Date: 8 Aug 2003 15:59:29 GMT
Subject: Re: OT: Cell phones and driving

Someone who looks an awful lot like Everett M. Greene <> wrote: > writes: >> It is when the people who pay my salary lose many dollars per second that >> the site is down. If I don't respond, the next person on the list gets >> called 5 minutes later, and so on. If each of us had 30 minutes to not >> respond, it could be many, many lost seconds before someone started working >> on the problem. >> >> The point, however, illustrates that there may be real needs to be >> reachable. > This is not a "real" need. This is someone's perceived need. I perceive the need to be employed. May not be real to you, but it is to me. > There are priorities in life and getting someone killed, maimed, > and/or injured to save a few dollars isn't high on the list. Your intensity is notable, but I feel your anger is misplaced. You're lumping all people who use (thing) in with those who misuse (thing). >> The mere act of being on a cellphone isn't the problem, >> it's the act of being on a cellphone and being reckless that is. This is >> the whole eternal "bad thing" vs. "bad person" argument - the appropriate, >> vs. the inappropriate, use of tools. > In part of the snipped followup, it was stated that you simply > acknowledge the report and will get back to them later (and > it sounds as if it could be as much as nearly an hour later). Yes. > If you can't and don't do anything about the problem report > until arriving home, what difference does it make about whether > you did or did not answer the call enroute? Because otherwise they're waiting an hour for me to respond (or not) before getting ahold of the next person on the list. Do they get an hour too? Now it's two hours before anyone has said "OK, I hear you, I'll get on it". Also, "can't and don't do anything" isn't real accurate - if I get even a vague problem description, I can go over in my mind what has changed in the environment that could account for the behavior being described. Or, am I now going to be told that thinking about work while driving is dangerous as well? The problem is *irresponsible* cellphone use, not *all* cellphone use. Dave Hinz

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