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  • iDevices Now Welcome on Capitol Hill



    As a new Congress prepares to assume power in Washington, a longstanding restriction is about to be lifted in the hallowed chambers. For the first time, iDevices will be allowed for use on the floor of the US House of Representatives. If the new rule is adopted - and it's expected to be adopted at the start of the 112th Congress - members would, however, be required to silence their iPhones, BlackBerrys, iPads, iPods and other mobile phones, tablets, and portable electronics while "at work."

    The rule that would be effectively "overturned" is the longstanding tradition of prohibiting into the chambers anything “that impairs decorum.” Of course, if that rule were actually enforced, none of the congressional members would be allowed in the building to begin with. So, instead, mobile devices and other signs of life in the 21st century have been banished - that is, until now.

    According to the New York Times, there are reasons to believe that such a development could lead to positive results:

    There are two ways of looking at the development. On the one hand, the change could allow lawmakers the kind of instant access to information that would help their decision-making. Their advisers could send them important messages even as they speak. And, especially with the iPad’s bigger screen, lawmakers could abandon the paper copies of bills in favor of electronic versions.
    On the other hand, however, we could see more members of Congress doing at work what many of us do at work - play games, tweet, check Facebook, shop, or just goof around when there is actually serious business to attend to. More likely, though, they will use their mobile devices to tune into C-Span to see if their good sides are being adequately captured.

    New York Times
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iDevices Now Welcome on Capitol Hill started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 20 Comments
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Oh yes.....because iDevices are SO secure right?

      And if the network decided to take a sh!t, they'll wish they had those paper copies of their documents
    1. lividian1's Avatar
      lividian1 -
      Great!!!!!give congress more reasons not to do their job.


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    1. iphone?3gs's Avatar
      iphone?3gs -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      Oh yes.....because iDevices are SO secure right?

      And if the network decided to take a sh!t, they'll wish they had those paper copies of their documents
      I guess they can be if you want them too. And obviously they have wifi in the building, so network wouldnt be a problem.... Unless they dont have wifi.... Which is a whole other bowl of hallupa.... (Yes that word is made up).

      I think its better than having all android devices, which are usually less secure for privacy than iOS, you know that whole thing on stevie wont let developers have info.... And it all being connected to google conspiracy theroies.... google being evil... blah blah blah.....

      Just my million cents... Might not be right though...
    1. Sherm23's Avatar
      Sherm23 -
      @Rico seems very angry!?

      I think it's a step in the right direction. If for some reason the electronic copy goes bad on their iPad than can just use their iPhone to call their assistant (which they are having an affair with) to being a hard copy.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Removal of this rule will cause excessive laziness.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Look at the screen of the iPad in the pic, it's asking him to join a wifi network. LOL!
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Wonder if they would jailbreak their idevices
    1. sucram6791's Avatar
      sucram6791 -
      ipad take over starting at the top
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      It just makes sense, hope they adopt and pass it.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Who's bringing in an iPod to the HOR?? No wonder things are off with our government..
    1. Lombardo Joe's Avatar
      Lombardo Joe -
      Ughhh... Getting rid of paper documents, especially when pertaining to important documents, is not the wisest course of action.

      Didn't anyone ever watch Dark Angel? If catastrophe occurs, we need hardcopies. I just hope they'll keep hardcopies.


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    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lombardo Joe View Post
      Ughhh... Getting rid of paper documents, especially when pertaining to important documents, is not the wisest course of action.

      Didn't anyone ever watch Dark Angel? If catastrophe occurs, we need hardcopies. I just hope they'll keep hardcopies.


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      Don't worry, this is just the writer's idea. I'm sure they're not actually going to do that for a long time, especially since they had to overturn a rule for them to even be allowed in the building.
    1. Lombardo Joe's Avatar
      Lombardo Joe -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      Don't worry, this is just the writer's idea. I'm sure they're not actually going to do that for a long time, especially since they had to overturn a rule for them to even be allowed in the building.
      Good call. But even after a 'long time', they should never get rid of em. Imagine if the Rosetta Stone wasn't on a stone, but an SSD. never woulda gotten to us. You are right, though. We're very far from that.


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    1. fmrabnmp's Avatar
      fmrabnmp -
      "The rule that would be effectively "overturned" is the longstanding tradition of prohibiting into the chambers anything “that impairs decorum.” Of course, if that rule were actually enforced, none of the congressional members would be allowed in the building to begin with."


      LMAO. Well put.
    1. furcioelbraveado's Avatar
      furcioelbraveado -
      They're supposed to be changing laws that affect the whole country and they're being allowed having smartphones while in session? Don't agree
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by furcioelbraveado View Post
      They're supposed to be changing laws that affect the whole country and they're being allowed having smartphones while in session? Don't agree
      Hell, with the stuff they're passing now we'd be better off with them screwing with Angry Birds instead of the country.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      oh please, get the necessary information, almost all of them already know what side they are going to vote for on matters, our whole system is so corrupt like that. they do what their party wants and not what the people for whom they represent want

      i just hate politics
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Do the taxpayers pay for Congress' salaries? I'd hate to think my tax dollars are going to Mr. Congressman who spends 6 hours playing Angry Birds and about 27 minutes actually discussing Congressional mumbo jumbo.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      Do the taxpayers pay for Congress' salaries? I'd hate to think my tax dollars are going to Mr. Congressman who spends 6 hours playing Angry Birds and about 27 minutes actually discussing Congressional mumbo jumbo.
      What do you think? If the government pays them (the only logical payer) their salary, the taxpayers do because the gov't doesn't make their own money. I don't mean to come off as a mean a-hole lol
    1. dmaas357's Avatar
      dmaas357 -
      This is a good idea. I'm sure there was a time when law-makers looked askance at a ball-point pen. These technologies are all part of normal 21st Century behavior.

      For those who worry that their Congressman/woman will just use the devices to goof off, what makes you think they wouldn't be goofing off anyway? How people use their technology (responsibly or irresponsibly) is not the fault of the technology... it's the fault of the person. Frankly, I'm amazed to learn that cell phones have been banned.