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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Speaking Of Law Suits

Man Sues Apple Over Potential Hearing Loss
AP - Wed Feb 1, 11:37 PM ET

SAN FRANCISCO - A Louisiana man claims in a lawsuit that Apple's iPod music player can cause hearing loss in people who use it.

The suit, which Patterson wants certified as a class-action, seeks compensation for unspecified damages and upgrades that will make iPods safer. Patterson's suit said he bought an iPod last year, but does not specify whether he suffered hearing loss from the device.

Patterson does not know if the device has damaged his hearing, said his attorney, Steve W. Berman, of Seattle. But that's beside the point of the lawsuit, which takes issue with the potential the iPod has to cause irreparable hearing loss, Berman said.

"He's bought a product which is not safe to use as currently sold on the market," Berman said. "He's paying for a product that's defective, and the law is pretty clear that if someone sold you a defective product they have a duty to repair it."

[my bolding]

Uh, yeah. Let's invent another law suit so we can make some money.
What a greedy, self-centered phukkwad.

Just for comparison, I believe OSHA thinks you can tolerate a maximum of 90 db in an eight hour period without sustaining permanent damage. Of course, your hearing can tolerate lower db levels for longer periods and higher db levels for shorter periods.

Cons: It could turn out that anything putting out sound will now be limited to a certain decibel level. Save the ears, right?

Scenario A: You're trying to listen to a teevee, watching the game in a crowded bar? The din of the crowd could already be at 90 db. If the teevee is limited to say, 80 - you're not going to hear it. Well, pump it through the music system you say. That won't help if it too is limited.

Scenario B: It's a nice day, so you have the windows open, a cold beer on the patio table, wearing your shorts, enjoying the sunshine and doing a little yard work. You're outside raking the leaves with the music playing on the stereo in the house. But you can't hear the music. It's been limited as to how loud it can be.
If you're six inches from the speakers, the sound could be 90 db. Outside, it could be 40.

Pros: It's Sony getting sued. Those assholes deserve it.


Kristen said...

Hey Dave

Just a comment regarding the comment you left on my blog:


Believe it or not, in no way am I living in a Jimi Hendrix song (but I appreciate the song reference) I am however very well versed on much of what Bush stands for. And I don't believe that my opinion makes me a moron, but Hey thanks for proving my point! The point being that many Bush "followers" refuse to accept people’s opinions and beliefs that differ from their own. Have a good day.

curmudgeon said...

My reply to your reply, for all the curious readers out there.

Hey there,

Pushing me into an argument? Degrading?
On the contrary. You weren't pushing, and I didn't think you were degrading.

I do think you hear way too much negativity (NO WMDS!!! BUSH LIED, _______ DIED!!!!, IT'S ABOUT THE OOOOIIIIIIL!!!!) and think that's all there is to it.
And the reason I think you - well, and the rest of the world - hear only the negative shit, is that's all we I hear if we only listen to the regular news outlets, who are predominantly lefty-liberal or even lefty-psycho Bush haters. They're too intent on fabricating some story to make money rather than report both sides of any story. And that is really too bad.

And that is usually what gets my dander up, which just _forces_ me to comment. :)

But anyway, thanks for stopping by, and I hope you were a little entertained!