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Parents Sue School Over Use of Wi-Fi Network

CowboyNeal posted more than 10 years ago | from the wi-fi-also-deemed-stupid-sounding-term dept.

Wireless Networking 667

Iphtashu Fitz writes "Both news.com and Wired are reporting that an Illinois school district is being sued by parents over their use of a Wi-Fi network at a local elementary school. Apparently the parents of 5 students are concerned about potential health risks to their children by the Wi-Fi radio signals. The parents are seeking class-action status for their suit, which seeks to halt the use of wireless networks but does not ask for monetary damages. The complete complaint is also available for your reading pleasure on wifinetnews.com." I would never have guessed that the emissions from a wireless network are bad, unlike the healthy emissions given off by the now inescapable cell phones that are everywhere in public.

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first post? (-1, Offtopic)

virex (562720) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178032)

first post?

Re:first post? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7178064)

Yep congrats

ZZZZZ.... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7178037)

Can't type...radiation...killing..me

I'm going in anyway (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7178071)

I am not human. I am... Vulcan.

they worry about THIS?! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7178039)

So wifi signals fuck up kids brains and that's worth suing over. But the fact that the school probably has an insecure wifi network letting all their children's information lay available to anyone who wants to crack into the system and grab it doesn't phase them?

Re:they worry about THIS?! (1, Interesting)

Poofat (675020) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178218)

Little billy's immunization record and the grade on his essay about trains aren't really super-sensitive information.

Parents... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7178044)

...should have their lower horn removed.

But these (2, Insightful)

tarquin_fim_bim (649994) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178049)

same brats carry mobile phones, I bet $2.

Re:But these (1)

zoobaby (583075) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178136)

or stand 6 inches away from the microwave waiting for thier frozen dinner to cook.

Sad (5, Insightful)

captain_craptacular (580116) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178055)

Unfortunately, the school district will now have to expend a significant amount of money to defend themselves against these bogus charges. Money that could otherwise be spent for some better cause such as, lets see, educating our children?

Re:Sad (-1)

YOUR SIG SUCKS! (712500) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178090)

They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security

YOUR SIG SUCKS!!!

Why, you ask? Because only PRETENTIOUS PRICKS use this quote!!!

YOUR SIG SUCKS!!!

Re:Sad (2, Insightful)

focitrixilous P (690813) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178128)

You obviously haven't attended school in a while. This will probably get them a referendum to pay for the defense, as well as a hefty bonus for the superintendent who "saved the gift of technology for our children." Unfortunetly, the schools themselves get nothing but wifi.
Imagine 30 1st graders with laptops and 1 teacher. Or, imagine a beowulf cluster of broken laptops with snot on them, it's the same thing.

Re:Sad (-1, Troll)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178148)

Like they give a rats ass. How much money was spent on iraqi war crimes already this year? Oh 87+ billion dollars!

Americans don't make no never minds about their education!

Tom

Re:Sad (1)

tarquin_fim_bim (649994) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178228)

education!

I think you'll find that's tuitification

GWB.

Re:Sad (1)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178271)

or.... edumication.

Eddication...

Edsucation

Tom

Re:Sad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7178342)

The school could just turn off the WiFi network. That wouldn't even require hiring a lawyer.

In this case, that's probably the best thing to do. While I was at it, I'd cancel any planned expenditures on computers altogether since pulling cable is expensive (which is probably why they got WiFi in the first place.)

If people complained, I would just point to this case and say we didn't have the money to fight it. (That's what I'd do if I was the superintendent.)

Re:Sad (1)

h00dLuM (630451) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178351)

liberty for security deserve neither?

so seatbelts restrict your movement.. toss 'em. I prefer to drive into oncoming traffic, it's my right to be free.

More on-topic, cel phone towers also don't tend to spam children with hardcore porn and i doubt the 12 year old "class admin" can effectively block innappropriate content ...

Maybe the parents real concern would be laughed off, while paranoid "health concerns" actually get attention.

These parents deserve congratulations... (1, Interesting)

Tisephone (709174) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178056)

Not because their argument is right, but because they are actually seeking a solution instead of just obscene amounts of money. It's very refreshing, isn't it?

Re:These parents deserve congratulations... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7178091)

It's as cool and refreshing as rebid stupidity can get.

Like anything, though, it goes well with Irish Cream.

Re:These parents deserve congratulations... (1)

cmowire (254489) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178226)

Of course they are going to *say* that to the press. Saying that you want loads of money isn't going to get you any mass publicity, except as a nutter.

