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View Poll Results: Would you use the suggested app?
Yes 3 16.67%
No 15 83.33%
Voters: 18. You may not vote on this poll

Old 01-27-2011, 07:21 PM
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It would be greatly appreciated if I got some responses on this.

If you vote, please list your age in this thread.

The question: If a smartphone app were available that allowed you to view a live video feed inside local bar and restaurant establishments in the Chicagoland area, would you use it? Potential benefits include seeing how busy a restaurant is, whether or not a bar is hopping, etc. The cameras would not allow viewers to recognize individuals, for those of you worried about privacy. Please vote yes or no.

Also, please do not vote "No" just because you don't have a smartphone. Pretend you did.
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:05 PM
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In my opinion, this is digital rape. People have been going to and from bars and restaurants for years without using a camera to infiltrate the place first. This sounds like a waste of money and highly unfeasible as I'm sure very few establishment owners would even agree to this kind of invasion.
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:15 PM
Location: roaming gnome
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No, I wouldn't want to go to a bar recording me all the time... That is where I go to NOT be viewed in public Also I would need to have a smart phone...
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:23 PM
Location: LP-CHI-IL
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While I would buy the app for the reasons you stated, I think it has too much potential to be abused by the stalkers out there and you would probably find yourself having a hard time getting the app placed in any of the app stores out there because the public outcry against it would be too much. The cellular carriers might also be reluctant to allow a bandwidth sucking app like that on their network.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:57 PM
Location: Chicago
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:11 AM
Location: West Loop
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Nah, I like to get my porn the old fashioned way... on my computer.
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:18 PM
Location: Hyde Park
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I voted no, but I am sure that will be part of going to the bar in the next few years. Dial up the place that looks busy and then go there. Busy bars will be proud to broadcast a feed showing that they are busy. Kids these days have no problem with stuff that was considered creepy back in the day.
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Old 01-28-2011, 11:42 PM
Location: Manatee County
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A better idea would be getting popular restaurants to subscribe to a text app that will send the current waiting time to your phone depending on which restaurant you choose. How this would work for bars, ...eh, it probably wouldn't.
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Old 01-30-2011, 03:27 PM
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Im old 37,
but even when I was young I would rather
go to a place before its hopping, get in early
and then it can get crazy. Going to a place
that is already too busy, yeah thats annoying.
I voted NO.

Ok if I did use such an App it would be to
check to make sure that the place wasnt too busy.
But if I knew it was a popular restaurant
I wouldve made reservations.

Not a bad idea in some regards though.
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