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    Funny Cell Phone Rant

    OK, if I didn't have a witness, I wouldn't believe my own story, but this actually happened:

    I'm walking through a book store.
    I pass a woman talking on cell phone in a voice that would be suitable calling for an airstrike on the Mekong Delta.
    She was looking at the back cover of a book, and she was saying this:
    "It's about people who talk too much, and how to make them stop!"

    In a related story, I've discovered a great way to jab these cell phone offenders:
    Man walks into book store and right between me and my friend.
    He's also apparently calling for an airstrike from 410th Bomb Wing.
    As he crossed the axis between me and my friend, I matched his volume when I said:
    "HE'S ON THE PHONE. WE HAVE TO BE QUIET!"
    Everyone in the store laughed except for . . . the guy. He gave me a case of stink eye.

    How do YOU handle it?

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    outstanding!

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    I can't wait for the cell phone jammers to come out. When I'm riding, if I see some idiot driving and talking on their cell phones, I'll disconnect their calls. Should be a matter of weeks before the jammers are available.

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    Sign me up. How bout two total losses, car and a truck, in a year due to people talking on cells and blowing thru intersections. The second one I got out of the car, asked the other driver if she was OK, she was still on the phone. She said she thought she was OK so I slugged her. She tried to sign out a complaint for assault. The cops agreed that I was the one assaulted. go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KirkeIsWaiting
    Sign me up. How bout two total losses, car and a truck, in a year due to people talking on cells and blowing thru intersections. The second one I got out of the car, asked the other driver if she was OK, she was still on the phone. She said she thought she was OK so I slugged her. She tried to sign out a complaint for assault. The cops agreed that I was the one assaulted. go figure.
    oh, that's evil

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    http://www.globalgadgetuk.com/Personal.htm


    I think I'll wait for the price to come down.

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    those should be illegal or only for police use i mean using a cellphone and driving if u do that ur stupid

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    sorry about the aolese

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    http://www.newhousenews.com/archive/story1a092200.html there illegal in the united states

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikelver
    sorry about the aolese, lack of punctuation and coherence.
    hey, no worries.

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    I'm sure that cell phone scramblers/jammers violate some FCC laws...

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    Quote Originally Posted by koffee brown
    I can't wait for the cell phone jammers to come out. When I'm riding, if I see some idiot driving and talking on their cell phones, I'll disconnect their calls. Should be a matter of weeks before the jammers are available.

    Koffee

    Kofee, I too would LOVE to disconnect drivers' telephone calls. The only problem I see with that is that it could make the problem actually worse. If the call is lost, they are just going to take their eyes completely off the road and try redialing their stupid little friend or whoever they were talkikng to all over again. The distraction from talking is bad enough, but these people are trying to dial, drive, smoke a cigarette, drink a coffee, and scratch lotto tickets... all at the same time.... Geesh!

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    I had to read a few articles on driving while using a cell phone for a class. These studies were done in driving simulators. A few interesting points:

    1. There was no difference between hand-held phones vs. hands-free phones. Drivers using both of these had slower reaction times and missed more signals.
    2. People on the phone remembered less billboards, but looked at them for the same amount of time (their eye movements were recorded) as people who weren't on the phone. Talking on the phone diverts attention.
    3. People on the phone were slower in a word recognition task. Talking on the phone reduces attention.
    4. They actually did a study with drunk (above the legal limit) drivers and cell phone drivers. The people with cell phones did worse than drunk drivers. Drunk drivers drive more aggressively, but didn't have more wrecks than a baseline condition.

    #4 is crazy to me. We see all kinds of commercials about drunk driving, but nothing about cell phones.

    I saw something on the news a while ago about cell phone jammers. Those things are great. I wish they weren't so expensive, or I'd get one. That, and I'd probably never get anything done because I'd be going around jamming everyone just for fun. Jammers are illegal, but as of now they can't really detect them. The lady on the news actually used one to jam some lady and the lady just thought her phone was messed up.

    I only have two classes today, and I'll bet anyone $5 that I hear a cell phone go off during class. I hate it. The worst thing is that the profs never do anything about it. I wish they'd grow some balls!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BostonFixed
    I'm sure that cell phone scramblers/jammers violate some FCC laws...
    Yes, they do. 97.3a23

    Intentionally producing "harmful interference" is against the law. You may not like the other operators (radio) practices or you may believe he is violating the rules. However, you have no right to interfere with their communications. All of you HAMs out there will remember this one from the Tech test.

    I know some cellphone users are annoying, but that's life in the city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EventServices
    OK, if I didn't have a witness, I wouldn't believe my own story, but this actually happened:

    I'm walking through a book store.
    I pass a woman talking on cell phone in a voice that would be suitable calling for an airstrike on the Mekong Delta.
    She was looking at the back cover of a book, and she was saying this:
    "It's about people who talk too much, and how to make them stop!"

    In a related story, I've discovered a great way to jab these cell phone offenders:
    Man walks into book store and right between me and my friend.
    He's also apparently calling for an airstrike from 410th Bomb Wing.
    As he crossed the axis between me and my friend, I matched his volume when I said:
    "HE'S ON THE PHONE. WE HAVE TO BE QUIET!"
    Everyone in the store laughed except for . . . the guy. He gave me a case of stink eye.

