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(Slate)   "Hey...hey, Gary, it's Tom. Guess...no, shut up. Guess where I'm--NO I SAID GUESS WHERE I'M CALLING FROM. I KNOW YOU CAN'T HEAR ME BECAUSE THE SIGNAL IS WEAK, BUT I'M CALLING YOU FROM THE AIRPLANE"   (slate.com) divider line 59
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2013-11-22 02:12:47 PM

queezyweezel: Am I the only one that realizes planes are incredible loud, wears headphones, and doesn't really care that much?  Seems like people neeeeeeed to be pissed off about something; anything these days....


Thems fightin' words, asshole!  It's on like a pot of chicken bones!
 
2013-11-22 02:24:26 PM
You know that endless debate about reclining seats on airplanes? I generally DGAF about it anyway, however any shred of hesitation I may have had out of a random urge to be magnanimous flies out the window (see what I did there?) the moment the guy in the seat behind me says "Hey Bob, guess what? YEAH! ON THE PLANE! Can you believe it?" I won't just recline my seat. I will recline the fark out of it. During mealtimes, too.
 
2013-11-22 03:04:01 PM
If only there were some way to study this issue or maybe have it rolled out elsewhere before it hits the FCC's plate:

"It's very emotional in the United States," said Benoit Debains, the chief executive of OnAir. He insisted that the anxiety was overblown. For one thing, he and other industry executives said, standard cabin noise covers up much conversational noise, yet people with cellphones pressed to their ears in that environment somehow do not feel the need to speak louder to compensate.

"I remember on the first flight we did, we asked one guy, 'What do you think about using the phone for voice in the cabin?' He said he was against it. But we said, 'You know, the guy across from you has been using his phone for the last five minutes.' "

Emirates executives have even heard from skeptical pilots and flight attendants who mistakenly believed "the system was on but nobody was using it" on a particular flight, he said. "And I was able to go back to them and say, well 63 people had their phones on, and there were 22 phone calls and 68 messages."
He added, "They were thinking it must be broken because they don't hear anybody using it."


http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/29/technology/29phones.html?_r=0
 
2013-11-22 03:11:06 PM
This is a silly idea because everybody knows at 600mph, radio waves can't keep up so you'll never get a signal.
 
2013-11-22 03:39:20 PM

Smelly Pirate Hooker: According to Noticeably FAT, if it doesn't bother him, it shouldn't bother you.


That's not what I said at all, but it's your story so I'll let you tell it.
 
2013-11-22 03:40:50 PM
Also, once one guy has to start talking really loud because airplanes arn't the quietest of conveyances, the guy on the phone next to him will have to talk louder over the guy who is talking louder over the plane. And the guy behind him will have to talk even louder. And so on.

It will be like when the gather everyone in the school auditorium for an announcement, and people are just talking waiting for the thing to start, and the noise level keeps getting gradulaly louder and louder until it becomes a farking roar. Yeah, fark that.

Although I will make an exception if terrorists take over the plane and you are about to crash into something that has a lot of people in it. It's okay if you wanna call someone and tell them goodbye.
Hey Bob! Guess wher- GUESS WHERE I AM! No! Look out your window! No, not down, up! See me?? I see you you! I'm in row 20 on the left! No Bob, MY left....For Fark's sake Bob, the PLANE'S left, it's the same damn thing. Yeah, I'll be there in about 7 seconds!
 
2013-11-22 05:01:01 PM

d23: A cell tech explained to me why this was not desirable once.  When going at airplane speeds cell phone cites would be handing off the signal every few seconds.

The next chorus a whines coming from the dumbass mainstream tech press will be about how there are so many dropped calls when using cell phones on airplanes.  Well, no shiat Sherlock.


When you roam from one company to another you'll be out of range of the interchanging towers LONG before they decide to hand you off.   So you'll get a roaming charge for NOTHING.  LOL!
 
2013-11-22 05:25:38 PM

rkiller1: This is a silly idea because everybody knows at 600mph, radio waves can't keep up so you'll never get a signal.


Some planes regularly travel at 700mph.  At that speed they are passing radio waves transmitted in the past.  They eventually catch up to the wave representing the first word of a transmission and then have to play the message backwards to hear it forwards.
 
2013-11-22 08:30:39 PM

Sofa King Smart: Kenny Tarmac?


Hey guy, we just landed.
 
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