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More Exploding Cellphones In The News

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the stick-this-in-your-ear dept.

Communications 328

adityapandey writes "It's happened again. Yahoo News has another story on exploding cellphones. Most of these mishaps are blamed on counterfeit batteries and chargers. Recently, Kyocera recalled about 40,000 cellphones for free replacement, because of batteries overheating and venting superheated gases. Yet, cellphone makers claim that such incidents are too rare to care about. Shouldn't cellphone companies be making people aware of the hazards of usage?"

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fp (-1, Offtopic)

timtwobuck (833954) | more than 9 years ago | (#10908860)

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answer in short (0)

koi88 (640490) | more than 9 years ago | (#10908863)


Shouldn't cellphone companies be making people aware of the hazards of usage?"

Yes.

Re:answer in short (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10908909)

And they do, they're in the big thick manuals that come with phones that no one thinks they need to read.

Re:answer in short (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10908929)

I do believe they label the batteries, as that and when they get warm it happends. If ID10t Errors occured less frequently. Maybe this wouldn't be so much of an issue. I mean. If my phone gets hot I'll stop using it. Just like my laptop will burn my balls if I leave it on my lap to much. How stupid are people these days?

And yes, if it's defective then recall the dam things.

Re:answer in short (5, Funny)

vespazzari (141683) | more than 9 years ago | (#10908993)

we should probably have warnings on powder blue crayons too. cause god know how bad it is when one of those gets jammed up your nose and i know from experience that this happens all the time same with screwdrivers and pencils and pens, and come to think of it every other pointy object, they dont have warnings- it must be ok. There comes a point when people stop paying attention to warnings because they already know that they know better, which is often the case- the problem with this is that more often than not, truly important warnings get glossed over becuase they are assumed to be the regular "do not light on fire", "not to be taken internally", etc... ... extended warranty, how can i lose!

Re:answer in short (4, Insightful)

Phisbut (761268) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909068)

we should probably have warnings on powder blue crayons too. cause god know how bad it is when one of those gets jammed up your nose

Common sense (although many consumers lack it) lets you know that jamming a crayon up your nose is asking for trouble. However, even with common sense, you wouldn't expect a cell phone to explode. You bought a tool that lets you speak with people from far away, not a stick of dynamite.

Consumers are indeed jaded enough by the warnings of "do not cram this up your butt" and the like, and since most of these stupid warnings are for inappropriate use of the object, they shouldn't even be there. There should be a law against plain stupidity, and lawsuits because "the manual didn't say I shouldn't jump out the window with this pillow" should never deserve to be heard... only in America can the stupid hope for a better life.

Now, when the hazard comes from regular use of the item, like... talking on your cell phone, well if said phone can explode, or "vent superheated gases" on me, I think I would like to know.

Re:answer in short (-1, Offtopic)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909094)

What about stopping a chain saw with your hands!

Re:answer in short (2, Funny)

kfg (145172) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909030)

Dude, you've got a 20 gallon high explosive device sitting in your parking space, right now!

You're lucky just to be alive, and the bomb squad will be over in minutes to contain and confiscate it. We hope you drive a Porsche.

KFG

Re:answer in short (4, Funny)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909054)

Oh yeah, the guys with the bandannas and the slimjim are members of bomb squad. They will also need to examine your radio for radiation output, and take your tires back to the lab for testing.

Re:answer in short (2, Interesting)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909071)

The odds are 100million to one that your cell phone will explode, you think people will care about those odds?

Re:answer in short (-1, Offtopic)

u-238 (515248) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909117)

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First exploding coin goatcx post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10908867)

http://teslamania.delete.org/frames/5Yen2.jpg [delete.org]

(It's funny, laugh)

Cell Phones are for Chicks and homos (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10908873)

Which one are YOU?

Commercial out-take (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10908880)

The "Can you hear me now?" guy trying to talk from his neck.

