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Tucson_Tim
2007-Oct-31, 07:20 PM
If someone in the seat next to you starts to bother you while flying coach, just open up your laptop so that he/she can see your screen and go to this site:

http://www.thecleverest.com/countdown.swf

ETA: To keep 01101001 from making a third post admonishing me about not describing the link - It's a 10-second countdown with some Arabic text at the top, designed to look like a countdown to an explosion of some sort.

ETA: For those who take things too seriously - this is a JOKE.

01101001
2007-Oct-31, 07:29 PM
How about a verbal description for those of us for whom it only displays an empty white browser page? Or, for those who like to know what they're going to see?

Noclevername
2007-Oct-31, 07:30 PM
WARNING: Do not ever, ever do this ever.

Tucson_Tim
2007-Oct-31, 07:32 PM
How about a verbal description for those of us for whom it only displays an empty white browser page?

Works for IE. Are you using another browser?

It sort of ruins the effect to describe it. It won't get you in trouble at work or home - just on a plane.

NEOWatcher
2007-Oct-31, 07:32 PM
Actually; that one is rather old (I saw it a few years ago).

Besides, I would probably put that in movie cliches anyway.

Tucson_Tim
2007-Oct-31, 07:34 PM
Actually; that one is rather old (I saw it a few years ago).

Besides, I would probably put that in movie cliches anyway.

It's at least a couple years old - I was just clearing my old ** bookmarks and saw it again.

Kelfazin
2007-Oct-31, 07:36 PM
If someone in the seat next to you starts to bother you while flying coach, just open up your laptop so that he/she can see your screen and go to this site:

http://www.thecleverest.com/countdown.swf

(WARNING: Guaranteed to get you arrested/interrogated :lol:)

:lol: I laughed.



How about a verbal description for those of us for whom it only displays an empty white browser page? Or, for those who like to know what they're going to see?

It's a large-font countdown clock with some arabic script..starts countdown at 10 seconds

Tucson_Tim
2007-Oct-31, 07:37 PM
It's a large-font countdown clock with some arabic script..countdown starts at around 9 seconds.

Maybe someone here can translate the "arabic" script - if it isn't gibberish.

weatherc
2007-Oct-31, 07:37 PM
WARNING: Do not ever, ever do this ever.Just wanted to repeat that, in case anyone didn't catch it the first time. :lol:

Kelfazin
2007-Oct-31, 07:38 PM
Maybe someone here can translate the "arabic" script - if it isn't gibberish.

It probably says "Eat at Mahatma's" or something lol.

Tucson_Tim
2007-Oct-31, 07:40 PM
It probably says "Eat at Mahatma's" or something lol.

I just hope it doesn't say something awful.

The Backroad Astronomer
2007-Oct-31, 07:40 PM
Maybe someone here can translate the "arabic" script - if it isn't gibberish.
If you can read this you are to close.:)

Noclevername
2007-Oct-31, 07:41 PM
Never, do you hear me? Under no possible circumstances. EVER.

The Backroad Astronomer
2007-Oct-31, 07:43 PM
Never, do you hear me? Under no possible circumstances. EVER.
Should do it work with a supervisor over my shoulder.

Tucson_Tim
2007-Oct-31, 07:45 PM
Just hope no one is perusing BAUT while on a flight. :surprised

Noclevername
2007-Oct-31, 07:49 PM
Not even on a dare.

Demigrog
2007-Oct-31, 07:49 PM
Just hope no one is perusing BAUT while on a flight. :surprised

If you've got internet access on a flight, you're probably violating the Cell Phone ban anyway. :)

Tucson_Tim
2007-Oct-31, 07:51 PM
If you've got internet access on a flight, you're probably violating the Cell Phone ban anyway. :)

I thought that cell phones were being allowed now? (I haven't flown in years and hope never to have to again . . .)

Noclevername
2007-Oct-31, 07:59 PM
I thought that cell phones were being allowed now? (I haven't flown in years and hope never to have to again . . .)

Nope. They still have to be off, and Mythbusters showed why. Laptops with no wireless connection are allowed.

PS, don't do it.

Kelfazin
2007-Oct-31, 08:01 PM
You can use one while on the ground, even while taxiing after landing, but not while in the air. Messes with the instruments.

01101001
2007-Oct-31, 08:04 PM
Works for IE. Are you using another browser?

Plain vanilla and up-to-date XP. I don't recall ever seeing Flash junk not work -- except one period when YouTube was supplying broken stuff. It's still plain white nothingness.

(If you describe a linked visual target, you can save people a trip to view something they've already seen or may not wish to, enlighten people with visual deficits, short-circuit display problems, and probably gain more.)

