"Maintaining this level of surveillance is very burdensome for companies. According to the letters, AT&T has more than 100 full time employees assigned just to handle law enforcement requests, Verizon has 70, and Sprint has a whopping 226. That’s a lot of people power devoted solely to surveillance." Mobile Phone Surveillance by the Numbers
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Jul 9, 2012 -
Video the Vote.
"Starting this election... people like you and I... will document problems as they occur. We'll play them online, spread word through blogs and partner websites, doing our part to make sure the full story of our elections is told." via Rushkoff
posted by gsb
on Nov 1, 2006 -
: the Science Museum asks us the question "should we upgrade our mobile phone?" "No
" and "no
" say the Times and the Observer, but we still do: on average every 18 months. What's the problem? Well it isn't just the lead, arsenic, beryllium and brominated fire-retardant
cases (pollutants all) disappearing into our land fills (which are not covered by the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive [WEEE
] in Europe). Coltan also goes into our phones. It occurs mainly in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and as such our demand for upgrades has been contributing to a war
(despite mobile phone companies' claims to the contrary, coltan is not regulated like timber). If we must upgrade, we can at least recycle or
hack our old phones
posted by nthdegx
on Aug 7, 2006 -
In the UK, people are sending 100 million
SMS messages with their mobile phone every day, at prices that are far higher than you would expect. Now, some people have started an online campaign
to try and influence the mobile phone operators to drop their prices.
(more SMS statistics)
posted by SharQ
on Mar 14, 2006 -
Do you suffer from mobile telephone calls at inopportune times? Could you use a cute PA
to take calls for you while gaming, or asleep? A dissertation project from MIT by HCI
specialist Stefan Marti
may have your solution: Cellular Squirrel
Of course you will always want to talk to people who are thinking the same things as you
, so Cellular Squirrel waves and moves about rather than making a sound
. His oddly bulbous figure makes use of "socially strong non-verbal cues like gaze, posture, and gestures, to alert and interact with the user"
rather than intrusive alerts in order to minimise user stress and social disruption.
Cellular intermediaries also come in two other flavours: "a parrot and a cute bunny"
posted by NinjaPirate
on Aug 26, 2005 -
have been talking about it for a while, but this Music Identification Service for British
(nyt) mobile phones is finally here. For 50p, you can place your mobile phone next to any machine playing groovy unidentifiable music, and within a minute, it'll text and tell you what's playing. So far, I've worked out that it's great at identifying Sheryl Crow and Bush tracks, but it's not so good at identifying
traditional Greek folk music.
posted by seanyboy
on Sep 17, 2002 -
As if verbal and physical threats in the schoolyard
aren't enough. Give a bully a mobile phone and voila, another way of torturing another kid. But which is worse? Being picked on to your face or being bombarded with nasty text messages?
It seems that kids have a pretty rough go of it nowadays. It makes me glad I'm almost a grown up.
posted by quietfish
on Sep 4, 2002 -
Study: Mobile Phone Users Worse Than Drunk Drivers
It took mobile users half-a-second longer to react than normal, and one-third of a second longer than when they had been drinking.
They were also less able to maintain a constant speed and found it harder to keep a safe distance from the car in front. Participants in the study stated that they found it easier to drive drunk than when using a cell phone.
Here's the fun quote:"Eventually," said Dominic Burch, road safety campaign manager at Direct Line, "we would like to see the use of mobile phones when driving, both hand-held and hands-free, become as socially unacceptable as drink driving."
Nice graphic Here
that explains the time/distance it takes to stop. That fraction of a second = +46 feet stopping time over normal, and +33 over being drunk. More Here
and The Full Report
posted by Blake
on Mar 24, 2002 -
Sacrifice your mobile?
Not sure if the US of A is gripped by the text epidemic sweeping Europe, but this sounds a bit different. What messages would you send? (Clean ones please!)
posted by snowgoon
on Oct 15, 2001 -
While I originally thought that this
was a joke, in the 11/14 print version of Business2.com
mentions that they will be shipping and receiving "the goods" via WAP enabled phones. Aww jeah!
posted by thc
on Oct 27, 2000 -