This one of the posts inspired by pure anger at my RIM Blackberry for a couple of reasons. I’ve written about the Blackberry Buzz, which causes a nearby PC or electronics to buzz when the Blackberry is recieving a call or data. I have thrown my Blackberry countless times across the room to put it out of range on my PC speakers which pick up the buzz. It annoys the hell out of me and is more than a little irritating (actually, it’s a GSM problem, I’m told). Every time it goes off, I swear I’m getting rid of it. I checked with RIM about a year ago and as I recall, a spokeperson said it would be a few years before the problem is fixed.
The other flaw is the Blackberry’s propensity to make calls without me actually knowing it. That one has the potential to be a real relationship ender. I carry my Blackberry in my pocket, hence the unwitting calls are made. They’re known as "pocket calls." With the Backberry bouncing around in my pocket, it must push the navigation wheel and make the call. Usually, it’s the last person [intentionally] dialed. Or it will make up it’s own number and call. I’ve spent time wondering if a confidential conversation was overheard. Sure, you can lock the keyboard, but that’s too much trouble, IMO. They’re embarrassing, too. I don’t like hearing from someone saying "hey, John, you just called me five times." Whoops, sorreeee.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
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