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  1. I'm Not A Westerner, I Live In BC from Canada writes: From the article:
    The mobile, as we now call it, has evolved. It's
    a lifeline, a security blanket, a work tool to make or break billion-dollar deals, a guide when we're lost, a way to record the world around us and to share our lives with others.

    Actually it's a leash, and there's no other way to put it. Web 2.0 is shortening the leash and web 3.0 will shorten it even more. By web 4.0 it will be absolutely Pavlovian. Enjoy!
  2. Curious G from Canada writes: Cellphones, like any personal piece of technology, can be as much of a leash, or addiction as the the individual wielding it permits. If you lack the fortitude to control yourself, and let it overwhelm you, c'est la vie.

    I always admire the critics of technology. I wonder if people like you existed when the first telephone, or radio, was invented. I suppose the lifestyle of 100 hundred years ago represented the pinnacle of human achievement? 10 hours of good honest work a day for a meek living..... no thanks, I'll take my personal tech, even the ones you cant see, and let them continue working to relieve me of the more mundane tasks in society, and open the doors of possibility towards something better.
  3. Federico Pena from Calgary, Canada writes: It's an important advancement, quite useful for the working person on the go. However, more often than not, it is misused and an annoyance. There needs to be some etiquette established. Here's just a few suggestions:

    1. No talking on phones in cars.
    2. No phones for kids in elementary, junior high or high schools.
    3. There has to be some discretion used in public places. No loud talking on buses/trains or in crowded areas - go to a more secluded area or politely tell a caller that you can't talk and will get back to them. No interrupting a speaker mid-sentence to answer a phone. Leave the room when taking a call when dining/gathering with a group.
    4. No changing the rules to allow cell phone use on airplanes as some people are proposing.
    5. No phones in libraries, museums, theatres or at shows.

    I could go on....

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