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(The New York Times)   There's a town in America that blocks WiFi and cell service, it's called Utopia   (nytimes.com) divider line
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2020-03-06 2:01:09 PM  
Utopia? In West Virginia?

What's the going rate on ocean front property in this town, subby?
 
2020-03-06 2:11:17 PM  
Okay, but why are their "broadband" connections so narrow?
 
2020-03-06 2:19:03 PM  
Also, there's a town I know where the hipsters go.

/twitch, twitch
 
2020-03-06 2:20:49 PM  

Jack Sabbath: Also, there's a town I know where the hipsters go.

/twitch, twitch


Sees what you did there:
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2020-03-06 2:43:09 PM  
You know what is weird. I made reservations for a Disney Hotel...(okay that's not weird...well maybe)

And in the conformation letter they (Disney) felt the need to explain this:

Magnetic Fields
Common equipment, such as electric motors and radios, that produce electric and magnetic fields are utilized extensively throughout the world and also within our Resorts. These fields are generally no greater than you would experience in any urban environment or may be exposed to through common household appliances such as vacuum cleaners and hair dryers.
If you-or any member of your party-has questions regarding the above, you may speak with a Guest Relations Cast Member for details.
 
2020-03-06 2:48:44 PM  

optikeye: You know what is weird. I made reservations for a Disney Hotel...(okay that's not weird...well maybe)

And in the conformation letter they (Disney) felt the need to explain this:

Magnetic Fields
Common equipment, such as electric motors and radios, that produce electric and magnetic fields are utilized extensively throughout the world and also within our Resorts. These fields are generally no greater than you would experience in any urban environment or may be exposed to through common household appliances such as vacuum cleaners and hair dryers.
If you-or any member of your party-has questions regarding the above, you may speak with a Guest Relations Cast Member for details.


I would guess that there are certain medical implants one wouldn't want near magnetic fields

Also some crazy people you wouldn't want either. That easily protects against both issues
 
2020-03-06 2:53:09 PM  

optikeye: You know what is weird. I made reservations for a Disney Hotel...(okay that's not weird...well maybe)

And in the conformation letter they (Disney) felt the need to explain this:

Magnetic Fields
Common equipment, such as electric motors and radios, that produce electric and magnetic fields are utilized extensively throughout the world and also within our Resorts. These fields are generally no greater than you would experience in any urban environment or may be exposed to through common household appliances such as vacuum cleaners and hair dryers.
If you-or any member of your party-has questions regarding the above, you may speak with a Guest Relations Cast Member for details.


Because there are morons (asshole morons) who claim that they're "allergic" to cell phone radiation and wifi and obviously, Disney has deep pockets.  I wouldn't be surprised to learn that they've had to deal with any number of these specious cases so far.
 
2020-03-06 2:53:51 PM  

optikeye: You know what is weird. I made reservations for a Disney Hotel...(okay that's not weird...well maybe)

And in the conformation letter they (Disney) felt the need to explain this:

Magnetic Fields
Common equipment, such as electric motors and radios, that produce electric and magnetic fields are utilized extensively throughout the world and also within our Resorts. These fields are generally no greater than you would experience in any urban environment or may be exposed to through common household appliances such as vacuum cleaners and hair dryers.
If you-or any member of your party-has questions regarding the above, you may speak with a Guest Relations Cast Member for details.


Have you ever met the hypochondriacs who claim that magnetic fields in a pigeon's noggin 5000 miles away can disalign their chakras or somesuch?  Yet can't display this incredible sensitivity in any controlled environment?  Disney doesn't want to have to deal with those farksticks bothering minimum-wage teenagers working in their hotels.  Or said farkstick throwing a tantrum in their lobbies so bad even the toddlers say  "Damn, biatch, have some self-respect".

/And yes, high-powered electro-magnetic fields can hurt people
//But unless you are being anally-probed by a cyclotron or have the high-voltage lines wrapped around your torso, you are not in danger
/// Even then, just relax and breathe deeply until you adjust to the cyclotron
 
2020-03-06 2:56:58 PM  

Murflette: I would guess that there are certain medical implants one wouldn't want near magnetic fields


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2020-03-06 3:05:21 PM  
I'll take "Towns full of serial killers for $100 Alex"
 
2020-03-06 3:25:18 PM  

Juc: I'll take "Towns full of serial killers for $100 Alex"


Many of my best friends are radio astronomers, and only a few of them are serial killers.
 
2020-03-06 3:37:30 PM  

Petit_Merdeux: Okay, but why are their "broadband" connections so narrow?


