“SWEET BUT ILLEGAL:” A look at portable cellphone jammers:
Andrew reached into his shirt pocket and pushed a button on a black device the size of a cigarette pack. It sent out a powerful radio signal that cut off the chattererâ€™s cellphone transmission â€” and any others in a 30-foot radius.
â€œShe kept talking into her phone for about 30 seconds before she realized there was no one listening on the other end,â€ he said. His reaction when he first discovered he could wield such power? â€œOh, holy moly! Deliverance.â€
I can imagine some downsides, though. As the article notes, these have considerable utility for terrorists or criminals. And even a non-criminal could accidentally block a vital call.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Ken Johnson explains another problem:
My wife has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition with which I believe you are familiar. For 30 years, she been slowly losing her battle with the disease and is now on the list to receive a heart transplant.
Neither she nor I had a cellphone when she went on the list. We purchased two of those cheap, pay-as-you-go phones so the hospital can contact us if a heart becomes available.
Basically, we’re waiting for one life-changing phone call — and if we’re sitting next to one of these lawbreaking, self-righteous jerks when it comes, we’ll miss it.
Who the hell do these people think they are that they imagine they have a right to interfere with the communications infrastructure in the United States?
Yeah, that’s the kind of thing I meant.