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posted by CoolHand on Friday September 30 2016, @10:23PM   Printer-friendly
from the starting-the-weekend-with-a-good-drinking-related-story dept.

A cocktail bar owner has installed a Faraday cage in his walls to prevent mobile phone signals entering the building.

Steve Tyler of the Gin Tub, in Hove, East Sussex, is hoping customers will be encouraged to talk to each other rather than looking at their screens.

He has installed metal mesh in the walls and ceiling of the bar which absorbs and redistributes the electromagnetic signals from phones and wireless devices to prevents them entering the interior of the building.

Why you hating on millennials, Bro?


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  • (Score: 2) by Aiwendil on Saturday October 01 2016, @04:13AM

    by Aiwendil (531) on Saturday October 01 2016, @04:13AM (#408655) Journal

    I'm curious if that effect still applies when everyone plays the "place the phone face-down, first one to check takes the tab"-game (not that rare in buisnessluches)

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  • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 01 2016, @04:49AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 01 2016, @04:49AM (#408659)

    Um, as soon as you are playing a simple game of chicken like you describe, aren't you at a low level of conversation by definition? I can't reproduce Sherry's comments from her video, but she's talking about deep/meaningful conversation between good friends.

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Aiwendil on Saturday October 01 2016, @06:23AM

      by Aiwendil (531) on Saturday October 01 2016, @06:23AM (#408668) Journal

      If you set it up wrong it is. But the normal way to set it up is that everyone agrees on the rules in advance (as in - when you set a date and place for the meeting) in order to give them a chance to tell people not to call - and the idea behind it is to reach a compromise between turning off your phone and being able to take emergency call..

      On a personal note - I tend to find conversations to be deeper and more meaningful when augmented by smartphones (ie - stay away from messaging and social media, but use it as a pure information device [it is handy to be able to bring up a photo of the person you are discussing to remind the other who it is, or being able to take notes]).
      But then again, some of the best conversations I've had has been when both of us was reading books and used the talking as intermissions (it slows down the pace of the talking to the point where you can think everything over mid-conversation)

      • (Score: 0, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 01 2016, @11:32AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 01 2016, @11:32AM (#408723)

        . But the normal way to set it up is that everyone agrees on the rules in advance (as in - when you set a date and place for the meeting) in order to give them a chance to tell people not to call - and the idea behind it is to reach a compromise between turning off your phone and being able to take emergency call..

        What? what the fuck is wrong with you if you can't do without your phone for a fucking hour or two?

        I get it, if you have kids or a sick parent or some other thing that is a responsibility that's on you. However, 99% of the time it's just stupid bullshit. If there's a real emergency, someone will (or should) know where you are and either come get your unfortunate ass or just call the fucking bar/restaurant/whatever stupid ass place you're at.

        If, for example, your ill parent dies. Yes, it's important that you know about it, but there's not a god damn thing you can do, so what difference does it make if you find out an hour or two later?

        If your child(ren) is injured or something similar, you should have left it (them) with someone competent to take care of them, if not your children should be removed from your custody because you're completely irresponsible. Of course you want to to know about something like that as soon as possible, which is why they should know where you are.

        tl;dr: Listen you moronic fucking special snowflakes, you don't *need* that hunk of silicon and plastic! It's just a tool and everyone got along just fine without them until 40 years ago, and 99.995% of people got along just fine without them until 20 years ago. So turn that fucking thing off, you whiny pieces of whale shit!

        • (Score: 2) by Pslytely Psycho on Saturday October 01 2016, @11:58AM

          by Pslytely Psycho (1218) on Saturday October 01 2016, @11:58AM (#408733)

          40 years ago we still used payphones. The very few cellphones that existed were large, heavy, extremely expensive and worked almost nowhere.

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          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 01 2016, @01:30PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 01 2016, @01:30PM (#408756)

            I still use payphones if I can find one--but it's been awhile! Short of that I manage somehow without a cell/mobile. Usually it's as simple as a little planning ahead.

            Yesterday I realized I could stop at Trader Joe's after another errand (Trader's is far enough away that we don't go there often). Didn't have a shopping list so once I got in the store I asked to use their phone at customer service. Called home and figured out what to get.

          • (Score: 1) by Scruffy Beard 2 on Saturday October 01 2016, @06:39PM

            by Scruffy Beard 2 (6030) on Saturday October 01 2016, @06:39PM (#408855)

            At this point, I think cell towers outnumber payphones.

        • (Score: 2) by Aiwendil on Sunday October 02 2016, @09:22AM

          by Aiwendil (531) on Sunday October 02 2016, @09:22AM (#409018) Journal

          I've had friends commiting suicide when I've had my phone turned off (my voicemail could give people nightmares)...

          But more than that - pretty much anyone on-call/on-jour needs to be reachable even when they are technically not working (also - there are people working with things where some modes are fail-lethal [I work in such a field where both exists])

          Oh, and ~"someone should know where you are", that is why we have the cellphones ffs.. and don't give me any of that "just tell them ahead of time", since it would assume you are expecting a failure (at which point you shouldn't have left) or tell people where you are at all time (might as well wear an ankle-monitor then), especially if things normally run for decades without intervention.. and as stated - suicide in friends are kinda hard to plan for.

          Oh, btw, 40 years ago my field used radio-communication (handed out walkie-talkies to people on-call), heck, I've had cellphones around me since the late 80s (so, nearing 30 years [NMT]).