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Jenna BettiMartinez, CA – I can not imagine what the friends and family of 14-year-old Jenna Betti are going through today after the teen was struck and killed by a train while trying to retrieve a cell phone she’d dropped on the tracks.

According to the girl’s mother, Jenna had been sitting on the tracks with her boyfriend Sunday afternoon when a train approached. Her boyfriend jumped off on one side of the tracks, Jenna on the other.

‘Today my beautiful daughter kissed us goodbye. She was tragically killed today by a train,” Jenna’s mother wrote on Facebook. “She was sitting on the train tracks with her boyfriend… Why they made such a horrible decision we’ll never know.”

Jenna’s second horrible decision was apparently going back to retrieve her cell phone she’d dropped when she jumped off the tracks. “She didn’t judge the approach, and the train creates a vacuum, we were told, and it sucks you in,” her mother posted. Jenna was killed after being struck by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway freight train.

Before anyone points out the Mythbuster’s episode that “debunked” a train causing a vacuum, a fast moving train does create air turbulence that could possibly cause a 100 pound girl to fall or be “pushed” under the wheels. But it’s doubtful this train was going that fast as it had just come out of a turn.

It’s far more likely she simply misjudged the distance of the train and was struck by the train. Regardless of the actual physics involved in Jenna being killed, it was as senseless death. She was an eight grader at Martinez Junior High School, where counselors have been made available to staff and students.

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  • Prominent Prozac

    ..Was it an Iphone? I’d go back for an Iphone..

  • dynadom

    Isn’t it more likely that someone pushed her. I mean who the hell let’s a train hit them let alone a freight.

  • Lena60

    How sad for this family.All over a cell phone and a bad decision.

  • Texas Ranger

    something don’t sound right. Why would they each jump to different sides?

  • MrClayton

    There have been studies about approaching trains. It has to do with the size of the train, the parallel tracks, creating a visual illusion that the train is going a lot slower than it acutally is. There is nothing there to judge it’s size relative to motion. Imagine being near the aproach at an airport. When you look at the plane, it looks like it is barely moving. Same visual tricks here.

  • Buffettgirl

    I can’t imagine losing your child to something as senseless as this. Parents, please remind your children that a cell phone can be replaced, their lives cannot. It might mean they get grounded, or have to work to buy another phone, but at least they’d be alive to do it!

  • keri

    Maybe they were sitting across from each other.

  • Jessie

    When I was 17, a kid in the class below me was hit/killed by a train. He was drunk. There really is no other explanation for why someone would be killed that way. You must be mentally impaired by something in order for a train to hit you.

  • Jessie

    You’d still have to be a natural blonde or wasted to let it actually hit you.

  • Texas Ranger

    True. but still. I’m thinking the train was real close when they did move.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    Or, you know, the aforementioned study.

    My mom’s cousin was neither drunk or “naturally blonde” OR stupid and he was hit by one while walking.

  • Jessie

    I’ll assume the “not drunk or blonde” portion of your statement is correct. As for the “not stupid” part, I beg to differ. Sorry.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    There were plenty of witnesses that stated THEY didn’t see the second train, either, until it was far too late to stop him.
    They were lucky they were behind him on the sidewalk otherwise they would be dead, too.

  • Jessie

    Well, I guess there will always be freak accidents. Was his family compensated appropriately by the operators of the train? How do you NOT see a train coming??

  • Heather_Habilatory

    I don’t know. I didn’t ask, and it hasn’t been brought up.

    Investigators think that everyone kind of got… “hypnotized” … is the best word for it, by watching the first train go by, and didn’t see or hear the second train. Apparently, that sort of thing can happen. If I remember correctly (this was like ten years ago {side note, SHIT. family curse is due for another round}), that intersection had arms for the road, but not the sidewalk.

