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Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2011 18:36:43 +1100 From: David Clayton <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: OSHA: Two Federal DOT Agencies Ban Hand-Held Phone Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> ......... > ***** Moderator's Note ***** > > Good grief! That's more than I ever wanted to know about either of those > subjects! > > Let me explain my original remarks in a different context. I was trying > to drive home the point that requiring drivers to pass a special exam > before using a cell-phone while driving wouldn't be allowed by the "powers > that be" - the elites who make a lot of money by arranging for laws that > - wait for it - allow un- and under-qualified drivers to take on > responsibilities that they are not prepared for. > > I mentioned pilots for the same reason that B movies play minor cords on > the sound track just before the swamp-thang grabs the frightened virgin. > It's called "foreshadowing". > > So much for subtlety. > > Bill Horne > Moderator My point is basically that a lot of us do silly things like use phones while driving because (in our own little bubble) we believe that we are capable of doing these things regardless of any warnings/laws etc. By requiring people to basically "Put up or shut up" by having to prove competence to be allowed to do something like this may well reduce the incidence of this sort of misuse for a fair section of the population who would probably not have the required skills. There will always be a section of people who will disobey any law prohibiting using a phone while driving, but for most sane people having irrefutable evidence that they are not skilled enough to do so should be far more effective than "the government says no". The "One size fits all" way of just saying "No" in a lot of areas isn't good enough to make a lot of people change their behaviour, so how about we change the paradigm by saying: "Prove that you are capable, and you can"? I don't really know if the "Powers that be" could stand in the way of something like this if they also got their "piece of the action" by doing the testing. ;-) -- Regards, David. David Clayton Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Knowledge is a measure of how many answers you have, intelligence is a measure of how many questions you have. ***** Moderator's Note ***** My point is that it can't happen. Even if cell phones weren't generating billions of dollars for men with a lot of political power, it would be useless to try to qualify drivers to use them: one need only look to the "CB Craze" that followed the truckers' strike in the - what was it? - 1970's, to understand that if motorists see others using cellphones, they will use them, law or no. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2011 10:28:34 -0800 (PST) From: email@example.com (HAncock4) To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: An experimental switching system using new electronic techniques Message-ID: <email@example.com> On Dec 13, 4:13 pm, "Julian Thomas" <j...@jt-mj.net> wrote: > On Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:53:48 -0500 Telecom Digest Moderator wrote: > > > > >> > I came across a fascinating paper by A. E. Noel, Jr. , in the Bell > >> > System Technical Journal: it gives an amazing insight into the coming > >> > of the "digital" age in telephone switching, and into many "what if" > >> > technologies that never made it off the drawing board. > > Make that A. (for Amos) E. Joel. > > This sounds like the early design of the Morris (Ill.) ESSl The Morris experiment could not handle traditional ringing current (about 90V 25 Hz) through the crosspoints, so they used low powered tone ringered in the telephone sets. The sets also had some amplification, and were given 20 pps dials instead of 10 pps. The 1925-1975 Bell Labs history has a whole chapter on this. Various technologies were considered. Later ESS used a metallic connection "remreed" which did allow continued use of existing telephone sets. The Bell Labs history and issues of the "Bell Laboratories Record" magazine tend to present the history in somewhat more layman's terms. The BSTJ tends to go in heavy for the math equations. I hope someday the "Record" will go on-line. A few issues have been put up privately. Some large PBX switchboards also had fast 20 pps dials. A friend of mine modified his home phone and it worked (served by either panel or No. 1 xbar).
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2011 10:53:45 -0500 From: Pete Cresswell <PeteCress@invalid.telecom-digest.org> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: OSHA: Two Federal DOT Agencies Ban Hand-Held Phone Message-ID: <email@example.com> Per David Clayton: >There will always be a section of people who will disobey any law >prohibiting using a phone while driving I am a little surprised that nobody has discussed a technological fix: setting up the cell phone system to drop calls if the phone is moving too fast. I'm sure there are many reasons why that would be impossible/undesirable - but I'm surprised it doesn't get brought up. -- Pete Cresswell ***** Moderator's Note ***** It was, and you can't: there's no way to tell if it's a driver or a passenger who is using the cellphone. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2011 07:27:03 +1100 From: David Clayton <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: OSHA: Two Federal DOT Agencies Ban Hand-Held Phone Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Wed, 14 Dec 2011 18:36:43 +1100, David Clayton wrote: .......... > The "One size fits all" way of just saying "No" in a lot of areas isn't > good enough to make a lot of people change their behaviour, so how about > we change the paradigm by saying: "Prove that you are capable, and you > can"? > > I don't really know if the "Powers that be" could stand in the way of > something like this if they also got their "piece of the action" by > doing the testing. ;-) .......... > > ***** Moderator's Note ***** > > My point is that it can't happen. Even if cell phones weren't > generating billions of dollars for men with a lot of political power, > it would be useless to try to qualify drivers to use them: one need only > look to the "CB Craze" that followed the truckers' strike in the - what > was it? - 1970's, to understand that if motorists see others using > cellphones, they will use them, law or no. > > Bill Horne > Moderator You are (unfortunately) probably correct, but wouldn't you just like to see it tried somewhere just to see if it did have any effect on the obviously chronic problem already? -- Regards, David. David Clayton Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Knowledge is a measure of how many answers you have, intelligence is a measure of how many questions you have.