Well, Let's Take Advantage of It (2, Funny)

Spencerian (465343) | more than 9 years ago | (#10908890)

Get the Department of Defense together with Verizon and para-drop a shitload of cellphones in Mosul and other Iraqi hot-spots with flyers on how the insurgents can call their friends.

Instead, they'll be calling Allah.

"Can we blow you up now?" "Good."

Re:Well, Let's Take Advantage of It (1)

kc0re (739168) | more than 9 years ago | (#10908972)

That's a beautiful idea! Maybe we can make some that purposefully explode? Problem is we'd have some dumb private pick one up and try and call home..

Re:Well, Let's Take Advantage of It (0)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | more than 9 years ago | (#10908989)

Reach out, reach out, and touch someone. Reach out call up and just say !$#%!#$QRTWQER^WERGAGAQ#$T^Q
*** NO CARRIER ***

Re:Well, Let's Take Advantage of It (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10909010)

Yay! How about the Iraqi patriots defending their country from imperialist pigs dropped a load of booby trapped SUVs in Washington along with flyers telling the lardy inhabitants there are free hamburgers in the next state.

Instead they'll driving home to Jesus!

"the faster you drive the more Big Macs you get!".... Kaboom!

Re:Well, Let's Take Advantage of It (0)

msblack (191749) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909182)

I appreciate the humor of the immediate parent posting regarding SUVs and realize it was a parody of other posts. However, when did people in the USA lose their moral compass? Regarding the dropping of exploding cell phones in Iraq, my fellow countrymen take such joy in the deaths of people from a different country. As the parent clearly states, Iraqi civilians are defending their lives the only way they can. Is that wrong? When was the last time an Iraqi threatedned YOU?

Re:Well, Let's Take Advantage of It (1)

bcattwoo (737354) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909191)

Isreal already used this strategy to assassinate Palestinian bombmaker Yahya Ayyash. Of course, in that case they used a cell phone intentionally rigged with explosives.

Very Small Percentage (5, Interesting)

JPM NICK (660664) | more than 9 years ago | (#10908897)

170 million cell phones and 83 reports of cell phones exploding or catching fire in the past two years. 83/170,000,000 = 4.88 x 10^-7. To me, this is way within acceptable margin of error or uncontrollability. Think about how many computer power supplies have shorted out and caught fire (i have had 2 at my job in the last year, and we only have 17 computers). It is a shame, and I am sure it is painful for the people and i do feel bad, but lets not get out of hand with this.

Re:Very Small Percentage (1)

GigsVT (208848) | more than 9 years ago | (#10908920)

Yeah, but they banned lawn darts because a couple dozen idiot kits got hurt hurling them at each other. It's this ultra-left wing logic that "if it saves one life then it's worth it" that causes this kind of thing.

Re:Very Small Percentage (2, Insightful)

Oddly_Drac (625066) | more than 9 years ago | (#10908954)

"To me, this is way within acceptable margin of error or uncontrollability."

Until your mom's hair catches fire.

"It is a shame, and I am sure it is painful for the people and i do feel bad, but lets not get out of hand with this."

Dunno where you're from, but such items come with warranties about being free from defects, and electrical items that catch fire could be considered defective. Are you this lacksadaisical about anything you buy?

Re:Very Small Percentage (4, Informative)

Ironsides (739422) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909059)

Warranties mean that if there is a problem, exchange for a working item. Defective is only applied when there is something fundamentally wrong with the item itself. Such as those hard drives that had a 33% failure rate in the first year about two years ago. 4.88 10E-7 is a lower failure rate than I have had with bad DVDs. (4 disks bad, ~300 Disks bought, 1.3percent failure).

Re:Very Small Percentage (1)

Oddly_Drac (625066) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909078)

"4.88 10E-7 is a lower failure rate than I have had with bad DVDs."

And what injury could you sustain from a bad DVD?

Not all DVD players are contained... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10909186)

And what injury could you sustain from a bad DVD?

