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Your Trusty "Cell"

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Plate Cap
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Your Trusty "Cell"

Post by Plate Cap » Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:18 am

Per previous discussions on the ‘fragility’ of cellular networks, how easily they can be disrupted, and the folly of folks assuming their mobile telephone to be a proper replacement for landline phones, please read this article, which is quite contemporaneous.

http://tinyurl.com/y9tvot4y

With the popular conception of most people that their trusty “cells” (I had always that term referred to a room in which a prisoner was incarcerated) can do anything, from predicting the weather to curing smelly feet, the assumption is that the devices, and by extension, the networks are bulletproof. Nothing could be further from the truth.

In this case, a scientific 'curiosity', of interest to only some, will likely crash a local network, despite warning. Imagine what a large disaster would do.

It’s common for an event in one location, such as severe storm in Texas, can paralyze cellular systems in other places, like California, with large numbers of people picking up the phone and calling their Aunt Minnie in Texas to inquire if she is okay.

Don’t cut your cord quite yet.


The box that many broadcasters won’t look outside of was made in 1969 and hasn’t changed significantly since.

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Re: Your Trusty "Cell"

Post by audiophile » Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:52 am

One issue is some providers route voice and data through same 4G connection. This is what AT&T does.

At one time Verizon routed calls through 3G, and data through 4G, so streaming shouldn't mess with phone calls.


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Re: Your Trusty "Cell"

Post by bmw » Fri Jun 09, 2017 5:47 pm

You can mark my words on this - the biggest post-eclipse story will be eye damage. It happened during the 1994 eclipse. Now that everybody has cell cameras and will be looking right up at the sun, there will be hundreds if not thousands of stories of people who stared at it for too long and suffered damage to their vision.



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Re: Your Trusty "Cell"

Post by sfpcc » Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:11 pm

There was a story on Channel 4's newscast about a couple who bulit a house with an observatory just so they can't view the eclipse. It's built in a rural location high on a hill. It would be funny if they overslept.



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Re: Your Trusty "Cell"

Post by rugratsonline » Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:02 pm

sfpcc wrote:
Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:11 pm
There was a story on Channel 4's newscast about a couple who bulit a house with an observatory just so they can't view the eclipse. It's built in a rural location high on a hill. It would be funny if they overslept.
Or even more funny if it happened to be an overcast or rainy day. A few years ago, we in the Tampa Bay area was denied the Venus transit viewing because it rained all night.



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