Re:These parents deserve congratulations... (1)

slugo3 (31204) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178265)

well its hard to ask for damages if there are none.
this just seems stupid to me, either way its bad for the school. they probably have the Wifi so they didnt have to spend the money to wire the buildings with cat5. so now they get to waste money on legal defense and possibly wire the schools as well if they loose. also they could be stuck with wireless equipment that they have already purchased but wont be able to use.
wifi is all over in both business and home so I hope these parents keep there kids away from say starbucks which has wireless hotspots. will they sue their neighbor when they find out they have a WAP?

do these people have a sense of perspective? (1)

rillopy (650792) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178057)

I think they should worry about not crashing their cars and other more likely means of death.

Umm?? (5, Informative)

dcstimm (556797) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178059)

2.4ghz Cordless phones use the same freq! What are these parents smoking?

Re:Umm?? (5, Funny)

japhyr777 (467923) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178153)

Wait until they find out about Baby Monitors... That'll get them worked up..

All those hours of the day the poor baby was taking in the radio waves. Possibly right next to it's head. Bzzzzt..

Re:Umm?? (4, Funny)

GammaTau (636807) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178170)

2.4ghz Cordless phones use the same freq! What are these parents smoking?

I don't know... but whatever it is, don't tell the kids. It might be bad influence.

Re:Umm?? (1)

OneOver137 (674481) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178288)

I've used this little fact a few times when folks get paranoid over "radiation" from cellphones, laptops, and (while at a much lower frequency) powerlines. Just think about the myriad brain cancer cases roving this planet due to the lowly cordless telephone!

Re:Umm?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7178352)

Know what radiates 2.4GHz EM? Microwave ovens (well, closer to 2.45).

We all know how safe microwave ovens are:

http://healbuildings.com/Microwave_Ovens/microwa ve _ovens.html

It's ignorant to conclude 802.11 is safe because cordless phones also operate at 2.4GHz.

THE PARENTS SHOULD JUST POINT TO THE 'SHIFT' KEY! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7178060)

That'll teach 'em to mess w/ Wi-Fi!

Privately.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7178061)

So, technically if this court battle wins, then neighbours could sue neighbours for using wifi networks in the privacy of their own home... That doesn't seem right. Or sue radio stations for the same thing...

I wonder how many parents ... (1)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178062)

in the suit have cell phones, watch TV or have a computer [um, like monitors give you a warm feeling if you sit too close. That isn't because windows is friendly!], drive SUVs, eat fast food, use individually used products, swiffers, etc, etc, etc...

Fuck.

Stupid people. Why don't thse people sue the school for using windows? That's more hazardous to their health.

Tom

Re:I wonder how many parents ... (1)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178095)

"invidually used".... what the fuck?

invidually wrapped or single use... I think I meant one of those... :-)

All this 2.1Ghz Athlon radiation.... [speaking of which doesn't a 2.4Ghz P4 make the same RF band as Wi-Fi [albeit prolly lesser RF singal coming at people]

Tom

Re:I wonder how many parents ... (1)

bobertlo (605030) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178125)

lol bet the parents stupidity is more hazardous than the little waves

I guess they should sue the FCC, too. (2, Funny)

fruity1983 (561851) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178063)

For allowing the use of cellphones, FM and AM radio, wireless telephones and hey! How about power lines, too?

Re:I guess they should sue the FCC, too. (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178246)

How about any object warmer than absolute zero?

Re:I guess they should sue the FCC, too. (1)

pla (258480) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178250)

I guess they should sue the FCC, too.

I would expect they need to sue the FCC as well... Since the FCC has permitted the use of 2.4GHz for various purposes, doesn't that place the burden on this group of parents to demonstrate some direct health hazard?

Idiots, the lot of 'em.

Re:I guess they should sue the FCC, too. (1)

Esion Modnar (632431) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178266)

Internal combustion engines, nuclear power, steam engines (all that wood smoke). All radio frequency emissions, from AM to microwave. Catscans, MRI, X-rays. Let's get rid of all that evil technology.

Sound like technophobic luddite minivan-driving soccer moms to me. Have these people actually paused to think what might happen to the state of their health if a bunch of geeks' wireless toys got taken away as a direct result of their lawsuit? Like the dog chasing after a car's tires, suppose he actually managed to get his teeth in there?

I should sue TV and Radio stations (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7178065)

They are broadcasting in my city, and some of their programming is killing me.

Stupid Parents (1)

virex (562720) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178067)

i'm all for parents being involved in their childs developement.....but this is retarded. sounds like the parents need education more than the children...