  • Taster’sChoice

    WTF for? Even the newest ones are so far behind the times I wonder why anyone even bothers anymore. I am the Verizon liaison for our company and I manage all our wireless gizmos. It pains me to watch users go from one iPhone to the next when they are all pretty much the same year after year. No innovation at all, its like – well my friends have one so I do too. Bunch of iSheep… Sigh And iTunes? Don’t get me fucking started on that big ass waste of time and space. Oh an please bring QuickTime along too because I need two different crappy pieces of software to make this thing work…

  • Texas Ranger

    I don’t get it. I train can only go down it’s tracks. no deviation…when you get to some tracks…you must instantly go to yourself “check for trains…both ways!” Plus trains are very loud and very big and even got a horn that can wake the dead. I just don’t get it.

  • Texas Ranger

    Verizon?? Why the hell they stop offering the unlimited plan I have had since 2007 when I was with Alltell? Money-grubbin somebitches bought up a great cell company and fucked it the hell up. That is what I can say about them. asswipes.

  • Taster’sChoice

    I completely agree – but we are also talking about a business account and for our money nobody delivers the goods as well as VZW. I haven’t paid my own cell phone bill in 15 years so I am over the price gouging..
    I was talking to a rep today and he was like, “How is your Verizon experience?” I told him what I always tell them, “Well we love the service and hate the price – but since you asked.” lol

  • Texas Ranger

    I hear ya…if I lived near civilization and could actually get another carrier to have a signal in my area…Id leave Verizon faster than my ex-wife. But they are it out here and I have learned to take my Verizon-fuckin with a smile.

  • Taster’sChoice

    Well if you have broadband access (from anyone) look into getting a Verizon Extender. They are a couple hundred dollars but they are well worth it if you have signal strength issues at your house.

  • Texas Ranger

    no issues with verizon….just everybody else…so I have no choice but to pay Verizons blood money.

  • Taster’sChoice

    I feel you. They have the best network and they’re proud of it. I laugh every time At&T claims theirs is the best. Not even close.

  • 1DireWolf

    I have Virgin Mobile and love them.

  • Buffettgirl

    AT&T might not be the best, but the people there are MUCH easier to work with. I hate Verizon with a fiery purple passion. For over five years I fought with them EVERY damn month just to get the damn $50 credit they promised me. I gave up and went with AT&T and so far, I’ve only had one time, in five plus years, with no service. It might not be the best, but they treat me way better than Verizon ever did! And, once they heard my Verizon story, THEY gave me $50!!! And now you have my two cents… ;-)

  • Taster’sChoice

    Fair enough. Now for my I hate AT&T story – I ordered a DSL modem (pretty sure the SL must stand for SLOW) because boy was it ever. But that wasn’t the actual problem. I ordered this self install kit and when it arrived I had misplaced a piece of paper that had my registration information on it. My fault? Perhaps, no problem I thought, I will just call them. I kid you not it took at LEAST an hour of them transferring me because I didn’t know my “phone number.” Right, I didn’t know a phone number that means nothing to me because I don’t have a home phone despite this being how they set it up. Oh and there is some arbitrary number on the bill AFTER this phone number – mine was 03. Don’t fucking not know or lose that little tid bit either because the world as we know it ends if you do. Or at least they stop being helpful if you don’t know it. Which doesn’t seem to take long. After being transferred what seemed like 1000 times and having to explain the story over and over again someone finally transferred me to the billing department. I must have a bill, right? Despite having taken effing screen captures of all the nonsense one must fill out to satisfy all the AT&T requirements (having an ATT.com email address is one of these useless requirements) I still couldn’t manage my account online. Call and speak to a representative, even to just pay the bill and that will be $5 please. FUCK AT&T. Christ I work in IT and it was hopelessly frustrating – I can’t imagine if I was my mom calling them! I will never use them EVER EVER EVER again ever. Oh an when the luster wears off, they pressure the hell out of your so that you don’t leave. Schweew.. Boy do I feel better unloading all that. Touche! :-)

  • Taster’sChoice

    Old girl has a Net10 prepaid – unlimited talk, text and data for $49 a month. It uses the Sprint network and her Android is an older model but for what she does on it and needs it for, I’m not sure it can be beat.

