Fishing for iPhones (video)

“The best thing is, the screen turned on immediately, delivering missed Tinder notifications, without any damage.”

From Frederik Riedel’ “How we used MagSafe fishing to find and recover an iPhone 12 Pro from the canal in Berlin.” posted Friday on Reidel’s blog:

My take: The story has some interesting twists and turns. As for the video, skip ahead to the 1:20 minute mark for the money shot.


  1. Romeo A Esparrago Jr said:
    “ missed Tinder notifications “
    I understand the desperation & innovativeness to hook that iPhone better now.

    June 5, 2021
  2. The G7 agreement to tax all multinationals the same, at 15%, is done. Sweet! G20 will do same soon. Sweeter!

    This will impact Apple’s earnings to some degree, but also the competition. It attempts to level a very uneven playing field for corporate taxes. Apple’s been a fat target for years while other firms slip under the Revenue Dept radar.
    I like taxes, applied fairly, many friends are schoolteachers, mil, cops, fire, municipal, state and fed workers.
    My family’s military, going back 200 years. Taxes do not usually go towards bridges to nowhere. If the CEO gets $250m/year they can afford to set aside a little more for community & nations that support them.

    June 5, 2021
  3. Rodney Avilla said:
    “Taxes do not usually go towards bridges to nowhere.”

    If ‘usually’, you mean at least 51%, then I agree. But I believe that it has been easily shown that 30-35%, at least, of taxes collected is not spent wisely. I am all for supporting military, education, police, and yes, I realize that will cost a lot of money. But government waste is profound.

    ” If the CEO gets $250m/year ”

    So you’re only proposing that those making $250m is taxed more? Of course you are not. To take 50+% of one’s income away (fed, state, SS, sales, property, etc, etc, etc) is not right or fair.

    June 5, 2021
    • Gregg Thurman said:
      To take 50+% of one’s income away (fed, state, SS, sales, property, etc, etc, etc) is not right or fair.

      Of course it is.

      The US economy absolutely dies without deficit spending. In order to pay for that spending the government must borrow from those that have it to lend. Who are those people? They are the ones that benefit most from deficit spending. Wealth does not trickle dow as postulated by Reagan’s minions, it flows upriver just as it always has.

      Without deficit spending the Uber wealthy would not be as wealthy as they are. PERIOD That means that the ultimate provider of that wealth should get half. During the ‘50s the marginal rate was 90% and we prospered like never before. The middle class was at its peak, WWII and Korean War debt was paid off, deficit spending (as a percentage of GDP) was at its lowest, and inflation was under control.

      I could go on but every time I write about this I run into the 1500 word limit.

      Besides, taking 50% above a threshold of say $400K per year isn’t that onerous, it just crimps the Uber wealthy’s ability to buy multi-million dollar second homes, art, boats, etc. Those expenditures do not benefit the US middle, once the envy of the world.

      June 5, 2021
  4. I paid out way more than 50% of my income in taxes every year I was self-employed. The self-employed on this blog know exactly what I’m talking about. I include ALL taxes in that percentage: gas taxes, city taxes, booze tax, municipal fees, property taxes ad nauseam.
    My friends in Copenhagen & Germany are slammed worse but use services/benefits, like education & maternity leave, to the max.

    June 5, 2021
  5. Gregg Thurman said:
    All tax monies spent result in higher GDP. You may not agree with where those tax dollars are spent, but the bottom line is that those expenditures increase GDP.

    It comes down to how often money circulates through the economy before coming to rest. In the 50’s and 60’s it was about 4X. Today it is about 2.5X. The decrease in ratio requires more deficit spending, that proportionately enriches the wealthy more, to get the same relative economic boost as achieved during the 50’s and 60’s

    Because the lower income tiers spend just about everything they earn on survival (thereby stoking the economy) it is counter productive to tax that tier’s income.

    June 5, 2021

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