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Boeing engineers have filled an aeroplane with potatoes to improve wireless internet coverage on flights. Substituting their passengers for approximately 20,000 pounds (9,000kg) of potatoes, engineers at Boeing's Test & Evaluation Laboratory are trying to work out how best to propagate Wi-Fi signals through a busy aeroplane …

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Why Oh Why Oh

did they not call it Coverage enHancing In Plane System CHIPS?

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Re: Why Oh Why Oh

I'm tired of these mother******* spuds on this mother******* plane!

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Or they could have called it Managed Aeronautical Signal Hazzards. or MASH for short.

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M*A*S*H...

"A brave man once requested me

to answer questions that are key

is it to be or not to be

and I replied 'oh why ask me?'

Remember, we can take or leave chips if we please...

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Re: Why Oh Why Oh

Or

Coverage of

Humans

Research

In

Standard

Plane

Situation

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Anonymous Coward

Chips off the old block?

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spuds are donated to a food bank after testing

Iradiate the poor and stop them procreating.

Ahh very very fiendish!

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Re: spuds are donated to a food bank after testing

Well? How do you think the 1%ers are going to eliminate competition from us pesky great unwashed?? They can't just KILL us, yanno??

Oh, wait...

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Happy

Fantastic idea.

Chips for all!

Once the engineers have finished its off to the fryers for you my spuddy friends :)

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TRT
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Meme warning!

Boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a stew...

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Coat

Well, somebody's got to say it...

I'll bet the potatoes were smarter than your average airline passenger.

Phew, glad that's done.

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Coat

And if the spuds start sizzling...

They know the power's too high....

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But it's not like they are like real airline passengers...

real passengers take their jackets off and stow them in the overhead lockers.

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lets call the the root nodules

eyeSpuds and sit back and wait for the lawsuit

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Happy

Health risk for those poor food bank participants

Were those partially hydrogenated WiFi signals. Trans-fat? Inquiring people want to know :)

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clever backronyms?

As long as we're trying for clever backronyms, I offer

Aerial Unmanned Generated Radio Analytic Testing for Integrity and Noninterference

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This just in...

The spuds have been declared to be "living" and as such subject to animal research guidelines. They need to be informed and have proper consent. PETA (people eating tasty animals) has already filed a lawsuit demanding that the testing be stopped.

On another front, it has been reported that those eating the "irradiated" leftovers might be exposed to radiation and may be entitled to compensation. Call (USA) 1-877-bad-spud toll free (of course) to get assistance in filing your claim.

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New unit please!

So instead of flying cattle-class, now we can choose to fly spud-class?

So the weight of a passenger can now be expressed by the weight in spuds? what kind of spuds, though? Irish, Chinese, Chilean?

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"what kind of spuds, though? Irish, Chinese, Chilean?"

Given that Boeing is in Washington, likely they got the spuds from their neighbors in Idaho.

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About right

As far as home wi-fi systems are concerned we're all couch potatoes.

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Umm

If the testing period is now just 10 hours, why not use real people instead of potatoes? Just grab 200 loafers from around the halls of Boeing for an extra long meeting, offer donuts and unlimited coffee, no need for taters.

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Re: Umm

- Spuds don't file lawsuits later for radiation exposure

- They complain less

- Spuds don't have luggage and kids that can get lost

(etc)

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Devil

And now.....

You can wrap your heap in spuds instead of tinfoil.

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and these would be

coach potatoes?

Has the Department of Home Fried Security weighed in on this yet?

(Or are couch potatoes and home fries entirely American phenomena?)

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Spuds on a plane?

Serious Power Upgrade Delivers Services?

( The one with the Lays All Dressed)

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you it's bad when...

not only are humans being replaced by robots, but now also by potatoes.... it could be the end of civilisation as we know it.

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Potatoes want to wifi too!

entered on behalf of:

King Edward

British Queen

Lady Balfour

Maris Piper

Désirée

Nicola

Marcy

Belle de Fontenay

and an Irish Cobbler

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Great News for the BBC TMS Crew

This means Aggers, Boycott, Marks and co will be able to keep us updated as they fly back from England's overseas tours. After all they are common taters.

Mine's the one with the radio tuned to 198 kHz in the pocket

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Not too surprising

Many airline passengers are about as bright as a bag of spuds.

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