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題名: Devices Enforce Silence of Cellphones, Illegally
記者: By MATT RICHTEL
発行日: November 4, 2007
One afternoon in early September, an architect named Andrew boarded his
He sat down next to a 20-something woman who he said was "blabbing away"
into her phone.
She was speaking using the word 'like' all the time and it annoyed him.
Andrew reached into his shirt pocket and pushed a button on a black
device the size of a cigarette pack.
She kept talking into her phone for about 30 seconds before she realized
there was no one listening at the other end.
The device sends out a powerful radio signal that cut off the chatterer's
cellphone transmission --and any others in a 30-foot radius.
As cellphone use has skyrocketed, making it hard to avoid hearing half a
conversation in many public places, a small but growing band of rebels is
turning to a blunt countermeasure: the cellphone jammer.
The buyers include owners of cafes and hair salons, hoteliers, public
speakers, theater operators, bus drivers and, increasingly, commuters
on public transportation.
Gary, a therapist in Ohio says jamming is necessary to do his job
A week ago he paid $200 for a jammer, after experiencing yet another
annoying cellphone interruption.
He runs group therapy sessions for sufferers of eating disorders and
one woman's intimate confession about sexual abuse was rudely
interrupted when someone's cellphone went off.
And worse, that person answered it and carried on a conversation.
"There's no etiquette, it's a pandemic." he said.
But a problem with cellphone jammers is that the damage is collateral.
Insensitive talkers impose their racket on the defenseless, but jammers
punish not just the offender, but also inoffensive discreet chatterers.
There is also a public safety issue: jammers could be used by criminals
to stop people from communicating in an emergency.
Using the jammers is illegal in the United States and anyone caught
can face fines up to $11,000 for the first offense.