Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Saudi Arabia Implements Electronic Tracking System For Women

timothy posted about a year and a half ago | from the our-friends-in-the-middle-east dept.

Privacy 591

dsinc writes "Denied the right to travel without consent from their male guardians and banned from driving, women in Saudi Arabia are now monitored by an electronic system that tracks any cross-border movements. Since last week, Saudi women's male guardians began receiving text messages on their phones informing them when women under their custody leave the country, even if they are travelling together. 'The authorities are using technology to monitor women,' said columnist Badriya al-Bishr, who criticised the 'state of slavery under which women are held' in the ultra-conservative kingdom. Women are not allowed to leave the kingdom without permission from their male guardian, who must give his consent by signing what is known as the 'yellow sheet' at the airport or border."

cancel ×

591 comments

Sorry! There are no comments related to the filter you selected.

View from common person (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42068843)

"heh, let's just tell all of their women to come to the West where they will be appreciated." said a John Forbes from Chicago Illinois while he was filling up his SUV with 60 gallons of premium gas.

Apartheid (4, Insightful)

Richard_J_N (631241) | about a year and a half ago | (#42068855)

When South Africa did this (to black people, rather than women), under Apartheid, the civilised world rightly condemned it, and imposed trade sanctions.
Where are the trade embargoes on Saudi Arabia? They're in contravention of the UN declaration of Human Rights.

Re:Apartheid (4, Insightful)

Mashiki (184564) | about a year and a half ago | (#42068867)

Won't happen, and remember this is in accordance with sharia law too. Which is supposed to elevate women above western standards, or so flappy headed groups keep telling us.

Re:Apartheid (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42069017)

Won't happen, and remember this is in accordance with sharia law too. Which is supposed to elevate women above western standards, or so flappy headed groups keep telling us.

Sure, just like Islam is the "religion of peace" even though, of the 120 or so active shooting wars happening today, Muslims are involved in over 100 of them.

At least during the Crusades and the Inquisition, nobody went around talking about how the Catholic Church was the "institution of peace". It's like the farther back in time you go, the more sense the average person had.

Re:Apartheid (2)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069115)

are you saying its all about the flappy headed Mo's

(I know, I'm in trouble for that one).

Re:Apartheid (3, Informative)

dmbasso (1052166) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069143)

Yep, and the prophet Muhammad is the perfect man, whose acts are a model for all to follow, for all eternity.

So go ahead and marry a 6 years old girl, wait for her to be 9 or 10, and then you can have sex with her (his dear Aisha).

Ahh, but she is a girl! That's where the Catholic priests got it wrong! To rape a 10 year old boy is wrong, but if it's a girl it's ok! Allahu akbar!

Too bad hell is a fictitious place, these people really deserve it.

Re:Apartheid (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42068885)

South Africa only has gold and diamonds, not oil. Also, South Africa doesn't have a state religion to hide behind. Any criticism of Saudi Arabia would be "anti-islamic" bigotry.

Re:Apartheid (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42068895)

To leave China, you need an exit visa. This is also in contravention of UN declaration of human rights. Would you expect a trade embargo against the Chinese too?

Re:Apartheid (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42068995)

Unlike the Saui Arbian atrocity, the chinese law doesn't single out a very specific part of the population. It's bad, but not as unfair as the Arab asshole method.

Re:Apartheid (3, Insightful)

Nostromo21 (1947840) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069081)

Is this a patented method...? :)

Really, do muslim men have such small dicks & huge, over-inflated egos, that they cannot keep their wimen in check with flowers, chocolate & pretty lies? *duck*

Seriously, this is an entire country supporting gender-terrorism (there, I said it first!), but that's ok, because they have a 'state religion' to hide behind & rationalise an oppressive law??? Isn't it high time you yanks stopped chasing the oil/money & started disbanding all state religious leaderships in the world with your anti-WOMDs & laser-guided asshole destroyers...? Just please, for GOD'S SAKE, don't turn them into representative demoncracies FFS!