  • Buffettgirl

    Damn, that sucks! I haven’t had them pressure me at all, and I have a dumb phone. You’d think they’d want to pressure me to upgrade but they don’t. I have a dumb phone on purpose, I HATE the way society has changed with these devices, and all of the others, now we text people that are in the same room with us to check and see if they’ve seen the latest updates on facebook… it’s SO DAMN STUPID to me! I prefer face to face book over facebook any day. I have a facebook account, but it’s more to keep up with friends in different locations throughout the world rather than to brag to my friends here what I just ate for lunch. :-)

  • GradientDescent

    It could have been that she was completely willing to leave the phone on the tracks while the train passed by. …but then it rang.

  • Taster’sChoice

    Fuck FB too. I have an ex girl I dated for two years marry one of my best friends. That shit is a disease. It only appears to exist for people to hit on my woman or marry my exes. Deleted my account years ago and never looker back. Why people find it necessary to share all their drivel in their life online I will never understand.

  • Vesper B

    It’s really hard for people to judge the velocity at which the train travels. A friend of mine’s a conductor and the stories he tells me of people randomly driving and running up to trains is frightening. I don’t think we have nearly the level of education needed to understand train safety.

  • Buffettgirl

    For me it seems to exist solely for the purpose of my whale of a sister-in-law to brag about how f-ing AMAZING she is… which she isn’t, so I don’t go on there much anymore. She’s one of those people that post the most minute details about their daughters’ lives. Great idea, now your kids are exposed to the world. Can’t wait til I get the phone call that one of them has been abducted by some facebook stalker…

  • keri
  • newstarshipsmell

    ROFL. Excellent point.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    Um, excuse me… but what I’m feeding my three-year-old for dinner is of the utmost importance. ;)

    Oh, and I suppose I should mention that I’ve been with Sprint since I was 18 and have no plans to switch.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    One Better:
    A week after my then-wife died, I called AT&T to see if I could get them to drop her phone from the cellular account because I needed to trim expenses, fast. The phones were in both names & when I politely asked a supervisor to help me out, he said: (And I quote) “You’re cut off!” (To the sound of laughter).
    I tried to use the phone to call them back right after, and they had already cut the total service to both phones. Fuck those insensitive, useless wastes of skin!

  • Aussie Sabbath

    Why would you sit on train tracks to begin with?

  • Aussie Sabbath

    But if the gates were down on the road, wouldn’t it be safe to assume that you do NOT enter the crossing because a train was coming? Even if there were no gates on the pedestrian crossing?
    Trains don’t jump out of nowhere. And they can’t stop on a dime.

  • Aussie Sabbath

    How dumb do you have to be to be sitting on train tracks? Trains cannot stop instantly, the weight of them produces enough momentum to keep them moving several k’s from the braking point. She’d be a Darwin award contender if railway dumbfuckery wasn’t so common.
    Dumbass boyfriend will probably be charged with trespassing on a rail line, if not manslaughter.

  • Taster’sChoice

    That is super insensitive of someone for sure. Sorry that happened to you.

  • Aussie Sabbath

    America needs some posters like these to educate the masses about train safety.
    Unfortunately, nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

  • Aussie Sabbath

    You’d be able to feel the vibrations through the train tracks. Maybe that’s why they didn’t move until the last minute, the vibes just felt SO good…

  • DeweyCheatam

    IMO the main problem with being a teenager is how unbelievably stupid you are. Unfortunately for this poor girl, her lack of judgment combined with lethal danger at exactly the same time.

  • mean birch

    very snarky, I love it!

  • Lori Lynn Abell

    They are gigantic, and can kill you dead, D E A D dead. Do not try to race it, stop it, jump it, or think it will miss you. There train safety and education

  • HAL 9000

    WTF for? Even the newest ones are so far behind the times I wonder why anyone even bothers anymore. I am the Verizon liaison for our company and I manage all our wireless gizmos. It pains me to watch users go from one iPhone to the next when they are all pretty much the same year after year. No innovation at all, its like – well my friends have one so I do too. Bunch of iSheep… Sigh

    I’m involved in both Android and iOS software development; you know, how these things actually technically work. iOS compiles at byte-code level for x86 or ARM, and is all native C (much faster on a given chip than virtual machine). Android consists of a stripped down Linux kernel with a freebie JVM named after a town in Iceland loaded on top; this is what lets Android run (poorly) on either Intel or ARM CPU’s.

    iPhones are also physically made better, with better materials, than just about any other hand held device out there. Consumer preference is one thing, if you don’t care for Apple’s products that’s your deal; but from a technical POV, iOS devices and the associated development stack is a far more sophisticated and polished technology than Android.