BWAHAHAHA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7178072)

People are such idiots.

Seriously. Let this be a reality to check to you people out there. Some people just can't comprehend ANYTHING technical.

Welcome to the 21st (4, Insightful)

agent dero (680753) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178073)

This is the 21st century, radio, UV, and all sorts of electromagnetic waves float around us. These schools are not sticking unborn fetuses in microwaves, they are simply putting up a radio network.

Why not sue the sun because it's barraging Earth with all these bad rays, sue cell phone companies for placing cellphone towers where your children may be. Sue HOT 95.5! for transmitting that crappy music.

Go get your aluminum foil beanie already.

Re:Welcome to the 21st (1)

c0dedude (587568) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178189)

Wait, are you saying we can sue HOT 95.5 for playing crappy music? That sounds like a good idea!

Sewiouswy? (1)

GregThePaladin (696772) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178074)

BWAHAHA! Oh, that's rich.

Argh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7178079)

Won't someone PLEASE shut up about the damn childeren?

Hmmm....Hope these parents (1)

zoobaby (583075) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178083)

Keep their kids away from wi-fi hotspots like Starbucks. Or better yet, they need to sue Starbucks too.

paranoia (1)

hashish (62254) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178085)

Are they Armish? Do they have no microwave, television, stereo, mobile phone etc at home?

Re:paranoia (1)

AvengerXP (660081) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178316)

You just gave me an image of a jewish guy in a camouflage suit. Armish hahaha

This is what happens... (1)

miketang16 (585602) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178101)

... When people with money and lawyers get bored, in America.

Duh... (1)

WearyWanderer (714828) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178105)

Not to mention florescent lights which are regularly used in public schools.

Re:Duh... (1)

WearyWanderer (714828) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178280)

http://www.mercola.com/article/emf/emf_dangers.htm

How about Cordless Phones (1)

joelil (605463) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178107)

I bet Every parent in the lawsuit has a Cordless Phone in there house. And if i am not mistaken the Frequency on the cordless phones are close to that of a WI-FI network. So why not sue themselfs for using Cordless Phones in there Homes.

Re:How about Cordless Phones (1)

El (94934) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178312)

Yep, microwaves, newer cordless phones, and even baby monitors are all in 2.4 Ghz range... the resonant frequency of water, so it's useless for outdoor communication. (Older cordless phones may be 960 MHz.)

its bad but ... (1)

earlums25 (554918) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178110)

its nice to see someone suing for action not money.

Alright, its dumb

soo...... (1)

xao gypsie (641755) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178111)

if i work around access points and am surrounded by wireless routers in my apt complex, am i gonna get a low sperm count? if yes, can i sue my boss and get his first child?

xao

Tinfoil hats (5, Funny)

Carnildo (712617) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178113)

Does anyone have the address of these people? I've got a load of tinfoil hats they can use to protect their children!

What a waste of money (3, Interesting)

doomdog (541990) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178118)

Schools are always short of money -- not enough for textbooks, teachers, better facilities, computer upgrades, etc... And now they're being forced to spend money on lawyers to defend themselves against a lawsuit brought up by a few ignorant parents??? Yeah, that's a great way to spend the education budget...

If we had serious tort reform in this country where the losing party had to pay the legal expenses of the winner, these kinds of stupid lawsuits would never be filed in the first place...

What a waste of money-the foots on the other shoe. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7178232)

"If we had serious tort reform in this country where the losing party had to pay the legal expenses of the winner, these kinds of stupid lawsuits would never be filed in the first place... "

And if doomdog filed a legitimate grievence in court, and lost? What would you do?

Bet their kids are dullwitted spoiled brats (-1, Flamebait)

tjstork (137384) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178121)


Oh, don't play too close to the EM interference. It's probably the jews trying to pervert you away from the true message of jesus christ, which is, to vote for bush and stomp the ignorant moor.

Radio waves (1)

ruiner13 (527499) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178123)

Ok, let's get rid of radio and broadcast TV too, it uses the electromagnetic spectrum as well. Hell, don't let the kids out in the daytime, those electromagnetic sun waves are a killer (skin cancer). Give me a break. This suit should be dropped faster than little boys pants at the neverland ranch.

Radiation... (1)

WeblionX (675030) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178132)

But doesn't radiation sharpen your memory?

Re:Radiation... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7178165)

Not to mention blue hair and claws and wall-climbing ability.

Re:Radiation... (1)

sparc_ (169837) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178348)

>But doesn't radiation sharpen your memory?