    How do YOU handle it?

    LOL

    I know how I am going to handle it now.

    I was at an airport once when a guy sat down next to me on his cell and laptop. He gave me his username and password for an account of his over the phone. Man I could have had fun with that one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikelver
    those should be illegal or only for police use i mean using a cellphone and driving if u do that ur stupid
    Well then, I'm stupid. I occasionally talk on my cell or HAM radio in the car, while I'm driving. I can also drive with one hand, listen to the radio and carry on a conversation with a passenger (when I'm not on the phone). What's the difference?

    I'm tired of not being able to do things just because some people can't. Have an addendum to your drivers license. If you can pass the cell phone driving test, prove you can drive and talk at the same time, great, you are allowed to. If you can't, you don't use a cell while driving. Why not? Some people HAVE to wear corrective lenses while driving, and their license reflects that. When I drive the church bus, I HAVE to use my commercial license.

    I have never been involved in a car accident that was my fault. The closest I DID come to causing an accident was because I was (stupidly) looking at a billboard. Take THEM down!

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    I'm stupid too then. Those truckers that have been talking on thier radios for years must be a menace to society.

    I think talking on a cell phone is a lot less distracting than drinking out of a waterbottle or can of pop. You have to tip your head back. You cant even see the road. Maybe we should ban drinking fluids while driving.

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    You can pick up jammers in NYC at some of the electronic shops. You have to do it real quietly and in the back room for cash. According to an article I read, some of their best customers are hotels (force you to use their phone$), priests (Amen to that), and cops.

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    Some 13 or 14 year ole kid will develop one for sale in the USA, advertise is on the I-net and will have a great thing going...........for a short time, till he gets shut down. But the tech will spread like a fire...... good ole American injun=u-i-tee

    Funny story, years ago I was at a concert in Houston when beepers were the rage.
    Concertgoers were urged to leave beepers at the ushers counter and they would be notified if a message arrived.WEEEELLLLLLL at this one concert a dude kept his beeper with him and it went off during a movement. The conductor stopped the orchestra. turned around to face the audience, and told the hall that he would NOT resume until the owner left the audience, he stood there with his arms crossed baton in one hand and waited.............finally the dude got up and left, the audience gave the conductor a rousing round of applause, he bowed, thanked the audience, and then thanked the offending dude for leaving, turned around and finished the piece

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    Awesome travelinquyrt.

    I went to a requiem for a class a couple weeks ago. The "student outreach coordinator" made an announcement right before the conductor was introduced asking the audience to please turn off their phones immediately. Usual shuffle of reaching into purses and pockets followed.

    Five minutes into the first movement, a loud ring echoes accross the hall from the middle of the upper balcony (not even in the student section, I don't think). The conductor kept going, but hopefully somebody knocked that moron upside the head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iamlucky13
    Awesome travelinquyrt.

    I went to a requiem for a class a couple weeks ago. The "student outreach coordinator" made an announcement right before the conductor was introduced asking the audience to please turn off their phones immediately. Usual shuffle of reaching into purses and pockets followed.

    Five minutes into the first movement, a loud ring echoes accross the hall from the middle of the upper balcony (not even in the student section, I don't think). The conductor kept going, but hopefully somebody knocked that moron upside the head.
    What I don't get is why do they always have to remind people to do that? I mean, if you're going to an event like that shouldn't you be smart enough to turn off your phone? What the hell is wrong with people?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DXchulo
    What I don't get is why do they always have to remind people to do that? I mean, if you're going to an event like that shouldn't you be smart enough to turn off your phone? What the hell is wrong with people?
    And yet some people still don't turn off their phones, and they still ring during shows/concerts/movies/whatever... ARGH!

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    The Marine Corps has jammed cell phone, ham radio, FRS radio, and CB radio signals from time to time, in this area. Especially when the President used to come here.
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    I saw on the news the other night where a lady drove her car off a bridge...she was talking on her cell phone. When will they learn. Me thinks this lady has learned a valuable life lesson. She nearly lost her life. Thinning the heard?

    In the middle of Easter service on Sunday this fellas phone goes off not once but twice. VERY loud. Come on dude...that's what the silence feature is for.
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    Weekly something happens to annoy me in regards to cell phones...I did my errands today on my bike about town before PM shift...Did about 30 miles and on way home stopped at a nearby deli of a large grocery store and ordered gourmet sandwiches to take home to feed my wife and myself before work...
    So a woman got in front of me and ordered three deli sandwiches...So I waited for my town sandwiches...She yapped awhile...talked of dinner...and after talking about dinner ordered two more...
    no other extra counter help... I say you revise your order and buy enough for Thanksgiving dinner, you could give someone else a chance...She revised her order just as I thought she was about to go away.
    She was like a soccer mom and getting a quick dinner before some kind of kid's sports practice after school..
    Guess, I was just antsy, because a. showering and getting to work on time. b. her order took like 20 minutes and i get anxious about how securely my bike is locked out front for too much time. My wife almost had another tv dinner.

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