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Mozilla Employee Denied Entry to the United States
Ugh. every non-USian tech worker's nightmare. curl developer Daniel Stenberg:
“I can’t think of a single valid reason why they would deny me travel, so what concerns me is that somehow someone did and then I’m worried that I’ll get trouble fixing that issue,” Stenberg said. “I’m a little worried since border crossings are fairly serious matters and getting trouble to visit the US in the future would be a serious blowback for me, both personally with friends and relatives there, and professionally with conferences and events there.”
curl  travel  mozilla  esta  us-politics  usa  immigration  flying 
june 2017 by jm
Netgear PR2000 Trek Travel Router and Range Extender
802.11n, compact, can be used as a router, range extender, AP or bridge; very handy when travelling. Recommended by a FOAF
recommendations  toget  routers  netgear  wireless  wifi  travel 
may 2017 by jm
Basetrip
'All the information you need while traveling including visa requirements, currency, electricity, communication info and more.'
travel  reference  visas  holidays 
september 2016 by jm
Prepaid Data SIM Card Wiki
awesome resource.
This WIKI collects information about prepaid (or PAYG) mobile phone plans from all over the world. Not just any plans though, they must include good data rates, perfect for smartphone travellers, as well as tablet or mobile modem users.
data  mobile  travel  sim  prepaid  payg 
august 2016 by jm
The Airplane Seating Arrangement that Triggers 'Air Rage'
The presence of a first-class cabin, and having to walk through it to get to economy, is a triggering factor for "air rage" incidents:

As lead researcher Katherine DeCelles explained to Gizmodo, airplanes are like a miniature version of class-based society. “It’s a small world of the greater society that we live in, though one that’s greatly concentrated,” she said. Traveling by plane is stressful enough, but DeCelles believes that seating inequality on airplanes often serves as “the straw that breaks the camel’s back,” and that air rage can be partly explained and understood through the lens of social inequality.
air-rage  first-class  flying  air  travel  anger  economy 
may 2016 by jm
ZIP SIM
Prepaid talk+text+data or data-only mobile SIM cards, delivered to your home or hotel, prior to visiting the US. great service for temporary US business visits
visiting  us  usa  zip-sim  sims  mobile-phones  travel  phones  mobile  travelling  data 
april 2016 by jm
So you're thinking of coming to Dublin...
A really excellent list of stuff to do/see/eat/drink in Ireland, from Colin @ 3FE. top notch recommendations! (also, god I need to get out more)
dublin  travel  food  drink  ireland  tourism  3fe 
april 2016 by jm
EU counter-terror bill is 'indiscriminate' data sweep
"To identify if someone is travelling outside the EU, we don't need an EU PNR. This data are already easily available in the airline reservation system,” [Giovanni Buttarelli, the European data protection supervisor] said. EU governments want more information in the belief it will help law enforcement in tracking down terrorists and are demanding access to information, such as travel dates, travel itinerary, ticket information, contact details, baggage information, and payment information of anyone flying in or out of the EU. ... EU PNR data would be retained for up to five years
pnr  eu  law  privacy  data-protection  europe  counter-terrorism  travel  air-travel 
december 2015 by jm
Floating car data
Floating car data (FCD), also known as floating cellular data, is a method to determine the traffic speed on the road network. It is based on the collection of localization data, speed, direction of travel and time information from mobile phones in vehicles that are being driven. These data are the essential source for traffic information and for most intelligent transportation systems (ITS). This means that every vehicle with an active mobile phone acts as a sensor for the road network. Based on these data, traffic congestion can be identified, travel times can be calculated, and traffic reports can be rapidly generated. In contrast to traffic cameras, number plate recognition systems, and induction loops embedded in the roadway, no additional hardware on the road network is necessary.
surveillance  cars  driving  mobile-phones  phones  travel  gsm  monitoring  anpr  alpr  traffic 
november 2015 by jm
Did you know that Dublin Airport is recording your phone's data? - Newstalk
Ugh. Queue tracking using secret MAC address tracking in Dublin Airport:
"I think the fundamental issue is one of consent. Dublin Airport have been tracking individual MAC addresses since 2012 and there doesn't appear to be anywhere in the airport where they warn passengers that this is this occurring. "If they have to signpost CCTV, then mobile phone tracking should at a very minimum be sign-posted for passengers," he continues.


