Friday, October 22, 2010
Overheard on CNN.com

Lots of CNN.com readers have smartphones, and it looks like the one thing they have in common is their hatred for other people's smartphones. I guess it's not surprising that the list of annoying cell phone habits got a lot longer as the discussion heated up.

 

ChallengeIt summed up readers’ feelings with our comment of the day:

 

"Smart phone maybe ... but stupid people. Most people are too self-absorbed, ignorant and rude when it comes to how their actions infringe into the lives of others. They don't care and believe it's their right. Courtesy is dead."

 

There was also a lot of talk about the possibility an American might be caned in Singapore after overstaying his visa and the nuclear launch code that went missing during the Clinton administration. Here's the good stuff. Enjoy!

 

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The 10 most annoying smartphone habits

356 comments and 1,220 Facebook shares

 

effedup

I got the phone call about my dad’s stroke during a movie a few months ago. Sorry about having to deal with the glow of my phone as I check the message, but some things really are emergencies sometimes.

 

giftedamatur

This article doesn't even mention parents of small children, one of the saddest things to see, kids playing at home or at a park while mom/dad ignores them, staring into their little portable glass teat. I live in a relatively well-off area of Southern California and see it all the time.

 

rrjjmm

You missed the bane of the commuter's existence: the person that suddenly stops in the middle of a train station lobby or hallway (often at the top of a flight of stairs) to tap on his or her smartphone, making it necessary for everybody else to suddenly swerve around him or her.

 

AweSpire

People can be so connected that they become disconnected. Good for you.

 

flonzy

The bathroom talkers always get me. I love to flush right away to hear them say; yes, I am in the bathroom :D

 

Singapore might cane American who overstayed visa

600 comments and 838 Facebook shares

 

chinasailor

As an American citizen and a longtime resident of Singapore I can state categorically that it is simple for Americans to both extend a visa or to leave and re-enter on a visa exemption. If this gentleman overstayed, he is either arrogant, lazy, a moron, or all of the above. Since stupidity is a capital crime, I say cane him and damn with the consequences.

 

freespeech1

There are some things that a civilized culture doesn't do. Genocide, public hangings, stoning and corporal punishment among others. This is barbaric and shows how backward Singapore is. A fine would be more intelligent and achieve better results.

 

guerrero65

So what you are saying is if you are in a foreign land and you are there illegally you should have to face what ever that country's laws are? What a concept. Maybe we should take that stance with all of our illegals. Then we wouldn't have to change our school systems to fight their foreign languages and add special programs to get their illegal children educated.

 

Nuclear launch card was missing for months, new book says

732 comments and 1,374 Facebook shares

 

FirNaTine

Here's what the missing code was. Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right B, A, Start.

 

GawdAwful

The code is 1 2 3 4 5. Funny, that's the same combination I have on my luggage!

 

mschumer

If it took a few minutes to replace the codes. What's the big deal? It would have been replaced during an emergency. If minutes counted because missiles were headed our way, then who the hell cares? We're toast anyway. Maybe the other side would survive since we couldn't find the keys. It's all ridiculous.

 

uh1hCE

The article's author tries to minimize the gravity of the situation by saying it's only one part of the nuclear launch sequence check. What this so-called author forgot to re-emphasize is that if we came under nuclear attack, we would not have any retaliatory/launch capabilities.

 

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Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments are edited for length and clarity.

1 Comment
October 22, 2010
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DEAR MR COOPER I WATCH TOUR SHOW EVERY NIGHT .I ALWAYS HEAR ABOUT BLACK AND WHITE IN AMERICA  WHAT ABOUT BEING NATIVE AMERICAN ITS TIME WE ALL COME TOGETHER THER SHOULD BE NO RACE PROBLEMS A LOT OF TOPICS THAT ARE DISCUSED HAPPEND YEARS AGO ! PLEASE DONT LEAVE US OUT NO MORE.GIVE ME A CALL 910-738-6840

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