Cell phone radiation data

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I’ve finally run across some data on cell phone radiation: Limit Your Exposure To Cell Phone Radiation

They list current phone models and rank their level of radiation output.  They also have data on wireless headsets.  Surprisingly (to me, anyways) they highly recommend wireless headsets, even though there’s no clear winner between wired and wireless.  There seems to be a lack of data on wired headsets.  But, wireless headsets showed radiation absorption levels up to 34 times lower than the lowest emitting cell phone.

I’m still left with questions:

  • What is the radiation level when the phone is idle?  I realize a smartphone is never truly idle, but it’s not transferring constantly when in standby mode in a holster on my belt.  Is the radiation level of this high enough to be concerned about?
  • I’d like firm data on wired headsets.
  • I realize it’ll be a long time coming, but I obviously want to find out what real effects this type of radiation exposure causes.  It seems there has been mounting evidence of increased cancer risk but I’m curious how strong the evidence is so far.

Nobody knows how to deal with Iran

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This isn’t news, but further evidence came today: Canada to walk out on Ahmadinejad’s UN speech

I’m not saying it’s necessarily a bad idea, but will it really do anything?  All it’s doing is getting more worldwide media attention for this guy.

If the world really wants to send a message to Iran they should put their money (and cars, etc) where their mouths are and stop buying their oil.  But, we all know oil is more important than politics or people, so that won’t happen.

How to increase the rate of home solar installations

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This sounds like a good idea: Better world: Generate a feed-in frenzy.  The government guarantees a higher rate paid back for any electricity put onto the grid from renewable energy production at home.  Not only is this an incentive to install solar (for example) at home, it’s potentially an incentive to install more capacity than you need to make money off the extra and help pay down the initial investment.

The government spending in this case would be in comparison to the fixed rebates we have now.  The article indicates the feed-in tariff is more effective.

I firmly believe that solar panels on our roofs are the direction we need, and will, go.  There are so many advantages.  Energy production becomes decentralized and therefore less prone to failure.  Reduction of energy loss during transmission.

We’re also seeing drastic drops in the price of panels.  I hope to be ready for a solar installation in about 5 years and prices should have come down a lot more by then.

One download limit

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In a follow-up to my last post about how to handle digital music, today while troubleshooting why a download of an iTunes movie rental didn’t work I stumbled onto the iTunes terms and conditions.  I previously stated I thought you were entitled to 3 downloads of an item, which I had heard second hand.  Here’s the truth:

Products may only be downloaded once; after being downloaded, they cannot be replaced if lost for any reason. Once a Product is purchased or rented (as applicable) and you receive the Product, it is your responsibility not to lose, destroy, or damage the Product, and iTunes shall be without liability to you in the event of any loss, destruction, or damage to Products which is not due to the negligence of iTunes.

Given this I don’t think I’ll make any more music purchases from iTunes in the near future.  I just don’t think that’s reasonable.  Digital media is too easily lost and the only reason I can fathom for this restriction is to make extra money when people have to repurchase.

Who to vote for?

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It looks like an Election Cometh.  Who to vote for?

Iggy seems good as a party leader so far, but it will depend heavily on the platform.  Specifically, I want strong action to curb emissions and will likely vote for whoever might be able to get the most done.  Only time will tell.