Re:Apartheid (5, Insightful)

OzPeter (195038) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069169)

To leave China, you need an exit visa. This is also in contravention of UN declaration of human rights. Would you expect a trade embargo against the Chinese too?

Its even worse in Saudi Arabia .. according to the great and powerful wikepedia Exit Visas [wikipedia.org] are required by foreign workers in Saudi Arabia and Qatar

.. Hence at the end of a foreign worker's employment period, the worker must secure clearance from his/her employer stating that the worker has satisfactorily fulfilled the terms of his/her employment contract or that the worker's services are no longer needed ..

Re:Apartheid (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42068897)

but they have lots of oil, that makes everything ok ...

Re:Apartheid (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42068903)

True. That's because our governments and we as individuals are hypocrites. In protest, I will bike my 60km commute in cold weather due to lack of mass transit and pay a babysitter for taking care of my kids for the extra two hours every day it will take me to travel to work.

No, I won't.

Re:Apartheid (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42069303)

This is exactly why I moved closer to work. How close? Well it's about 200 meters from my back door to the office door now. I haven't bought gas in a month! (sounds like a Ford commercial now).

Re:Apartheid (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42068925)

When South Africa did this (to black people, rather than women), under Apartheid, the civilised world rightly condemned it, and imposed trade sanctions.
Where are the trade embargoes on Saudi Arabia? They're in contravention of the UN declaration of Human Rights.

The difference between diamonds and oil: it may be nice to have diamonds, but in general you don't _need_ them. Oil on the other hand...

Re:Apartheid (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42069153)

Can't run a tank on diamonds my friend...

Re:Apartheid (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42068969)

When South Africa did this (to black people, rather than women), under Apartheid, the civilised world rightly condemned it, and imposed trade sanctions. Where are the trade embargoes on Saudi Arabia? They're in contravention of the UN declaration of Human Rights.

Because it goes against Political Correctness.

See Apartheid was done by white people against black people. Political Correctness says it's okay to be against that. Matter of fact it's mandatory.

But sharia law is implemented by "brown people" against other "brown people" and comes from a non-Western mostly non-white religion. So Political Correctness says that anyone opposing it must be a racist. Political Correctness does not allow for a principled stand against anything. It is strictly based on group identity.

So if you think treating women like shit just because they are women is brutal and oppressive, well you're just oppressing those poor brown people by trying to enforce your Western norms on their culture. How dare you say that no person should systematically abuse any other person for any reason? Who are you to judge?! So on and so on... It's why nothing ever changes.

When the day comes that we finally figure out that WE'RE ALL HUMAN FUCKING BEINGS then perhaps more of us can be adults about this. Until then the group-identity hypersensitivity will reign supreme, in its shrill, foaming-at-the-mouth unreasonable "that's so offensive!" sort of way.

The only thing dumber than Political Correctness are the people who don't question it.

Re:Apartheid (1)

Nostromo21 (1947840) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069185)

"Political Correctness" - top oxymoron of the 21st century! How did those two words even get into the same phrase/sentence orignally? *boggle*

My main exception to sharia law is that it makes women cover up all their good bits in public. So the only spank mag you can get in the middle east is 'Play Ankle". There, politically incorrect enough for you? ;)

There is so much wrong with people in the world today, I'm not even sure why I bother talking about it, thinking about it or worrying about it. I think we need a total wipe & reset personally & have no doubt someone will start the cascade sequence fairly soon, perhaps in my lifetime. Game over.

Re:Apartheid (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42068983)

At that time the UK derailed all sanction attempts on South Africa for economical interests. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Apartheid_Movement [wikipedia.org]

and BTW, countries like Pakistan and the Taliban in Afghanistan are not any better...

Re:Apartheid (4, Funny)

tsa (15680) | about a year and a half ago | (#42068991)

I guess we will buy more oil from them in the future. That'll teach them a lesson!

