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i love you very much (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6639889)

so there.

Help me out here (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6639895)

Hello fellow slashdotters. I have found myself in a bit of a quandry, and I need your help. Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Robert Malda. I am the founder of this site that you are viewing now. I am also known as my web alias, CmdrTaco. (If you need confirmation of mt identity, please go to my user page [slashdot.org].)I have, due to unfortunate circumstances, lost access to my password to log on to slashdot so that I can edit and submit stories. Unfortunately, unlike most slashdotters, it is impossible for me to simply have my password emailed to me because of security concerns.

I still have a hope though. There is a little know about glitch that I purposefully programmed into the code of slashdot so that I could recover my password if it is lost. In order to recover my password I need a comment that I post to be modded up to +5 Insightful. Once my comment gets modded up to +5 Insightful, it will be possible for me to utilize the glitch and recover my lost password, and therefore continue operating slashdot. So, now I ask of you, fellow slashdot users, please moderate this post as Insightful, so that slashdot can remain operating.

Thank you,
Robert "CmdrTaco" Malda

Re:Help me out here (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6639982)

How is this offtopic? I think that its important that we help CmdrTaco get his account back.

Re:Help me out here (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6640124)

obviously a fake. only 2 spelling mistakes, one of them being "quandary", in 2 paragraphs. we all know taco can't spell.

Re:Help me out here (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6640263)

Damn if this isn't one of the finer trolls out there!

I am not a troll

Prices? (2, Interesting)

blackmonday (607916) | more than 10 years ago | (#6639897)

I liked the round-up but what matters to me most is price, and I could not find price info anywhere. How much do these things cost?

Re:Prices? (4, Informative)

mfago (514801) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640050)

The Bluespoon is US $350. Ouch!

For another review. [burn.com]

Re:Prices? (1)

machine of god (569301) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640061)

It's probably one of those things where if you have to ask, don't bother asking.


The speaker fits inside your outer ear canal (your ear hole)

Where was my ear hole again? I forget.

Re:Prices? (2, Insightful)

DrXym (126579) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640191)

If my local CarphoneWarehouse is anything to go by - a fucking fortune. Headsets cost over 100.


Which is why bluetooth is one of those cool but rather pointless technologies. Having a mini network is kind of cool, but if the choice is between the minor inconvenience of connecting devices together with a cable or paying many multiples more for bluetooth, I'll what I'd pick former.


I would be happy to reconsider, but I think the prices are taking the piss at the moment, probably because there are a lot of chumps out there.

Re:Prices? (1)

zoobaby (583075) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640311)

The costs of Bluetooth are coming down. It should be cheaper than 802.11b gadgets. $300 is a bit too pricey and definately not worth it. These should be sub $100.

Re:Prices? (1)

DrXym (126579) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640555)

Yes in theory bluetooth should be dirt cheap. For many devices such as PDAs, computers we're talking some small extra circuitry, a chip or two and some wires, adding maybe a dollar at most onto the design. At that price it should become ubiquitous, if not for accessories costing a fortune.


I can tenously understand that a wireless headset must also ship with a charger, a docking station and a battry in the headset, which all adds to the price but $100+ is still way too much. A conventional phone headset can be picked up for a tenth of the price and needs none of this stuff. I also wonder what the point of a wireless headset is - you might not have a wire, but now you need a mains adapter and dock instead! So much for technology.


So far, 802.11b is still king for me. I'd love to see support for both but I suspect it's going to be an either / or situation which is a shame. I love the Palm Tungsten devices but I'd much rather have the 802.11b support than bluetooth in the T2 design.

Re:Prices? (4, Informative)

sootman (158191) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640460)

Huh? The prices are right underneath the purty pictures.

Bluetake BT400 GII - $70
Jabra BT200 v1 - $70
Nextlink Bluespoon Digital - $350
Nokia HDW-2 - $100
Sony Ericsson HBH-60 - $100

Star Trek? (5, Funny)

MoeMoe (659154) | more than 10 years ago | (#6639899)

I don't remember Kirk having his Phaser set to 'Outdoors' or 'Silent'

Re:Star Trek? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6640688)

I do remember them setting the warp engines to "LOVE" however.

