and 3 are not. Beside your assumption on skin is wrong, because while north african arabs are dark skinned, middle eastern ( Palastenian, lebanese and Syrian ) arabs vary from dark skin to extreemly white skin. You'd be surprised by some of my blue eyed blonde hair arab friends!

Re:France has a problem (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671253)

Middle eastern arabs are not the ones who are plaguing my country (France) with their locust like invasion. Palestinians, Lebanese and Syrian are a minority amongst minorities.

The ones you should be on the look out for are Algerian, Tunisian, Morrocans.

Re:France has a problem (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40670915)

My thoughts exactly. Before I even read the article I assumed that the perpetrators wouldn't be Frenchmen. Then I looked at the pictures. Stereotype confirmed!

Re:France has a problem (3, Informative)

slim (1652) | about 2 years ago | (#40671013)

Don't get confused, I am not being racist

Yes you are.

Re:France has a problem (5, Interesting)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about 2 years ago | (#40671177)

The conclusion from the reddit thread on this incident was that the attackers were McDonalds employees, and were reacting against community oposition to a McDonalds in that location. Apparently there are issues with local people using cameras to collect evidence and the McDonalds have a hair trigger response to that activity.

Re:France has a problem (5, Interesting)

erroneus (253617) | about 2 years ago | (#40671265)

Wow. Useful information. I was quite curious as to what the motivation might have been behind the behavior and I was less concerned about "who" or what "types" of who did the assault and property damage.

And now I see what was behind it. These guys were ALL seemingly of middle-eastern origins but that's NOT the issue. I think the more important issue was that they were defending something. I find it quite likely that these men had some stake in the success of their business and felt they were defending it in some way. Ethnicity or origins are not quite relevant to the story unless you are interested in painting a picture suggesting that "X people are violent" which is true... X people are violent... hell *I* am violent... or I have been until I learned to chill a bit more. The issue is what motivates violence.

And the motivation becomes more clear. They saw this guy as an assault on their unofficial camera ban and wanted the camera removed. Let's not go into the stpudity of trying to conceal truth as revealed by photons bouncing off of objects.

Re:France has a problem (2)

lookatmyhorse (2566527) | about 2 years ago | (#40671021)

they are not foreigners as they are all born in France. The European low class immigrants are on the second or third generation already.

Re:France has a problem (-1, Troll)

Chrisq (894406) | about 2 years ago | (#40671041)

Arabs or blacks? They are always them in Paris in this kind of incident.

Don't get confused, I am not being racist, and I don't mean all the arabs or blacks do these things, what I mean is that the 95% of people who do that in Paris (in Paris, I don't mean other cities or countries, which I don't know), are arabs or blacks.

When I was there I saw lots and lots of incidents like that.

They are almost certainly Muslims, and naturally assume that the guy with glasses is from the security services and interested in their terrorist plots. Hopefully the real security services are monitoring them undetected.

Re:France has a problem (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671139)

Arabs or blacks? They are always them in Paris in this kind of incident.

Don't get confused, I am not being racist, and I don't mean all the arabs or blacks do these things, what I mean is that the 95% of people who do that in Paris (in Paris, I don't mean other cities or countries, which I don't know), are arabs or blacks.

When I was there I saw lots and lots of incidents like that.

They are almost certainly Muslims, and naturally assume that the guy with glasses is from the security services and interested in their terrorist plots. Hopefully the real security services are monitoring them undetected.

So, it seems that not only does McDonalds in Paris have some strange issues with cameras, but judging from these comments, a surprising number of French people are racist.

Re:France has a problem (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671207)

I am not French, but I have lived there for 2 years. And if you lived there you would know what I mean.

For example, I have lived in London for 1 year, and there the problem are not arabs or blacks, the violent and problematic people are skinheads and chavs. Just to prove you that I am not racist. But there in America you think that saying that is racist, but it is not, as it is nothing related to the color of the sking but the culture I guess.

Re:France has a problem (0)

slim (1652) | about 2 years ago | (#40671249)

So, it seems that not only does McDonalds in Paris have some strange issues with cameras, but judging from these comments, a surprising number of French people are racist.

Surprising?