Re:Apartheid (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42069015)

Barack Obama will mention it in a speech along with a speech mentioning Apartheid as an "Act of Evil", and then therefore have his bases covered.

Re:Apartheid (0)

DarkOx (621550) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069045)

That was because people who were in leadership positions the. Had been educated before this moral relativism, politically correct, every opinion is valid; crap took hold. People have been taught not to think not to judge. It's sad really because there is such a thing as justice, there is right and wrong and now so man are blind to it. So everyone just sits by why these travesties unfold.

Not True, Saudi Arabia didn't sign UN declaration (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42069059)

Muslim countries didn't sign UN declaration of Human Rights because they perceived it as not compatible with Islam. Although these countries got own version of Human Rights declaration:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cairo_Declaration_on_Human_Rights_in_Islam

Newsflash! (2)

Vinegar Joe (998110) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069071)

Diversity means accepting a little more than just being served by mustachioed waiters with amusing accents in quaint ethnic restaurants.

Re:Newsflash! (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069215)

actually, diversity means implanting one transmitter in each breast.

that way, they can transmit in a....

(wait for it)

bipolar pattern

Re:Newsflash! (5, Insightful)

approachingZero (1365381) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069239)

So there's this ugly realization that if you embrace the concept that all cultures are equal you must stand by and helplessly watch as little girls have their clitoris mutilated and homosexuals hung. It's like giving people democracy only to find out they want to elect people from the seventh century. Crap. Now what?

Re:Apartheid (4, Insightful)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069089)

Yeah, but we need their oil. Oil is more important that women's rights, obviously.

Re:Apartheid (1)

Urban Nightmare (147344) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069269)

You do realize that they supply the USA with oil and hence they really can't condemn them and don't care to even try.

Re:Apartheid (1)

labnet (457441) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069271)

While the crude is sweet and light, nothing will happen.

Only on Slashdot because its an electronic system (1)

linatux (63153) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069299)

There's been no change to the opression, just the method.

Still - maybe 'Anonymous' can do something useful for a change?

Backwards (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42068873)

What a fucking backwards culture, but they have oil so it's cool.

We need to frack (5, Insightful)

Snotnose (212196) | about a year and a half ago | (#42068875)

We need to get our fracking industry going full bore, convert all semi's to use it, and get to where we import 0% oil from anywhere. Let China and Russia keep the straights of Hormuz clear. Let the Saudies fall back into the decrepit 3rd world pit it deserves to be.
 

Re:We need to frack (5, Insightful)

camperdave (969942) | about a year and a half ago | (#42068965)

We need to get our fracking industry going full bore, convert all semi's to use it, and get to where we import 0% oil from anywhere. Let China and Russia keep the straights of Hormuz clear. Let the Saudies fall back into the decrepit 3rd world pit it deserves to be.

No... We need to get our bio-diesel industry going full bore, convert all vehicles to use it, and get to where we import 0% oil from anywhere. Fracking is simply the equivalent to swirling the straw around the bottom of the cup, trying to suck up the last dribbles of milkshake. If you have to frack, the well is dry.

Re:We need to frack (1)

Snotnose (212196) | about a year and a half ago | (#42068981)

No, we need to invest in something that we KNOW works and is relatively cheap and painless. When we import 0 barrels of oil then we can work on stuff like bio-diesel and solar.

Re:We need to frack (5, Insightful)

Nostromo21 (1947840) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069267)

We KNOW wind, solar, wave & geothermal work. We know a number of alternate bio-fuels work. We know natural gas works. We know hydrogen & electrical power sources work, the ultimate power source notwithstanding. We know nuclear fission reactors work, are relatively safe (I don't want to argue the point) & produce far less pollution & environmental damage per Gigawatt than fossil fuels. We know that nuclear fusion works, we just haven't invested seriously enough into it to make it practical, which we could have done 20-25 years ago. We know a number of other fuel sources & methods that could work, if adapted to varying degrees.