Dear Israel, (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6639903)

Congratulations on your success so far on building that wall in the west
bank. You really showed those Palestinian sand-nigger muslim terrorists
who's boss! Have $9 billion in loan guarentees and $1 billion in
military aid to celebrate!

Take my advice and tear up that stupid peace agreement, round up
those fucking sand-niggers and put them in slave camps. It will
virtually guarentee Israeli security, and improve the economy no end.
We became rich in a similar way (as it happened we had no useful
indigenous niggers where we invaded, so we we had to import them from
Africa) but the principle is much the same.

Peace be with you.

A Stupid American

Can anyone explain? (2, Insightful)

Atario (673917) | more than 10 years ago | (#6639905)

What's with the Bluetooth folks? I've been hearing about this stuff for ages, yet there's so little in the way of actual products out there. What gives?

Re:Can anyone explain? (0, Troll)

cioxx (456323) | more than 10 years ago | (#6639992)

Bluetooth is like .NET, only it's the consumers who don't quite grasp the concept of this technology. Personally, I think BT will be an eventual failure because of slow adaptation rates in the market.

Here's [itworld.com] an article covering some interesting points, even going as far as comparting BT to IrDA.

explained (3, Informative)

Fubar411 (562908) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640112)

Bluetooth is kinda like the first time you ever used a remote control for the TV instead of getting up to change the channel. (For those of you who have ever had to actually do that.)

You make one device discoverable and tell the other to search. And if the profiles are set so that the devices can make sense of each other, they start working.

I believe with Macs you can control iTunes with the phone (sounds cool) and others are working on getting Winzip to function.

My experience:
I have a Sony T68i phone w/ Bluetooth. My grey market USB adapter from Mitsumi was a dud, but the second US model worked pretty well thanks to some Widcomm software. There isn't much I've done that couldn't be achieved with a cable, so maybe it is just pure, uncut geek factor.

Re:Can anyone explain? (1)

O_Chaos (695327) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640312)

Bluetooth is a wireless technology, it works with alot of things that are compatible with it. Keyboards, cellphones, etc..

I'm not sure on its range, but I think that it operates at 2.4Ghz, which is still conflicting with alot of stuff out there...

Re:Can anyone explain? (1)

zoobaby (583075) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640328)

" What's with the Bluetooth folks?"

Too much hype before there was even a working demo hindered its initial success.

"yet there's so little in the way of actual products out there. What gives?"

Go to Europe. There are tons of BT products. Many phones that have cameras also have BT in them to link wirelessly to there PC or printer.

Re:Can anyone explain? (2, Insightful)

dimator (71399) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640470)

Too much hype before there was even a working demo hindered its initial success.

This is true, but Bluetooth reminds me a lot of XML. When XML was first introduced, everyone thought it would be nifty and great, but there was a long period of time where it wasn't all that useful. Now, we see more and more products utilizing XML, and it has gained considerable respectability.

I think (and hope) that Bluetooth will see a similar growth pattern.

Mastercard Advert (4, Funny)

Hogwash McFly (678207) | more than 10 years ago | (#6639909)

Price of new mobile phone: $400
Price of bluetooth headset: $60
The look on that chick's face as she sees you talking to yourself with what looks like a cybernetic implant in your ear: Priceless

Re:Mastercard Advert (4, Funny)

cioxx (456323) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640062)

To quote George Carlin:

here is a group of people that are missing chromosomes and should be hurled from an airplane at 20,000 ft. these dickheads that use these hands free phones, you know they can't be away from the phone in case Henry Kistenger calls. So I say
"Hey spaceman as long as your hands are free why don't you reach your hand over here and fondle my balls."

Re:Mastercard Advert (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6640181)

"The look on that chick's face as she sees you talking to yourself with what looks like a cybernetic implant in your ear: Priceless"

To which you respond: I talk to myself because I like dealing with better class of people.

