Bingo! But, if you REALLY want to stop it, the ONLY thing that would
work to make "enforcement" efficient/viable are stiff fines for first
offenders, and mandatory jail sentences for the second offense.
Put some soccer mom's high school kid in jail for thirty days, and it
wouldn't take long for the ADD generation and their spawn to get the point.
Too damn bad the warm fuzzy liberal judges, the ultimate political
appointees of the very folks screaming the loudest in favor of the laws,
won't do that.
A perfect example of the built-in inconsistencies in warm fuzzy thinking ...
I was hoping somebody would try to make this a purely one-sided
That train ain't never late.
That person ... always seems ignorant to the corporate interests whose
profitability would be *decimated* by proposals like banning cell
phone use while driving.
And ... as we all know ... only one party is beholden to the interests
of Big Business, right??
Which ... as it turns out ... usually leads to better conclusions than
not thinking at all, or -- perhaps worse -- confirmation bias ;-)
This debate is as old as technology. I have some old amateur radio
magazine from the 50's in which there were discussions of various
municipalities banning the use of microphones while driving. Much for and
agin' on the ham radio side. This whole thread could have been held in a
several month sequence of letters to the editor in "CQ" magazine back in
/disclaimers: a) No, I'm not that old, I got the magazines from a family
friend when I was about 12. and b) no, I'm not a ham operator, I could never
teach myself how to reliably receive the required morse code at speed.
Sending, no problem, hearing -- big problem. But I did actively pursue it
when I was young, built a couple of receivers and spent a lot of time
listening as well as shortwave listening.
There is never a situation where having more rounds is a disadvantage
Jammers are available.
In fact, for the States, the UK is our primary source.
But ... think about it: if you think the cell-phone-using driver is
distracted while they're mindlessly chatting away, then just imagine
their reaction when their call suddenly drops.
I think you make a horrid situation worse.
Movies? Restaurants? Elevators? For environments like that, I'd
LOVE to have one ;-)
The operation of a jamming device in the US can get you a $20000 fine and
five years in jail. The operation of such a device in the UK can put you in
violation of two laws. One carrying a maximum fine of 5000, the other a
maximum of two years in jail and an unlimited fine. In the US, many things
are available for purchase but are not legal to use. In the UK, devices that
are illegal to use are generally illegal to manufacture or purchase.
I'd love to have a personal 100 ft radius jammer. The number of
people who blather endlessly about inane crap is noise pollution in
the worst degree. It's only due to the power of corporate money that
has made the cell phone unstopable in everyday life. OTOH, with the
advent of texting and the horrendous charges inflicted on the
customer, I'm amazed companies have not made a u-turn and advocated
the banning of cell phone conversation many places. Now that texting
is possible, the lame excuse of "my baby is on fire", along with the
higher texting fees, makes cell phone drone laws completely bogus.
Something does not make sense. A TV remote needs to send an Infra-Red code
to turn the TV off, this will not work through a hat, and the remote needs
to be aimed at the TV for it to receive the IR beam. Secondly most cheap TVs
do not have discrete off codes, it is the same code that turns the TV on --
it works as a toggle -- so if the TV is off it will turn it on, if it is on
it will turn it off.
Some do, some don't. At the present time they all accept an IR signal as RF
signals cannot be learned by Universal Remotes. Most better Universal
Remotes can send RF signals to a Black Box next to the equipment which then
in turn forwards an IR signal directly to each piece of equipment's IR
I've done the same thing before, but my preferred target is a bar when
the Leaf's are playing and I get to watch everybody freak out. It's
truly amazing to see the fans support such an inept hockey team when
they've given so little back all these past years.
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