Why does the Wi-fi in the Von der Hayden pavillion suck so much? It ruined my attempts to sky rent-a-car agencies in South Africa for my World Cup trip! [3590B]
I’m going to guess it’s a gag reflex brought on by all the students conducting academic research in the von der Heyden.
Why do the motion-sensor sinks in the restrooms around here work so poorly? [3586C]
[written in answer space: It's all part of the water conservation initiative and the idea is that a majority of people will get frustrated enough to resort to antibacterial no-rinse-required spray.]
Interesting theory, Secret Scribbler. But it’s more likely imprecise technology [...]
Why is the elevator for the Polisci department so sketchy? [3589B]
[written in other hand: It's actually a TARDIS.]
Sometimes it feels like a TARDIS (Doctor Who’s Time Machine, for all you non-nerds), Secret Scribbler. It’s taken me on all sorts of crazy rides when I’ve only pushed 2. Fortunately, when the original portion of [...]
Should I get an iPhone 3G or a Blackberry Bold? [3538C]
Answer Person cannot endorse one product over another, but suggests checking reviews at CNET.com before purchasing any electronic device.
Hi, I am a new employee of Duke University. I tried to login to my library account using my NetID (xxxx) but the system would not let me login. Could you check what is wrong? Thanks.
Your question has been forwarded to the Circulation Dept. They should get back to you.
I’m studying abroad and I have seen a few of these odd structures in London. They are circular in base, bigger than the Duke library, and about 6 stories tall, though they vary. They are made only of steel supports, but do not seem to be involved in any construction. They don’t hold anything up [...]
Why are phone calls so ridiculously expensive in Europe, particularly land line calls in Britain? What is the US doing so well that Europeans are not?
ANSWER PERSON RESPONDS: There are different regulatory structures and historical backgrounds between the telecommunications systems in these different places. Note that, in general, mobile phones are cheaper in Europe [...]
Is a world with one search engine (Google) comparable to a world with 1 political party (totalitarianism)? [3348B]
Well, you can see the April 9 issue of Business Week. Some people think so. But unlike a totalitarian state, there isn’t anything keeping you from using another inferior search engine, is there?
When I download files on my Apple MacBook Pro there is a slight delay between when the save/open with window opens and the “OK” button activates. The delay is long enough that I think it is abnormal. Am I crazy? Do you know of anything like this happening to others? (Note: I use Mozilla Firefox, [...]
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