One episode of the British comedy drama series "The Inbetweeners" involves French visitors as part of a school exchange programme. The protagonist's guest is mainly moody and silent, but at one point, he says, out of the blue, "ah do not like Arabs". It's funny because many British people have had exactly that experience with French school exchanges.

Re:France has a problem (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671099)

Arabs or blacks? They are always them in Paris in this kind of incident.

Don't get confused, I am not being racist, and I don't mean all the arabs or blacks do these things, what I mean is that the 95% of people who do that in Paris (in Paris, I don't mean other cities or countries, which I don't know), are arabs or blacks.

When I was there I saw lots and lots of incidents like that.

Of course it's a sandnigger or nigger.

A white Frenchman would have surrendered at the first sign of trouble. Much like France is surrendering to Islam right fucking now.

Stupid people fear what they don't understand (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40670883)

Subject says it all

is it real (1, Insightful)

bs0d3 (2439278) | about 2 years ago | (#40670889)

the story sounds possibly untrue and slanderous, and the only source that everyone is retweeting is the same one linked here, from a blog on blogspot that has only one post which was recently created.

Re:is it real (1, Insightful)

hvm2hvm (1208954) | about 2 years ago | (#40670907)

Ye, sounds like a way to build some hype around the digital eye glass stuff.

Re:is it real (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40670957)

Ye, sounds like a way to build some hype around the digital eye glass stuff.

Bolting that thing to your head and getting beat up because of it? Yeah, that's something to get hyped about. What are you smoking?

Re:is it real (3, Insightful)

Lumpy (12016) | about 2 years ago | (#40671273)

Well He's been doing this "digital eye glass stuff" for over 15 years now, and invented Wearable computing. you know those professors gotta get their faces in the news! Damn attention whores!

Re:is it real (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40670941)

yes, this is probably fake, why didnt he went to the police and press charge? Why didnt he called the police and identified those persons? bullshit, this is

Re:is it real (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671077)

yes, this is probably fake, why didnt he went to the police and press charge? Why didnt he called the police and identified those persons? bullshit, this is

From the article:

I also contacted the Embassy, Consulate, Police, etc., without much luck.

Him being a foreigner, I'm frankly not too surprised that the police were not helpful.

Re:is it real (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671083)

Dude, seriously? Are you capable of just calling up police and "identified" anyone at will?

Re:is it real (0, Troll)

realityimpaired (1668397) | about 2 years ago | (#40671105)

He claims McDonald's doesn't publish contact information, either...

http://www.mcdonalds.fr/contacts [mcdonalds.fr]

Didn't try very hard, did he? There may not be an e-mail address there, but there's a phone number, in Paris, that he can call and speak to a human being who would be very interested to find out the details of the alleged assault, and would almost certainly give him an address where he can send the photos.

Re:is it real (1, Informative)

chrismcb (983081) | about 2 years ago | (#40671111)

Why didnt he called the police and identified those persons?

He claims he did contact the police, and they were not helpful.

Are you real? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671117)

why didnt he went to the police and press charge?

You don't know France, or do you?

In France, the cops dare not to touch the moslems

One look at the way they treat that motherfucking coldblooded moslem bastard who killed little kids and you know that the French - and I mean the WHITE, NON-MOSLEM French, has no ball
 

Re:Are you real? (1)

Altesse (698587) | about 2 years ago | (#40671257)

If you're talking about Mohammed Merah, you dumb fuck, he was 'was shot in the head by a police sniper' (Wikipedia link [wikipedia.org] ). The RAID (equivalent of SWAT) assaulted him and neutralized him. How is that for 'dare not touch' ?

While it is true that there are suburban areas in France where cops cannot do much, because they are outnumbered (and outgunned !) by the residents -- but like every major city in the world, tell me it's different in New York or Miami -- the french police never, ever let a killer on the loose, especially when he kills kids.

Re:is it real (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671085)

> and the only source that everyone is retweeting is the same one linked here

So Steve Man, the person making the claim, would have to write it out twice, in two different places for it to be real?

Let me use a hypothetical to unravel your alarming incapacity for logical thought:

Let's something transpires, and it actually transpires, and I write about it. Assuming nobody else who was there wrote about it - where could someone possibly link to other than my account? The news story covering my account? So second hand sources then become valid? Do you even know what a second hand source is?