It does if it makes the human brain running at a higher temperature. But the power of these WiFi emitters is so low, you'd have to be pretty damn close (1 inch?) to get any effect.
So it is very unlikely that this will cause any damage. This is what happens when the economy is bad, people without jobs, with nothing whatsoever to do try to find stuff to keep themselves busy...
Sad, really sad.

Nihil novi sub sole. (1)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178133)

When railways were introduced, stations were built far away from towns "because cows would stop producing milk".

Ugh (2, Insightful)

c0dedude (587568) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178149)

The plantiffs claim to have over 400 articles about the harmful effects of radiation such as WiFi, yet cite 0. I know this is just the beginning of the case, but this seems like a scare tactic, get rid of it and lose $0 or we'll keep going and you'll lose more. The basis of the scientific method is query and data replicability. If you don't query and produce not one datum, you aren't scientifically proving anything, you're making a political statment. The style, but not the substance, of this article, troubles me greatly.

Re:Ugh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7178203)

They are obviously copying legal tactics from SCO.
We will be sending them a $699 invoice soon.

D, McBride.

Tech-phobia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7178158)

I wonder if the TV, the microwave oven, the car, the fluorescent light, etc. would have been permitted to be sold if they were invented today?

Probably not.. lawyers and wackos would not have allowed it.

BTW, humans are so stupid when it comes to evaluating risks. Everyone is scared of radio waves and nuclear power but THEY WILL DRIVE A CAR!!!!!

if Wi-Fi is dangerous (1)

aws4y (648874) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178171)

Then they can sue pretty much every one on the planet for poisoning there kids. I mean, radio stations, high voltage powerlines,microwaves,cordless phones.(I bet most of these families own a microwave.) And if there really that all they have to do is wrap there kids head in tinfoil. It would be 100% effective in blocking thoes evil radio waves. (see: Fariday cage)

This is beyond ridiculous (5, Insightful)

MoceanWorker (232487) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178177)

Only in this country would you expect to find people sueing a person/company/organization/etc.. for such trivial nonsense.

As I type this post right now, the monitor in my room, my radio, lights, cell phone, speakers are all giving off radiation. Not to mention, objects in my room (i.e. fork) are strengthening these signals.

Radiation is around us.. everywhere.. We can't stop it. The big question on hand is, do we sacrifice technology and all its benefits for the risk of potential radition which may or may not hinder ones health and/or possibly lead to cancer?

Please, out of all those parents sueing.. how many of them smoke, have 5 TV's in their house, drive a car, use a computer, etc.. you get my drift.

I hope there's somebody out there in Illinois who can smack those parents around a bit.. and I think I say this for most of the /.'ers..

Re:This is beyond ridiculous (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7178263)

Wrong. You can find ignorant people everywhere, including Australia. [oatleypark.com]

In Australia, idiot parents won... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7178178)

Check out oatleypark.com [oatleypark.com] Stupid parents got a 3G tower torn down near a primary school.

Cluelessness (2, Insightful)

deglr6328 (150198) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178181)

I wonder how quickly these idiots ran to their portable phones to call their lawyers in order to file this frivolous lawsuit. It's ironic that these people who are supposed to be products of an educational system which teaches basic science(for instance, oh I don't know....the difference between ionizing and non-ionizing radiation) is now actively participating in the promotion of their children's scientific illiteracy. Horay for the triumph of knee jerk emotional reaction over rational analysis!!

Re:Cluelessness (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7178224)

Newsflash: the difference between ionizing and non-ionizing radiation is not "basic science" unless you feel that "upper-level university level science" is "basic science." Get off your high horse.

Re:Cluelessness (2, Informative)

ejaw5 (570071) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178329)

I recently got the privledge to try out the Tech International's CellSensor (http://www.techintlcorp.com/cellsensor.htm).

It measures Cellular radiation (range: .1-10 mW/cm2) and EMF radiation (range: 1-50 milliGauss).
I measured a Nokia 3360 of emitting ~8 mW/cm2 Cellular radiation and over 50 milliGauss EMF (outside the sensor's range). What else gives off 50+ milliGauss? 5.1 receiver, microwave in operation. Refrigerator gives off ~35 milliGauss and a table fan gives off ~40 milliGauss.

I didn't have a Wi-Fi device to measure, but yea, why don't they sue Pioneer, Panasonic, Whirlpool, Kenmore, et al while their at it. And if they're genuinely concerned, there's a number of things they should get out of their homes.

