Who was that masked man on the white horse riding to our rescue at Queen’s Park the other day? “Yes,” he said, “There will be vaccine passports in Ontario.” Whether they are working before Christmas, or not, is another matter. Our premier’s reluctant choice is to copy the Quebec app that is only now being introduced. It is an app that you can bluff.
The app, plus government identification with picture, can prove you have had your Covid-19 shots. QR codes by themselves can be copied. QR codes, by themselves, are quite meaningless. Can you just imagine the line-ups and wait time at large sports or musical events? And who is going to check that carefully at restaurants or other venues requiring vaccination?
You get the impression that smart phones and their apps have been sent to this world to annoy us. They should be called “stupid” phones. They are for people who might need a mental crutch to feel important, to answer their questions and get them through the day.
Nobody is that important that they need to answer a phone 24-7. And nobody is that important that they should demand face-time with someone who is addressing bodily functions in a washroom.
An automobile insurance agent could not understand why I laughed when he offered a discount if I gave them access to my smart phone. The company wanted to keep track of my driving. I have an app in my car that does that and it tells me I am a boring driver. The only problem is that giving the insurance company access to your smart phone (if you own one) is particularly intrusive. It is just none of their business where I am and where I am going.
And besides, it is hardly worth the saving. If they wanted to pay for my phone, I might reconsider.
But even then, I am not sure what I would do with a phone that has a higher quality camera in it, than I have ever owned before. I don’t do selfies.
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