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2014-01-31 12:11:26 AM
Hell, I had a phone like that. They could have just asked me. I could let them have that piece of shiat for free. I know I'm not using it anymore.
 
2014-01-31 12:21:23 AM
Great. They just invented the world's most expensive baby monitor.
 
2014-01-31 02:31:10 AM
www.mediabistro.com
 
2014-01-31 03:47:47 AM
Great! Now find a way to tie the damn thing to a dog's neck.
 
2014-01-31 04:00:32 AM
marginalrevolution.com
 
2014-01-31 04:01:16 AM

HotWingAgenda: [marginalrevolution.com image 305x204]


WHAT?
 
2014-01-31 04:01:47 AM
Ok, I'm either really farking stupid(strong possibility) or this device has been made before. Putting a "bug" in a room while you are not in the room is the same concept, right? You can hear them, but they can't hear you.
 
2014-01-31 04:04:13 AM

Paris1127: HotWingAgenda: [marginalrevolution.com image 305x204]

WHAT?


i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-31 04:09:00 AM
Ladies, it's called "waiting for a commerical".  You will survive for the six minutes in takes for a commercial to come on.
 
2014-01-31 04:17:09 AM
Let me be the first to say "this is an invention looking for an application."

I wish them well, but I see no use.
 
2014-01-31 04:19:08 AM

MustardTiger: Ok, I'm either really farking stupid(strong possibility) or this device has been made before. Putting a "bug" in a room while you are not in the room is the same concept, right? You can hear them, but they can't hear you.


The trick to this is that it is controlling acoustic sound waves, not electronic transmission.

This will be an absolute boon to the folks who make those voice tubes that go from the bridge of a ship to the engine room, or from the back seat of a limousine to the chauffeur....
 
2014-01-31 04:24:25 AM
I can still see you, article dude.
 
2014-01-31 04:32:24 AM
It is true than many men do not listen sometimes.  Women get upset that the men are acting callously, but I assure that is not so, and expecting more from us lacks empathy.  When I am concentrating on something, I literally cannot hear anything.  Deaf as a stump.  So if I am reading, and you talk to me, I will not hear it.  Part of my brain might record fragments to be played back later, but at the time, I cannot hear you.  If you expect me to listen, you must have my attention first; expecting to get my attention by talking to me is the height of hubris.  I can't hear you!

//the article itself is silly
 
2014-01-31 04:47:21 AM

Boloxor the Insipid: It is true than many men do not listen sometimes.  Women get upset that the men are acting callously, but I assure that is not so, and expecting more from us lacks empathy.  When I am concentrating on something, I literally cannot hear anything.  Deaf as a stump.  So if I am reading, and you talk to me, I will not hear it.  Part of my brain might record fragments to be played back later, but at the time, I cannot hear you.  If you expect me to listen, you must have my attention first; expecting to get my attention by talking to me is the height of hubris.  I can't hear you!

//the article itself is silly


Nice try. Early on in marriage, I was often accused of not listening. I would respond by repeating back the two sentences before the accusation and the accusation. If it was repeated, I would give her a gist of her last minute of monologue, complete with names.
Moral of the story: Always listen. It drives them bonkers.
 
2014-01-31 04:52:05 AM
Gender stereotypes hurt when you live the complete opposite experience.
 
2014-01-31 05:06:32 AM
Came to post Maxwell Smart.

i895.photobucket.com
 
2014-01-31 05:07:57 AM

swingerofbirches: Gender stereotypes hurt when you live the complete opposite experience.


So which one of you is the sobbing emo-like cry baby?
 
2014-01-31 05:21:33 AM

demaL-demaL-yeH: Boloxor the Insipid: It is true than many men do not listen sometimes.  Women get upset that the men are acting callously, but I assure that is not so, and expecting more from us lacks empathy.  When I am concentrating on something, I literally cannot hear anything.  Deaf as a stump.  So if I am reading, and you talk to me, I will not hear it.  Part of my brain might record fragments to be played back later, but at the time, I cannot hear you.  If you expect me to listen, you must have my attention first; expecting to get my attention by talking to me is the height of hubris.  I can't hear you!