Well... (2, Insightful)

spoonist (32012) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178192)

I would bet serious money that these are a bunch of Soccer Moms who drive like freakin' maniacs in their minivans and feed their fat lethargic kids fast food.

"Oooh... I don't want my child hurt by WiFi."

Meanwhile they're driving their freakin' POS minivan at 90 mph down the freeway zig zagging in and out of traffic as if they were driving a sports car while screaming at their morbidly obese kids in the back who are stuffing their faces full of fast food.

And you're worried about WiFi? Come on.

Sorry for the rant. I just had to get that off my chest. Yeah, maybe these parents are very health conscious... I dunno...

Please say it ain't so... (1)

morganjharvey (638479) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178207)

I have the feeling that these are those overly protective parents that make their kids wear tons of safety gear while engaging in extremely hazardous activities, such as walking.

We could ban tons of stuff from schools because it's 'dangerous'... Considering what people are exposed to every day, I'm suprised they went after this. While I can appreciate the whole be a good parent, look after kid's safety bit; I really don't recall anyone proving, substantially, that wi-fi poses any sort of safety risk. One can argue also that television and radio waves can also cause cancer/epilepsy/satan-worship/etc., so why not go after those too?

Just my rambling opinion...
-mo

Ban Microwaves too! (1)

interiot (50685) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178211)

Microwave ovens 1) use the same frequency as WiFi networks, and 2) give off 10 times the radiation as a WiFi network. So schools should be sued for gross neglegence if they have microwaves too! Or plaintiffs who own microwave ovens should be shot.

And you forgot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7178249)

3) are used to cook babies!

and eat them too

much too much! (1)

E1v!$ (267945) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178221)

Let's not forget EM from TV's, Microwaves, my brain, etc.

WiFi news? (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178227)

This sounded more like SciFi news. How much time before the same parents sue cellphone companies?

OMG (1)

WebMasterP (642061) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178238)

Using the same logic: Someone should tell them their new cordless phones are probably killing them!

Fat kids... (0, Flamebait)

Genjurosan (601032) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178244)

Based on a recent article that says that 3G use has been observed to make people sick....

I think they should have installed 3G cards in all the computers, and not Wi-Fi cards, so the fat kids would feel sick and not eat so much school pizza, fries, oreo's and drink so much Coke.

That's where the lawsuit should be focused. The long term health effects of fat and sugar filled school food.

No Karma on this one.. *grin*

Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie (1)

trp642 (551059) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178245)

I got one of these puppies [zapatopi.net] and it has managed to keep the voices in my head at bay. Perhaps it could help those kids too...

Operated by school and effectively required (1)

squashed (664265) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178247)

The WiFi network is operated by the school, and the laptops used for Internet research at desks are for all practical purposes required.

This is therefore, in the eyes of the law, a completely different case -- with a vastly different defendent -- than in the case of the potential issue of injury from the use of cell phones.

Wha? (0)

mrpuffypants (444598) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178248)

So we sue now for using the shift key?
So we sue now for not installing software?
So we sue now for using wifi?
So we now enter bizarro-world!

I'm just a simple caveman (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7178256)

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I'm just a caveman. I fell on some ice and later got thawed out by some of your scientists. Your world frightens and confuses me. Sometimes the honking horns of your traffic make me want to get out of my BMW.. and run off into the hills, or wherever.. Sometimes when I get a message on my fax machine, I wonder: 'Did little demons get inside and type it?' I don't know! My primitive mind can't grasp these concepts. But there is one thing I do know - when a child of my client goes to a public school using wifi, then he is entitled to no less than two million in compensatory damages, and two million in punitive damages. Thank you." - Phil Hartman as The Unfrozen Lawyer - Saturday Night Live

My school dsitrict (1)

Ledora (611009) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178262)

At all the local area public schools they are paid to have cell phone towers in the school campus. I think THAT is a danger to the children more than anything eles with radiowaves but they won't take them down despite protest.

I assume then... (2, Interesting)

El (94934) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178273)

that these same parents never use baby monitors, cell phones, cordless phones, microwave ovens, or cathode ray tubes, as these all emit radio waves which pose a risk to their children? And that their houses are also sheilded against stray RF from power lines, the Sun, and even outer space? In other words, they must live in caves with only a wood fire for heat and light?

Owww! My brain! (1)

jlowery (47102) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178274)

I will be sueing all of mankind for emitting dangerous electromagnetic radiation from their heads! Only those with flatline electroencephalograms will escape my litigious wrath!

