9/17/12

Man Sues Apple Over Siri Joke

Tech news sources are running an article today over a guy suing Apple because when you ask Siri which is the best iPhone, it answers “The one you’re holding” and other such similar things. (Source)
I find this article and whole the idea of suing Apple over this interesting because I think it is all about a misunderstanding. If you ask Siri which is the best phone, you get the answer “The one you’re holding.” Obviously the person in this article take that to mean “the iPhone.” But that’s not what I think Siri means.
Ever ask a pro photographer which camera is best? They will answer “the one you have.” In other words, the best camera is the one you have on you when you need it to capture the shot. It is a very deep answer that speaks to getting a camera that is convenient, but also about not worrying so much about the best camera and instead concentrate on the shot itself.
I assume Siri means the same thing here. The best phone is the one in your hand because it is better to think about where you are and what you are doing. Otherwise, why doesn’t Siri say “the iPhone?”
It is a joke. It is a joke with a message, which makes it funnier and gives us something to think about.
The idea that this is “sponsored advertising” is ridiculous. What about the Apple logo on the back of the iPhone? Is that advertising too? The logos on cars and the Windows logo when you boot up a PC?
Of course the other danger here is what effect this will have on Apple and the rest of the industry. Someone at Apple was trying to be funny. They were trying to make a harmless joke. But now that person is in trouble. Now Apple will start to have to put all of their “funny” answers through the legal dept. They will most likely stop trying to make little jokes like this. Other companies will too.
This guy just made our world a little less fun.

12 Responses to “Man Sues Apple Over Siri Joke”

  1. rlamacraft says:

    Thank you; just thank you. I would just like to congratulate this person who want’s to make everyone else’s lives absolutely boring. It’s a joke, he doesn’t get it – he needs to get over it. You can’t in life go around suing everyone who does something you don’t like. I love all the ‘easter egg’ style things hidden in iOS and OSX; I think other software vendors are boring not doing so. The hidden ASCII Star Wars in the terminal – genius! – is he going to sue apple over that too‽‽ With the amount of money apple have they should just pay the guy off and then add some more jokes in next update.

    • maddog says:

      Apple should’nt pay this guy a dime, it’s a joke for cryin out loud. Any intellegent court should throw this kind of lawsuit out. This is the kind of crap that clogs the legal system and drives the price of everything we buy up and up. Get a real life.

  2. MacGeeky says:

    Isn’t the hidden ASCII Star Wars in Terminal part of emacs, and not made by Apple?

    • rlamacraft says:

      I don’t know, but it’s beside my point.This guy just needs to lighten up a bit. If its Apple think that it will have a detrimental affect on the industry if this guy wins then they should fight back – they’ve got the money to. Otherwise just pay him of and add more jokes next update.

  3. JonBoy says:

    I can only imagine that he asked the question in the first place in the hope that he’d get an answer he could use as the basis for a law suit. Seriously – what else could he reasonably expect as an answer – that Siri would say “Samsung” ?

    It is high time that idiot law suits like this were treated by the courts with the contempt they deserve.

  4. Pat Birkmeyer says:

    If someone asks me what MY opinion is over who is the best football team, does that give the solicitor the right to sue me should he not like my response?? So what if the entity being queried is not human. This guy is just a jerk, trying to stir the pot and get publicity for his ignorant brashness. Any judge or jury should see right through this, and he should pay the court costs if he losses.

  5. John Phillips says:

    Surely this will not stand up in court? If it doe’s the law will lose any kind of credibility it has left !

  6. Lynn says:

    If a woman can sue McDonalds for her spilling coffee on herself and it burning her, then this guy will probably be able to sue for this. Ridiculous!

  7. Phil Jordan says:

    That’s so funny, suing over a light-hearted answer to a pointless question…

    It would interesting if this guy has to start his case by disproving the claim that ‘Siri’ is making, because let’s face it, Siri’s answer is probably correct!

  8. RobM says:

    Hmmm .. this looks like a job for the Tort Police!

  9. Nilesh Parmar says:

    The court should throw him out for wasting time.

  10. Walter says:

    I have seen many things in the last 4 years that defy any logical thought process or reason for life as we know it!

    (insert tongue in cheek)

    You can lie about anything and still get paid! If it has any inkling of truth or supposition to said idea it thought of as truth.

    As in days of old tell a lie long enough and blame someone else for what you did. Then it is believed as the truth.
    You will also believe it your self and act accordingly..

    But remember what goes around comes around, they always get their comeuppance. The due bills always get paid !

    We know who you are and we will be watching!!!

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