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April 05, 2008

Mobile Phones on a Plane

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Apparently, early last week, Ofcom okayed the use of mobile phones on airliners at any height above 3km. This has confused me and leads me to the following points:

  • What happened to the belief that electronic devices emit harmful pilot killer rays? I always doubted there would be any issues (given the high amount of shielding on the cables), but Health & Safety are usually much harder to convince...
  • If mobile phones are capable of transmitting signals between 1.8 miles (3km) and 6.6 miles (cruising altitude of 747, apparently) why do I always have so few bars for the signal strength?
  • Isn't the real reason for the ban on mobile phones supposed to be that it encourages people to use the airline's ridiculously expensive built-in phones? Surely, therefore, mobiles are still going to be prohibited...
  • Also, why only above 3000m? Why is it dangerous (presumably) below 3km, but perfectly safe above?

September 14, 2007

Wait, it gets better!

Follow-up to Transform, and roll out! from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

You can also set an animation to play when you close it, so I've made it even better:

September 11, 2007

Transform, and roll out!

I've had a Nokia N76 for a couple of months now. It has the option to play a tone when you open and close the cover, which I turned off.

However, this afternoon, it suddenly occurred to me what would be the perfect sound effects...

August 23, 2007

Vital reports to prove the blindingly obvious

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According to a report by Ofcom, people are starting to use mobile phones more than landlines.

This was, of course, of vital importance and impossible to figure out without in-depth statistical analysis...

I also heard that their next reports are going to be looking into what colour the sky is, investigating the price of fish, seeing whether or not computers do what they're supposed to 100% of the time, testing whether time heals all wounds, and calculating exactly how much a stitch in time actually saves.

June 26, 2007

What on Earth isn't a "potentially offensive weapon"!?

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I've just come across this article on BBC News saying that a teaching union is calling for mobile phones to be classed as potentially offensive weapons because of the way pupils misused them to bully their teachers. Personally I think that's just stupid...

Don't get me wrong, I don't think the pupils should be bullying teachers; it's what They're doing to stop it that I think is stupid.

Firstly the article isn't very forthcoming on how the phones are being used; are pupils literally beating the teachers with the handsets? are the pupils finding the teachers' home numbers and breathing heavily? are the pupils photographing/filming the teachers doing normal things and then uploading them to the Internet? are the pupils photographing/filming others attacking the teachers in some manner and then uploading them to the Internet? or is it something else, or a combination?

Without knowing how the phones are being used, it's very difficult to see this classification as rational and sensible.

For instance, if the mobile phones are being used as blunt instruments, then other "potentially offensive weapons" which should be banned from schools include:

  • Chairs
  • Sharp pencils
  • Calculators (particularly the larger graphical variety)
  • Sturdy rulers
  • Thick text books
  • Shoes
  • Ties (not so much beating, more strangling...)
  • Compasses
  • Set squares
  • Paper (paper cuts can be nasty...)

On the other hand, if it's the mobiles' ability to function as telephones that's being used, then the students should be forbidden to the their home landlines and the teachers/school should be more careful about data protection.

If the teachers are being photographed/filmed going about their school day and this is being used to mock them (or whatever) online, then classifying "mobile phones" as offensive weapons is completely irrational; it's "camera phones" that need to be banned; the normal mobile phone is an incredibly useful tool which it would be unfair to ban; there were a lot of times when I was still at school when it would have been much harder to conjure up a lift home at odd times of the day (such as if the school had to be closed for the day for some reason) without a mobile.

And if films of teachers being abused are being made, then stop the brats from beating their teachers! If this is happening at your school, then the problem's worse than mobile phones, I'm afraid...

Anyway, you can't just ban camera phones; you'd have to ban cameras too. Come to think of it, why not just ban cameras if this is the problem? You'd ban only the relevant phones and also normal cameras too, all with only one ban; much less paperwork.

To sum up: I am not saying it is right that teachers are being abused (it is wrong); the BBC needs to give more details in its news articles; and the people who are up in arms need to step back for a moment and think about the problem as rational non-technophobes and think if maybe there is a better solution or perhaps a bigger problem...

January 26, 2006

Nokia N70

Follow-up to Nokia N90 from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

I've given up waiting and got an N70, which is the phone I wanted anyway until I found out the N90 had autofocus.

January 22, 2006

Nokia N90

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This is the next mobile I want to get. However, no one seems to know when it's going to be released on any networks. No one.
I first saw it along with the N70 (released) and the N91 (missing, presumed absent) in an advert at a cinema either last term or during the Summer, searching on the web provides no end of full–price SIM–free handsets, I've found loads of forum posts from last year predicting an Autumn 2005 launch, I've had people suggect this month, next month, March, but no high–street retails seem to have any clue about when they're going to get it; not even a rough estimate – they have absolutely no idea.
Has anyone heard anything about it?

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