    Oh yeah, Apple also is the first to integrate and commercialize the capacitive screen + heuristic touch input technology every other phone platform now imitates. But they don’t innovate…right.

  • Delaney3030

    True, but how many jigawatts can the trans-flux capacitor handle?

  • Delaney3030

    It is an american teenager thing. You wouldn’t understand.

  • Aussie Sabbath

    I wouldn’t understand because it’s a really stupid thing to do and I’m capable of rational thought.

  • Jessie

    I’m still waiting on the tox report. I am guessing they were smoking or drinking something too. Just a guess. I know they said she is young and popular; that’s what makes me think it even more…

  • Jessie

    I’ll have to try that. The washing machine has gotten boring :-p

  • Jessie

    I think everyone in this country has sat on railroad tracks at some point in their lives. Its part of our culture. Tracks are everywhere, and most lines are fairly quiet. The tracks provide cover because no intelligent adult would be hanging on them. That is where you can skip school, smoke joints, and do other vulgar and silly things with friends and the police are least likely to spot you. But most of us are smart enough to notice a train approaching.

  • Taster’sChoice

    It is well established that it is 1.21 jigawatts that makes time travel possible. Of course in real life I’m not sure a Delorean can accelerate to 88 MPH so there may be something suspect with this theory.

  • Taster’sChoice

    I guess I should have specified my perspective was from the UI and the overall end user “experience” as opposed to the inner workings and language each use which is beside the point really. The interface of the phone itself is hopelessly stale. Siri is a joke and that map application of theirs is beyond awful. I think the comment about iPhones being physically made better is also somewhat comical. The iPhone best I can tell is designed to be broken. Most of my users accomplish this task in little time.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    I have not. But… not a lot of train tracks in my neck of the woods. That’s where we’d go to do vulgar teenage things… the woods. Until dead bodies were found. Even though I’m pretty sure they were just bums that OD’d, it was about time for us to start hanging out at Denny’s anyway.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    She was also a 14-year-old eighth grader. I mean, I guess she could have had a weird birthday that put her in late or maybe her family moved her around a lot… Or perhaps she wasn’t the brightest crayon in the box to begin with.

  • Jessie

    LOL. Tons of tracks between Philly and DC where I grew up. And it was the opposite for me. The cops figured out we were at Denny’s and we were forced to retreat to the railroad tracks and woods with the dead bodies :-p

  • averagejen

    My son turned 14 during eighth grade (with a birthday in April)starting school four months after he turned 5. So if she just turned 14 between December and now, it makes sense.

    Or maybe she wasnt the brightest crayon.

  • CT

    WAIT, you don’t want to know when my dog has her period? I was going to friend you. Never mind now.

  • Taster’sChoice

    EWWWW. I’m sure it has been posted before but EWWWW.

  • HAL 9000

    It is well established that it is 1.21 jigawatts that makes time travel possible.

    C’mon wannabe geeks, it’s gigawatts.

  • Taster’sChoice

    That’s somewhat debatable too. lol. http://www.myfluxcapacitor.com/gigawatt-jigawatt

  • HAL 9000

    I guess I should have specified my perspective was from the UI and the overall end user “experience” as opposed to the inner workings and language each use which is beside the point really.

    So, Android is a ‘better’ UI than iOS? Would this be TouchSense Android from HTC? TouchWiz from Samsung? Motorola Motoblur? Or stock Android (Nexus series)? They’re all different experiences; they’re all ‘skins’ loaded over stock Android to differentiate devices. A Galaxy Note III’s UI is barely recognizable as Android vis-a-vis a Nexus, especially from the home screen.

