Pity he didn't download one of those stupid Virtual Girlfriend apps, he could have had some company, too.
An American filmmaker trapped under the rubble of his hotel used his iPhone for medical advice, while relying on his SLR for light and paper for recording his last thoughts. Happily, Dan Woolley was rescued after 65 hours of being trapped after the Haiti earthquake with nothing but a couple of grands' worth of electronics and …
Yes, the iPhone has a note-taking app and can serve as a basic torch (whether one uses a torch app or not) but.... *drum roll*... these functions use up battery life!
I've never been trapped underground, but if I was using a smart phone - regardless of the make - to check medical advice and to wake me up every 20 minutes, I would work on the principle that it's best not using the phone battery for functions that could be done by other tools at my disposal.
I'm glad you labelled your own post as the fail it is, saves the rest of us the bother.
Whatever phone you had, if you were relying on some part of it for survival, would you *really* want to run the battery down for trivia like torch applications, or to take your "final thoughts" notes that might be more likely to get lost on a phone than on paper anyway?
Exactly - its just a real version of the popular iphone game 'paper toss'.. except you need to aim for your own mouth.. if u get my drift.
I'd have thought after a few hours in the dark he'd get the hang of it - and it's a handy party trick to have....Also - helps you know which way is up - useful if ever buried alive in an avalanche too!
Nobody would ever think of ripping a sleeve off to serve as a makeshift bandage on their own. It humbles me to think that, had it been me, I'd have bled to death through lack of an iPhone and a crummy app.
Then again I suppose I might just have remembered the odd scene or several from war films, action movies, medical dramas (etc. ad infinitum) involving bandaging wounds, while I was lying there with nothing else to do but come up with a way of stopping myself dying.
I eeked out my iPhone battery for over three days by turning off 3G, location services, bluetooth, WiFi etc (basically everything except your standard GSM) whilst I was at a festival. I had a cigarette-lighter based charger in the car but didn't have to bother with it.
Granted I didn't do anything but send the occasional SMS for the whole weekend, not sure what the battery usage of a medical app would be.
iPhone has push email, not to mention clients for those infuriating social network sites (FACT)
He had an SLR - why would he want to use a phone to take photos (duh!). Hell, I've yet to see a phone that has an SLR class camera (very few, if any have optical zoom and a decent lens).
Blackberry is rubbish - as valid as your comment, foaming-at-the-mouth fanboy. It's all horses for courses - you like the crackberry, fine, but check your facts and pass puberty before you slag something off.
If it was physiological shock, which given that he was bandaging himself with strips of clothing seems likely, falling asleep could lead to coma or at least not being awake to notice things going wrong. The body temperature drops when you're asleep, too - not a good thing to happen when you're in shock.
"Hence you always try and keep overdose victims conscious".
No you bloody don't - you let them sleep as much as possible.
There is no good medical rationale to keep overdosers conscious.
If you do, the pathetic, miserable, non-coping whiners will bore you to tears with their oh-so-valid reason for taking the overdose - split with girl/boyfriend, no job, no friends (no surprise) wanting sympathy, bored, fancied a trip to hospital etc.
There is reason to treat the overdose, but no need to keep the loser awake whilst you do it.
The camera is a dSLR with, apparently, no name brand? Yet the iPhone is explicitly mentioned by name?
Would a headline of "Canon dSLR keeps buried earthquake victim alive for three days" have worked just as well?
And another thing, why use 'flight mode' (as many comments have claimed)? Surely the signal could have led rescuers to the phone if he left it on? (And that doesn't require the network to be up).
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On reading the headlines, you'd think that using the iPhone prolonged his life by emitting water or some other hydrate, but no it was the information contained within....
Information that for most people is called common sense, but then again, we are talking about someone who comes from a country were they need to label coffee and tea as being hot! Once saw a commedian who suggested that all warnings from food etc should be removed and allow natural selection to sort out the gene pool.
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