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2011 10:23:14 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: The Facebook Resisters Message-ID: <email@example.com> The Facebook Resisters By JENNA WORTHAM December 13, 2011 Tyson Balcomb quit Facebook after a chance encounter on an elevator. He found himself standing next to a woman he had never met - yet through Facebook he knew what her older brother looked like, that she was from a tiny island off the coast of Washington and that she had recently visited the Space Needle in Seattle. "I knew all these things about her, but I'd never even talked to her," said Mr. Balcomb, a pre-med student in Oregon who had some real-life friends in common with the woman. "At that point I thought, maybe this is a little unhealthy." As Facebook prepares for a much-anticipated public offering, the company is eager to show off its momentum by building on its huge membership: more than 800 million active users around the world, Facebook says, and roughly 200 million in the United States, or two-thirds of the population. But the company is running into a roadblock in this country. Some people, even on the younger end of the age spectrum, just refuse to participate, including people who have given it a try. One of Facebook's main selling points is that it builds closer ties among friends and colleagues. But some who steer clear of the site say it can have the opposite effect of making them feel more, not less, alienated. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/14/technology/shunning-facebook-and-living-to-tell-about-it.html
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2011 19:40:09 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: U.S. Safety Board Urges Cellphone Ban for Drivers Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> U.S. Safety Board Urges Cellphone Ban for Drivers By MATT RICHTEL December 13, 2011 A federal agency on Tuesday called for a ban on all cellphone use by drivers - the most far-reaching such recommendation to date - saying its decision was based on a decade of investigations into distraction-related accidents, as well as growing concerns that powerful mobile devices are giving drivers even more reasons to look away from the road. As part of its recommendation, the National Transportation Safety Board is urging states to ban drivers from using hands-free devices, including wireless headsets. No state now outlaws such activity, but the board said that drivers faced serious risks from talking on wireless headsets, just as they do by taking a hand off the wheel to hold a phone to their ear. And Deborah Hersman, chairwoman of the N.T.S.B., an independent federal agency responsible for promoting traffic safety and investigating accidents, said the concern was heightened by increasingly powerful phones that people can use to e-mail, watch movies and play games. "Every year, new devices are being released," she said. "People are tempted to update their Facebook page, they are tempted to tweet, as if sitting at a desk. But they are driving a car." The agency based its recommendation on evidence from its investigation of numerous crashes in which electronic distraction was a major contributing factor. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/14/technology/federal-panel-urges-cellphone-ban-for-drivers.html
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2011 22:08:56 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: What Cellphone Calls Say About Parent-Teenager Relations Message-ID: <email@example.com> What Cellphone Calls Say About Parent-Teenager Relations By RONI CARYN RABIN JULY 1, 2011 Brendan Smialowski for The New York Times Do cellphones help teenagers feel more independent, or are they an electronic leash? Poor communication is a common complaint when it comes to parents and teenagers. What happens when you throw a cellphone into the mix? At least 75 percent of American teenagers today have a cellphone, often purchased by their parents so they can stay in closer touch. And parents are more likely than other adults to have a cellphone, for the same reason. "The phone is now a huge part of parenting. It's how you reach your kids," said Amanda Lenhart, a senior research specialist with the Pew Research Center Internet and American Life project. In a survey conducted in the summer of 2009, nearly 70 percent of teenagers said they talked on the phone with their parents at least once a day. Now researchers are starting to zero in on how cellphone use affects the dynamic of the parent-child relationship. A paper published online on Monday in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking suggests that both the nature of the calls and who initiates the calls may affect relations. ... http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/01/what-cellphone-calls-say-about-parent-teenager-relations/
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