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Re: Calling All Luddites

Dean M. (
Mon, 08 Aug 2005 06:09:52 GMT

Heh! You should email Friedman this little piece of info:-) Although he
was obviously making a larger point, it's rather amusing his supposed
"straw that broke the camel's back" is bogus!


On Sat, 06 Aug 2005 19:07:28 -0700, Ed Clarke <> wrote:

> On 2005-08-04, Thomas L Friedman <> wrote:


>> I began thinking about this after watching the Japanese use cellphones
>> and laptops to get on the Internet from speeding bullet trains and
>> subways deep underground. But the last straw was when I couldn't get
>> cellphone service while visiting I.B.M.'s headquarters in Armonk, N.Y.

> No matter what you do, you aren't going to get cell service in CHQ
> Armonk. The lobby (if you noticed it) has a copper foil ceiling; the
> walls are metal and the windows are metalized (and grounded). You're
> not going to get a radio signal out of that building (or into it).
> I've tried.

> I had to set up a demo for the corporate staff that involved satellite
> data transmission. We ended up moving the meeting to a different
> building on the site that wasn't quite so RF secure.

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