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Boeing Uses New Testing Tool - Potatoes
Associated Press, by Jason Keyser

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Posted By:PLPointer67, 12/26/2012 10:02:58 PM

If the wireless Internet connection during your holiday flight seems more reliable than it used to, you could have the humble potato to thank. While major airlines offer in-flight Wi-Fi on many flights, the signal strength can be spotty. (Snip) Engineers at Chicago-based Boeing used sacks of potatoes as stand-ins for passengers as they worked to eliminate weak spots in in-flight wireless signals. They needed full planes to get accurate results during signal testing, but they couldn’t ask people to sit motionless for days while data was gathered. “That’s where potatoes come into the picture,” Boeing spokesman

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Fascinating article of good-old American ingenuity, and the truth that "Necessity is the mother of invention."

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: LoneVoice, 12/26/2012 10:18:12 PM     (No. 9085076)

Once again Idaho saves the day!
Ok, the potatoes where probably from Indiana or Illinois.
In any case once again a state starting with I saves the day!

BTW, aren´t all airline passengers treated like sacks of potatoes?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: vesicant, 12/26/2012 10:36:13 PM     (No. 9085092)

I see the AP is as up-to-date as always. This story first came out about two weeks ago on the tech sites.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 12/26/2012 11:34:32 PM     (No. 9085138)

What happens to the sacks of potatoes after sitting in those fart filled seats ? Are they sent to local supermarkets ?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: oh-heck, 12/27/2012 12:14:29 AM     (No. 9085160)

I think some of the potatoes are used as doubles for POTUS. Note that the acronym still works.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: glcinpdx, 12/27/2012 1:37:13 AM     (No. 9085195)

Bag of Potatoes? I think I sat next to her on my last cross country flight...

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Reply 6 - Posted by: 4Justice, 12/27/2012 4:16:30 AM     (No. 9085235)

Former couch potatoes go for plane ride... Business as usual.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/27/2012 5:34:41 AM     (No. 9085258)

The potatoes were deemed to have a higher IQ than Obama voters and also wouldn´t object to groping,allowing TSA agents to have a field day.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: uno, 12/27/2012 6:58:55 AM     (No. 9085318)

Just turn up the power -
I like them french fried pertaters, hmmm, hmmm...

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 12/27/2012 8:55:10 AM     (No. 9085471)

Pretty much describes most of the WalMart shoppers I see riding around in their motorized shopping carts.

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