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FCC Chief Urges FAA To Ease Airplane Electronics Ban

shpoffo Re:Truly a 1st world problem (242 comments)

What most people don't realize is that the usage ban on electronics is NOT based on signals interference. Regulators don't want you using devices because take-off and landing is the most dangerous time of the flight – highest risk of crashing or massive turbulence.

If you're paying attention to some device, and the flight has a huge dip from turbulence, *you need your wits about you* to react in the best interest of your safety (and possibly the safety of your children).

Historically, this kind of info was deemed to be (itself) a danger to the safety of the flight cabin – since if people knew these were the high-risk times, then a) any small danger could mentally be inflated and someone could throw a riot (hysteria), or b) someone looking to cause a problem would realize that this is the best time to make danger.

. :( deal_with_it.gif

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Develop Chocolate That Won't Melt At High Temperatures

shpoffo Re:New slogan (161 comments)

Did you ever hear that there was any health consideration? - meaning that maybe it would be bad for you, like crisco / hydrogenated oil, because it too would have a higher melting point than much of the body temperature, and therefore clog-up the body channels

more than 2 years ago

Asteroid Crashes Likely Gave Earth Its Water

shpoffo also from the core (138 comments)

I once had a quick-link to a paper on the topic – but there is a fringe of geologists that speculate how water could from from liberated oxygen and hydrogen deep within the mantle. Basically, the earth 'sweating' water from the core, outward.

It hard to imagine (statistically) that all of earth's water... such a huge volume, was from icy balls (comets) striking the planet.....

more than 2 years ago

FBI To Review Use of Forensic Evidence In Thousands of Cases

shpoffo New Tech (133 comments)

Great chance for the FBI to use a new budget to test equipment, and smell like roses in the public

more than 2 years ago

UAE Police Claim BlackBerry Outage Made Roads Safer

shpoffo Block texting services for devices on roads (206 comments)

If SMS, BBM, and FB blocked messaging when a phone was traveling on a road then lots of the problem could go away. Road GPS routes can be determined without much difficultly at the network level, and data like from the UAE shows that it will save lives.

Only audio interfaces should be permissible for drivers. I can safely use the phone with hands free voice dial and a headset while driving. I slow or pull over if it's business and I need to focus heavily on the discussion. Otherwise, I'm just sending notes or scheduling tasks. An audio UI for email nav, dictation, and TTS would be a killer killer app. no one will make it, though, except the big email providers because every other business model is DOA. Google, why you no do shit people want?

more than 3 years ago

High School Student Launches a Trash Bag Aircraft

shpoffo Re:Hazard to Aircraft? Yes. (103 comments)

I don't think anyone considering the safety of human lives (in the air) can properly be considered a wet blanket

more than 3 years ago

Early UNIX Contributor Robert Morris Dead at 78

shpoffo Re:memory of rhm (90 comments)

pony up, Mouth

more than 3 years ago

ICANN Domain Expansion Could Increase Phishing

shpoffo Re:As stated in the original story: (142 comments)

The real question is whether the Slashdot crew will finally have the dot.dot domain?

Why so silent? ;>

more than 3 years ago

FBI Releases Document Confirming Roswell UFO

shpoffo Re:Riiiiiight (481 comments)

Nice job, agent.

Anyone who can read and research knows that there exists lots of corroboration, when looking at the timeline of information.

more than 3 years ago

NASA Wants To Zap Space Junk With Lasers

shpoffo Re:Added bonus: (148 comments)

incoming warheads, too? Or is the laster too weak? (officially)

more than 3 years ago

Defining an Interactive Physical MMO For the iPhone

shpoffo Re:God no! (124 comments)

You think that's bad? Imagine when camera pics are all meta-labeled with GPS data AND compass bearing, allowing for GigaPan and others to build semi-seamless, time-segmented, 3D maps of the world. MMOs will be someplace called 'civic infrastructure.'

I think few people today get what social media really is.......

more than 5 years ago

Stretching Before Exercising Weakens Muscles

shpoffo Re:Importance of warm-up (339 comments)

Take in full measure as well that the world's oldest system of stretching, Yoga, was a practice that helped one shed the physical form and enter nirvana entirely (complete obliteration). One could posit that stretching isn't about making an enduring physical form.

more than 6 years ago


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