CRAP, MY SCO STOCK IS TANKING AGAIN (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6639910)

I thought that I would at least be able to break even on those losers since the up turn from their lawsuit but, now it's starting to tank again. Those assholes can't get ANYTHING right!

SGC - SLASHDOT INVESTIGATION REPORT (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6639923)

Posted from the nero-online.org Troll Library [nero-online.org]

Following my work researching The Linux Gay Conspiracy, I am saddened to announced that I have discovered yet another orgy of perverted heterophobic values. My claim lies with the Slashdot mangement.

First, what kind of name is Slashdot? This is obviously a code word in the homosexual community for something perverted.
Slashdot is an anagram of LAD SHOTS, which refers to Slashdot's pedophile agenda and T ASS HOLD, which refers to some gay sexual posistion that Michael and CmdrTaco enjoy.

The 'editors' of Slashdot, as they call themselves, are homosexual swingers with cleverly disguised nicknames.

CmdrTaco [slashdot.org] (aka "Rob" Malda) is the "head" honcho of Slashdot. Cmdr obviously refers to his desire to dominate over his gay partners, and Taco is obviously a sly reference to his colon. Update: It is well known that Taco claims to be married to Kate Fent. No one really believes that 'she' is actually his wife. We have proof that this 'she' is actually a he. It turns out that Kathleen Fent is an anagram of KHAN FELT EN ET. So this Kate of his is really Khan who "felt in it". I will not describe what that means as I am sure you can imagine yourself.Update From AC: Kate Fent = FAT TEEN, K.

Michael Sims [izzy.net], who goes as 'michael' on Slashdot, is a well known thug [spectacle.org] and advancer of homosexual agenda. His name is an anagram of ASS CHIME MIL which obviously refers to his desire to flaunt his lower organ.Update: It turns out that Michael Sims is also an anagram of ASS LICE, HMM, I?. That is so sick that words cannot describe the horror.

Father Randy "Pudge" O'Day [urbandictionary.com] is Slashdot's Mac propagandist. Macintosh computers are well known as the Gay computer due to their homosexual colors and stylings. An email exchange between 'Pudge' and Apple HQ have been leaked by a former Apple employee who converted to heterosexuality. These two emails (here [slashdot.org] and here [slashdot.org]) have been repeatedly posted on Slashdot, but are quickly censored by Slashdot moderators who do not want the public to know about its agenda.Update form Subject Line Troll [slashdot.org] - it appears the O'Day is just a few letter changes away from I'm Gay and rhymes with O'Day. Is anyone surprised that Mr. Pudge is a fudge packing Mac hippie?

Simoniker [goatse.cx], a recent addition to Slashdot has been uncovered as Mr. Goatse [goatse.cx] himself. Simoniker is a frequent poster to the Games section of Slashdot, obviously because he enjoies modded versions of Quake 3 and UT2K3 as a homosexual warrior who likes to 'overcome' his opponents with his exagerated sized love member. In addition, Simoniker is an anagram of KEN I RIM SO (Ken is probably his current boyfriend) and MEN I IRK SO (which refers to his frustratingly troubled gay relationships, probably due to his rather large asshole).Update from AC: I'M ON ERIK'S... "Eriks what? We can only imagine" -AC.

CowboyNeal [8m.com]. How could I forget him? CowboyNeal is Slashdot's Poll Editor. His rampant homosexuality is obvious. "Cowboy Kneel" is what his name actually means. His odd sexuality needs no further explanation.

Please reply with additional information, contributions, and corrections. I will include any additional information and credit you with it in my further releases of this report.

Speaking of Roundup, Texas Style: Where is the (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6639926)

Question 1. DNA evidence for Uday and Qusay Hussein? Remember,during the huffing and puffing, that the U.S. claimed it would use DNA evidence to establish the end of Saddam Hussein?

Question 2. Where is President-Vice Richard B. Cheney?

