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12-26-2010, 03:13 PM #1
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.
New York Times
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12-26-2010, 03:17 PM #2
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
12-26-2010, 04:29 PM #3
Great!!!!!give congress more reasons not to do their job.
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12-26-2010, 05:52 PM #4
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...Username is 3GS, but theres stuff past that:
12-26-2010, 06:46 PM #5
@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.
12-26-2010, 06:53 PM #6
Removal of this rule will cause excessive laziness.Asking for help is different from being stupid. Fanboys can rot in @#$%!
12-26-2010, 07:04 PM #7
Look at the screen of the iPad in the pic, it's asking him to join a wifi network. LOL!Name? whereswaldo
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12-26-2010, 07:07 PM #8
Wonder if they would jailbreak their idevices
12-26-2010, 07:31 PM #9
ipad take over starting at the top
12-26-2010, 07:49 PM #10
It just makes sense, hope they adopt and pass it.
12-26-2010, 09:30 PM #11
Who's bringing in an iPod to the HOR?? No wonder things are off with our government..
12-26-2010, 11:07 PM #12
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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12-27-2010, 12:53 AM #13
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12-27-2010, 01:42 AM #15
"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.
12-27-2010, 02:37 AM #16
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
12-27-2010, 11:27 AM #17
12-27-2010, 08:02 PM #18
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 politicsYou don't like the iPad because you don't have one!
12-29-2010, 10:59 PM #19
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.
12-30-2010, 08:11 PM #20