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Cellular Automotive

iStevoiStevo Registered User regular
edited July 2008 in Social Entropy++
I live in New York.

This means it is illegal for me to drive my car and talk on my cellphone at the same time, unless of course im a yuppie asshole and I use a bluetooth device, because everyone seems to love them, but also because point is to have both hands on the wheel.

But get this. I was slacking off at work yesterday and i read an article. The argument here is that even hands free devices should be banned, and 'experts' say its not holding the cellphone thats distracting, but the conversation itself.

My counter is thus: If its the conversation that is distracting, then shouldn't it also be illegal to have, say, a passanger? Or a child? Hell, lets eliminate the shadow of all doubt and get rid of the radio as well?

I live in New York. I regularily drive with one hand, and I do it well. I talk on my cell phone all the time in the car, and i have never, ever been pulled over or gotten into an accident in the five years i've had it.

What do you guys think about this bullshit?

...I'm so hip, I have difficulty seeing over my pelvis.
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  • Skull ManSkull Man RIP KUSU Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    there is a place where your butt is broken

    that is where you should put your cellphone

    also man does anyone say yuppie anymore

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  • ProlegomenaProlegomena Frictionless Spinning The VoidRegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    iDontcare

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  • PoorochondriacPoorochondriac Ah, man Ah, jeezRegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    A similar law goes into effect in L.A. on July 1st.

    I know this because somebody mentions it every two goddamn minutes on the radio.

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  • Burning OrganBurning Organ Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    If you have a passenger you have another set of eyes and ears, Y'know?

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited June 2008
    I'm not sure whether I agree with such laws or not, but one possibility I find people tend to overlook in this argument is that talking to someone on the phone may be inherently more distracting than talking to them in person. Personally I suspect that this is the case. I suspect that when we're talking on the phone our brains are doing more work building a mental image of what the person looks like, and trying to pull context out of verbal cues that we would normally get from body language from someone that's present even if we're only peripherally aware of said body language.

    I also have a low opinion of anyone that makes a blanket assumption about a group of people like assuming that everyone that has a bluetooth headset must be a "yuppie asshole".

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  • SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited June 2008
    D&D :arrow:

    I think the theory is that your brain works differently having a conversation with someone over the phone. Like, because they aren't there in the car with you, your brain has to imagine them so it's distracted from what's going on around you.

    But yeah, frankly, if they're going to ban that, they also need to ban driving during daylight hours in case the sun momentarily blinds you and also kill all wildlife in case you are momentarily distracted by the majesty of migrating swans or whatever the fuck I mean seriously there's a lot of stuff that can distract you a little bit how about people just prioritise their fucking attention?

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  • MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    iStevo
    Don't Panic

    Location: I'm so cool you could keep a side of meat in me for a month...

    :winky:

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  • iStevoiStevo Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    but the experts tell us that talking while driving is dangerous. whatever shall we do?

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited June 2008
    iStevo wrote: »
    but the experts tell us that talking while driving is dangerous. whatever shall we do?
    You're a dumbshit that started a topic as if you actually had something interesting to say about it but instead has nothing but snarky, unintelligent remarks. This thread sucks.
    Fear not, we may yet salvage it in spite of you and make it worthwhile.

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  • iStevoiStevo Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    MKR wrote: »
    iStevo
    Don't Panic

    Location: I'm so cool you could keep a side of meat in me for a month...

    :winky:

    Are you comming on to me, sir?

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    ...I'm so hip, I have difficulty seeing over my pelvis.
  • MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Let's talk about how everything that is awesome gives us cancer.

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  • iStevoiStevo Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    I started the thread to hear your opinions about a topic i though was dumb. Thank you for your contribution.

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    ...I'm so hip, I have difficulty seeing over my pelvis.
  • MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    iStevo wrote: »
    MKR wrote: »
    iStevo
    Don't Panic

    Location: I'm so cool you could keep a side of meat in me for a month...

    :winky:

    Are you comming on to me, sir?

    I'm suggesting that you are a penis refrigerator.

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  • SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited June 2008
    MKR wrote: »
    Let's talk about how everything that is awesome gives us cancer.

    God gives us cancer?

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  • MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    If we presume that there is some deity and that said deity interacts with its creation, then that is a reasonable statement.

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited June 2008
    iStevo's thread gave me cancer
    yet it's not awesome

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  • Me Too!Me Too! __BANNED USERS regular
    edited June 2008
    I heard a discussion about this on a radio talk show once
    And the host said that if it's such a distraction every driver that's a parent should be given a lifetime supply of duct tape

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  • Burning OrganBurning Organ Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    All awesome things cause cancers, but not all cancers are caused by awesome things.

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  • Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    I want to get one of those Jawbone Bluetooth headsets

    I hear they're really nice

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  • PoorochondriacPoorochondriac Ah, man Ah, jeezRegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    iStevo wrote: »
    I started the thread to hear your opinions about a topic i though was dumb. Thank you for your contribution.

    But you don't care about other opinions, gomer. You have made that abundantly clear.