Cheers,
W00t

Re:Speaking of Roundup, Texas Style: Where is the (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6640249)

richard "dick" cheney is a myth, a spook story.
while there may or may not have been a "dick cheney" in the past, the character we all know and hate as the current vice president of the united states is merely an illusion. have you ever seen dick cheney in person? do you know anyone who has? television interviews? live speeches? does this man even exist? why is he always hiding?
recent theories have it that cheney is an amalgamation of such luminary assholes as donald rumsfeld and george herbert walker bush (papa bush). the character you see on your televisions is a computer generated vice president, designed to make you think it's not the same assholes running the show as always.

Bluetooth vs. 802.11b (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6639945)

I have been doing some modifications to 802.11b notebook cards, namely to increase the potential range of receiving connections... for purely legitimate purposes, of course *cough*
Anywho- I was wondering what sorts of antennae mods could be used to increase the range of bluetooth signals...
A lot of the new cell phones have bluetooth connectivity, I was wondering what sort of fun could be had with a bluetooth sniffing program, or a jammer, for that manner...

Re:Bluetooth vs. 802.11b (3, Interesting)

neglige (641101) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640188)

I was wondering what sort of fun could be had with a bluetooth sniffing program

Since Bluetooth offers a service/device discovery mode, you don't need any special software. Simply check for mobile devices in your neighbourhood. Worked like a charm at the last CeBit in Hannover: someone had a BT-Internet Access Point, no password required... I decided not to buy those WLAN voucher and happily surfed with my iPAQ. And of course you can always find a friendly phone that announces its presence and decide to do funny things with it.

filtering background noise? (3, Interesting)

at_kernel_99 (659988) | more than 10 years ago | (#6639949)

Yeah, but which one works well when driving down the freeway in a topless jeep with the (mud) tires howling at 75mph?

Re:filtering background noise? (2, Informative)

Jaguar777 (189036) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640004)

According to the article...

"One of the Bluespoon's selling points (besides the amazing size and battery life) is the fact that it has a built in DSP (digital signal processor) that helps cancel noise. In my fan test there was a noticeable drop in fan noise whenever I talked indicating that the noise canceling really does work. Cool stuff."

Re:filtering background noise? (1)

at_kernel_99 (659988) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640090)

Ok. Busted. I only looked at the article before posting, without actually reading the thing...

In any case, I'm still skeptical of these devices working in any vehicle with the windows down. Ok, maybe I should just fix the a/c, but there's something to be said for fresh air.

Re:filtering background noise? (1)

Jaguar777 (189036) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640232)

In any case, I'm still skeptical of these devices working in any vehicle with the windows down. Ok, maybe I should just fix the a/c, but there's something to be said for fresh air.

I was thinking the same thing (I don't have a/c), but a fan blowing directly in your face is somewhat similar to driving with the windows down so I was hoping the noise cancellation actually does work, but it doesn't matter since I don't have the extra cash to pick up this device and a blue tooth phone.

I guess the easy option is getting a new car and going into debt. You don't need cash on hand for that. ;)

Re:filtering background noise? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6640165)

At 80mph (~130kph) with the top down I have to yell at the person sitting right there next to me. As much as I'd like a bluetooth headset and a bluetooth phone to go with it, I don't think any noise cancellation would be enough for most of my driving senarios.

Re:filtering background noise? (1)

fm6 (162816) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640017)

I hope your insurance is paid up!

Re:filtering background noise? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6640040)

Thats what the rollcage is for baby! Either way, still safer than the motorcycle...

Re:filtering background noise? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6640019)

the nextlink has VERY advanced noise removal, so you *should* almost be able to do it with the Bluespoon, if you add the sockette to it, it should work perhaps @ 60mph :D

it's in the article... (1)

redfenix (456698) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640070)

Here:
Even when the BT400 was directly in front of a fan I could not get it to effect my voice. This is due to the BT400's design and not due to any noise canceling.

And Here:
One of the Bluespoon's selling points (besides the amazing size and battery life) is the fact that it has a built in DSP (digital signal processor) that helps cancel noise. In my fan test there was a noticeable drop in fan noise whenever I talked indicating that the noise canceling really does work.

