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Apr
27
comment Micro SIM 3G for iPad in Vienna?
I don't know specifically about Vienna, but in general it may be more expensive to get "smart phone" plans, and micro SIMs may not be available for the "dumb phone" plans. But you can get your own SIM card cutter to make a normal SIM into either of the smaller sizes. I got one made by NOOSY on Amazon and it works well.
Apr
19
comment What kind of plug adapter should I pack for India?
My condolences on the economic situation. :-( At Rs 100 though that's still a good $10 or more less than what you'd pay to buy the adapter in the US or most western countries.
Apr
1
comment Why does my phone's GPS not work in China?
@unforgettableid: The last phone I experienced that issue with is largely unusable now due to broken screen. I can't say I specifically waited 13 minutes, but I tried lots of different things and never got a single fix. Of course it was cheap and the seller wasn't particularly reputable so it might have just been a unit that was returned for broken-GPS and resold as "new"...
Mar
28
comment Why does my phone's GPS not work in China?
This answer sounds unlikely. Chinese Android phones feature GPS support, and as a possibly-related issue, I've found that some of them fail to work entirely in the US. Thus I suspect the "not working without carrier/tower assistance" explanation is much more likely.
Jan
13
comment How to sleep in twins beds that are pushed together?
My solution to this was always just pushing away one of the beds and not using it at all.
Jan
9
comment How to find out the speed limit in the US?
@CGCampbell: No, just someone who's not stuck on Sprint or T-non-Mobile. :-)
Jan
8
comment How to find out the speed limit in the US?
Chuck the Garmin and get a good app for your phone. Some have speed limit info and even show you where speed traps are.
Jan
8
comment Am I supposed to respect traffic signs that are upside down (in the USA)?
It seems plausible to me that the advisory sign is more effective for safety purposes, since people interpret it as actually being a safety concern rather than a revenue generator.
Jan
4
comment Can I bring compressed air cans in the airport?
FYI there are both inflammable and non-inflammable compressed air cans. All compressed gasses are restricted for air travel/shipment, but the non-inflammable ones are very good choice from a general safety standpoint.
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Sep
23
comment Is there a legal limit to the amount of cash one can carry on domestic US flights
@alex.forencich: They would presumably have reported the income on their annual income taxes as it was acquired. If they failed to do so, well, ...
Sep
1
comment If a baby is born mid-flight, what happens visa-wise for them when they land in a foreign country, sans-passport?
@Relaxed: How can an airline "restrict flying at the end of a pregnancy"? Do they have gynecological exams in the security checkpoint to determine how many months? I can't see how this would even come up, especially since there are people big enough to look pregnant when they're not, and conversely some about to give birth who look like they're 7 months or less.
Aug
29
comment Can one carry an internal hard-drive in cabin-luggage?
@NateKerkhofs: Was that interview perhaps regarding domestic shipments rather than an international ones?
Aug
28
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Aug
28
comment Can one carry an internal hard-drive in cabin-luggage?
Do not follow @NateKerkhofs's advice.. I really wonder who +1'd that. "Animal semen" is definitely something subject to customs regulations and would likely be destroyed immediately by customs inspectors as a pathogen risk unless you have the proper documents for importing it. Nice way to get your data destroyed...
Aug
28
comment Can one carry an internal hard-drive in cabin-luggage?
How is Dropbox a viable solution for backing up that much data? I consider even USB2 speeds way too slow to copy that much data; certainly most non-insanely-priced residential internet service is too slow for uploading that much.
Aug
28
comment Can one carry an internal hard-drive in cabin-luggage?
+1 for external HD case. This is what I'd probably do. The only possible reason I can see for not doing this is that it makes it easier for them to plug in the device "to check that it's actually a working HD" and copy files off, [inadvertently] install malware, put illegal content on it and blame you for having the content, etc.
Aug
25
comment Is it against regulations to pack my laptop battery on its own in my checked luggage?
@Flimzy: That's easy to say, but in fact the vast majority of people don't do that, and don't have anywhere near the technical knowledge to do so. Even if they thought to do so, they would have no idea how to evaluate different encryption options and know whether they offer legitimate protection or just snake oil. So, short of being a computer security expert, physically safeguarding your laptop is a pretty good option.