And how long are MAC addresses retained for, I wonder?
mac-addresses  dublin-airport  travel  privacy  surveillance  tracking  wifi  phones  cctv  consent 
november 2015 by jm
Dublin is a medium-density city
Comparable to Copenhagen or Amsterdam, albeit without sufficient cycling/public-transport infrastructural investment
infrastructure  density  housing  dublin  ireland  cities  travel  commuting  cycling 
november 2015 by jm
What Are the Worst Airports in the World?
this is a great resource when picking a stopover for a 2-stop flight. Pity "best kids play area" isn't a criterion
airports  comparison  via:boingboing  flying  travel  ranking  world  skytrax 
september 2015 by jm
"Hate-Selling"
coining a term for the awful buyer's experience on sites like car-hire or air-travel websites
hate-selling  conversion  marking  upselling  travel  web  consumer 
august 2015 by jm
Google Flights
oh look, Google has a flight search engine! I had no idea
google  flights  travel  search  holidays 
july 2015 by jm
Tots To Travel
'Baby Friendly Holidays | Child, Toddler & Family Villas | France | Spain | Portugal | Italy'. Joe swears by it, will give it a go next year
holidays  vacation  travel  europe  kids  children  via:joe 
may 2015 by jm
Why Airlines Want to Make You Suffer
'The fee [airline pricing] model comes with systematic costs that are not immediately obvious. Here’s the thing: in order for fees to work, there needs be something worth paying to avoid. That necessitates, at some level, a strategy that can be described as “calculated misery.” Basic service, without fees, must be sufficiently degraded in order to make people want to pay to escape it. And that’s where the suffering begins.'
travel  airlines  pricing  fees  economy  consumer  jetblue 
december 2014 by jm
Announcing UberPool, Carpooling with Uber
Ah, I was waiting for this; rest-of-world-style carpooling on demand, in an app. Great stuff
via:belong.io  carpooling  uber  ride-sharing  apps  taxi  travel  uberpool 
august 2014 by jm
SF for Londoners
good advice. next time I go over, I'll have to get a Clipper card. Also: 'Brunch is its own section because I have never encountered a place that takes brunch so seriously.'
brunch  sf  travel  california  tips  san-francisco  clipper-card 
may 2014 by jm
FlightAware MiseryMap
what US airports are causing the most misery? Looks like that old favourite, storms in ORD, right now.... (via Theo Schlossnagle)
via:postwait  misery  air-travel  travel  flying  ord  weather  maps 
february 2014 by jm
Who Is Watching the Watch Lists? - NYTimes.com
it might seem that current efforts to identify and track potential terrorists would be approached with caution. Yet the federal government’s main terrorist watch list has grown to at least 700,000 people, with little scrutiny over how the determinations are made or the impact on those marked with the terrorist label.
“If you’ve done the paperwork correctly, then you can effectively enter someone onto the watch list,” said Anya Bernstein, an associate professor at the SUNY Buffalo Law School and author of “The Hidden Costs of Terrorist Watch Lists,” published by the Buffalo Law Review in May. “There’s no indication that agencies undertake any kind of regular retrospective review to assess how good they are at predicting the conduct they’re targeting.”

terrorism  watchlists  blacklists  filtering  safety  air-travel  government  security  dhs  travel 
december 2013 by jm
No Time To Spare [infographic]
'On August 2, 2005, a fully-loaded Air France Airbus A340 arriving from Paris crash-landed at Toronto's Pearson International Airport and caught fire. Only 4 of the 8 exits were usable, yet all 309 people on board made it off the aircraft in two minutes, before it was consumed by flames. Here, five of the passengers recount their escape.'
infographics  travel  air  accidents  fire  airbus  safety  escape  a340 
july 2013 by jm
Aer Lingus set to resume flights to San Francisco from Dublin
Yay!
Google, Apple and Facebook have persuaded Aer Lingus to reopen the San Francisco to Dublin route, according to sources in the US. The technology giants have their European headquarters in Dublin and their American bases in San Francisco. According to insiders, Aer Lingus will make an announcement soon having received assurances that Silicon Valley companies will take up seats.
flights  travel  ireland  san-francisco  sf  aer-lingus 
july 2013 by jm
Cycling in Dublin City: the numbers
7.6% of the Dublin commuter population "mainly cycle". some interesting stats here
statistics  dublin  ireland  cycling  commuting  travel 
february 2013 by jm
Yuri Suzuki: London Underground circuit map radio
Japanese designer yuri suzuki has sent designboom images of his 'london underground circuit maps' project developed as part of the designers in residence program at the london design museum, on show until january 13th, 2013. responding to 'thrift' as a theme, suzuki's work explores communication systems in consumer electronics.
a printed circuit board (PCB) is used as a precedent for developing a electrical circuit influenced by harry beck's iconic
london underground map diagrams. by strategically positioning certain speaker, resistor and battery components throughout the map,
users can visually understand the complex networks associated with electricity and how power is generated within a radio.


Beautifully done (via jwz.)
electronics  london  art  design  underground  travel  yuri-suzuki  circuitry 
september 2012 by jm
CIAIAC report
The official report on that Ryanair/AA collision in Barcelona in July 2011, on pages 211-255.
collisions  safety  travel  air  ryanair 
july 2012 by jm
Accident: Ryanair B738 and American B763 at Barcelona on Apr 14th 2011
An accident report concerning a Ryanair flight.