As a side note, I own a Jabra BT200 and it is unusable on the road with the convertible top down. I'm looking into getting an HBH-35 [burn.com]

Re:filtering background noise? (1)

catch23 (97972) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640086)

How bout you not talk on the phone while driving down the freeway in a topless jeep at 75mph? With or without a bluetooth headset for your phone does not help killing yourself.

Re:filtering background noise? (1)

at_kernel_99 (659988) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640368)

How do you do it in any other vehicle? Is your argument that it is safer to yapp on the phone in something like a Yugo?

Re:filtering background noise? (1)

idsofmarch (646389) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640734)

A Jeep! On the freeway! Going 75mph! Wow! Pure Fantasy. Kidding, although I've never been able to hear anything but rock music and screaming from my passengers when I go this fast in mine. So, I guess a bluetooth headset is out.

HUH (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6639973)

My friend told me that most people who read Slashdot are homosexuals. That isn't true, is it?

I'm scared... (2, Funny)

riotstarter (650328) | more than 10 years ago | (#6639990)

Looks like we're moving towards the StarTrek Comm unit
I hope people don't start talking in klingon in public while using one of these...

Bluetooth and Regular Landline Phones (2, Interesting)

computerme (655703) | more than 10 years ago | (#6639997)

Hi.

Can anyone point me to links that will tell me when i will be able to use bluetooth headsets such as my jabra earphone that he reviewed with REGULAR phones. Either thru and adapter or a new phone.

Thank you...

Re:Bluetooth and Regular Landline Phones (1)

silas_moeckel (234313) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640053)

OK I can do this now the bluetooth adapter plugs into the standard headseat plug on my siemens cordless or though another adapter to my AT&T phone (they use big ugly 1/4 inch jacks course it's an office phone)

Re:Bluetooth and Regular Landline Phones (1)

CEO Guy (690800) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640510)

Umm.. you can.. get the Jabra for nonbluetooth phones.. Works gtrat with my panasonic phone and my cordless radio shack special

SHIT THAT IS IN ALL CAPS (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6640006)

blurfhdgdfhhggffff puking all over you

YES IT IS! STOP SHOUTING, PLEASE. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6640043)

If you puke on me I will kick your ass.

StarTrek Comm unit (2, Interesting)

FreeLinux (555387) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640021)

A closer example of a Start Trek Comm unit would be this [vocera.com] unit from Vocera. Of course, there is also the Nextel system which both behaves and looks [nextel.com] surprisingly similar to the communicators from the original Star Trek series.

Re:StarTrek Comm unit (1)

rusty0101 (565565) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640168)

I believe the original comment was in respect to the comunications receiver that Uhura used. It looked like a cylinder with fins radiating perpendicular to the axis of the cylinder in a double cone shape, that leaned down and forward of the ear. Occasionally Uhura would "adjust" the frequency response, or range by touching and turning various fins.

Personally I think the fins looked more like a heat radiator than a radio antena, but then what do I know.

Cell phones have already looked like the individual long range communicators from TOS for years. I think we are all waiting on the communicators that recognize their owner by genetic scanning prior to authorizing use now for years.

-Rusty

What I want... (1, Funny)

zr-rifle (677585) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640032)

... is a bluetooth headset that doesn't make me look silly.

Re:What I want... (4, Funny)

joe_bruin (266648) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640411)

... is a bluetooth headset that doesn't make me look silly.

this is not possible with current technology. the way bluetooth works is by creating a localized field of ionized nerd particles, that is then used as the carrier medium for bluetooth signaling. nerd particles are generated by things such as pda's, usb data sticks, certain ringtones, linux, and watches with calculators in them, and they naturally dissipate into the atmosphere and decay into harmless forms such as boba pearls. however, bluetooth acts as a concentrator, keeping the nerd particles from collapsing and creating a short range distortion field, making thing within it seem extremely nerdy. engineers are still working on resolving this issue, although an interim solution is to have a really hot girlfriend.