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  • SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited June 2008
    Druhim wrote: »
    iStevo's thread gave me cancer
    yet it's not awesome

    If 'All awesome things give us cancer' is true, it doesn't necessarily stand that 'all things that give us cancer are awesome' need also be true.

    I think there's a mathematical term for that, but it escapes me.

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited June 2008
    iStevo wrote: »
    I started the thread to hear your opinions about a topic i though was dumb. Thank you for your contribution.

    But you don't care about other opinions, gomer. You have made that abundantly clear.
    ding ding ding

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  • MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Druhim wrote: »
    iStevo's thread gave me cancer
    yet it's not awesome

    That awesome things give us cancer does not necessarily indicate that anything that gives cancer is awesome.

    Bad threads are a good example of non-awesome things that give cancer.

    edit: damnit

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  • Me Too!Me Too! __BANNED USERS regular
    edited June 2008
    Druhim wrote: »
    iStevo's thread gave me cancer
    yet it's not awesome

    If 'All awesome things give us cancer' is true, it doesn't necessarily stand that 'all things that give us cancer are awesome' need also be true.

    I think there's a mathematical term for that, but it escapes me.

    I think it's the converse
    It's been a long time since I did logic proofs

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  • SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited June 2008
    I want to get one of those Jawbone Bluetooth headsets

    I hear they're really nice

    Yeah, I saw one of those in an 02 shop the other day and thought "That's awesome!" then noticed it costs as much as the iPhone so didn't buy it.

    Which is just as well because it would've given me cancer.

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  • Burning OrganBurning Organ Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Do we need to say that 3 times?

    EDIT: @MKR

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  • SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited June 2008
    Do we need to say that 3 times?

    EDIT: @MKR

    It makes it true if we do

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  • MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Do we need to say that 3 times?

    EDIT: @MKR

    I was typing it while everyone else was posting it.

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  • gazamcgazamc Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    oh no. you might have to wait until you stop your car to make that amazingly important call.

    whatever will you do? (except run less people over)

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  • PoorochondriacPoorochondriac Ah, man Ah, jeezRegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Druhim wrote: »
    iStevo wrote: »
    I started the thread to hear your opinions about a topic i though was dumb. Thank you for your contribution.

    But you don't care about other opinions, gomer. You have made that abundantly clear.
    ding ding ding

    What do I win?

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  • MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Druhim wrote: »
    iStevo wrote: »
    I started the thread to hear your opinions about a topic i though was dumb. Thank you for your contribution.

    But you don't care about other opinions, gomer. You have made that abundantly clear.
    ding ding ding

    What do I win?

    Recognition

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  • PoorochondriacPoorochondriac Ah, man Ah, jeezRegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    gazamc wrote: »
    oh no. you might have to wait until you stop your car to make that amazingly important call.

    whatever will you do? (except run less people over)

    Fewer

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  • PoorochondriacPoorochondriac Ah, man Ah, jeezRegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    MKR wrote: »
    Druhim wrote: »
    iStevo wrote: »
    I started the thread to hear your opinions about a topic i though was dumb. Thank you for your contribution.

    But you don't care about other opinions, gomer. You have made that abundantly clear.
    ding ding ding

    What do I win?

    Recognition

    Well, shit, that's all I ever want.

    Handy.

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  • SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited June 2008
    gazamc wrote: »
    oh no. you might have to wait until you stop your car to make that amazingly important call.

    whatever will you do? (except run less people over)

    Fewer

    Lesser

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  • iStevoiStevo Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Druhim wrote: »
    iStevo wrote: »
    I started the thread to hear your opinions about a topic i though was dumb. Thank you for your contribution.

    But you don't care about other opinions, gomer. You have made that abundantly clear.
    ding ding ding

    Just because I don't care about your opinions doesn't mean other people on the forum wouldn't, you selfish bastards. Way to kill decent conversation on a slow saturday morning.

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  • PoorochondriacPoorochondriac Ah, man Ah, jeezRegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    gazamc wrote: »
    oh no. you might have to wait until you stop your car to make that amazingly important call.

    whatever will you do? (except run less people over)

    Fewer

    Lesser

    Smaller

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  • gazamcgazamc Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    gazamc wrote: »
    oh no. you might have to wait until you stop your car to make that amazingly important call.

    whatever will you do? (except run less people over)

    Fewer

    but thats a rubbish word.

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  • SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited June 2008
    gazamc wrote: »
    oh no. you might have to wait until you stop your car to make that amazingly important call.

    whatever will you do? (except run less people over)

    Fewer

    Lesser

    Smaller

    Inferior

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  • Me Too!Me Too! __BANNED USERS regular
    edited June 2008
    On the rare occasions that my phone rings while I'm driving, I pull over and answer it
    There's only a couple of people who actually have my number, so chances are, if they're calling, it's important

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  • SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited June 2008
    Lol! wrote: »
    On the rare occasions that my phone rings while I'm driving, I pull over and answer it
    There's only a couple of people who actually have my number, so chances are, if they're calling, it's important

    Also, being as unpopular as you, the only time anyone would call you would be in your dreams, so you wouldn't want to run over any of the muggly-flumps.

    When a muggly-flump dies it turns into a bargle and then the bad dreams come again.

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