//the article itself is silly

Nice try. Early on in marriage, I was often accused of not listening. I would respond by repeating back the two sentences before the accusation and the accusation. If it was repeated, I would give her a gist of her last minute of monologue, complete with names.
Moral of the story: Always listen. It drives them bonkers.


Now really. Why would you go and do a thing like that? Why even give them the glimmer of hope that what they are saying is being listened to?

That's what they have girlfriends for. To go on and on about stupid shiat.

You give them that glimmer of hope, and now we're all back at square one. For the sake of us all, stop doing that.
 
2014-01-31 05:45:04 AM
That's nothing. Back in the 80's we had the Miami Sound Machine.
 
2014-01-31 05:54:07 AM
I think I have to pop back into this thread and explain that what I said is literally true, it is not a story or a joke.
While I can agree in a semi-joking way with AverageAmericanGuy that women can go on about stupid shiat men don't want to listen to, this is not the gist of what I am saying.
It is possible that my own 'deafness' is more complete than other men because my job requires sustained concentration.  It does not actually matter if the sound I am not hearing is made by a man or a woman, or in fact if it is even made by a human.
If I am concentrating, I cannot hear.
Now, I did not really 'know' this for most of my life.  I thought that I was just ignoring stuff that I didn't want to hear, like women babbling on, similar to what AverageAmericanGuy is implying.  But I now know that in fact, my ears really do go deaf, and the sound does not even enter my consciousness until my attention is broken.
 
2014-01-31 06:09:57 AM
Yeah, whatever, dude. You're "different" than other men. We got you the first time.
 
2014-01-31 06:20:32 AM
Boloxor the Insipid:  But I now know that in fact, my ears really do go deaf, and the sound does not even enter my consciousness until my attention is broken.

So basically what you are saying is that if you are focussing on driving a car, then you can't hear a car horn? Or screaming?

I'm going out on a limb here and guess that your occupation is taxi driver.
 
2014-01-31 06:45:30 AM
Isn't that called a microphone?
 
2014-01-31 06:45:52 AM

Boloxor the Insipid: It is true than many men do not listen sometimes.  Women get upset that the men are acting callously, but I assure that is not so, and expecting more from us lacks empathy.  When I am concentrating on something, I literally cannot hear anything.  Deaf as a stump.  So if I am reading, and you talk to me, I will not hear it.  Part of my brain might record fragments to be played back later, but at the time, I cannot hear you.  If you expect me to listen, you must have my attention first; expecting to get my attention by talking to me is the height of hubris.  I can't hear you!

//the article itself is silly


My wife dosen't get this. We're in the same room. She's watching murder porn and I'm reading Fark. She will ask a question about the show she's watching and she does not believe that I haven't a clue as to what she's talking about. I literally don't hear anything going on around me when I'm reading.
 
2014-01-31 07:07:56 AM

Boloxor the Insipid: It is true than many men do not listen sometimes.  Women get upset that the men are acting callously, but I assure that is not so, and expecting more from us lacks empathy.  When I am concentrating on something, I literally cannot hear anything.  Deaf as a stump.  So if I am reading, and you talk to me, I will not hear it.  Part of my brain might record fragments to be played back later, but at the time, I cannot hear you.  If you expect me to listen, you must have my attention first; expecting to get my attention by talking to me is the height of hubris.  I can't hear you!

//the article itself is silly


On the other hand, I can hear them perfectly. It's just 90% of the time they are talking shiat so I pretend I can't.

If it goes on for too long - I will find an excuse to go to the hardware store* (codeword for pub).
 
2014-01-31 07:25:42 AM

wildcardjack: Let me be the first to say "this is an invention looking for an application."

I wish them well, but I see no use.


You've obviously no mind for things relating to security, monitoring, espionage or things of that sort.

"Seriously, read a book Lana!"
 
2014-01-31 07:29:58 AM
Nice headline, submitter.  And I'm the woman.
 