Jabra (2, Informative)

tackaberry (694121) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640044)

I had mixed results with the Jabra and a non-Bluetooth phone.

It worked reasonable well with my Timeport, but not as well with my wife's Samsung. However, even with the Timeport, it was a pain to Accept a call, or Terminate one. I constantly had to go back to using the phone's button, rather than the headset buttons.

Another problem was determining whether or not it was still in Active mode or on Standby. There is a sound tone which goes up in pitch or down in pitch when you turn it on/off. Most of the time, I wound up leaving it on, having the battery drain, and then not having it charged when I wanted to use it.

The other thing was having to have carry around both the phone and the adapter. It'll will stay in the drawer until I find a Bluetooth phone (although Verizon seems determined to prevent me from finding one), and then we'll see if it was worth buying.

Local retailers WHERE?! (1)

sethdelackner (110929) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640056)

Why is it so impossible to find any of these headsets at local electronics stores (let alone an official T-Mobile, cingular, ATT, or Verizon store).

All I can find is some crappy bulky looking Belkin headset and a huge Jabra one at Circuit City. What a joke!

Re:Local retailers WHERE?! (1)

angle_slam (623817) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640132)

Didn't you hear? They've invented something called on-line retailing. :-)

Seriously though, the market for this is tiny, so why should Best Buy or Circuit City stock it?

Cheaper hands free kit.... (4, Funny)

Hogwash McFly (678207) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640059)

If you want to talk hands free when you're out and about on you mobile and you don't have the cash to spend on Bluetooth headsets, these things [pibmug.com] are ideal

DO NOT CLICK THAT LINK (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6640110)

Oh my God, that is worse than any of the other pictures that make their way around the Slashdot comments. That is incredibly disgusting, way worse than goatse.cx [goatse.cx] or tubgirl [tubgirl.com]. You should be ashamed of yourself.

No difference (4, Interesting)

Stashia* (695757) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640078)

These devices will not do much to lessen the distraction drivers have when talking on their mobiles.

The issue is the immediacy of the mobile phone conversation. It diverts the attention that a driver needs to be placing elsewhere.

http://cartalk.cars.com/About/Drive-Now/scientif ic -evidence.html

Studies have shown that there is negligible difference in the increased accident probability for users of these devices as opposed to hand-helds.

If you need to take a call on your commute, do us all a favor and pull over!

Hands free... (1)

Cyno01 (573917) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640170)

If you dont have to look at and press buttons how is it any more distracting than conversing with someone in the passenger seat?

Re:Hands free... (0, Troll)

ashkar (319969) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640213)

The parent is prolly a wanker that drives slow in the fast lane, pulls out in front of people, and ignores ambulances trying to pass him all while complaining about the bad drivers that talk and drive at the same time.

Very interesting study. (4, Interesting)

FreeLinux (555387) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640208)

I saw this article [newsday.com] today and found it very interesting. For all the screaming about the dangers of driving while using cell phones (obviously there are dangers), the AAA study found cell phones to be much lower on the list of problems than one might expect. Far more problems were cause by some very mundane things that I am sure we are all guilty of at some time or another. Notice the statistics at the bottom of the article.

You pathetic dufus. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6640307)

It's obvious that you are jealous that everyone else has someone to talk to and you don't. So here's an idea for you. Why not print up a bumper sticker that reads:

You can call me on my Cell (999)999-9999

Then you'll have people calling you all the time. Of course, they will probably be telling you what an idiot you are but, who cares you'll be talking on your vell while you drive and looking important. Just like everyone else.

Re:No difference (1)

dimator (71399) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640512)

Oh, please. I'm pretty damn sure talking on the phone is much less distracting than, say, eating a big mac, or putting on make up. I don't see anybody up in arms over those issues.

Re:No difference (2, Interesting)

Moofie (22272) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640647)

Until these studies control for accidents that occur when the driver is speaking with a passenger, they will be unconvincing to me.