Flying shards of plastic coming out of your DVD player comes to mind.

Re:Very Small Percentage (2, Interesting)

AviLazar (741826) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909118)

Pretty much any product you buy has some kind of danger associated with it, and a chance for mishap (i.e. papercuts). Some things are obviously more dangerous then others - but if the percentages are that low - it is insignificant. Given those low percentages - there is a reasonable assumption that the cell phone you use will be safe. It is unreasonable to change the entire system for a nil amount of cases. Now I am of the mindset that one life is worth more then any amount of money - but still - we do need to be reasonable. As long as the companies make honest restitutions to the folks who get hurt as well as try and fix the defect, then IMHO they are doing just fine.
Again, those percentages are so small I would say that the companies still have made the consumers more then reasonably confident in the safety of their material....whats the instances (per year) that regular phones hurt people? Or tv's? You are putting an electrical device about 3 inches from your brain - something COULD happen - apparantly its very small percentage but it is possible...it's also possible that an asteroid is goign to hit the planet.

Re:Very Small Percentage (4, Insightful)

HoldenCaulfield (25660) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909121)

Okay, so let's say my mother's hair catches fire. While I don't expect everyone to respond the same way, I'm not going to think because the odds somehow were against my mother that the cell company is suddenly evil. Would I hope that the company would do the right thing and cover any damages/medical? Sure.

The grandparent mentioned the odds are something like 1 out of 2 million. Would you prefer the cell companies re-engineer their batteries, perhaps resulting in bulkier or more expensive phones? At some point, the investment isn't worth the return . . . much like the scene in Fight Club where they're discussing that it's cheaper to deal with the defects than to do recalls . . .

Re:Very Small Percentage (2, Insightful)

Archangel_Azazel (707030) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909129)

Seriously, you take a risk walking outside everyday. Who knows, there's an infintesimal chance you could be hit by a stray meteor...

Yes, things come with warranties about being free from defects, but should we REALLY be THAT concerned about something with such a low failure rate? If that were the case, then just sign up for a padded room with a lock in it, it's pretty much the only place you'll be anywhere near safe...both from yourself and others. Of course...you might rip out the padding and try and eat it.....

Re:Very Small Percentage (2, Insightful)

squiggleslash (241428) | more than 9 years ago | (#10908992)

I think in fairness, I don't generally hold my computer's power supply next to my head. Usually, even if the machine's directly next to me (or in front of me) there's quite a cushion between the power supply and my body (big hard case, optical drive, etc)

It is a small percentage, but obviously if these accidents are avoidable the manufacturers should be making every effort to prevent them from happening again. That's not to suggest they're not, or that they need further incentives to do so. It's also not to suggest cellphone users need be overly paranoid about it.

Oh, and one thing that definitely does help are manufacturers trying to boost sales of overpriced accessories through fear: the usual pretense is that all of this wouldn't have happened if the user hadn't bought a third party battery. Sure, that's it. And the third party battery is inherently unsafe why exactly, assuming it is? To the best of my knowledge, I suspect if it's true, the major reason is that any safety mechanisms built into the manufacturer's batteries are proprietary and, for the sake of making a fast buck, the manufacturer isn't divulging them. Small number of cases or not, that's not on.

Re:Very Small Percentage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10909029)

This is especially true given that the article also states that many of these cases are due to 3rd party batteries.

Probably like the 30 cent specials you can find on ebay.

Re:Very Small Percentage (1)

doublem (118724) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909061)

I am sure it is painful for the people

At several levels.

First, there's being burned on the purchase of a defective phone.

Second, there's being burned BY the exploding phone.

Third, there's being burned by your health insurance company when they refuse to cover the accident. (Harvard Pilgrim LOVES to do this whenever they can. I was in a car crash and they're refusing to cover my hospital time. Can't say more on that as the lawyers have it at the moment)

Fourth, there's the burn of having to tell people HOW you got injured when a lot of people still think "Exploding Cell Phones" are an urban myth used by scam artists to trump up lawsuits.