Give me three examples where you've followed a research methodology in your life, and what you learned from them.

Re:is it real (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671109)

Can't believe some of the comments so far. This guy has been strapping computers to his body for 34 years, by his own count. He's been on slashdot many times in the past, and had run-ins with airport security a couple of times before:

http://it.slashdot.org/story/02/03/14/2051228/airport-security-vs-cyborg-steve-mann
http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/01/10/05/2237200/a-computer-display-in-ordinary-sunglasses
http://linux.slashdot.org/story/00/08/08/1256229/more-on-the-linux-wrist-watch

So it's very unlikely to be a fake. According to the article, he's contacted the police and Mcdonalds' with out any response. Based on his past experience with these types of situations, I think he knows exactly what he is doing in seeking some publicity.

Re:is it real (4, Informative)

Frohboy (78614) | about 2 years ago | (#40671155)

Assuming the blog post was indeed written by the real Steve Mann [wikipedia.org] , a guy who has been doing this wearable computing stuff for a while [slashdot.org] , I think we can trust that it's true. (And if he didn't write it, I would expect to hear something from him, saying that it's a fake.)

It's also not his first altercation related to his wearable stuff. See, for example, this Slashdot story from 2002 [slashdot.org] .

Not really surprised (0)

will_die (586523) | about 2 years ago | (#40670891)

Sometimes after seeing all the new stuff and experiences you want something familar and comfortable and McDonalds fits that role.
They also are clean, have good bathrooms (exception for the McDonalds in Reims) and are open long hours. They also offer wifi and have seats. And the Partially Gelatinated, Non- Dairy, Gum-Based Beverages can taste rather good on a hot day.

No Facebook links... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40670893)

And Facebook refuses to link to the article (or at least Facebook France).

Just to clarify (5, Informative)

isorox (205688) | about 2 years ago | (#40670899)

It's important to clarify (as I had to RTFA to realise this), that he claims he was assaulted by 3 employees of McDonalds

This wasn't a random assault by other customers at some shady McDonalds at 3AM, nor was it an assault by a typical skinhead -- from the photos the alleged perpetrators were McDonalds Management.

He's not the first person to claim McDonalds staff in France assault their customers. [cbsnews.com]

Re:Just to clarify (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40670981)

It's worth noting that McDonald's staff in Europe is mostly uneducated non-European immigrants from the Middle East or North Africa (MENA). In fact whenever you read about an assault in the newspapers you can safely assume the perps are from MENA. Why would skinheads assault people? They don't do that any more except if the country happens to be an old backwards Soviet state. Most violence nowadays are from immigrants and directed towards the natives.

Re:Just to clarify (0)

gmhowell (26755) | about 2 years ago | (#40671005)

This wasn't a random assault by other customers at some shady McDonalds at 3AM, nor was it an assault by a typical skinhead -- from the photos the alleged perpetrators were McDonalds Management.

In France, I would expect Algerians and Moroccans before I'd guess skinheads.

Re:Just to clarify (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671029)

... she's named Penny Sheldon?

Re:Just to clarify (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671035)

It's important to clarify that people hate McDonalds and some people hate it so much that they're prepared to lie thinking it will help with self-promotion

So in a huge European city there are at least two unproven allegations of assault by staff of one of the largest and more controversial chains in the world? Well, I guess by the second allegation it must all be true! FWIW, isorox, I heard you're a pedo, and some other guy also thinks you're a pedo, so... you know what that makes you?

What is more, people living in large countries and not moving outside of them much tend to forget that laws and customs abroad are different. It is therefore necessary to learn about the culture of a place you are going to visit before you visit it - you get no points for waving your hands in the air and crying "I'm X and your rules don't apply to me!". In particular, laws around photography in France will be alien to those living in the US. I personally like some of the rules in France - for example, I believe no-one should be able to process your likeness without your permission. This idea may send free-speech-if-you-can-afford-it America into a fit, but billions of people (hundreds of millions in Europe) have chosen a different system and prefer it that way. I don't flip a shit when I'm subjected to the TSA in America, although it is a vile intrusion of privacy - I accept that, as a guest, I don't get to change everything about my hosts. Extend a similar courtesy.

Re:Just to clarify (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671125)

Are you on the drugs?