2014-01-31 07:33:53 AM
In the anechoic chambers at work, you can have two people facing the same direction, one behind the other.  The person who's in front can hear the person who's behind, but not vice versa (unless the person in front is talking loudly enough.)
 
2014-01-31 07:35:20 AM
 
2014-01-31 07:42:18 AM
Sweet. So when are they gonna invent a pill that makes women not talk about inane gossip?
 
2014-01-31 08:01:33 AM
Or, if you're spying on someone and don't want them hear you, you could just, ya know, be quiet.
 
2014-01-31 08:06:12 AM
So they invented a microphone in one room and a speaker in another?
 
2014-01-31 08:12:20 AM

Boloxor the Insipid: It is true than many men do not listen sometimes.  Women get upset that the men are acting callously, but I assure that is not so, and expecting more from us lacks empathy.  When I am concentrating on something, I literally cannot hear anything.  Deaf as a stump.  So if I am reading, and you talk to me, I will not hear it.  Part of my brain might record fragments to be played back later, but at the time, I cannot hear you.  If you expect me to listen, you must have my attention first; expecting to get my attention by talking to me is the height of hubris.  I can't hear you!

//the article itself is silly


So, so very true. When something important needs to be conveyed to Mr. MMM, I prompt him several times to pay attention -- 'eyes over here, dear'. It's like having a perpetual 5-year-old. Or a lab, with less slobbering. Otherwise I just talk away, knowing he has no idea I'm even in the same room. But I can later say, 'I told you about this'.
 
2014-01-31 08:42:37 AM

abhorrent1: Or, if you're spying on someone and don't want them hear you, you could just, ya know, be quiet.


That's not always so easy, unless you purchase my Fart Muffler (patent pending)
 
2014-01-31 08:54:07 AM

acad1228: Boloxor the Insipid: It is true than many men do not listen sometimes.  Women get upset that the men are acting callously, but I assure that is not so, and expecting more from us lacks empathy.  When I am concentrating on something, I literally cannot hear anything.  Deaf as a stump.  So if I am reading, and you talk to me, I will not hear it.  Part of my brain might record fragments to be played back later, but at the time, I cannot hear you.  If you expect me to listen, you must have my attention first; expecting to get my attention by talking to me is the height of hubris.  I can't hear you!

//the article itself is silly

My wife dosen't get this. We're in the same room. She's watching murder porn and I'm reading Fark. She will ask a question about the show she's watching and she does not believe that I haven't a clue as to what she's talking about. I literally don't hear anything going on around me when I'm reading.


Care to look up "literally" before the next time you use it?
 
2014-01-31 08:56:44 AM
Is it a Miami sound machine?
 
2014-01-31 09:01:40 AM

Mega Steve: abhorrent1: Or, if you're spying on someone and don't want them hear you, you could just, ya know, be quiet.

That's not always so easy, unless you purchase my Fart Muffler (patent pending)


It's all fun and games until you insert it backwards and it becomes the Fart Trumpet  (patent pending)
 
2014-01-31 09:13:47 AM

Doom MD: Is it a Miami sound machine?


Only the ones lathed in the C&C Music Factory
 
2014-01-31 09:21:27 AM

Speaker2Animals: acad1228: Boloxor the Insipid: It is true than many men do not listen sometimes.  Women get upset that the men are acting callously, but I assure that is not so, and expecting more from us lacks empathy.  When I am concentrating on something, I literally cannot hear anything.  Deaf as a stump.  So if I am reading, and you talk to me, I will not hear it.  Part of my brain might record fragments to be played back later, but at the time, I cannot hear you.  If you expect me to listen, you must have my attention first; expecting to get my attention by talking to me is the height of hubris.  I can't hear you!

//the article itself is silly

My wife dosen't get this. We're in the same room. She's watching murder porn and I'm reading Fark. She will ask a question about the show she's watching and she does not believe that I haven't a clue as to what she's talking about. I literally don't hear anything going on around me when I'm reading.

