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Chinese 'get' voice assistants far better than the rest of the world
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David Ashton
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Re: Speakerphones...rude
David Ashton   2/13/2017 4:31:00 PM
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@Dennis... "The next step I'd like to see in enforcement of such laws is you not only lose your license, but your car is confiscated, and depending upon the offense, you do time."

My view is that since people KNOW this causes accidents, using your cell while driving is premeditated, and should be treated as attempted or full murder.  

I have some personal experience of this - a young, fairly know-it-all guy who worked for me in Zimbabwe knocked over and killed a child while driving, and cell phone use was deemed to be a factor. (This was after he left my employ.)  I think strong penalties and enforcement would find fairly wide aupport in the community, so why don't they do it?

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DMcCunney   2/13/2017 4:20:16 PM
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@David Ashton: @Dennis... "an SUV whose driver was more focused on his cell phone call than on his driving"

This really gets my goat.  Enforcement of the (*usually fairly stiff) penalties for this has got to be increased to the level where (like drink-driving) everyone knows someone who has been caught.  In Australia DUI is strongly enforced and still we get idiots caught regularly in the high range.  So enforcement of Cell phone use should be similarly high profile.  All it needs is one cop on a corner with a camera and another one to pull the guys over.

It gets my goat, too.  The next step I'd like to see in enforcement of such laws is you not only lose your license, but your car is confiscated, and depending upon the offense, you do time. I've seen way too many stories of accidents involving people driving with suspended licenses, or no license at all.  You can't drive if you don't have a car...

Love the Romanian story.  It can't have been that long ago, it wouldn't work with the old semi-brick phones...... :-)

It was at least a decade ago. I recall recounting the story to friends over dinner at a function in Baltimore, and the hotel where the function took place hasn't been used by that function since the early 2000's.  I dont recall hearing exactly which make/model of phone was involved.


>Dennis

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David Ashton   2/13/2017 3:23:17 PM
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@Dennis... "an SUV whose driver was more focused on his cell phone call than on his driving"

This really gets my goat.  Enforcement of the (*usually fairly stiff) penalties for this has got to be increased to the level where (like drink-driving) everyone knows someone who has been caught.  In Australia DUI is strongly enforced and still we get idiots caught regularly in the high range.  So enforcement of Cell phone use should be similarly high profile.  All it needs is one cop on a corner with a camera and another one to pull the guys over.

Love the Romanian story.  It can't have been that long ago, it wouldn't work with the old semi-brick phones...... :-)

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DMcCunney   2/13/2017 3:10:04 PM
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@David Ashton: @Dennis.... "I've often wished for a pocket cell phone jammer..."

I saw a design for one in the old GSM days but everything is 3G/4G now.  You'd probably have to cover multiple frequency bands.  I'd be tempted to take the offending phone and hurl it across the shopping centre reather...  :-)

I heard about a case in Romania years back where a woman in a restaurant stole a cell phone from another patron.  To conceal it, she put in in her vagina.  To try to locate the phone, its number was called.  "Hey!  This woman's crotch is ringing!"  She was arrested and the cell phone retrieved, but the patron declined to take it back, saying he'd simply file an insurance claim. :-p

Instead of flinging it across the shopping center, I'd send it out with the user, but inserted in a different orifice...

An old friend in NYC recounted being nearly run down while crossing a street with her preteen daughter by an SUV whose driver was more focused on his cell phone call than on his driving.  I really wished I'd been a cop near enough to see it.  He'd have been out of his SUV, cuffed, and on his way to the station to be booked, his SUV would have been getting towed away, and his cell phone would have been accidentally crushed under my heel, all fast enough that no one would have seen me move.

>Dennis


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David Ashton   2/13/2017 2:35:13 PM
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@Dennis.... "I've often wished for a pocket cell phone jammer..."

I saw a design for one in the old GSM days but everything is 3G/4G now.  You'd probably have to cover multiple frequency bands.  I'd be tempted to take the offending phone and hurl it across the shopping centre reather...  :-)

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DMcCunney   2/13/2017 8:41:29 AM
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@David Ashton: I have noticed a lot of people using their phones like this in speaker mode.  So if you are anywhere near them you hear both sides of their coversation.  And if 2 or 3 people are doing it near you, it's a cacophony.

It can be really rude if you don't hear both ends.  I've often wished for a pocket cell phone jammer, for cases like standing in line at a store waiting to pay for a purchase, behind someone too busy talking on their phone to actually pay for what they bought, leaving the check-out clerk and everyone else in line waiting.

And I've heard one side of calls that make me raise my eyebrows, as people go on about things publicly that I'd be at pains to keep private.  I have to bite my virtual tongue on occasion and not loudly exclaim "I don't care what you did with the sheep!  As long as it was consensual, fine, but it's none of my business and I object to your making it so!"

>Dennis

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sw guy   2/8/2017 8:21:15 AM
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In a train in France, I saw starting stepping in such loud conversation, just to help people understanding how they are perceived

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David Ashton   2/7/2017 3:26:05 PM
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Yep.  And we talk out of our a**es as well!  :-)

(Joke)  No. actually we hold them same as you Northern hemisphere types, but it just looks like they're upside down to you.  

A guy I know used to run a photo shop.  He developed some film once for a scottish lady.  When she came to collect, he said "Look, there's a problem...because you're form the Northern Hemishere, the pictures have come out upside down."  She thought for a few seconds and then asked "Can you fix it?"   :-)

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pseudoid   2/7/2017 2:48:43 PM
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So, does this possibly mean that the Aussies hold their phones upside town (screen facing ground)?

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Re: Happening in Europe too
junko.yoshida   2/7/2017 12:05:16 PM
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So, the culprit is WhatsApp! Thanks for chiming in, Pablo!

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