I want one. …
Originally posted by CNN:
Fancy gadgets that can be used to jam cell phone signals are illegal.
Google lit up Monday with people searching for them.
NBC10 reported on a man who admitted to using a cell-phone jammer during his bus commute to shut down fellow passengers when they were talking loudly.
"A lot of people are extremely loud, no sense of privacy or anything. When it becomes a bother, I screw on the antenna and flip the switch."
The story spread.
Throughout the weekend "cell phone jammer" was one of the top 10 searches on Google Trends.
Their legality varies from country to country.
Jammers work in much the same way online denial-of-service attacks on websites do — transmitting a signal on the same frequency as mobile phone calls in the area.
Under (USA) federal law, illegally using a jammer can result in jail time and fines up to $16,000.
I was minding my own business sitting on a bus one day when a woman shouted "Hello!!"
So I shouted back: "Hello, How are you."
I ran out of steam PDQ but nobody heard me, including her, apparently.
I wish I had been confident enough to continue a mindless conversation. I'm pretty sure I could have had the other passengers howling with laughter. Maybe even joining in.
Could have been fun.
Pity about my "sense of privacy". (I was ashamed of the "cow" being of the same species as me.)
What I'd really like is a scanner to eaves-drop on such people. I'd really have some fun if I got psyched up enough.