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Since: 16.10.02
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.95
Remember the good 'ol days when you'd see a person walking down the street talking to themselves and assumed they were crazy?
People with these Bluetooth headsets need to wear a special hat, carry a flag,..something.
Ever had a person standing next to you say "hi" and you respond only to discover they are on the phone and not talking to you?
Ever go into a store and come back to the car and your signigicant other is asking questions not even meant for you and it takes you five minutes to realize that, cause their headset is in their right ear, invisible to you, the driver?

I feel like DeNiro: "Are you talking to ME?"

Guess that's more than one question.

Last week I saw a mom in a store parking lot talking angrily and jabbing the air with her index finger. I just had to stop and stare until I realized she was chewing out her daughter back home for something.

I don't know how you guys in urban areas can deal. NYC must be a hoot. All the trains filled with chatter of people talking, but nobody's talking to each other.

Ah, technology....





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Since: 18.2.04
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That reminds me of the Southwest Airlines commercial where the man and woman are sitting in the boardroom and he's talking all sweet to her and she professes how much she likes him, too...and then he turns his head and you see the earpiece in his ear....freakin hilarious.





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Since: 16.10.02
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.95
    Originally posted by TwisterF5
    That reminds me of the Southwest Airlines commercial where the man and woman are sitting in the boardroom and he's talking all sweet to her and she professes how much she likes him, too...and then he turns his head and you see the earpiece in his ear....freakin hilarious.




Yeah, I thought of that once I started typing my post. Funny 'cause it's true. The international symbol for "I'm on the phone" is a hand pressed to the ear. Without seeing that, how are we supposed to know?



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Yes, I'm one of those people. I'm on my third headset. I'm JUST starting to see others using them.

I never would have imagined how much nicer it is to use than a wired headset. They're awesome.

Yes, I get funny looks. People ask about it regularly. The question usually starts out with somebody asking me if the headset itself is actually my phone.

I also use Bluetooth connectivity to pair my phone with my laptop for synchronizing contacts, file transferring, and for modem purposes (using my handset's GPRS capability as a laptop modem.)

It's pretty sweet.

Motorola's coming out with one that actually picks up your voice through your ear canal. That eliminates the need for the mic stem, so I can envision a day in the not too distant future when the thing will be no more visible than a hearing aid.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.57
    Originally posted by Mr Heel II
    Motorola's coming out with one that actually picks up your voice through your ear canal. That eliminates the need for the mic stem, so I can envision a day in the not too distant future when the thing will be no more visible than a hearing aid.

I'm pretty sure this sort of thing is how we humans ended up being stuck in the Matrix.

Seriously though, that would simply make it all that much more difficult. As it is I no longer know who to just give dirty looks to and who to cross the street to avoid.
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Since: 12.1.02
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Working in a retail store, this kind of thing happens to me all the time. And I find it annoying as hell. I've often commented (though not to these people's faces) that it's ironic that we've developed technology that allows you to speak to anyone in the world and hear their voice directly in your ear anywhere you go, and at the same time people have lost the ability to conduct conversations with people to their face.

And it's gonna get worse before it gets better. Yup, the Machines are taking over.




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Since: 24.3.02
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I've had that. You see a guy who is apparently talking to himself. You think they're crazy, then finally you realize they're talking on the phone to someone.



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I travel a lot and it usual for someone next to you in the airport to just start talking (usually fairly loudly).

But there's been a few times. Once, I was at an airport bar watching a game or something and a guy came up behind me (you sort of feel that), paused, and said "Hey, Curt, How ya doing - long time" (my real name is Curt). I turned around, didn't recognize him - but I teach more than 500 students in an average year, so I said - "not to bad how are you - You were in my Lonworks class - right? (That's about three quarters of my classes). He got this look like I was crazy, turned, and I saw the headset.

Damn Cellphones.



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Since: 7.2.02
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.80

I've also had the "hey, that guy must be talking on a cell phone", only to find out that he WAS talking to himself.

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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    And it's gonna get worse before it gets better. Yup, the Machines are taking over.



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Since: 13.1.03
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This happens to me just walking into the computer room while my wife is playing World of Warcrack... er, Warcraft. I have to look to see if she's pushing a button on the other keyboard to tell if she's talking to me or someone else.



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Since: 7.2.04
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Personally, I hate cellphones in general, since I do believe that it is healthy for a human being to be disconnected from other people for short stretches of time, to have privacy, to be alone sometimes, and so when people get all freakin' cybertron with their micro-mini earpieces and their fancy glowing faceplates and their John-Cena-yelling-THE-CHAMP-IS-HERE ringtones, and their MP3s that play right inside their brains via telepathy and whatever else has become optional cellphone technology this week, then yeah, I get pretty annoyed.



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Since: 12.1.02
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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.29
On the other hand... I bet'cha the person who created the wireless headset is laughing his or her ass off right now, just from the hilarity of seeing all these people apparently talking to themselves. (And, for that matter, that person's laughing all the way to the bank.)



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Since: 9.1.02
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.52
    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    Working in a retail store, this kind of thing happens to me all the time. And I find it annoying as hell. I've often commented (though not to these people's faces) that it's ironic that we've developed technology that allows you to speak to anyone in the world and hear their voice directly in your ear anywhere you go, and at the same time people have lost the ability to conduct conversations with people to their face.


We get people using these damn things while we're trying to take their order. You'll be offering them some option they can have, and then MID-SENTENCE they just start talking to some guy as you realize that while they were listening to you and even answering back with their order, they were also dialing "Mike" with their phone under the table.

At first it was just annoying, but rare. Lately I've started giving them a ten minute "time out" before going back and starting again. It's amazing that you can walk right away from them in the middle of ordering dinner and they don't even realize that you're gone for a few minutes. My staff have also picked up on the fact that if they're pushy in trying to get the person's attention in that situation, they don't have to worry too much about me siding with the customer as far as "who was ruder".

And yeah, I've also one guy was on a headset when they were really just crazy.


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Since: 7.11.02
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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
    Originally posted by Stilton
    Personally, I hate cellphones in general, since I do believe that it is healthy for a human being to be disconnected from other people for short stretches of time, to have privacy, to be alone sometimes, and so when people get all freakin' cybertron with their micro-mini earpieces and their fancy glowing faceplates and their John-Cena-yelling-THE-CHAMP-IS-HERE ringtones, and their MP3s that play right inside their brains via telepathy and whatever else has become optional cellphone technology this week, then yeah, I get pretty annoyed.


You can't turn off cell phones in Canada? That happens to be my favorite feature on my cell phone. As far as the rest of it, if you're alone, then none of that stuff can bother you (assuming that, in the absence of that power switch thingie, you can put your cell phone under a mattress, in the trunk of your car, or in another room).



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Yep...I'm starting to get used to it though because I live in a smaller state and not any big cities.



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