    And the inner workings of these gadgets is not beside the point, it is the point. A pig in lipstick is still a pig, right? I’ll take bedhead Kate Upton in her jammies, before she brushes her teeth in the morning, any day over Bea Arthur in her Sunday best. It’s what they look like when they take their clothes and makeup off that matters, right?

  • Taster’sChoice

    Just so that you’re aware – most people don’t care / need to know and understand what technology in their engine gets them from point A to point B in their car. Is it a dual overhead cam? Is it a diesel engine? What most people really care about is the overall experience in their travels. Clearly your mileage may vary. lol

  • thebossessecretary

    Um…unless the phone was balanced on top of the steel rail, the train would have passed right over it. I’m voting “stoned out of their minds.”

  • HAL 9000

    Just so that you’re aware – most people don’t care / need to know and understand what technology in their engine gets them from point A to point B in their car.

    People who want to complain about a lack of innovation regarding technology, or mock other folks for buying products they don’t like, would be well advised to not be technically ignorant of the subject at hand.

  • Taster’sChoice

    Again missing the point I am making entirely but again we aren’t going to convince each other either so there’s that I guess.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    “It’s what they look like when they take their clothes and makeup off that matters, right?”

    Let’s hope not. 95% of women in this country (myself included) are totally screwed.

    Luckily, I have an awesome personality.

  • CT

    I don’t own a dog.

  • Prominent Prozac

    When you pay 300 dollars for something, you bet your ass you go back for it. Maybe I’m just old school like that though. If she was my kid and it was some kind of expensive gift she begged for, for a year or something and finally traumatized me into buying, she wouldn’t be coming home without it in one piece. Maybe she jumped.

  • Prominent Prozac

    CT, if you have a dog..you won’t BE the dog anymore <3

  • Prominent Prozac

    I’m masturbating to you right now, all this IOS talk…

  • Texas Ranger

    No, what matters is that your buddies *remember* you took a hot chick home. Bragging rights…that’s all it boils down to.

  • Texas Ranger

    something wrong with you british-types.

  • Buffettgirl

    That sucks… sorry that happened to you at all, let alone at a such a difficult time.

  • Buffettgirl

    Is this for real? If so, it’s awesome and somewhat horrifying too! It kind of bugs me that it would be posted where children could read it, but damn, it makes a statement!

  • HAL 9000

    I’m masturbating to you right now, all this IOS talk…

    There’s an app for that.

  • HAL 9000

    Again missing the point I am making entirely but again we aren’t going to convince each other either so there’s that I guess.

    Yeah, sure. To each their own. I’m sure we can both agree that Blackberries suck. God, if the poor beautiful girl had to lose her life over a cellular phone, I pray at least it was not a Blackberry…

  • Prominent Prozac

    No, it’s just a setting called “Vibrate”.
    Talk nerdy to me baby, talk nerdy.

  • HAL 9000

    Since you want nerd-snake so bad, I’d recommend some Python pseudocode (as in Monty).

    def HumpProzac()
    Target = (disqus.com/prominent_prozac)
    Insert = (disqus.com/HAL_9000)
    write.Insert.Target

    HumpProzac()
    assert True

    Pardon the lack of indents.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    Phew… I’m still good, then.

  • CT

    I like this way of thinking. We need more of you here.

  • Leasha

    Natural Selection at its finest! Losing your life over a fucking phone. ‘Murica!!!

  • Leasha

    A phone obsessed dumb blonde, apparently…

  • Chatterbox

    I hate how every child killed, the video brags about “x was smart, athletic, everyone loved x, x was such a bright and intelligent child”.
    An intelligent child wouldnt have walked into an oncoming train for a phone.

  • Texas Ranger

    Of course you are. I consider you a “hauler”

  • thebossessecretary

    I know what you’re talking about. I ran across tracks at night when I thought the train was going about 35 miles per hour. Surprise! It was going about 65. It missed me by about a foot.

  • thebossessecretary

    Plenty of us now useful citizens were getting stoned at 14.

  • Jessie

    Plenty of us now useful citizens still are :-p

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    You’re going to have to explain your exotic Texan slang, please. It’s not coming up in the Urban Dictionary as a noun.