Fifth, there's the damage to one's sex life.

Sixth, there's not HAVING a cell phone, at least for a while. This may not be a bad thing, depending on what you thought of the device before.

Man, having a cell phone explode really does burn you in a lot of ways.

Re:Very Small Percentage (1)

AviLazar (741826) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909143)

Seventh, there's the trauma you will have with using cell phones (though this might not be bad as you will have one less expense each month). But man, seeing your kids use a cell phone might give you a heart attack :)

Re:Very Small Percentage (0)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909177)

Dude, if your cell phone is your sex life, then you got problems to begin with!

Re:Very Small Percentage (1)

gbjbaanb (229885) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909064)

I thought about comparing that statistic with the chance of getting struck by lightning.. off I go to google, and look what I found:

Two Koreans with cellphones struck by lightning [engadget.com]

Forget dodgy batteries - you're going to die no matter what you do!

(FYI: for an American, you have a 1 in 280,000 chance [lightningsafety.com] of being zapped.)

Re:Very Small Percentage (1)

ozbird (127571) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909122)

How do these figures compare with mobile (aka cell) phones being struck by lightning? I believe that's the correct unit of measure, and is probably more likely.

Too rare to care about? (4, Interesting)

downward dog (634625) | more than 9 years ago | (#10908900)

83 cell phones have exploded or caught fire--but there are millions that haven't, so it is not a big deal.

Hmmm... How well did that logic work against Ephedra or Firestone Wilderness AT tires?

Re:Too rare to care about? (4, Interesting)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909004)

...Or the Ford Pinto, or the Chevy Corvair...

And you thought it was just a cool movie quote... (2, Insightful)

fracai (796392) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909116)

"A new car built by my company leaves somewhere traveling at 60 miles per hour. The rear differential locks up. The car crashes and burns with everyone trapped inside. Now, should we initiate a recall? Take the number of vehicles in the field (A) multiply it by the probable rate of failure (B) then multiply the result by the average out of court settlement (C). A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of the recall, we don't do one."

It all comes down to money.
Personally, the low number of incidents does make this pretty insignificant.

Re:Too rare to care about? (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909137)

how well does that logic work against your pc(probability wise it's less safe than those cellphones probably)?
or your television, that's also basically a ticking flame bomb?

taking action against it though shouldn't necessarely mean panicking about it, that's the worst you can do.

counterfeits just don't need to follow any regulation while making the batteries.. nor do they need to meet any quality standards because they're sold as someone else's batteries anyways (and indeed some of the customers are as well gullible enough to believe them to be the real deal..).

Re:Too rare to care about? (1)

Phidoux (705500) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909158)

Unless of course it happens to be your head talking on the phone when it decides to explode?

Re:Too rare to care about? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10909190)

...and ephedra is safe when used properly and all warnings are heeded.

Luckily we can still get ephedrine HCI over the counter as an asthma treatment.

*gasp* *struggle* yeah, i have asthma. mmmhmm.

Future news TSA bans batteries and beer on flights (5, Informative)

Sai Babu (827212) | more than 9 years ago | (#10908901)

TSA completes calculation (2+2) and determines cell phone and computer batteries pose a greater threat aboard planes than boxcutters of nail clippers. Well maybe not yet, but if trends continue, perhaps. In this article [billingsgazette.com] we read of exploding batteries and increasing power density. "If you're cramming more and more power in a small space, what you're making is a small bomb," said Carl Hilliard...

Exploding batteries have already caused disruption at LAX [washingtontimes.com] .

The subject of potential weapons [flyertalk.com] on planes has been beat to death, but the battery angle is still interesting. Especially when you consider that a weapons intimidation power is more a function of public perception than killing power. The more press exploding batteries receive, the greater the perceived danger. Never mind that a torn beer can can do more damage.