Kelzafin described it later and thanks for that. (Yeah, I've seen it before.)

Tucson_Tim
2007-Oct-31, 08:05 PM
Nope. They still have to be off, and Mythbusters showed why. Laptops with no wireless connection are allowed.

PS, don't do it.

Some airlines allow them when the plane is taxiing to/from the runway. Also Shenzhen Airlines announced that passengers will soon be able to access the internet and use their mobile phones during flights. The service will be provided by OnAir, a Swiss-based technology firm.

Kelfazin
2007-Oct-31, 08:08 PM
Some airlines allow them when the plane is taxiing to/from the runway. Also Shenzhen Airlines announced that passengers will soon be able to access the internet and use their mobile phones during flights. The service will be provided by OnAir, a Swiss-based technology firm.

I imagine a lot of airlines will start having internet access on board. The United flights I was last week all have satellite radio through a plug in the armrest now, not too far from hooking up a computer.

Tucson_Tim
2007-Oct-31, 08:08 PM
If you describe a linked visual target, you can save people a trip to view something they've already seen or may not wish to, enlighten people with visual deficits, short-circuit display problems, and probably gain more.


Thanks for the lecture. I read that thread too. If you care to look at my dozens of posts where I have supplied a link you'll see that I've done that every time but this one.

Gain more what?

Noclevername
2007-Oct-31, 08:09 PM
(don't)

The_Radiation_Specialist
2007-Oct-31, 08:13 PM
I did.

Matherly
2007-Oct-31, 08:30 PM
Noclevername,

Your looking at this all wrong. This is a chance for evolution to weed out some of the not-so-bright genes from the pool.

Noclevername
2007-Oct-31, 08:30 PM
I did.

:naughty:

Tucson_Tim
2007-Oct-31, 08:32 PM
Noclevername,

Your looking at this all wrong. This is a chance for evolution to weed out some of the not-so-bright genes from the pool.

Only if they are executed. Otherwise, they'll be out after a firm "hand slapping" and allowed to continue breeding . . . :sad:

Noclevername
2007-Oct-31, 08:51 PM
Your looking at this all wrong. This is a chance for evolution to weed out some of the not-so-bright genes from the pool.

Or to make the next big action film; "Stupes On A Plane"

Laguna
2007-Oct-31, 09:18 PM
Nope. They still have to be off, and Mythbusters showed why. Laptops with no wireless connection are allowed.

PS, don't do it.
Nope, at least on board of european airlines you are allowed to use cellphones. The European Aviation Safety Agency does allow it.

The Backroad Astronomer
2007-Oct-31, 09:19 PM
oh darn it does not work at work.

Tucson_Tim
2007-Oct-31, 09:20 PM
oh darn it does not work at work.

That's probably a good thing! :)

Kelfazin
2007-Oct-31, 09:25 PM
oh darn it does not work at work.

That's funny...neither do I :)

The Backroad Astronomer
2007-Oct-31, 09:27 PM
That's probably a good thing! :)
Oh probably a good thing, just to see them jump. I use to have a t shirt that had a giant radiations sign that said if you can read this you are to close.

Kelfazin
2007-Oct-31, 09:27 PM
Nope, at least on board of european airlines you are allowed to use cellphones. The European Aviation Safety Agency does allow it.


Well all of us here in America know that Europe is still basically in the dark ages (they still have kings and queens..I mean honestly!) so what can they possibly know about air safety?


:D

The Backroad Astronomer
2007-Oct-31, 09:28 PM
That's funny...neither do I :)
You would be called management here.

CodeSlinger
2007-Oct-31, 09:31 PM
I didn't see the MythBuster episode, but the episode summaries I have been able to find online essentially say this:

When they set up some typical aircraft instruments along with some cellphones inside a Faraday cage (to eliminate outside interference), the instruments did show some interference. However, when they tested cell phones on a private aircraft on the ground, the instruments showed no interference. The conclusion they came to was that the FAA is simply playing it safe with the "no cell phones" rule, because they can't test all possible combinations of aircraft instruments + cell phones.

Kelfazin
2007-Oct-31, 09:40 PM
You would be called management here.

When my boss asks, I just tell her I'm very efficient at time management. She naturally assumes I've completed all my work. What I don't explain is that my time management consists of reading BAUT for 9 hours and working vigorously for 1 hour every day (I work 4 ten hour days a week) heh.

The Backroad Astronomer
2007-Oct-31, 09:51 PM
When my boss asks, I just tell her I'm very efficient at time management. She naturally assumes I've completed all my work. What I don't explain is that my time management consists of reading BAUT for 9 hours and working vigorously for 1 hour every day (I work 4 ten hour days a week) heh.
As long as you know what is really important.