However, we also know that oil works far, far more easily & cheaply than any of those right now & into the foreseeable future & is far more profitable, both in a monetary and geo-political sense. Not to mention the very deep pockets half the world's politicians & corporate heads have that touches on the oil industry in one way or another. It would perhaps be easier to get rid of electricity & copper wire as the main delivery method that powers all our devices, than oil as a primary fuel source right now. And that's saying something...

Re:We need to frack (1)

OzPeter (195038) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069203)

No... We need to get our bio-diesel industry going full bore, convert all vehicles to use it, and get to where we import 0% oil from anywhere.

And in the process allocate more arable land and fresh water for non-human consumption. You may not have noticed but fresh water is already starting to become a scarce commodity in the US.

Re:We need to frack (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42069261)

Not really, it's just not conveniently located at all the right places.

But give me 10 nuclear power plants and I can make all the fresh water you want.

Re:We need to frack (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42068967)

So your response to having an addiction to oil is to cause a massive amount of damage to your country? Wouldn't finding alternative fuel sources be a better idea? If every home was using solar panels and cars were all electric based from Nuclear stations oil wouldn't be a problem any more. But hey if you want to cause Earthquakes and poison water supplies by using unsafe technology go ahead, just don't cry to the rest of the world when your home can no longer support the weight of your own feet.

Re:We need to frack (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about a year and a half ago | (#42068989)

But the other part is that Europe needs their oil more than the US does. Europe doesn't have the muscle to "keep the peace" and ensure a stable supply. And 60 billion dollar arms deals aren't exactly chump change either.

Re:We need to frack (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42069019)

Dear Snotnose,

Us Canuckstanians import much blak crud to you, please not to take away our main export.

Sinsirly

Hockey Hooligan #64527

This will be reality in all countries... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42068877)

... if you let the insane Muslims invade them.

Re:This will be reality in all countries... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42068923)

Yeah, look at Indonesia. The largest muslim country. Wait ...

Re:This will be reality in all countries... (3, Interesting)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069033)

Have you seen what has been going on in Indonesia lately?

Re:This will be reality in all countries... (1)

c0lo (1497653) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069163)

Have you seen what has been going on in Indonesia lately?

No. What exactly happens?

Re:This will be reality in all countries... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42069313)

This happens: http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/un-condemns-indonesias-increasing-violence-against-shiites/556039

Re:This will be reality in all countries... (2)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069173)

Yes, we have. [wikipedia.org]

Re:This will be reality in all countries... (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42069049)

... if you let the insane Muslims invade them.

Just ask France. France has entire districts run by Muslims that even the police are afraid to enter. In their own country. France is not alone here. It's spreading across Europe.

These are generally not people who assimilate into their new culture melting-pot style. These are people who take over by having a drastically superior birth rate.

I'll give the Muslims credit for one thing - they're smart in that realistic sense, same way the Chinese are. They won't fuck over their own nations with psychotic immigration policies just to prove how "inclusive" they are. We do. Perhaps they deserve to survive in a way that we don't.

No culture that doesn't preserve itself has ever survived, big surprise there. No, valuing and preserving your own culture is NOT wrong in any way and feeling guilty about that is just the kind of plain insanity that's so common these days. It's only wrong if you try to stop someone else from doing the same.

Re:This will be reality in all countries... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42069145)

Amen.

its about time for this (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42068881)

maybe this will get them back into the kitchen where they belong.

Re:its about time for this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42069021)

Yep. True. Men belong in the kitchen. Servants to the women who have given life to them.

That's a waste of resources (1)

aglider (2435074) | about a year and a half ago | (#42068927)

There's a number of cheaper solutions.
- put them in chains at home
- put them in jail
- chain them to their male guardian
- kill them all
.
Any non hilarious or non ironic comment to this article in /. should be discarded by the "automatic moderator overlord".