Re:Future news TSA bans batteries and beer on flig (1)

Koyaanisqatsi (581196) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909049)


Never mind that a torn beer can can do more damage.

Lou: That sounded like an explosion at the old Simpson place.
Wiggum: Forget it, That's two blocks away.
Lou: Looks like there's beer coming from the chimney.
Wiggum: I am proceeding on foot, call in a code 8.
Lou: We need pretzels, repeat, pretzels.

Re:Future news TSA bans batteries and beer on flig (1)

Oddly_Drac (625066) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909050)

"If you're cramming more and more power in a small space, what you're making is a small bomb," said Carl Hilliard..."

Well, that's a fundamental misunderstanding of bombs and batteries.

Re:Future news TSA bans batteries and beer on flig (1)

a24061 (703202) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909090)

Flat beer is safe.

Unless you pour it in someone's nose.

Re:Future news TSA bans batteries and beer on flig (1)

g0hare (565322) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909105)

Take two 9-volt batteries. Shove them together at the contacts and back up really fast. Check it out. BOOOM!

how about.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10908908)

"Shouldn't cellphone companies be making people aware of the hazards of usage?"

i dunno. How 'bout *not* making them hazardous to use? Wtf is QA doing anyway? Drinking on the job?

hrm...i take that back...even i was lit, i'd still notice a smoldering cell on the test rack.

Re:how about.... (3, Funny)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 9 years ago | (#10908990)

On four occasions, the batteries in the Kyocera phones have short-circuited and heated up enough to trigger a built-in safety mechanism that vents superheated gases in order to avoid an explosion, according to the safety commission.
Obviously the phones need a voice-warning politeness option. Just before venting superheated gas, the phones could speak warnings such "Whooah!", "Pardon me!", "Burrito meltdown!", "Better out than in!". (Enterprising phone companies could sell custom "blow-tone" warnings.)

Or... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10909045)

"Warning! Anti-matter Containment field failure in 3 seconds" Now that would be Enterprising! :)

Re:Or... (0, Offtopic)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909087)

Too late, I already use Warning! on my firewall when Slashdot proxy-probes port 8080. :)

Driving (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10908930)

I'd be a lot more afraid of getting run over by a cell phone talkin' driver than my own cell phone exploding...

Re:Driving (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909062)

I want a button on my phone to turn it into an anti-car weapon to toss at cell phone talkin' drivers.

Why is it... (3, Insightful)

automag (834164) | more than 9 years ago | (#10908933)

...that such recalls must necessarily result in a ton of negative publicity for the company recalling the product with... ummm... 'challenges'?

Seems to me that there's no better way to ensure that companies will do all they can to cover up the problems with their products when they know that any admittal of problems is only going to cause negative publicity, lawsuits, etc.

What??? (5, Insightful)

isa-kuruption (317695) | more than 9 years ago | (#10908934)

Most of these mishaps are blamed on counterfeit batteries and chargers.
and then...
Shouldn't cellphone companies be making people aware of the hazards of usage?

So you want cellphone companies to tell you to not buy batteries off of ebay, but only one of their batteries from one of their approved resellers? And then you'll be complaining about unfair business practices, how they are trying to monopolize the battery business, etc etc.

This sounds like a job for (cue music) (1)

gosand (234100) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909162)

So you want cellphone companies to tell you to not buy batteries off of ebay, but only one of their batteries from one of their approved resellers? And then you'll be complaining about unfair business practices, how they are trying to monopolize the battery business, etc etc.

This sounds like a job for ...

Da Da Ta Daaaa

The Federal Copyright Enforcement Czar !

The predictions were correct... (4, Funny)

k4_pacific (736911) | more than 9 years ago | (#10908935)

Several years ago, I read an article predicting that cell phones would explode in the coming years. They were right!!

not a huge deal (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10908938)

Cell phone companies already warn against using third party batteries which are often substandardly made. The risk is even greater with regards to Lithium Ion and Lithium Polymer batteries which require additional protection circuitry to prevent overheading / overcharging. Poorly made knockoffs often do not have these safety mechanisms or are not properly compatible with the power management subsystem in the mobiles.

