Not sure what to title this to keep the pervs away

At Cult of Mac yesterday, Leander Kahney wrote about a new Japan-only feature of the iPhone 3G:

The iPhone 3G in Japan has a special feature unique to that country: The camera always makes a conspicuous “shutter” sound when a picture is taken, even when the phone is set to “silent” mode.

The loud shutter sound is supposed to deter voyeurs from taking sneaky pictures up women’s’ skirts — or down their tops.

Don’t have anything particular to add here, other than the fact that it allows me to combine the iPhone and one of my favorite first-day-of-class etiquette stories: I have a colleague from elsewhere who had an upskirt photo taken of her while teaching.  She wasn’t dressed provocatively–just crouched awkwardly while fiddling with a multimedia workstation.  In that situation, the loud shutter noise wouldn’t have made any difference: The student in question was so self-impressed that he was cackling and showing it off to his friends.  (Which led to her confronting him, which led to other consequences.)

That’s probably the difference between “smart-ass student” and “committed upskirt voyeur”: stealth mode.

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