Sacks of Potatoes

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  1. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    (Hmmm, maybe the dining forum would be more appropriate?)

    http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-boeing-wi-fi-potatoes-20121219,0,6999787.story

    Boeing, the Chicago-based company that has built some of the world's most sophisticated aircraft, has turned to a very basic food staple to test airplane Wi-Fi: potatoes.
    About 20,000 pounds of potatoes were used as stand-ins for passengers during tests at the company's laboratories to ensure onboard Wi-Fi signals are consistent through the cabin without interrupting the navigation and communication systems, the company said Wednesday.
    The sacks of potatoes replicate the way human passengers reflect and absorb electronic signals, said Boeing spokesman Adam Tischler.
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    Those potatoes are costing people jobs!

    First they outsource our call centers and now they are outsourcing good paying industrial test dummy jobs to legumes. Call your congressional representatives and tell them to drop fiscal negotiations to get this fixed!
     
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    Synthetic Personnel Using Dielectric Substitution, or SPUDS

    :D
     
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    That was a really bad joke acronym. Being someone with a scientific background, it was a groaner.
     
  5. cguizlo

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    Just prepping for over entitled UA elites? :p
     
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    Apparently this guy was never paid. He mentioned he was fried from the working conditions. He left the job a bit salty.
    He was boiling mad, and his son small fry will not have a nice holiday season. They tried to butter him up before he left, he is now an unemployed couch potato.

    [​IMG]
     
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  7. Mapsmith
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    Hey, I would have volunteered for a test flight. particularly if I could have earned miles. Seems like they would have quite a few volunteers from here that could really put the WiFi thru the tests.
     
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    Yah, but you don't to serve drinks to potato sacks. Then again, UA's flight attendants might not differentiate their service much between customers and potatoes.
     
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    and, we've noticed that they respond in much the same way when asked to quit playing Words With Friends
     
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