Not much to see here, don't buy shoddy accessories.

I'm more worried about... (3, Interesting)

Sgt O (832802) | more than 9 years ago | (#10908942)

low level radiation, etc... My old Nokia phone used to make my monitor flicker really bad if a call was coming in and would actually turn on my cordless electric shaver if it was near by. (Yes, I got rid of it)

Re:I'm more worried about... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10909023)

So do you have a beard or do you wet shave? ;)

Re:I'm more worried about... (-1, Offtopic)

Sgt O (832802) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909091)

Doh! First post ever in /. and already got hit by the grammar Nazi :) !!! I meant I got rid of the cell phone, not the shaver.

Re:I'm more worried about... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10909110)

I wasn't being a Grammar Nazi I just thought it was funny :)

Yak Yak Yak BOOM! (1)

Evil W1zard (832703) | more than 9 years ago | (#10908943)

Now I have a mental image I can bring forth when I see someone talking on the cell phone in a movie theater or when I out at a nice restaurant.

Ob (1)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 9 years ago | (#10908952)

Can you hear me n*BOOM*

Re:Ob (1)

Jucius Maximus (229128) | more than 9 years ago | (#10908984)

Didn't they feature one of these phones in The Fifth Element?

Re:Ob (1)

plover (150551) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909134)

Good!

:-)

it IS too rare (2, Insightful)

doowy (241688) | more than 9 years ago | (#10908953)

Now, don't get me wrong, I feel bad for anyone who put a burning hot device up against their face, but 83 people?

83 reports of this in the past 2 years - out of what, 100,000,000 cell-phone users? That's is extremley rare.

I'm not saying such a problem should be ignored, but you can't expect anyone to prioritize it when occurences are so rare.

and how many of the 83 reports of 'exploding batteries' were due to misuse? "the box didn't say I couldn't put my phone in the microwave"

Boo! hiss! boo! (4, Insightful)

dave420 (699308) | more than 9 years ago | (#10908960)

It's funny, as most people here get all pissy when Nokia introduces protection for their phones by allowing nokia-only batteries to be used. Guess what? It's for this exact thing. Nokia can't rate every battery each company comes out with for their phones, yet if one blows up, it's the phone manufacturer (not the battery manufacturer) who gets the bad press. It's protecting their business, pure and simple. :)

For greater consumer satisfaction... (1)

Gadzinka (256729) | more than 9 years ago | (#10908965)

Couple of years ago Motorola was announcing to everyone and his dog, that it will install drm-like chips in its batteries to "solve the problem of counterfeit, exploding batteries".

I don't know if they actually started to do this, but I'm sure that it had nothing to do with vendor's batteries being sometimes an order of magnitude more expensive than generic, good brand betteries of the same parameters.

Robert

I guess the real trick... (5, Funny)

automag (834164) | more than 9 years ago | (#10908966)

...is figuring out how *I* can make *your* cellphone explode when you're being a loud a**hole and chatting away at the next table, or what have you...

Re:I guess the real trick... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10909081)

It's called C4. Or putting a bullet through the phone.

slahsdot should (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10908967)

warn readers about stupid, useless, time wasting posts from asshats like you

FAA... (2, Funny)

sv25 (773540) | more than 9 years ago | (#10908968)

"In later news, the FAA has banned all batteries from all flights... Little Timmy won't be able to play his gameboy on those long flights."

Hazardous devices (5, Funny)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 9 years ago | (#10908975)


> Shouldn't cellphone companies be making people aware of the hazards of usage?

Warning! Using this device in public places such as movie theaters or churches may result in a vigorous ass beating.

They probably do (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10908976)

For a company not to have a legal disclaimer somewhere would be an incredible oversight. It's probably written in the manual somewhere - "Don't use counterfeit batteries, use ours..with 200% sales markup instead".

