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Comment: Re:Truly a 1st world problem (Score 1) 242

by shpoffo (#42228661) Attached to: FCC Chief Urges FAA To Ease Airplane Electronics Ban

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

Comment: also from the core (Score 1) 138

by shpoffo (#40658317) Attached to: Asteroid Crashes Likely Gave Earth Its Water

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.....

Comment: Block texting services for devices on roads (Score 1) 206

by shpoffo (#37750266) Attached to: UAE Police Claim BlackBerry Outage Made Roads Safer

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?


Pumpkin Pie increases Male Sex Drive 173

Posted by samzenpus
from the we're-going-to-need-more-whipped-cream dept.
Dr. Alan Hirsch, Director of Chicago's Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Center, says the key to a man's heart, and other parts, is pumpkin pie. Out of the 40 odors tested in Hirsch's study, a mixture of lavender and pumpkin pie got the biggest rise out of men ages 18 to 64. That particular fragrance was found to increase penile blood flow by an average of 40%. "Maybe the odors acted to reduce anxiety. By reducing anxiety, it acted to remove inhibitions," said Hirsch.

Comment: Re:God no! (Score 1) 124

by shpoffo (#28370157) Attached to: Defining an Interactive Physical MMO For the iPhone

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.......

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