Noclevername
2007-Oct-31, 10:03 PM
The old "accidental" spilled drink in the lap is a lot less likely to land you in jail or lynched by overzealous co-passengers. ;)

KaiYeves
2007-Oct-31, 10:05 PM
Nope, at least on board of european airlines you are allowed to use cellphones. The European Aviation Safety Agency does allow it.
Rats! So I can't talk to you guys if I go on another 18 hour flight? Darn!

Swift
2007-Nov-01, 03:22 AM
Not only is it a bad idea, it is not a new one. I remember someone's funny computer column from one of the PC magazines at least ten years ago with a little batch file you could stick in someone's autoexec file. In those days the airport security types would make you turn on your computer and would watch it till you got the boot screen. This thing would put a 9... 8... 7... etc. countdown on the screen. I never heard if anyone got arrested for that stunt. Really, if you want to play pranks on people, do it to people who don't have guns.

Tucson_Tim
2007-Nov-01, 03:34 AM
Not only is it a bad idea, it is not a new one.

It was a joke, you know. I can't believe you thought I was serious. :surprised

I also stated that it was an old link.

The Backroad Astronomer
2007-Nov-01, 03:37 AM
I was joking too at least I think I was.

Maksutov
2007-Nov-01, 04:57 AM
Oh probably a good thing, just to see them jump. I use to have a t shirt that had a giant radiations sign that said if you can read this you are to close.That would explain your healthy glow.

Remember that folks tend to get pretty critical if the glow is blue.

Stuart van Onselen
2007-Nov-01, 09:39 AM
Really, if you want to play pranks on people, do it to people who don't have guns.

Not to mention people who have the chronic loss of sense-of-humour, and the God-complex, that TSA "operatives" are reputed to have.

Not that I was planning to anyway, but I now refuse to fly to the USA, or even land there to catch a connecting flight.

If I'm going to be treated like a criminal, I would at least like to have the fun of committing a crime, first!

Halcyon Dayz
2007-Nov-01, 10:01 AM
UK-minister held for questioning (http://www.daylife.com/article/08Sufxcd6wbAb), again.

The irony being that he was on his way back from a counter-terrorism conference. :whistle:

SeanF
2007-Nov-01, 01:53 PM
Not that I was planning to anyway, but I now refuse to fly to the USA, or even land there to catch a connecting flight.
It worked! :dance:

Just kidding, Stuart. ;)

closetgeek
2007-Nov-01, 02:27 PM
Yeah, I wouldn't suggest it either. Airport security seems to lack any and all sense of humor. Believe me, that is first hand experience!


WARNING: Do not ever, ever do this ever.

mugaliens
2007-Nov-01, 04:43 PM
WARNING: Do not ever, ever do this ever.

Agreed. Totally.

Even an obvious "joke" threat of any kind (bomb or bumperstickers) when other pax are aboard is still a felony.

Rather, just start talking about your evening-hour activities, what they involve, etc. Cross some lines. Be imaginative. If you wind up drawing them out, then you can always say, "I spotted you a mile away. Now that I'm sure, leave me alone."

If they don't, just ask the stewardess for a seat change because the pax is harrassing you.

Tucson_Tim
2007-Nov-01, 06:42 PM
Or to make the next big action film; "Stupes On A Plane"

Anyone who would consider doing this on a commercial plane deserves a starring role, because they are definitely dumber than a doorknob. :)

KaiYeves
2007-Nov-01, 09:33 PM
Really, if you want to play pranks on people, do it to people who don't have guns.
Truer words were never said.

Noclevername
2007-Nov-01, 09:57 PM
Anyone who would consider doing this on a commercial plane deserves a starring role, because they are definitely dumber than a doorknob. :)

Shame on you, leading all those poor doorknobs into trouble. :)

The Backroad Astronomer
2007-Nov-04, 08:04 PM
The only reason to bring this thread back to life is note that baut has been banned at work now so I will only posting at home. At least I have week to ease into it I have vacation starting tomorrow,

Neverfly
2007-Nov-04, 08:12 PM
The only reason to bring this thread back to life is note that baut has been banned at work now so I will only posting at home. At least I have week to ease into it I have vacation starting tomorrow,

This is bad news.

:(

The Backroad Astronomer
2007-Nov-04, 08:15 PM
tell me about it, well at least I have magazines and books.

The_Radiation_Specialist
2007-Nov-04, 08:35 PM
Have you considered trying some proxies, or would that be too risky?
FWIW, if they banned the site through a blocked site lost in IE, you could, if for example, try firefox portable, the proxy add on would be a bonus too.

