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Android app scans products, reveals SOPA support status of creator (android.com)
119 points by prawn on Jan 8, 2012 | hide | past | web | favorite | 16 comments

I think something more powerful could be done here. Imagine app that lets you understand all the politics and dirt on companies. Like how green are they or do they do animal testing . I see so much shit and choices, but who am rewarding

Until it say something really bad about your company that's not true. Whoops.

Yes. This app has so much potential. It can be expanded to include so many other political issues.

Well, GoodGuide is a bit like that, but they do it a product-by-product basis instead of judging the business as a whole.

Sorting by favorable or unfavorable politics is much harder, since politics is so relative. It could work though - the app could quiz you about your political opinions at the first launch and then display how well/bad a company's policies fit your political ideals.

I think the way to go here is have the user fill out some sort of questionnaire in their preferences section that spec's out their ideals. The the app assigns scores of desirability to scanned objects accordingly. This would allow the user to vote with their dollars in a very powerful and easy way.

Please refrain from making comments like this on HN, they are not welcome and the site owner does not want this kind of discussion on the site [1][2]

[1] http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3105036 [2] http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3104144

I'm confused. Are you saying that the person you are replying to is only interested in aligning consumer action with consumer beliefs because of a shallow interest? He is explicitly saying he thinks a roughly shallow idea could be taken further...

Or are you saying we should avoid topics that could broadly be considered political? If this is the case I don't understand why you didn't reply to OP instead of this comment (and how that meshes with pg taking a stand on SOPA in general).

Or that you think the suggested application isn't of the caliber that ideas would have been in the old days pg refers to? I have only used hn for a year or so, but have read some of the archives and this doesn't feel correct. It's an interesting idea -- perhaps a browser extension that modifies sites like amazon.com?

Please explain what you meant; I am very curious. Thanks.

The comment seemed apolitical to me -- it was a statement on the future of purchasing where consumers have access to a great deal more information. Instead of only considering the price of a product, consumers of the future could be making their decision based on factors such as the environment, political stance of companies, reviews of return policies and so forth.

What I think pg is refering to is making shallow political comments. (The comment you linked to is in reply to a post containing the f-word twice.)

The OP is suggesting features for an app, it's a totally different thing.

The app doesn't deal with corporate hierarchies. For example, it correctly identifies Cheerios as supporting SOPA, but not Gold Medal flour; each is labeled as "distributed by General Mills Sales".

  Our app makes one request over the internet to our
  server to find if the product is a SOPA supporter.
  We do not access any other data.
It would be useful to have statistics available for this data. Which items are most frequently scanned? How many dollars worth of goods has this application steered users away from?

How many dollars worth of goods has this application steered users away from?

That sounds like the SOPA promoter's "how much money did piracy cost us" considering each download as one missed/lost sale. Please do not fall for that yourself.

Companies support SOPA based on that reasoning, it only seems consistent to say "by your own metric, you lost $XM of sales".

I'd consider it much more important to stay truthful than to descent to such blatant propaganda.

I am disappointed that the mob downvoted you for an honest, reasonable, principled statement.

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Oh, the irony.

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