Re:That's a waste of resources (3, Insightful)

OzPeter (195038) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069063)

- kill them all

This is the best of all of those solutions. Think about it .. it doesn't take any resources at all to implement, and in a generation or so Saudi Arabia will have totally cured itself of all those pesky upstart women!

Re:That's a waste of resources (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069141)

but pussy

Re:That's a waste of resources (1)

Rick Zeman (15628) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069171)

- kill them all

This is the best of all of those solutions. Think about it .. it doesn't take any resources at all to implement

Uhh, tell the Nazis that "kill them all" didn't take any resources....

Re:That's a waste of resources (0)

Nostromo21 (1947840) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069295)

How many men does it take to change a light bulb? None, just let the bitch do the dishes in the dark!

How many men does it take to clean a toilet? None - that's the woman's job!

Why do women have such small feet? So they can stand closer to the kitchen sink.

How do you make a woman orgasm? Who cares.

Dangerously spreading islamic radicalism (0, Flamebait)

Eravnrekaree (467752) | about a year and a half ago | (#42068951)

Unfortunately things such as this reflect the will of much of the population there, the governments actions just represent the attitudes of the population in that area. There are a few dissenters but far between. In fact the saudi arabian government has expiremented with loosening the laws on women but have been met with death threats and back lash from the population from trying such things. what is also concerning is that Europe seems to be under threat from immigration from countries with ultra conservative values such as Pakistan.because fertility rates in Europe are far too low, below replacement level, there is a real danger of as well Europeans headed towards extinction, unless Europeans start having more children and stop allowing in this immigration invasion that is destroying Europe, by rapidly reproducing muslims.

Re:Dangerously spreading islamic radicalism (3, Insightful)

Snotnose (212196) | about a year and a half ago | (#42068993)

I'm guessing about half the population doesn't like this idea. But that half can't vote so who cares about them.

Re:Dangerously spreading islamic radicalism (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069199)

Nobody votes for the king.

Re:Dangerously spreading islamic radicalism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42069227)

Good job they can vote if they immigrate, really.

Re:Dangerously spreading islamic radicalism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42069003)

Oh look a racist!

We should concern ourselves with ideology not trivial phenotype traits.

Re:Dangerously spreading islamic radicalism (1)

joh (27088) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069119)

what is also concerning is that Europe seems to be under threat from immigration from countries with ultra conservative values such as Pakistan.because fertility rates in Europe are far too low, below replacement level, there is a real danger of as well Europeans headed towards extinction, unless Europeans start having more children and stop allowing in this immigration invasion that is destroying Europe, by rapidly reproducing muslims.

So you think this is genetically transported? *This* is racism.

Re:Dangerously spreading islamic radicalism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42069205)

It is not. This is not about race, this is about CULTURE and habits.

Re:Dangerously spreading islamic radicalism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42069223)

Right, because discrimination against blacks is ok if done under the pretense of trying to save the honky-tonk white culture of the South.

Re:Dangerously spreading islamic radicalism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42069307)

No-one has said anything about discriminating blacks. Europe does not have to allow massive immigration from everywhere if the people don't provide any significant value. This has absolutely nothing to do with race, this is directly about culture, how much the people value the benefits provided to them, etc.

Re:Dangerously spreading islamic radicalism (3, Insightful)

LordLucless (582312) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069211)

Firstly, genetics isn't the only form of hereditary. Cultural values are transmitted from parents to children - including attitudes to women. Secondly, the GP was talking about Muslims, which is a religious group, not a racial group.

So, yeah, you're stupid on two counts.

Re:Dangerously spreading islamic radicalism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42069161)

Or we can recruit their mothers, sisters and daughters into western civilisation, then where's their next generation going to come from, exactly? Watch the way the react to women claiming rights in their homelands, and tell me they're not deathly afraid of exactly this.

Re:Dangerously spreading islamic radicalism (0)

Stiletto (12066) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069187)

Jeez, is Stormfront down today or something? Tell us all about how the glorious pure white race is being out-bred by those rapidly reproducing muslims...