  • Texas Ranger

    Here you go:

    There are 2 types of chicks in this world.
    1: Hauler: Chick you haul around town on weekends and such and let the whole town let see you with her… the type you bring home to mom

    2: Non-Hauler: Chick you go to for sex because she’s easy…not entirely attractive, you definitely wouldn’t want to be seen with her, especially by your buddys….but she is always good for a lay, has a hot body, but her face looks ain’t so much, and being drunk makes it all go easier.

    See this difference?

  • Vicki

    Still my favorite Iphone vs Android response- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL7yD-0pqZg

  • Aussie Sabbath

    Nah, this one’s been photoshopped. The one they have in public says something about Jimmy stays behind the yellow line until ready to board the train – nice work Jimmy.
    I think this one gets the message across better, though :P

  • Buffettgirl

    Got it.. didn’t mean to be a complete dolt, I just couldn’t wrap my head around the concept, but I think it works! I’m so technologically limited that the idea of it being photoshopped didn’t even occur to me! DOH! ;-)

  • Floppypuss

    That’s terrible.. I don’t normally comment on these things, but I immagined how I’d feel if I ever lost my wife and somebody laughed it off… I’d find them and break they’re fucking neck! I’m sorry to hear about your wife though…

  • Floppypuss

    This is horrible… so far in the past 30 days there’s been a couple kids drownim a frozen river for a stupid fuckin life draining phone, a kid shoot his brother in the face because he smashed his precious iPhone, and now this beautiful young girl jump in front of a moving train for her goddamn phone… youth these days need to get they’re fuckin priorities straight… and then there’s this while thread here that’s focused on some salespitch for shitass Verizon that’s nothing but a pain in the dick to do any business with… get net 10, $50 a month for the same service, and if you break or lose your phone go online and buy knockoffs for $100 on Amazon, BAM LIFES SAVED AND YOUR ALL WELCOME

  • HAL 9000

    Ah yes, the HTC Evo 4G.

    Of course, the fine print on the HTC Evo was the ‘4G’ did not mean ‘4G’ as in ‘LTE.’ It meant RFC802.16 ‘WiMax’ (giggle). Which was a dead standard walking back then, and is functionally extinct today.

    Going WiMax was one of several multi-billion-dollar boondoggles by Sprint (Nextel purchase, going all in on Palm Pre, Clearwire, etc. etc.) which beat down their stock to the point where SoftBank bought them for a song. With the benefit of hindsight, this video professing how awesome the HTC Evo 4G is vs. iPhone 4 is a punchline on itself.

    Hilarious!

  • HAL 9000

    There are 2 types of chicks in this world.

    Let me simplify: Fat chicks are like Mopeds, they’re really fun to ride until your friends see you on one.

  • mrskailuakona

    I lived near railroad tracks so as a child I played by them just as the train was approaching from a distance we moved even further away. We loved placing pennies on the tracks to see them flattened out and played in abandoned railroad cars in the suburbs of Philly. I loved riding trains to center city Philly so I think Jenna after playing or sitting on train tracks forgot the danger as time marched on. Jenna will be missed. Parents please teach your teens never to underestimate the danger of living or playing near trains as this was a prescription for a disaster. Even if it’s a expensive iphone it’s not worth taking a precious life as you can always buy another cell phone we can’t get a human life Jenna’s back. I can, however, see the attraction of trains wanting to hear them roar by so rest in peace Jenna

  • MinorAbrasions

    After my step-dad died, a bill collector told my mom she would ruin his credit if she didn’t pay a bill. To which she replied, “He’s fucking dead!”

  • JohnQknowitall

    I am with you on the iPhone iBS. I have a macbook only because I was sucked the os (which is the best) for one computer and now i have a large software investment I am stuck. To get the OS you have to buy their shitty uninspiring hardware at prices that are beyond grouging… this alone makes it the most expensive OS in the world. God I hate myself for spending what I did for a lower mid range macbook (lowercase intended). Nope I wouldn’t go back for the best phone (several androids knock the iPhone in capabilities).

  • JohnQknowitall

    Goto Boost which is the Sprint network. Best damn decision I ever made for a telecom service.