Re:Just to clarify (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671171)

Para. 1: Sometimes campaigners with an agenda will lie;

Para. 2: Two allegations against some large business in some large geographical area do not constitute proof that any one story is complete or accurate;

Para. 3: Foreigners should make more effort to understand the culture of their host country.

Which one of those messages constitutes being "on the drugs"?

Re:Just to clarify (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671271)

All of the above? Part 1 and Part 3 are completely irrelevant to the topic. Part 2 is irrelevant, as this allegation is by a pretty well known wearable computing researcher. We dont know the full story, and if there were some sort of altercation between the employees and this guy, but there is no reason to not believe the assault.
 
Plus the whole comment was completely incoherent, most likely due to being on drugs. And are you on drugs? (I realize you never answered that)

Douchebags (1)

KuRa_Scvls (932317) | about 2 years ago | (#40670909)

Needs to be said

Re:Douchebags (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40670953)

You're referring to people who wear dork glasses and carry around fake doctor's notes, right?

Even people who wear dork glasses and... (1)

voss (52565) | about 2 years ago | (#40671011)

carry fake notes should not be assasulted. At most they should be asked to leave the premises or detained while police are called if a crime is suspected.

I do not condone violence nor stealing... (1)

LLKrisJ (1021777) | about 2 years ago | (#40670913)

... and kudos for this guy trying to push technology (use) forward.

But bolting the thing to your head?? Seriously?? WTF?

Re:I do not condone violence nor stealing... (4, Funny)

will_die (586523) | about 2 years ago | (#40670923)

It is for those that want the extra special TSA experience.

Re:I do not condone violence nor stealing... (0, Flamebait)

LLKrisJ (1021777) | about 2 years ago | (#40670983)

Must be :)

In any case, this guys seems a bit disconnected from reality:

1) He comes from a country (the US) with some of the most strict rules on security at airports and whatnot... I think I hardly ever visited a country is more paranoid (and this is not intended as a slur) and then he goes off and bolts something to his skull that makes him look like the terminator of a Navy seal on a covert op. And you Sir, hold a phD? :)

2) He takes his kids to go and learn "true Parisian French"? Lol...

Looks like a bad case of attention whoaring to me...

Re:I do not condone violence nor stealing... (1)

bs0d3 (2439278) | about 2 years ago | (#40670995)

thought I read he was from Ontario at some point

Re:I do not condone violence nor stealing... (1)

LLKrisJ (1021777) | about 2 years ago | (#40671027)

Ah :) only MIT stuck with me :) But still so, in this day and age...

Re:I do not condone violence nor stealing... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671135)

Takes one to know one.

Hes Canadian. Almost 1/4 of Canadas population considers french to be their first language and its 1 of 2 official languages in Canada.

Maybe US has gotten alot worse since i was there last time but compared to then i have seen alot worse. And as a rule of thumb security is generally not that hard to work with when you have correct paperwork.

So in summary learn2read.

Re:I do not condone violence nor stealing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671231)

3) He goes and eat to McDonald in Paris, a city where you can find hundreds of cheap excellent restaurants.

Re:I do not condone violence nor stealing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671283)

He goes and eat to McDonald in Paris, a city where you can find hundreds of excellent restaurants.

FTFY.

Re:I do not condone violence nor stealing... (3, Informative)

LourensV (856614) | about 2 years ago | (#40671131)

Well, he's doing research on becoming a cyborg. The Borg didn't take off their gear before going to bed, and I can see how it just wouldn't be realistic if you could take your augmentations off whenever you wanted. And after all, glasses with built-in screens have been available for years now, so he would be rather behind the curve if he was simply wearing them occasionally.

I seem to recall a story about Steve Mann from many years ago (but can't find it any more), where he similarly bumped into society's expectations of what a human is supposed to be. He was refused entry to an airplane unless he turned off his wearable computer. He at least initially refused, arguing that since there was a heart monitor connected to it, turning it off could result in him having an undetected heart issue, so that turning it off meant risking his life.