Re:Dangerously spreading islamic radicalism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42069201)

Racist piece of shit

Re:Dangerously spreading islamic radicalism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42069257)

I doubt many people actually support these laws, but the same powerful people who don't tolerate women's rights also don't tolerate criticism against their own actions, so it's safest to keep your mouth shut. For someone used to free speech that may seem like silent approval.

Re:Dangerously spreading islamic radicalism (2)

stephanruby (542433) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069273)

Unfortunately things such as this reflect the will of much of the population there...

I doubt that. Out of the entire population, only 20% are Saudi citizens (the rest are migrant workers with no say in anything). Out of that 20%, less than half are women. So this means, that this new system is being supported by less than 10% of the population.

In fact the saudi arabian government has expiremented with loosening the laws on women but have been met with death threats and back lash from the population from trying such things.

Death threats? Obama gets death threats and back lash from the far-right every day. That doesn't mean he lets them set the agenda.

Face it. Saudi Arabia is a highly hierarchical structure. The minority in power do not want to let go any of its power. That's why we're getting laws like that one.

Call of duty for world wide hackers! (2)

aglider (2435074) | about a year and a half ago | (#42068953)

Those are electronic devices with some embedded communication device.
Do you need more fun that that?

Re:Call of duty for world wide hackers! (1)

OzPeter (195038) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069099)

Those are electronic devices with some embedded communication device.
Do you need more fun that that?

Umm .. no .. its more like:

Border guard: Hey you there .. who's your owner?
Woman: .. Um .. Sheik Ali Baba Sheik Sheik the Third
Border guard: (Phones Sheik Ali Baba Sheik Sheik the Third)
Sheik Ali Baba Sheik Sheik the Third: (answering phone) Yo .. the Sheik man here!
Border guard: Yo Man! I gots one of your possessions here. Seem's like she was trying to slip one past you.
Sheik Ali Baba Sheik Sheik the Third: Damn .. that's the third time this week. I'm gonna have to do something about this.
Border guard: Yeah I know whats you mean.
...

Evil technology (1)

diodeus (96408) | about a year and a half ago | (#42068959)

The firm that created this should be shamed (or hacked) out of existence.

It gets worse! (0)

bogaboga (793279) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069069)

Women are not allowed to leave the kingdom without permission from their male guardian, who must give his consent by signing what is known as the 'yellow sheet' at the airport or border."

I mean, the [mighty] USA has never complained about this kind of treatment. Sounds like hipocrisy to me.

Re:It gets worse! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42069137)

maybe that's a good thing. maybe it's none i our business an we need to butt out more. let the crazy people fight amongst themselves while the rest of the world keeps moving.

Re:Evil technology (1)

OzPeter (195038) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069121)

The firm that created this should be shamed (or hacked) out of existence.

The trouble is that the Saudi government is an ally. And if you RTFA you'll see that it is an automated SMS generated when someone attempts to (legally) cross the border. Most likely a simple SMS gateway linked to a passport reader and a DB full of the phone numbers of male relatives - all which could be bought retail.

War on Women (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42068975)

Why is is this term never applied to Muslim countries by American secular progressives?

2 years old and not only women (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42068979)

The "service" has been in operation since 2010 and it applies to all "dependents" which includes children, contracted laborers, etc. See: http://riyadhbureau.com/blog/2012/11/saudi-women-tracking. As offensive as the Saudi gov't policies are, getting half the story isn't going to help matters.

Saudi Arabia (0)

blind biker (1066130) | about a year and a half ago | (#42068999)

...is the anus of the world.

Re:Saudi Arabia (1)

c0lo (1497653) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069191)

...is the anus of the world.

Too bad you need the shit they export in huge quantities, eh?

Re:Saudi Arabia (3, Interesting)

blind biker (1066130) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069233)

Too bad you need the shit they export in huge quantities, eh?

