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26 October 2007, Friday

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“A technicality is just someone ELSE’S civil rights.”

– Prof. Leipold

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Motorola MotoFONE F3 25 October 2007, Thursday

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So I picked up this mobile phone recently, replacing my old Verizon LG VX7000. It was a decent phone, as phones go; you can’t really blame it for poor coverage and reception. It was a little thick at a touch over 25mm (1″) and while definitely rugged, it had a lot of bloat that I neither needed nor wanted.

I figure in a handphone profile, you can either go stripper or ZOMGFEATURES!!11!!one!1!!eleven!1!1.

The VX was neither.

So I picked up the MotoFONE F3, which is not currently available in the US (and made a concurrent lateral jump to AT&T (formerly Cingular) — this is a story in and of itself in that I managed, due to the luck and good graces of JP — to not have to worry about hopping LATAs and thus was able to keep my old number. Yes, Virginia, there is a God, and his name is not FCC regulations and the necessity of keeping competition up by… what was it? Oh, right… preventing people from hopping carriers and keeping their old mobile numbers.

Anyhow, where was I?

Yes….

So the fascinating thing about this phone is that it is sort of the Luddite’s phone.

It does very little besides make and receive calls.

Let’s see.

  • Phone book
  • Alarm clock
  • Vibrate
  • Ringtones (like, OMFG!)
  • Keypad lock

That’s it!

But on the plus side:

  • 300+ hour standby (12 days)
  • 8+ hour talk time
  • Thinnest phone EVAR (9mm… or… maybe half the thickness of a deck of cards? It’s a touch thicker than a book of matches.)
  • Dual antennas
  • Consumer-grade ruggedization (this guy stomps on his, to no apparent damage) ostensibly designed for rural, third-world countries where you have lots of dust, water, and noise.
  • Cheap ($40 off eBay; no contract; fully unlocked)

I mean, spending money on a UI team has to be worth something (even if they make it worse AMIRITE LOLS????)

We’ll see how well it performs as a phone.

The saving grace of all the kitchen-sink devices these days is that even if they are poo as an auditory-communication device, at least you can txt and surf the web and get maps.

And get cancer…

… where’s my tin foil hat goddamnit!?

nb: Here’s a handy link to more information.

19 October 2007, Friday

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“What happens if the terrorist tells hostage 1 to kill hostage 2, but hostage 1 kills the terrorist? He goes on Letterman. That’s the law.”

“I could be charged with Shank-carrying in the first degree.”

– Prof. Leipold

A metric asston of negligence in the air smells bad. 18 October 2007, Thursday

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“If you take actual causation back far enough, my gunshot wound was because of dinosaurs!”

– Prof. Meyer

15 October 2007, Monday

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” When I was a undergrad, I took physics with a friend. When I took exams, I studied quite dilligently and memorized the formulae and applied them as necessary. I did relatively well. My friend, on the other hand, never studied and aced every exam. When I asked him what his secret was, he told me the following:

” ‘I look at the problem, and because I understand the nature of the universe, I merely derive the correct equation and apply it.’

” Some years later, I find out that my friend, who was David Mumford, had won the Fields.”

9 October 2007, Tuesday

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“Suppose Hopper’s contract bars her from having a job anywhere in the world every again. Certainly, her starving on the street poses an environmental issue.”

– Maggs

2 October 2007, Tuesday

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Suggested courses if you’re interested in a future in IP:

  • Administrative law
  • Antitrust law
  • Civil law jurisdictions (Internation law / non-common-law perspective)