If you're like most Americans you either don't RTFM or you decide that the *OEM Only* warning is only fanatical bourgeois vendor propaganda.

So instead you go buy an "Uncle Bob's El'Cheapo Clone Battery - with Extended Long Life (tm)Runtime" from the guy wearing the long trenchcoat down the street.

Math (1)

dr_d_19 (206418) | more than 9 years ago | (#10908991)

Tyler: "A new car built by my company leaves somewhere traveling at 60 mph. The rear differential locks up. The car crashes and burns with everyone trapped inside. Now, should we initiate a recall? Take the number of vehicles in the field, A, multiply by the probable rate of failure, B, multiply by the average out-of-court settlement, C. A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we don't do one."

Totally BOGUS!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10909097)

Tyler: "A new car built by my company leaves somewhere traveling at 60 mph. The rear differential locks up.

"New" cars haven't had rear differentials for like over a whole decade (the overwhelming vast majority of new cars anyway). About the only American cars left that are still rear-wheel drive are the Ford Mustang, Ford Crown Vic, Mercury Grand Marquis, Chevy Corvette.

What I want to know is... (1, Funny)

nekoniku (183821) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909024)

...will my tinfoil hat protect me from my exploding cell phone?

Re:What I want to know is... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10909089)

someone always have to bring up tinfoil hats like it is still funny...umm no its not

Think of the children? (-1, Flamebait)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909028)

The exploding cell-phones, the killer-bees, the flu-pandemic, the mad-cow desease... who cares what it is, as long as it keeps you well scared not to think about things that maybe really bad, like your president's foreign policy, your falling dollar, your dependance on non-renewable energy, your government's unwillingness to do something about pollution etc. And BTW., when I say 'your', I mean it generically, it's not only the USA who uses this tactics, in Canada they do it too.

LiIon's Roar (or thermal runaway) (4, Informative)

G4from128k (686170) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909036)

Lithium ion batteries, so popular for their power density, are inherently unstable if they are overcharged or become too hot (about 140 F is the threshold). As a spokesperson for one battery maker said "When you heat this material up, it (can) reach an onset temperature that begins to self-heat and progresses into fire and explosion." One battery company [valence.com] claims to make a "safe" battery that uses phosphates, not cobalt oxides in its lithium ion. They even have a video demonstration [valence.com] that we can slashdot.

Re:LiIon's Roar (or thermal runaway) (1)

gilesjuk (604902) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909148)

That's exactly the person I was going to quote. Basically leaving your phone in a car on a hot sunny day is enough.

Should they make people aware of the hazards (1)

KublaiKhan (522918) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909038)

....of using cellphones? I don't think so. First, any mandated "awareness" is going to end up being much like the warnings on over-the-counter medicines--vague warnings in legalese/medicalese, printed in flyspeck 8, on whatever packaging said phone comes in. Other than compulsive readers like myself, who actually reads that?

Also, let's let Darwinism have a chance for once, and weed the idiots out who use the "counterfeit" betteries. As for those who unluckily got one through the cellphone ssupplier....well, shows the survivors that it's not a good idea to shop there.

Of course, just so it's clear, I also think they should take the warning tags off of hair dryers...just to see how many people decide to dry their hair in the bathtub. It's a nice quick fix for population control, anyway, ne?

Re:Should they make people aware of the hazards (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10909139)

I don't know about your scheme doing anything for population control, but it would definately help bump up the median IQ in the general population. Much like the plague did just prior to the onset of the Enlightenment. We've eliminated plagues, but given ourselves new ways to apply selective environmental pressures, but they'll only work effectively if we don't legislate them out of existence.

DUUURRR (0, Flamebait)

u-238 (515248) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909039)

Shouldn't cellphone companies be making people aware of the hazards of usage?