Well played, but I'd like to point out that my family does not own a car - we go around mostly by bike or walking (I commute to work by bicycle every workday, even in winter). For the rare occasions that we need to go further than 20 Km, we use public transport. So, while we do use hydrocarbons indirectly (various polymers and other chemicals), we're trying to minimize it by not having a car and recycling plastics.

Re:Saudi Arabia (1, Insightful)

countach (534280) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069245)

That's great, but what do you think the ashfelt and tarmac that you cycle on is made of? Pixie dust?

you chip your dog (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42069001)

... and aren't your women even more important to you? /troll

Allies... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42069023)

Saudia Ararbia now officially supports mysogyny, and Israel is committed to ethnic cleansing. China is totalitarian and the biggest carbon polluter, but they're even more capitalist than the U.S. which they supply with all its cheap plastic crap. Pakistan is a rogue nuclear proliferator, and they harbored Osama bin Laden. Egypt is reformed, but they're head of state just declared his edicts to be above judicial review. Sout Korea is as big as 'currency manipulator' as China.

What's the world's legacy Super Power to do when it's nearly impossible to cogently define what it takes to be a U.S. ally? Has the world become one large military market place of ideas?

Re:Allies... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42069111)

Israel commiting ethnic cleansing? Really? Based on what evidence?
Gullible fool.

Re:Allies... (1, Insightful)

Stiletto (12066) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069207)

It's easy to miss... When Israel engages in ethnic cleansing, the West calls it "self defense".

Re:Allies... (1)

approachingZero (1365381) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069293)

Here's an idea. Go fuck yourself.

Re:Allies... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42069213)

Ethnic cleasing: they really suck at it. An advanced military with nuclear weapons and they still haven't even come close to getting the job done.

Or maybe they aren't actually trying ethnic cleansing.

Re:Allies... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42069221)

Israel commiting ethnic cleansing? Really? Based on what evidence?.

They use to throw themselves in incinerators in Germany and Poland only about 65 years ago. Are you a holocaust denier?

(ducks)

what day is it (1)

reovirus1 (722769) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069025)

I had to check the date to see if it was April 1. Nope...

Now if only.... (0)

countach (534280) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069043)

...they added the feature to give them an electric shock when they've been sitting on the couch for too long, watching TV and eating bon-bons, this could a perfect system.

Damm i'm horny! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42069077)

Wheres the nearest woman? Theres an app for that!

I wonder... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42069091)

What happens to (hot) trannies?

you know, if this happened in the west... (4, Funny)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069151)

it could actually start a ...

pussy riot!

(what? WHAT?? someone had to say it!)

conservative sounds like a misnomer. (1)

Aggrav8d (683620) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069193)

For a conservative country, they're very keen to break new ground in high tech surveillance and invasion of privacy. I mean, it's all so... modern, you know? Is this horse dead yet?

Ok so (1)

p0p0 (1841106) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069217)

All the UN has to do is say "To use our planets orbit, or services reliant on satellites or anything airborne , you need to agree to these human rights." There goes their GPS tracking. If they launch a satellite, wait for it to reach orbit and then let it "malfunction".

If these people can leave the stone age, they should be confined to the ground until they smarten the hell up.

Behead all those who insult the Prophet (1)

gelfling (6534) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069219)

Is now an official policy statement for western industrialized nations too.

The ultra-conservative kingdom? (1)

MoeDumb (1108389) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069229)

Like every sharia law complaint country, Saudi Arabia is not 'ultra-conservative.' It is ultra-repressive and tyrannical.

This is almost a good idea (1)

approachingZero (1365381) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069279)

I was hoping to implement a electronic tracking system on anyone from Saudi Arabia, guess it'll be over halfway finished here directly.

Fail. (4, Insightful)

VAElynx (2001046) | about a year and a half ago | (#42069285)

I'm no feminist, but this is unjust and stupid
It's also hilarious how the USA are all over supposed human rights in Russia and Belarus where people live with dignity, and overlook insane places like the Saudi Arabia is.
Load More Comments
Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>