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May. 28th, 2008 09:46 am Idocy in my home state

As reported here and already parodied by Illiad in today's (May 28, 2008) User Friendly, a group of Santa Fe residents are suing the city claiming that Wi-Fi in public buildings violates the Americans With Disabilities Act "because they say that they're allergic to the wireless Internet signal."

It is amazing that a city that lies midway between two other places that are homes to major national labs would have residents who were so technologically clueless as to think that they could get away with this.

As flaky as Santa Fe government can be, I hope they choose to fight this one and expose these people for what they are.

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Date:May 28th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
Actually, if I were in the affected area, I would "helpfully" provide a list of other services that would have to be terminated in order to safeguard the health of sensitive persons. You know, all radio broadcasts including police and emergency services, cordless phones, cellular phones, etc. Probably they shouldn't be allowed to have any sort of medical imaging either. You know, for their own good.
Date:May 28th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
What he said!

An MRI scanner typically kicks out 20KW RF peak - an average power deposition into the body of 4W/kg - rather a lot more than WiFi. I've yet to hear of millions of RF reactions to MRI scanner use across the globe...

Tell them that daytime TV will be the first to go, on RF safety grounds, maybe that'll get a reaction.

Hey, what about all those satellites pouring out RF *directly beamed at the USA* from orbit.

It would be very interesting to see if they have any *experts* on board - there are a couple of very dubious self-styled RF experts in the UK and guess what?

The same guys also own companies selling domestic RF shielding products...

Edited at 2008-05-28 05:33 pm (UTC)