If talking to people is dangerous, drivers should be forced to wear gags.

what about the m3000 (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6640081)

This was a nice review, but I'm curious how all of these perform next to the Plantronics M3000 that's supposed to blow the rest away. This one's supposed to have a battery life of 10 hours. Anyone have any insight on this?

http://www.plantronics.com/north_america/en_US/c at alog/display_product_detail.jhtml?rootId=cat115005 7&productTypeId=cat1150057&prodId=prod4960008#

On HowardChui.com... (4, Informative)

Atticu5 (693001) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640097)

As an aside, I find that HowardChui.com is a very informative resource for all sorts of cell-phone tech. Definately worth adding to your bookmark list!

(PS. If someone wants to buy me the Bluespoon [howardchui.com], I'd be much obliged...)

Re:On HowardChui.com... (1)

Drakonian (518722) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640343)

Sure it looks neat but the interface is really stupid. To turn it on, you have to hold both buttons then release one of them after a certain amount of time, or something like that. It was easy to miss the timing window either. Very stupid UI IMO.

Interoperability (3, Interesting)

neglige (641101) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640127)

A major problem Bluetooth is currently facing is interoperability. During the test it seems that some of the headsets were paired with different phones, but they were mostly Nokia phones (which supposedly do not differ too much when it comes to the BT implementation).

Buying one of those earpieces and trying to pair it with your [fill in brand here unless Nokia] phone could be difficult. Not to mention the BT dongle for the PC. If you were hoping for a hands-free headset that gives you more Counterstrike kills, you'll probably find that your dongle does not support the necessary profiles [palowireless.com].

i think mac is the batter than linux (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6640133)

mac is very fast and good. very good. gets job done.

plz ignore linux zealots. they r no good. they dont want to use mac bcos they want to spend useless time with big calculater named computer.

im hard working guy with good pay. i have family and i shave every morning. so i dont use linux. plz realise this.

thanks.

Re:i think mac is the batter than linux (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6640167)

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with much gayness,

Father Randy "Pudge" O'Day, S.J.

Re:i think mac is the batter than linux (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6640193)

plz dont pay attention to father randee. hes lier! speaks false words.

linux is no good. pudge - dont oppose me fooolll!!!

Re:i think mac is the batter than linux (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6640206)

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bluetooth is INSANE! (or is it me?) (5, Funny)

wfmcwalter (124904) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640160)

Bluetooth needs a new slogan:

Bluetooth: erasing the descernable difference between people with really nice cellphones and those with advanced delusional schizophrenia.

Is that person mubling behind you on the train really an important businessman, or does he just think he is? Worse, is that CIA agent who just dialled your number real, or is he just one of the voices? With bluetooth(tm) there's essentially no way to know!

Next thing you'll be thinking you're living in some kind of futuristic hi-tech paradise where people communicate with lightning-powered machines. Yeah right - you're really still back at the pigfarm on Jutland and it's still 1282. Get used to it.

FUCK FUCK FUCK!!! YOU YOU YOU!!! HANDS IN PANTS! (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6640296)

I have my hands in your pants. Look down. I'm going to rip of your schlong and stick it on a pole outside of the Microsoft campus. You should too!

Re:FUCK FUCK FUCK!!! YOU YOU YOU!!! HANDS IN PANTS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6640654)

You dirty, dirty troll.

First Post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6640171)

This post automagically generated by the first post robot, version 0.0.01 alpha. It's probably not going to actually get first post because my claimed l337 coding skills are actually quite l4|V|3.

Lame coding skills. I'll say! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6640342)

Lame doesn't really do justice to how bad your coding skills are. Your supposed First Post robot took 30 minutes to post!!!!!!! You truely are teh suck! YOU FAIL IT!!!

will these work with bluetooth enabled PCs? (1, Interesting)

troutsoup (648171) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640218)

i've wondered about these bluetooth headsets, will they work with a PC that has a bluetooth base???

MY HAND ARE IN YOUR PANTS. LOOK DOWN. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6640245)

Yuo aer all teh fuk!!! In other words... SUCK ON DIS beyotches!!! The lameness filter aborted your baby.