It's not quite the same as here, as there were probably very valid safety grounds in that case, but it does show that the idea that a computer can be part of a person is still alien to us. At the same time, we are moving closer all the time to that scene in Accelerando where Manfred Macx is robbed of his computer and barely knows who he is anymore. Interesting times, and as you said, kudos to dr. Mann for pushing the envelope.

bs... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40670929)

That "recent images" in its memory explanation is bullshit. Just think about the logic in it. If it was built to record, why would it have storage for a few seconds but nothing longer? And why would it have code added to sense that it is broken and stop recording? Most likely the device stored everything just like a video camera. The men were bothered because they rightly thought that he was recording the place. Not that that is reason for anyone to get assaulted though.

Re:bs... (2)

chrismcb (983081) | about 2 years ago | (#40671133)

The claim is it isn't built to record. But it does have a short buffer. Since it stopped recording, the buffer was not overwritten.

Re:bs... (1)

Gaygirlie (1657131) | about 2 years ago | (#40671221)

If it was built to record, why would it have storage for a few seconds but nothing longer?

That's called a buffer.

And why would it have code added to sense that it is broken and stop recording?

Why would it keep recording if the camera is broken, what would the point be in that?

something's not right here (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40670943)

So he provided this information, sat down, and then, out of the blue:

Subsequently another person within McDonalds physically assaulted me,

This report sounds like bad fiction from someone with a gigantic ego and an armchair law degree:

1) He thinks that "a letter from my doctor" is some sort of do-anything-you-want card in private establishments across the world. Hey, look, I have a letter here which looks like it's signed by a doctor, I can come into your establishment wearing whatever I want!

2) He thinks that the correct thing to do when you are "assaulted" is to write a report for the Internet and to supply random pictures, calling lots of people "perpetrators";

3) He says that these "perpetrators" caused the pictures because his system automatically takes pictures when it is knocked to the floor. Unless you're a lawyer, buddy, don't try to lawyer an argument;

4) He claims that he "contacted the embassy, consulate, police, etc. without much luck". In what way did he lack "luck"? I've got several family members living in France and they've never suffered from lack of "luck" when reporting a physical assault. Maybe he doesn't know how to speak French and refused to accept a translator or find his own. Maybe he presented this weird page instead of stating that he had been attacked, answering the inevitable questions concerning what happened, and leaving the law to do its work.

Re:something's not right here (4, Funny)

sjames (1099) | about 2 years ago | (#40670973)

Yeah, to hell with these so called "handicapped" people and their supposed "prostetics". Kick 'em in the nuts I say!

Re:something's not right here (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671153)

This is an experimental device designed by and available to a single MIT researcher. The purported opinion of one medical professional carries little weight - assuming this opinion is even relevant, for it could have simply been "this device may help him see some stuff slightly better". Hell, I have RSI and an assistance monkey would help me carry stuff around, but I don't expect establishments around the world to admit an assistance monkey just because I can afford one.

In particular, the device has the ability to take pictures in a way which may be contrary to French law, something the OP took delight in (accidentally?) admitting on his web page.

Re:something's not right here (3, Insightful)

Mithent (2515236) | about 2 years ago | (#40671237)

Not wanting to admit you is a bit different from assaulting you (assuming the story is true).

What? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40670967)

Man travels to France. Chooses to eat at McDonald's. Seriously. Then COMPLAINS he gets beaten up!

true Parisian French... (1, Interesting)

phloe (264566) | about 2 years ago | (#40670975)

Two quotes:

"... in order to give our children the opportunity to learn true Parisian French..."
"...my wife and children and I went to McDonalds..."

he had it coming :/

Re:true Parisian French... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671061)

"...two Ranch Wraps, one burger, and one mango McFlurry..."

Re:true Parisian French... (2)

mwvdlee (775178) | about 2 years ago | (#40671127)

Then he learned that "true Parisian French McDonals" means getting beat up, and STILL he complains.

I would like to have their version (4, Interesting)

aepervius (535155) | about 2 years ago | (#40670977)

"Upon ordering, McDonaldâ(TM)s employees at 140, Avenue Champs Elysees, Paris accosted Mann and tried to tear the glasses out of his head"

It does not sound like a random attack but employee action. Which brings me to think there was a prior history we were not told, for example he telling them it is a camera, them asking him to remove it, and not believing him when he refuses to switch it off or remove it. It does not excuse employee behavior if they assaulted him really, or manhandled him, but OTOH he cannot film random passerby or customer in a premise at will. And I am willing to bet that it was the bone the employee had. OTOH it could be simply dumb people doing dumb things, but I am always very very warry when somebody tell employee attacked them without reason. Random thug attack without reason. Employee not so much. (again i am not saying those reason were not valid, but that we hear only one side here).

