Murphy's Law: May 28, 2003

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For over a century, large warships returning to port has presented am annoying problem for the sailors on board, and their family and friends waiting to greet them on the pier; how do they find each other? As the ship eased into the pier, the civilians down below scanned the uniformed sailors above on the ship, trying to find their own. Things werent much better once the sailors began to come ashore. But now, as we enter the 21st century, a solution has been found; cell phones. The people on the pier have them, the sailors on the ship have them. Everyone has the phone numbers of the people they are looking for. Visual connections are made shortly after phone connections are. Actually, the phones start ringing as soon as the sailors cell phones come within range of cell phone towers on shore. This is often an hour or more before the warship actually docks. Coming home from a long cruise now has one less anxious element. Better living through technology.

 


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