Care to look up "literally" before the next time you use it?


Yeah, I know what it means and I used it correctly.
 
2014-01-31 09:23:20 AM

MutantMotherMouse: Boloxor the Insipid: It is true than many men do not listen sometimes.  Women get upset that the men are acting callously, but I assure that is not so, and expecting more from us lacks empathy.  When I am concentrating on something, I literally cannot hear anything.  Deaf as a stump.  So if I am reading, and you talk to me, I will not hear it.  Part of my brain might record fragments to be played back later, but at the time, I cannot hear you.  If you expect me to listen, you must have my attention first; expecting to get my attention by talking to me is the height of hubris.  I can't hear you!

//the article itself is silly

So, so very true. When something important needs to be conveyed to Mr. MMM, I prompt him several times to pay attention -- 'eyes over here, dear'. It's like having a perpetual 5-year-old. Or a lab, with less slobbering. Otherwise I just talk away, knowing he has no idea I'm even in the same room. But I can later say, 'I told you about this'.


From Terry Pratchett:
Sam Vimes could parallel process. Most husbands can. They learn to follow their own line of thought while at the same time listening to what their wives say. And the listening is important, because at any time they could be challenged and must be ready to quote the last sentence in full. A vital additional skill is being able to scan the dialogue for telltale phrases such as "and they can deliver it tomorrow" or "so I've invited them for dinner?" or "they can do it in blue, really quite cheaply."
 
2014-01-31 09:37:31 AM

acad1228: Speaker2Animals: acad1228: Boloxor the Insipid: It is true than many men do not listen sometimes.  Women get upset that the men are acting callously, but I assure that is not so, and expecting more from us lacks empathy.  When I am concentrating on something, I literally cannot hear anything.  Deaf as a stump.  So if I am reading, and you talk to me, I will not hear it.  Part of my brain might record fragments to be played back later, but at the time, I cannot hear you.  If you expect me to listen, you must have my attention first; expecting to get my attention by talking to me is the height of hubris.  I can't hear you!

//the article itself is silly

My wife dosen't get this. We're in the same room. She's watching murder porn and I'm reading Fark. She will ask a question about the show she's watching and she does not believe that I haven't a clue as to what she's talking about. I literally don't hear anything going on around me when I'm reading.

Care to look up "literally" before the next time you use it?

Yeah, I know what it means and I used it correctly.


You "literally" don't hear anything going on around you. So then your wife sailed a paper airplane across the room onto the book pages to ask you the question? Because you literally did not hear her question either, right?
 
2014-01-31 10:08:33 AM

Speaker2Animals: acad1228: Speaker2Animals: acad1228: Boloxor the Insipid: It is true than many men do not listen sometimes.  Women get upset that the men are acting callously, but I assure that is not so, and expecting more from us lacks empathy.  When I am concentrating on something, I literally cannot hear anything.  Deaf as a stump.  So if I am reading, and you talk to me, I will not hear it.  Part of my brain might record fragments to be played back later, but at the time, I cannot hear you.  If you expect me to listen, you must have my attention first; expecting to get my attention by talking to me is the height of hubris.  I can't hear you!

//the article itself is silly

My wife dosen't get this. We're in the same room. She's watching murder porn and I'm reading Fark. She will ask a question about the show she's watching and she does not believe that I haven't a clue as to what she's talking about. I literally don't hear anything going on around me when I'm reading.

Care to look up "literally" before the next time you use it?

Yeah, I know what it means and I used it correctly.

You "literally" don't hear anything going on around you. So then your wife sailed a paper airplane across the room onto the book pages to ask you the question? Because you literally did not hear her question either, right?


Yeah. She has to literally touch my arm or, if she's literally across the room, she has to literally throw something, like a ball of yarn, at me to get my attention. I literally don't hear anything. That includes dogs barking, doorbells or telephones. I know that words mean things, and I do know what "literally" means.
 