Small town in a very remote part of the state.  I imagine that their only options are dial-up, mini-sat (that uses dial-up for the uplink), or DSL from a distant DSLAM (so speeds are going to suck).
 
2020-03-06 3:54:23 PM  
I've visited that town lots of times when doing an astronomy party in Northern Virginia Astronony Club.  The general rule of the area outside of the 10 mile bubble around green bank is your antenna can't be pointed toward greenbank.  Otherwise you can have radio signal up there including cell signals.   I think Circleville is in the area but you can get signals depending on where you are.
 
2020-03-06 4:17:16 PM  

phalamir: optikeye: You know what is weird. I made reservations for a Disney Hotel...(okay that's not weird...well maybe)

And in the conformation letter they (Disney) felt the need to explain this:

Magnetic Fields
Common equipment, such as electric motors and radios, that produce electric and magnetic fields are utilized extensively throughout the world and also within our Resorts. These fields are generally no greater than you would experience in any urban environment or may be exposed to through common household appliances such as vacuum cleaners and hair dryers.
If you-or any member of your party-has questions regarding the above, you may speak with a Guest Relations Cast Member for details.

Have you ever met the hypochondriacs who claim that magnetic fields in a pigeon's noggin 5000 miles away can disalign their chakras or somesuch?  Yet can't display this incredible sensitivity in any controlled environment?  Disney doesn't want to have to deal with those farksticks bothering minimum-wage teenagers working in their hotels.  Or said farkstick throwing a tantrum in their lobbies so bad even the toddlers say  "Damn, biatch, have some self-respect".

/And yes, high-powered electro-magnetic fields can hurt people
//But unless you are being anally-probed by a cyclotron or have the high-voltage lines wrapped around your torso, you are not in danger
/// Even then, just relax and breathe deeply until you adjust to the cyclotron


I had one at my hotel who walked into the lobby wearing rubber hip waders, dishwashing gloves, a raincoat, and a Gilligan hat stuffed with tinfoil.

He wanted to be shown a room first to see if he could handle it. He yelled in "pain" when I turned on the bathroom fluorescents and he had me unplug the fridge before hed would rent the room. The Wi-Fi node right behind his back wall didn't seem to bother him at all, even though he said he was "allergic" to Wi-Fi signals.
 
2020-03-06 4:29:15 PM  
All of the wackos with 'radio sensitivity' go and live in these areas instead of getting the psychological help they require.
 
2020-03-06 4:31:27 PM  

Jgok: phalamir: optikeye: You know what is weird. I made reservations for a Disney Hotel...(okay that's not weird...well maybe)

And in the conformation letter they (Disney) felt the need to explain this:

Magnetic Fields
Common equipment, such as electric motors and radios, that produce electric and magnetic fields are utilized extensively throughout the world and also within our Resorts. These fields are generally no greater than you would experience in any urban environment or may be exposed to through common household appliances such as vacuum cleaners and hair dryers.
If you-or any member of your party-has questions regarding the above, you may speak with a Guest Relations Cast Member for details.

Have you ever met the hypochondriacs who claim that magnetic fields in a pigeon's noggin 5000 miles away can disalign their chakras or somesuch?  Yet can't display this incredible sensitivity in any controlled environment?  Disney doesn't want to have to deal with those farksticks bothering minimum-wage teenagers working in their hotels.  Or said farkstick throwing a tantrum in their lobbies so bad even the toddlers say  "Damn, biatch, have some self-respect".

/And yes, high-powered electro-magnetic fields can hurt people
//But unless you are being anally-probed by a cyclotron or have the high-voltage lines wrapped around your torso, you are not in danger
/// Even then, just relax and breathe deeply until you adjust to the cyclotron

I had one at my hotel who walked into the lobby wearing rubber hip waders, dishwashing gloves, a raincoat, and a Gilligan hat stuffed with tinfoil.

He wanted to be shown a room first to see if he could handle it. He yelled in "pain" when I turned on the bathroom fluorescents and he had me unplug the fridge before hed would rent the room. The Wi-Fi node right behind his back wall didn't seem to bother him at all, even though he said he was "allergic" to Wi-Fi signals.


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2020-03-06 5:07:30 PM  
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2020-03-06 11:20:16 PM  
What is "HAM" radio? What does that stand for?
 
2020-03-07 3:50:17 AM  

Pershing123: What is "HAM" radio? What does that stand for?


Oh you are a young amateur,  "HAM" radio  ...well I'll just get on the horn and have dittybopper explain it.
 
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