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What’s next porn adults can’t see? Teens using new ring tone adults can’t hear

Once again proving the law of unintended consequences today’s Seattle PI reports on a new cell phone ring tone that allows teens to use their phones undetected. The tone called “Teen Buzz” was developed from an anti-loitering device in use in Britian. I guess it was just a matter of time before someone said, “Hey, that sound is giving me a headache I bet it would make a great ringtone.” (I bet that is also how they decided to make a ringtone out of that stupid Black Eyed Peas song.)

As a public service to all you parents out there here is a link to the ringtone.

Other examples of the law of unintended consequences in todays news:

Apple being investigated by the EU.


Armor causing Humvees to roll. Despite warnings that uparmoring would reduce mobility and change the vehicles stability the uparmoring program continued at full speed ahead. Unfortunately at times what seems to be a really good solution to one problem causes a lot of other problems:

An analysis of the Army’s ground accident database, which includes records from March 2003 through November 2005, found that 60 of the 85 soldiers who died in Humvee accidents in Iraq — or 70 percent — were killed when the vehicle rolled, the newspaper reported. Of the 337 injuries, 149 occurred in rollovers.

“I believe the up-armoring has caused more deaths than it has saved,” said Scott Badenoch, a former Delphi Corp. vehicle dynamics expert told the Dayton Daily News for Sunday editions.

I don’t know if Mr. Badenoch’s statement is true or not, my gut feeling is no, but it does indicate that there should be a level of concern. If it is true it also vindicates early Pentagon decisions not to uparmor all Humvees in theatre. Maybe sometimes we should leave decisions to the experts.

Wizbang has more.

Update: Welcome readers of Melissa McNamara’s CBS News Blogophile.

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3 Responses to “What’s next porn adults can’t see? Teens using new ring tone adults can’t hear”

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    Dadmanly Says:

    The Cost of Armor

    Too bad the reporters of this propaganda piece couldn?t be bothered to squeeze any investigation into vehicle roll-over and accident rates more generally, or how accidents due to roll-overs could be compared to reasonable estimates of lives saved by t…

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    Charles bannerman Says:

    I have a friend who is a subcontractor to the primary contractor making the armor for field retrofits of armor to Humvees, Buffalos and other wheeled vehicles. When he was given the specifications for the armor plate, he told the primary contractor he was crazy to add that much weight above the center of gravity of the vehicle and recommended a different metal, lighter and almost as penetration resistant.
    I guess there are times when a little openness to suggestions is worthwhile.

    As to the ring tones. They don’t bother me as much as the fact that students are allowed to even have cell phones in class. That is why schools have lockers; to put personal property in. I can see why parents give their kids cell phones but come on- class rooms are not the place for phone conversations. Where the hell is the school administration and why are they allowing it?

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