Re:I would like to have their version (0)

LLKrisJ (1021777) | about 2 years ago | (#40670991)

Mod parent up

Re:I would like to have their version (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671161)

Also check how many hands (s)he has!

What I don't understand ... why just not leave? (3, Informative)

acidfast7 (551610) | about 2 years ago | (#40670989)

This story is borderline plausible.

I can believe that some Parisians would vigorously defend against photos being take of the interior design/menu.

I can also believe that someone would wear augmented reality glasses. Furthermore, I can understand that (a) McDonalds employee(s) would automatically react strongly to the camera and try to remove them from someone's head.

However, what I don't understand is why the subject of the story just didn't leave McDonalds. Honestly, you're in a city full of excellent, and sometimes inexpensive, cuisine.

Why even go to McDonalds in the first place and why not leave when there's an altercation? Is the 20€ of McDs food worth the hassle?

Re:What I don't understand ... why just not leave? (1)

djsmiley (752149) | about 2 years ago | (#40671033)

I don't understand why, in my 28 years on this earth, following all sorts of awesome technology, I've never actually HEARD of this guy?

Re:What I don't understand ... why just not leave? (1)

acidfast7 (551610) | about 2 years ago | (#40671055)

I've heard of him, he's been around for a while. But, anyone concerned with "Parisian French" wouldn't be dining at McDonalds. This whole thing is ridiculous.

Re:What I don't understand ... why just not leave? (1)

mwvdlee (775178) | about 2 years ago | (#40671141)

I dare bet you don't know the tens of thousands of names of other important researchers either.

Re:What I don't understand ... why just not leave? (0)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about 2 years ago | (#40671089)

Honestly, you're in a city full of excellent, and sometimes inexpensive, cuisine.

Why even go to McDonalds in the first place and why not leave when there's an altercation?

You don't have any kids, do you?

Re:What I don't understand ... why just not leave? (0, Flamebait)

acidfast7 (551610) | about 2 years ago | (#40671145)

Of course, I do, and they've never eaten fast-food (5 years + 2 years) and counting. Fast food is not a replacement for lazy planning/parenting.

Re:What I don't understand ... why just not leave? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671287)

But apparently your smug attitude is? Get over yourself. Fast food is for people on the go in a big city. On holiday, once, if your kids want it, is pretty much ok. Don't go spoiling them with xmas presents either.

Re:What I don't understand ... why just not leave? (0)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | about 2 years ago | (#40671185)

Who allows their kids to stay up until 3am? Seriously, WTF. Someone needs to call Child Protective Services on this guy.

Re:What I don't understand ... why just not leave? (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671189)

I would never bring kids to McDonalds. (I guess for Americans is normal, but I would never give something like that to my kids).

Run Away! Right in Front of Your Family (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671159)

However, what I don't understand is why the subject of the story just didn't leave McDonalds. Honestly, you're in a city full of excellent, and sometimes inexpensive, cuisine. Why even go to McDonalds in the first place

Well from the summary:

He was assaulted by three men during his visit to get food with his family.

Maybe his kids saw it and they wanted American food and it was too late and he was too tired to resist them? Just because someone has different food tastes than you doesn't make their story implausible. "So I was stopping at a Swedish place to get some lutefisk ..." who fucking cares where it was or what he was eating? Also, sometimes chain restaurants are much better in foreign countries. Try the Pizza Hut on Grand Cayman sometime, they are crazy amazing (I think because the food has to all be grown locally).

and why not leave when there's an altercation? Is the 20€ of McDs food worth the hassle?

I know, it's weird, it's almost like he thought he had a right to be there or something. Crazy fucking Canadians and their "rights."

"Hey dad how come you gave those men money and then they showed some muscle so we left without eating? Now I'm hungry and you kinda look like a pussy."