This of course, is merely a suggestion only if you have in mind the possibility of going around it.

The Backroad Astronomer
2007-Nov-04, 08:37 PM
have not thought of it but intertube communication is getting pretty restrictive there.

Tucson_Tim
2007-Nov-04, 08:43 PM
have not thought of it but intertube communication is getting pretty restrictive there.

Did they only ban BAUT?

The Backroad Astronomer
2007-Nov-04, 08:48 PM
no over the last few months they have banned game sites and anything that does not support the selling of hotel rroms (my job) Baut seemed pretty safe until I walked yesterday to long on then the screen saying this site was blocked etc. odd thing is that the ba website is not neither is the voting site for the blog awards,

The Backroad Astronomer
2007-Nov-04, 08:54 PM
well actually I have go to job now, you guys can still contact me through email here.

KaiYeves
2007-Nov-04, 09:24 PM
Responding to title:
Burp really loudly.

The Backroad Astronomer
2007-Nov-05, 05:35 PM
I think someone at head office just say this website appearing a lot and decided to ban it from there, JREF and ApolloHoax websites are not blocked.

Neverfly
2007-Nov-05, 05:41 PM
I think someone at head office just say this website appearing a lot and decided to ban it from there, JREF and ApolloHoax websites are not blocked.

It's a conspiracy!


Actually IT has a tendancy to block anything they feel may be a distraction from work. It usually has little to do with the content of the blocked material.

KaiYeves
2007-Nov-06, 02:21 PM
My school librarian saw me looking at the BA's blog and said she would ban it, because she thought the name "Bad Astronomy" sounded dirty. I don't think she did it, though.

And, obviously, message boards are banned at school, so I post from home or other people's laptops.

The Backroad Astronomer
2007-Nov-06, 05:51 PM
It's a conspiracy!


Actually IT has a tendancy to block anything they feel may be a distraction from work. It usually has little to do with the content of the blocked material.
The IT department is actually at the head office, the mangement joke was for the local ones.

montebianco
2007-Dec-25, 02:54 PM
Maybe someone here can translate the "arabic" script - if it isn't gibberish.

It would be less gibberish-like if it were written from right-to-left (as it is supposed to be) instead of left-to-right.

BigDon
2007-Dec-25, 08:39 PM
My school librarian saw me looking at the BA's blog and said she would ban it, because she thought the name "Bad Astronomy" sounded dirty. I don't think she did it, though.

Awww she's probably old. Back when I was a kid "giving someone a BA" was mooning them, as it was an acronym for Bare *donkey*. There was also other names depending on how elaborate you got with your mooning and your gender. And even though the names have no technical bad words in them, decorum prohibits me repeating them as we all have good imaginations here. That and I'm an old geezer and you are a high school girl. Folks might think ill of me. (I would)

grant hutchison
2007-Dec-25, 09:02 PM
Maybe someone here can translate the "arabic" script - if it isn't gibberish.It looks like someone just typed a lot of random Arabic characters. As far as I can see they're pretty much all stand-alone characters, which are only ever used in isolation; real Arabic is written with a combination of initial, medial and final characters, so that the letters link together properly, with an appropriate start and termination to each word.

It would have been pretty surprising, really, if anyone who actually spoke Arabic had been involved in the production of this ... um ... resource. :)

Grant Hutchison

montebianco
2007-Dec-25, 09:30 PM
It looks like someone just typed a lot of random Arabic characters. As far as I can see they're pretty much all stand-alone characters, which are only ever used in isolation; real Arabic is written with a combination of initial, medial and final characters, so that the letters link together properly, with an appropriate start and termination to each word.

It would have been pretty surprising, really, if anyone who actually spoke Arabic had been involved in the production of this ... um ... resource. :)

Grant Hutchison

Apart from not being connected, they're backwards.

grant hutchison
2007-Dec-25, 09:36 PM
Apart from not being connected, they're backwards.Are you talking about the letters? They're the right way around on my screen.
I thought you were referring to the time-signal.

Grant Hutchison

montebianco
2007-Dec-25, 10:07 PM
Are you talking about the letters? They're the right way around on my screen.
I thought you were referring to the time-signal.

Grant Hutchison

I mean that within each word, the letters are written in the reverse order, i. e., the first letter of the word is on the left instead of the right.

grant hutchison
2007-Dec-25, 10:43 PM
I mean that within each word, the letters are written in the reverse order, i. e., the first letter of the word is on the left instead of the right.Ah, OK.
I don't know enough Arabic to tell which is a word and which isn't: laam raa' 'alif baa' taa' or taa' baa' 'alif raa' laam.

Grant Hutchison