Rumors and FCC Leaks

January 30, 2008

Banning Cell Phone Use While Driving

You have probably heard the statistic that a driver using a cell phone is as dangerous as a slightly drunk driver.  But did you know that the following countries have passed laws against it?

Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe

The United State's answer is a resounding: What do you mean?  We drive drunk all the time.  Only the following states have passed definitive bans against cell phone usage while driving:

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
  • New York

Many states have passed laws banning bus drivers from talking on cell phones while driving, and some states have pending laws on the subject.  Why does the U.S. federal government blackmail the states via highway funding on the issue of BAC intoxication standards but remain silent on this issue?

Okay, okay, driving drunk is one thing, cell phone use while driving is another.  I admit I partake from time to time, but I think the one that takes the cake is shooting video for podcasts or video presentations while driving.  A video of lane splitting is one thing, but imparting deep wisdom or funny anecdotes - do you really want to be distracted from driving reducing the quality of your spoken and recorded message?  Discuss.

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January 10, 2008

Cell Phone Dangers

Cell phones, like microwaves, haven't been around long enough to know beyond the shadow of a doubt that they are safe.  The following studies have linked cell phone usage to degraded health:

Cancer

The Institute for Environmental Medicine in Stokholm has proposed a 300% increased chance for the development of acoustic neuromas amongst decade-long cell phone users.

Brain damage

The Collaborative on Health and the Environment cites serious neuronal damage to rats when exposed to levels of cell phone radiation on a scale analogous to what humans routinely experience.

Infertility

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine recently revealed that cell phone use has a direct, sliding scale correlation with sperm count.  Men who use cell phones for more than four hours per day have up to a 25% decrease in sperm count.


Birth defects

The Biological Effects Laboratory in New Mexico cites various consequences of exposure to cell phone radiation that culminate in birth defects in pregnant females.  The exposure standard for their researchers is 100 times more stringent than the FCC's standard for civilian exposure.

Immune system changes

The Wiley Interscience Journal cites a study that determines elevation of PFC (antibody producing cells) count in response to exposure to low levels of cell phone radiation. 

Genetic damage

The Indian Journal of Human Genetics found “DNA migration” in 40% of the cell phone users they studied.

Sleep loss

MIT's Progress in Electromagnetic Research Symposium reported that cell phone radiation causes sleep deprivation by retarding the rate at which users move through the various stages of sleep.

Hopefully that's enough to make you think twice before strapping on a holster for your mobile phone.  Turn it off and stick it in a lead-encased desk drawer. 

February 12, 2007

SymSMB for S60v3 - WiFi File Sharing

Telexy Networks released SymSMB for S60v3. They claim nearly 10 thousand downloads since its release, the going rate is now 24.95 Euros. The PC client is compatible with Mac, Linux & all sorts of Windows derivatives.  These are the phones they claim compatibility with:

  • Nokia E60
  • Nokia E61
  • Nokia E61i
  • Nokia E65
  • Nokia E70
  • Nokia E90
  • Nokia N80
  • Nokia N91
  • Nokia N92
  • Nokia N93
  • Nokia N93i
  • Nokia N95
  • S60 3rd Edition