links for 2009-08-05

  • Dr. Mariana Alves Pereira from the University of Lusofona located in Lisbon, Portugal sent a strong message to over 75 transportation union leaders that Vibration Acoustical Disease VAD is a problem that requires their immediate attention. She presented study results from over 20 years of research that impressed Seminar participants. This is a relatively new area of research.
  • The city is a noisy place, and sometimes I want a break from the honking taxis, shrieking trains, roaring buses, rattling jackhammers, screaming kids, and my downstairs neighbor who is perpetually composing his magnum opus.

    Putting in earphones and listening to a soundtrack of my own choosing is a way to cope. But in the din of a city like New York, standard ear buds—the type that come with an iPod or MP3 player—just don't do the trick. External noise leaks in, and your music leaks out.

  • An open letter to people who wear those Bluetooth headsets that blink:

    In case you haven’t noticed, your eyes are actually located in front of your ears.


    So that blue light that blinks incessantly can’t actually be seen by you. The rest of us, however, do see it. And it annoys us. Stop.

    “But how else will I impress the ladies?” you ask. I suggest purchasing some of those rims that keep on spinning after you stop.

  • "Beijing Times" reported that voice recorders will be installed in Beijing subway from August 1, 2009. Video cameras installed earlier.
    The government recently approved "Urban railway safety technical requirements" as a "compulsory local standard".
    According to these standards, the subway system must install video and audio recorder. In case of unexpected incidents, the police can access the recoded video while listening the audio playback. It is said this will help to get the scene of "original scene."
    Beijing Times reporter learned from the Beijing subway operating company that the current subway lines are equipped with electronic eyes (video). The subway is waiting for the installation of audio collecting devices.
    In addition to the provisions of the standard recording functions of the electronic eye, but also the provisions of its storage capabilities. Access images of trains, passenger carriages manual alarm, audio and chemical alarm monitoring of the local storage of information

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