Nice review, but what about the phones? (1)

TheCodeFoundry (246594) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640265)

Ok, so now I have a good idea as to which headset to purchase, now can someone direct me to a list of which phones are Bluetooth enabled and which carriers support them?

Error in article (2, Informative)

Jeremiah Blatz (173527) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640358)

The author notes that the Nokia comes with a removable NiHM battery. He then complains that NiMH's suck, because they have memory effects. This is not the case. NiCd batteries have a memory effect, not NiMH's.

I like this guy's reviews they are cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6640384)


Depending on how big your outer ear canal is the Bluespoon can be a tight fit. For example I found the Bluespoon to be painful at first since the speaker was bigger than my outer ear canal though after a few days of usage I got used to it and it wasn't so bad. On the other hand my father (who has a fairly large outer ear canal) found the Bluespoon to fit perfectly.

Shudder (1)

53x19 (621459) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640398)

I cringe thinking about owning another device that I have to recharge and strap to my body.

Stuff that needs to be unloaded off my person as I walk thru the door at the end of a work day:
Cell Phone, Pager(s), Laptop, Keys, Wallet, Garage Door Opener, Coffee Mug, Spare Change (sometimes), daily junk mail.

Argh!!

Excellent! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6640437)

Now somebody just needs to invent a way to recharge devices without hooking them up to a cord that plugs into the wall. Something like Bluetooth, but for power distribution.

Nice review (2, Interesting)

Hecatonchires (231908) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640459)

I liked and understood his review. He clearly stated his benchmarking process, and included tests of things real people do. He made mention of things that normal people find annoying. The bit about 'my father has a large ear canal' made me laugh.

If only more video card reviews were like this.

Re:Nice review (1)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640588)

I'd get really disgusted if a video card review site said, "This thing had great 3D performance in Quake3, Doom3, and Unreal Tournament 2003. Except that it kept giving me strange discoloration when looking at high resolution porn JPGs."

Screw cell phones (3, Interesting)

droleary (47999) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640471)

Am I the only one that would love a Bluetooth headset for my computer? I use Mac OS X and have a number of speakable items, and it would be a great boon if I could I use a headset as the exclusive input/output for spoken commands. Why do I never see a single one of these things even make an effort at breaking into the desktop market?

Callcenter monkeys (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6640474)


you too can look like a stylish callcenter operative with your bluetooth headset, be the envy of your friends and speak into your oversized hearing aid with a extended straw.

call now operators are standing by to laugh at you while they take your cash

Against BlueTooth Headsets (3, Interesting)

Keith Gabryelski (65602) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640544)

yeah, i look like like a 6' 3" shaved head borg with the sony/ericsson ear piece (which is priceless) but... man what a pain in the butt.

you have to recharge the thing... and i don't know about you -- but i barely get the time to charge my phone as needed. it's also unfortunate you can't chain together charging devices like this -- but that is a whole different gripe.

you have to work with a new interface on the damn ear piece to answer the phone (or send the call back to phone) which is a hurdle. yeah laugh away smart boy... try three of these devices and for a few months and drop one important call and you will never use it again.

because of artifacts of digital transmission (jitter buffers and individual buffer sample size) the use of blue tooth headsets increases the end to end delay over a sometimes already intollerable cellphone network delay.

the price is insane.

reception with the phone is not perfect. I don't understand everything about interference but there is a lot of it... and, again, if you are on an important call you and can't hear the other person you are likely to just drop this thing in the trash.

blueTooth's transmission wave length is in the range of microwaves (i.e. water heating range). why would anyone want that radiation near their brain.

to sum up: save your money...

Re:Against BlueTooth Headsets (2, Insightful)

exhilaration (587191) | more than 10 years ago | (#6640616)

blueTooth's transmission wave length is in the range of microwaves (i.e. water heating range). why would anyone want that radiation near their brain.

Your phone's signal is hundreds of times stronger than any bluetooth headset, yet I don't hear you complaining about having a mobile phone near your body.

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