2014-01-31 10:09:14 AM

Boloxor the Insipid: It is true than many men do not listen sometimes.  Women get upset that the men are acting callously, but I assure that is not so, and expecting more from us lacks empathy.  When I am concentrating on something, I literally cannot hear anything.  Deaf as a stump.  So if I am reading, and you talk to me, I will not hear it.  Part of my brain might record fragments to be played back later, but at the time, I cannot hear you.  If you expect me to listen, you must have my attention first; expecting to get my attention by talking to me is the height of hubris.  I can't hear you!

//the article itself is silly


I will just add that if you want our full, undivided attention, I have just one word for you: boobies. Works every damn time.
 
2014-01-31 10:10:41 AM

HotWingAgenda: [marginalrevolution.com image 305x204]


/Leaving satisfied
 
2014-01-31 10:17:05 AM

MustardTiger: Ok, I'm either really farking stupid(strong possibility) or this device has been made before. Putting a "bug" in a room while you are not in the room is the same concept, right? You can hear them, but they can't hear you.


No, this is a circulator. The same concept has been used in radio for years - you connect your transmitter to one port, your antenna to the second port, and power from the former can go to the latter. But if you have an impedance mismatch (which you always do), some power will be reflected from the antenna and travel back up the pipe towards the transmitter. But fortunately, you've got your circulator there, and you connect a dummy load to the third port - reflected power is harmlessly dissipated by the dummy load and never reaches the transmitter.
 
2014-01-31 10:19:04 AM

Speaker2Animals: acad1228: Speaker2Animals: acad1228: Boloxor the Insipid: It is true than many men do not listen sometimes.  Women get upset that the men are acting callously, but I assure that is not so, and expecting more from us lacks empathy.  When I am concentrating on something, I literally cannot hear anything.  Deaf as a stump.  So if I am reading, and you talk to me, I will not hear it.  Part of my brain might record fragments to be played back later, but at the time, I cannot hear you.  If you expect me to listen, you must have my attention first; expecting to get my attention by talking to me is the height of hubris.  I can't hear you!

//the article itself is silly

My wife dosen't get this. We're in the same room. She's watching murder porn and I'm reading Fark. She will ask a question about the show she's watching and she does not believe that I haven't a clue as to what she's talking about. I literally don't hear anything going on around me when I'm reading.

Care to look up "literally" before the next time you use it?

Yeah, I know what it means and I used it correctly.

You "literally" don't hear anything going on around you. So then your wife sailed a paper airplane across the room onto the book pages to ask you the question? Because you literally did not hear her question either, right?


Not to jump in to this little grammar fight, but Merriam Webster says literally means virtually now too.  I also recall seeing a definition of literally == figuratively now as well.

lit·er·al·lyadverb \ˈli-tə-rə-lē, ˈli-trə-lē, ˈli-tər-lē\

Definition of LITERALLY
1:  in a literal sense or manner :  actually <took the remark literally> <was literally insane>
2:  in effect :  virtually <will literally turn the world upside down to combat cruelty or injustice - Norman Cousins>
 
2014-01-31 10:19:24 AM
So - you'll be able to have a club or rehearsal space next door and not know it?
 
2014-01-31 10:23:20 AM

acad1228:  I literally don't hear anything. That includes dogs barking, doorbells or telephones. I know that words mean things, and I do know what "literally" means.


You should have said you had brain damage. I wouldn't have challenged your grammar. I literally have never in my life met someone with this problem.
 
2014-01-31 10:40:39 AM

Speaker2Animals: acad1228:  I literally don't hear anything. That includes dogs barking, doorbells or telephones. I know that words mean things, and I do know what "literally" means.

You should have said you had brain damage. I wouldn't have challenged your grammar. I literally have never in my life met someone with this problem.


My God, but you're a bitter little animal. I'm not sure why you've chosen this day to look down your nose at me, but I do hope I've done my part in bracing up your ego.

BTW, no brain damage, just an ability to focus.
 
2014-01-31 11:37:30 AM

fusillade762: Great. They just invented the world's most expensive baby monitor.


I came in here to say this.
 
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