Of course not. How do you expect the Corporations and their henchmen (collectivley known as The Man(TM)) to turn a significant profit in The Free Market(TM) by scaring away customers in such a manner? What a horrible capitolist you must be, you anti-American pinko ingrate.

Yikes (2, Interesting)

mogrify (828588) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909044)

What if cell malware like Skulls [theregister.co.uk] could be used to cause the battery to explode? Perhaps by modifying the firmware to overcharge or overload the battery? A well-written worm would have them going off like popcorn...

Re:Yikes (1)

u-238 (515248) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909095)

Reminds me of my friends dreams of sending a bios-editing worm to his gravest of enemies, with intention of turning off the CPU fan, causing the CPU to overheat to the point at which it, at minimum, destroyes a considerable portion of their system, and at maximum (and according to him was the main goal) would spark a fire and burn down their houses - while they were spleeping in it. Preferably with children present.

Re:Yikes (1)

Ismer (760006) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909179)

I don't think that would pose much of a threat. Nearly all lithium ion batteries are protected from overcharging on the hardware level. The phone software has little to nothing to do with battery charging. If a battery gets overcharged its usually because there were too many faulty components or a component went bad from abuse.

Phone bomb? (1)

JustNiz (692889) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909048)

> "If you're cramming more and more power in a small space, what you're making is a small bomb," said Carl Hilliard, president of the California-based Wireless Consumers Alliance,

Hmm.. I wonder how long it will be before we're not allowed to take cellphones on planes for fear of them being used as bombs?

What would they tell anyone? (1)

gelfling (6534) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909067)

That there is a one in a million chance that the battery may burst into flames? I suppose that's a good use of everyone's attention span.....

By design (2, Funny)

zrq (794138) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909075)

I thought they were supposed to do that.

Don't you remember ... in StarTrek, one of the standard ways of getting out of a tricky situation would be to 'switch my phaser to overload', throw it round the corner and hide. Five seconds later, loud bang, and no problem .. er, no wall ... and possibly no building .... depending on the charge left in the battery at the time.

Don't automatically blame the manufacturer.. (5, Informative)

cheddarlump (834186) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909083)

I work at a cell-phone store, and you would not believe what people do to their phones. I have seen phones get hot, vent hot gas, catch fire, bulge and almost pop, etc. In each case, it was because of something the customer had done to damage their phone. Usually, it's water damage, teenie bopper kids taking their phone into the shower cuz they can't miss that one important call. Or, even more benignly, (is that a Bushism?) if you have a little bit of drippings in your car's cupholder, and throw the phone in there when you get in the car, guess where the charging circuitry is located? Usually in the bottom of the phone. So, the next time you go plug your phone in, instead of the beautifully complex current-limiting charging circuit, you have yesterday's mocha providing a dead short.. BOOM. Please, PLEASE look to the stupid masses for the cause BEFORE blaming the manufacturers. I know there are bad designs out there, but 99.999999999 times out of a hundred, it's the idiots using them everyday. really. (flame suit on)

Three letter word... (1)

Phidoux (705500) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909085)

... ending with X that makes you deaf? Exploding cell phone?? Damn! That has more than three letters.

myth busters? (-1, Offtopic)

arudloff (564805) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909106)

Didn't myth busters prove this false already? The thought, if I recall, was that it was an issue with static electricity, not neccessarily the cell phone.

George W is a CUNT!!!! (-1, Flamebait)

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This just means... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10909156)

...that we need to be careful when using hands free and not set the damn things in our laps. :)

Hmm, damaged when slammed on floor maybe? (1)

PalmKiller (174161) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909194)



Michael Sathre, who is expected to fully recover from his wounds, was picking his fully charged Verizon LG cell phone off the floor when it exploded by his side.

Hazards? (1)

hhlost (757118) | more than 9 years ago | (#10909198)

Shouldn't cellphone companies be making people aware of the hazards of usage?
I think they outta start by disclosing the effects of high levels of radiation emitted directly into the brain.
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