  • Taster’sChoice

    No kidding. Good lord. We had a BES server and I still have a cabinet FULL of BES CALS. $100 per sheet of paper IIRC. Anyone want a bargain on some licenses? I mean even if BB does recover who would EVER go back to the in house server model? NOT IT!

  • JohnQknowitall

    You must not have seen a Samsung Galaxy phone. The gui is the issue and I don’t have to root my phone to make it look the way I want it to look… NOT the way the people who took my money want it to look. The iPhone is overpriced and sorry – it does not have the best hardware.

  • HAL 9000

    Hey, I don’t judge Android users or devices, I work on both platforms. If I were going to get an Android phone, I would get a Nexus 5 Red by LG because they’re far better built than a Samsung Galaxy, which feels like a bar of plastic soap ready to squeeze out of my hand.

    And don’t forget Windows Phone (seriously). Nokia makes some really good devices. I would take a Lumia 1520 over a Note III if I wanted a phablet; it has great hardware, huge screen, real nice camera, and is exceptionally well built. And I don’t hate Samsung per se either, I just haven’t seen a gadget from them I personally like since the Galaxy S (Galaxy Nexus wasn’t bad either). But the plasti-phone chassis Samsung has used since Galaxy SIII sucks.

    And fact is Apple makes a great device; the 5s has fast 64-bit SoC and dedicated motion processor, along with the only thumb-security scanner that works reliably. They make a nice gadget lineup, development stack, and application ecosystem for their users. Plus they invented the contemporary definition of what a ‘smartphone’ is.

  • Tenbux

    Of all the ways to go, this is the one I never understand.
    Its not like trains can sneak up on you. I lived a block away from some awfully active railroad tracks, and even if they weren’t blowing the horn you can feel the damn things coming. The recipe for not getting hit couldn’t be simpler; If you don’t stand on the tracks, you can’t get hit. There aren’t any demon voodoo trains that detach from the rails to ambush you for your tasty body juices.
    We’re not talking about bloodthirsty invisible predators from hell. They’re huge, loud, and they only move in one direction.

    I feel bad for the family, but come on. If you’re enough of a doofus to get creamed by a train while totally sober, you probably weren’t going to make it to adulthood in the first place.

  • t3chsupp0rt

    I’ve never been that stoned.

    Trains are loud.

  • t3chsupp0rt

    That’s a surprisingly fun game.

  • t3chsupp0rt

    That’s why they teach us those crazy word problems in school. If a train leaves Barcelona at 1:15pm and reaches a velocity of 72mph after twelve minutes, how long do you have to get your phone before you get run the fuck over?

  • boffarmer

    well at least the dumb weed them selves out
    how dumb what a fool for a phone just like guy who droped his in chicago river and 3 drowned for it just dumb as hell

  • CatAtonic99

    Anyone else have this movie come to mind? http://youtu.be/XWPz0-iYTTw

  • Vesper B

    *This* is what we need to teach the children!

  • Heather_Habilatory

    Did you miss the hypnotized comment?

  • Aussie Sabbath

    Nope, but your mum’s cousin apparently missed the very loud warning bells and flashing lights on the level crossing as well. All signs of a train coming.

  • Aussie Sabbath

    That’s why I thought that these kids would know when a freaking train was coming. You can usually feel the vibrations through the rails.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Quite honestly I see the plastic casing to be a major plus. Plastic is lighter than metal and not so easily damaged. Plastic also absorbs shock from such things as being dropped. It doesn’t bend and rarely cracks. A metal case transfers the shock to the phones internal components and the screen. The desk phones of the middle of the last century forward may have lost their shine and the internal components may have rusted to ruin, but the plastic encasement almost every phone not destroyed on purpose are for the most part undamaged.

  • GlocKittyXe

    “bright?” not so much…

  • Aussie Sabbath

    Trains are loud and they vibrate the rails. You’d have to be unconscious to miss one.

  • Lex

    dont play on fucking train tracks

  • NDNchief

    Quote from that guy at that girls’ funeral in the movie “Heathers”; “God, why do you have to kill the hot snatch.”
    BTW, all that tech talk below about phones is hilarious.