Re:Run Away! Right in Front of Your Family (1)

acidfast7 (551610) | about 2 years ago | (#40671247)

Hey AC ... you need to know what battle is worth fighting and this isn't one of them. Asserting your right to dine somewhere, when you have pretty damn unique glasses that look like a camera to most people (especially McDonalds employeed, which aren't so tech savvy) is "losing the forest for the trees."

I also have a very hard time believing that Pizza Hut on Grand Cayman is better than a real Pizzeria using the same locally grown stuff, but whatever makes you justify the fast-food experience is OK with me (not really)

Mc D. in Paris, really! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671009)

What the hell. Anyone one would travel the world, choose to give their children an opportunity to learn Parisian french and would then choose to go to a Mc Donalds, in Paris, in France, the home of gastromomy deserves to get smacked upside the head. geez.

Re:Mc D. in Paris, really! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671039)

Man, can't resist those..... 'Ranch Wraps, one burger, and one mango McFlurry'

That and the glasses, this man has no shame.

Double smack.

Re:Mc D. in Paris, really! (1)

jampola (1994582) | about 2 years ago | (#40671091)

That's a bit rough, mate! You obviously don't have kids, do you? "Mummmm, Daaaddddd, Can we have Maccas???? PPLLEEEAASSEE?????"

Besides, My folks used to take me to Micky D's all the time...and 15 years later I speak 3 languages. Not to blow my own horn but I turned out alright (and I'm not even overweight!....yet)

If his eyeware exists (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671051)

TFA says its uses a laser and lets the eye function as both a camera and a display. I want to know more.

Reality Nazis (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671065)

I love when all the reality nazis come out of the woodwork to tell everyone how they've decided that an incident they weren't present to observe, don't 'have all the details to, and thougth about just for a few seconds, CANNOT POSSIBLY BE REAL.

Reminds me of when people angrily proclaim real photos are photoshopped because OMG PIXELATION, DUH.

The full story (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671079)

He tried to order a Quarter Pounder with cheese and refused to call it a Royale with cheese.

Clearly it was his own fault...

Facebook blocked the link. (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671123)

Why is facebook blocking this link for being spammy? Seems really weird seeing all the other junk that is postable there.

Doesn't Augmediated Reality need Reality first? (1)

mister2au (1707664) | about 2 years ago | (#40671191)

Undoubtedly brilliant but damn what a weirdo !! The whole tone of the blog is just weird ...

The strangest thing out of the whole story (to me at least) was that he is married and has kids !!!

Re:Doesn't Augmediated Reality need Reality first? (1)

Psychotria (953670) | about 2 years ago | (#40671279)

Ok. So this is the level that /. has sunk to, where nearly every poster says they have not heard of Steve Mann. Maybe it's time I left this place; I no longer belong.

Food (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671199)

He was assaulted by three men during his visit to get food with his family

Do they sell food nowadays at McDonald's?

Bad pun intended (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671203)

You know how the call a beating in French?
A royal with cheese...

Either this story misses a lot of details or (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671213)

they just don't prosecute thieves in France. No mention of police being called, arriving, having leads, how do they do things in the land of baguettes and bad attitudes?

What is McDonald's? (2)

Thor Ablestar (321949) | about 2 years ago | (#40671215)

I have read somewhere that McDonald's is NOT a corporate entity. It is instead a trade mark and business model that can be licensed by anybody willing to become local McDonald's. If so, it's futile to look for McDonald's representative a.s.o. - they have no relation with this specific McDonald's except collecting the license fees. The local police is the only place to ask for help.

He's not just a researcher... (5, Informative)

Lumpy (12016) | about 2 years ago | (#40671229)

He is the guy who INVENTED wearable computing and all the technology behind Project Glass.

Doctor's letter? (-1, Troll)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | about 2 years ago | (#40671277)

The guy has a doctor's letter for his computer glasses? How does that work, exactly? Is it because he's a "cyborg" and removing his glasses would "kill" him? Does it monitor his heart rate so he'll get an audible alarm if his heart stops beating or something lame like that? Or did he just get one of his physician friends to write him a note so that he wouldn't have to take off his attention-getting get-up and become a mere human like the rest of us?

Go for french cuisine the next time (5, Funny)

macson_g (1551397) | about 2 years ago | (#40671285)

If someone physically is present in Paris and still goes to McDonalds to get his meal, then he deservers to be assaulted :)
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