An American Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration N366AA performing flight AA-67 from Barcelona,SP (Spain) to New York JFK, NY (USA), had taxied to the holding point runway 25L and was holding short of the runway.

A Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-EKB performing flight FR-8136 from Barcelona,SP (Spain) to Ibiza,SP (Spain) with 169 passengers and 6 crew, was taxiing along Barcelona's taxiway K for departure from runway 25L and was maneouvering to pass behind the Boeing 767-300.

A number of passengers on board of the Boeing 737-800 observed the right hand wing of the aircraft contact the tailplane of the Boeing 767-300 and rose out of their seats attracting the attention of a flight attendant. A passenger told the flight attendant, that their aircraft had hit the aircraft besides them. The flight attendant contacted the purser, who instructed her to contact the flight deck, she contacted the flight deck and informed the captain that passengers had seen their aircraft had hit another aircraft. The captain responded however everything was fine and she continued with the takeoff about 2 minutes after the Boeing 767.

Immediately after departure the passengers insisted the flight was not safe and they had collided with another aircraft, one of the passengers identified himself as an engineer. The flight attendant told the engineer that the captain had been informed and had told everything was fine. No further information was forwarded to the flight deck.

After landing in Ibiza, while disembarking, the passengers again spoke up claiming the flight had been unsafe.

During the turnaround the flight attendant informed the purser that one of the passengers observing the collision was an engineer. Neither approached the flight crew however.

Following the return flight FR-8137 the purser talked to the captain and informed her that one of the passengers observing the collision was an engineer.

In the following it was identified that the right hand winglet of the Boeing 737-800 had received damage, the Boeing 767-300 was found with damage to the left hand stabilizer following landing in New York.


According to the story, it appears the AA flight crew were not informed of the potential damage to their plane before or during their transatlantic flight to JFK. (via Juan Flynn)
via:juanflynn  flight  travel  safety  ryanair  collisions 
july 2012 by jm
HotelClub
a decent hotel search/booking site, recommended by On The Record's Jim Carroll ‏(@jimcarrollOTR on Twitter): '@sineadgleeson use HotelClub - good range of hotels & prices. Or use Hotel Tonight app for real last minute stuff'
hotels  travel  recommended  booking 
april 2012 by jm
Why Ryanair The Cookie Monster is just an urban myth
“If the price manipulation allegations were true, we would have expected to see price discrepancies in the results between Firefox and Chrome on day two. What we actually saw were exactly the same prices on both browsers.”
ryanair  pricing  airlines  travel  web  shopping  urban-myths 
june 2011 by jm
GoCar
pay as you go car-sharing and short-term car rental in Dublin
cars  travel  dublin  ireland  from delicious
november 2010 by jm
Designing an Integrated Map for a Visionary Public Transport System for Dublin
excellent work at creating a usable public transport map, and proposing a small, consolidated set of Bus Rapid Transit routes (via Antoin)
via:antoin  bus  travel  dublin  ireland  rapid-transit  public-transport  design  usability  maps  mapping  from delicious
june 2010 by jm
Good volcanic-ash links
European air traffic control Twitter feed and NOC site, via Boards.ie. The thread itself is a good reference, too
volcano  ash  vaac  twitter  boards.ie  threads  travel  air  holidays  from delicious
may 2010 by jm
UK Met Office: Volcanic Ash Cloud Maps
updated 4 times daily, maps of Europe indicating coverage of the ash cloud. I'm going to be F5'ing this constantly over the next week as I'm supposed to be flying on Sunday :(
airports  hazards  iceland  travel  maps  weather  volcanic-ash  ash  forecast  europe  met-office  holidays  ash-cloud  from delicious
may 2010 by jm
Lonely Planet offers free iPhone guides to stranded travelers
free (excellent) city guide apps for Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Budapest, Copenhagen, Istanbul, London, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, and Vienna until April 22nd; normally $10-$15!
lonely-planet  free  iphone  apps  travel  europe  cities  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
Pricewatch - The route of the problem
great article about Dublin Bus' shortcomings, featuring an interview with Antoin! Very interesting to hear about the upcoming GPS-based accurate bus timetabling service to be visible via their website, that'll be fantastic
gps  busses  dublin-bus  dublin  mass-transit  commute  travel  from delicious
january 2010 by jm
Charlie's Diary: The myth of the starship
Charlie Stross' thoughts on the true viability of interstellar travel. This was about the most thought-provoking bit of 'Accelerando' for me alright
beans  ships  travel  interstellar  space  ai  downloading  from delicious
november 2009 by jm
Boingo Wireless - AVOID
argh. wish I'd seen this page before I signed up for a month's access while travelling -- they've now charged my credit card again, over a week after I requested the account's cancellation :(
boingo  avoid  customer-service  customer-hostile  scams  wifi  travel  from delicious
november 2009 by jm

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