Stupid humans (1)

Izago909 (637084) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178277)

I hope none of these parents use cordless phones, TVs, microwave ovens, chlorinated tap water, computers, or folding chairs at home. God knows WiFi is 100 times worse than that healthy radiation comming from the TV or monitor.

Wow, They may not be crazy! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7178278)

The brain runs on EM waves that are far less powerfull. The percentage of the brain that is "dark" could be the attenna.

You may think I'm crazy, but lead drain pipes were considered a safe in their day.

Al I know is that I don't Wi-Fi for one reason: I get Headaches from it. I know I sound like a member of the tinfoil mafia, but I have had it happen to me too many time to ignore it.

For the Record I am NO luddite, I work in IT! I just don't work on Wi-Fi any more,

The intergenerational propagation of stupidity (1)

Aardpig (622459) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178287)

  1. Dumbass parents sue school
  2. School spends lots of money on lawsuit
  3. School unable to spend money on education
  4. Children of dumbass parents do not get proper education
  5. Said children grow up as dumbasses themselves
  6. ???
  7. Profit!!!

floride (1)

delirium of disorder (701392) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178297)

Wait till these tinfoil hat wearing parents hear about floridation.

They Should Just Withdraw their Children (0, Troll)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178302)

Because with the level of inbreeding that must be going on over there, no amount of schooling is going to help their kids anyway!

Damn. I think I'm channeling Lewis Black today...

They should become Amish (2, Interesting)

retro128 (318602) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178313)

I suspect that once they heard that WiFi uses the same frequencies as microwave ovens they got worried. Too bad the power output of WiFi at the antenna is 1/10000th of what a microwave runs at. Maybe they should sue to shut down all radio stations, all cell networks, all electrical stations, and all TV's.

The parents need to be clued in on some wonderful news: It's impossible to escape RF radiation. As a beginning electronics hobbyist, one day I was playing with my new oscilloscope and touched the metal part of the probe, and a very rough waveform came up on the screen. Wondering what it was, and having a hunch, I plugged my function generator into the secondary inputs and set it to 60Hz sine, and guess what, they matched. My body was acting as a giant antenna for the RF waves coming off the electrical lines in my house. I'd write more, but I've decided to sue Socal Edison.

As if that LAST LAWSUIT WASNT PETTY ENOUGH (2, Funny)

falcon5768 (629591) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178321)

I have a feeling this one is going to go just about as far as the electric lines over the school deal did.

Lawyer "There is no tests that prove they are safe"

Judge "You use your cellphone about once every half hour right?"

Lawyer "Yeah"

Judge "Have you gotten a tumor yet?"

Lawyer "No"

Judge "There's your proof its safe asshole"

course if only the real world was this easy

They have no idea (2, Interesting)

jcsehak (559709) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178322)

My father works on the electronics systems on the latest military aircraft, and he mentioned once, a year or so ago, that one had a box that would report on all the different signals coming in through the air -- radio, TV, cell phones, whatever; and when he turned it on without any filters, the screen just kept scrolling. He couldn't believe how many there were.

I have to wonder that if someone evolved to be able to percieve more than just the visible light spectrum or regular sound waves, they'd go crazy, thinking they heard voices in their head. Then I have to wonder if at least some people who are "crazy" don't simply percieve some of these signals, and their brains don't know how to process the information.

So easily resolved.... (2, Funny)

KoshClassic (325934) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178324)

Wouldn't it be much simpler for the parents simply to have their children wear hats made from aluminum foil? :)

Well (1)

ajberg (657689) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178333)

Obviosly they havent seen this privios article http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/10/01/131122 6&mode=thread&tid=137&tid=193

What's the point of getting all upset about wi-fi? (1)

jgarland79 (665188) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178335)

Lets see.. corless phones, microwave ovens, cell phones, television, satelite, radio, walkie talkies, rf id tags, wi-fi, garage door opener, car alarms.. the list goes on.. What's the point of getting all upset about wi-fi?

Tin foil... (1)

kaamos (647337) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178339)

And my classmates were wondering why I went to class with my trusty tin foil & duct tape hat. Now they know. Now they all know. Now they will all wear one. Now they will all reflect the deadly radiations coming from above. Now I need a full-body suit. Dangsarnit! Dangsarn slashdot!

lay knowledge (1)

sstory (538486) | more than 10 years ago | (#7178345)

As a physics guy who advocates greater science education and literacy, I'm occasionally asked by otherwise intelligent people, "Isn't it just a waste of time? We have division of labor, so why should I have to know anything about science?" This is the sort of headline which implicitly answers that question.
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