#1 By: Cory Doctorow, August 21st, 2013 14:32
#2 By: Terry Follmer, August 21st, 2013 14:39
Check out "Zoolander." When they get that small, I'll pick one up.
#3 By: kartwaffles, August 21st, 2013 14:46
#4 By: Kango Ru Foo, August 21st, 2013 14:46
DEFUND, DEFUND, DEFUND these cartoonish agencies. We don't need them. They do not serve you, the public, or the country in this case the UK.
The only bill I want to see past in the US are bills that repeal. The answer to authoritarianism is to deauthorize and defund.
#5 By: JGS, August 21st, 2013 14:49
Oh I see. There's some misconception that there's an implicit "Prevention of" before "Serious Organised Crime".
#6 By: Lisha Sterling, August 21st, 2013 14:52
Wouldn't it make more sense to simply use things that disrupt mobile phone radio signals inside prisons? That seems like a much more effective solution to the problem.
#7 By: Citizen, August 21st, 2013 14:55
Hardly a clever disguise, why would prisoners be carrying around car keys?
#8 By: Chris, August 21st, 2013 15:01
I had the same thought... as presumably every sane person did?
Maybe they could ban car keys in prisons... or, you know, any sort of contraband without a clear use to the prisoner, as presumably is already the case. All this highlights is the fact that they're completely powerless to control what gets smuggled in and out of the prisons. Small cellphones are not going to go away, and will only get smaller and hidden in even more innocuous items (like... rock hammers maybe).
#9 By: Andrew Singleton, August 21st, 2013 15:02
The only reason I see this as a no-go is because the guard radios might also get disrupted.
That or y'know the guards actually odn't want ot REALLY stop the black market prison economy. I dunno. TThat one seems too tinfoil even for me.
#10 By: JGS, August 21st, 2013 15:10
What, really? I was assuming (albeit without actually knowing much of anything about the subject) that was exactly what was going on. They're in the perfect position to be the supplier and to make good money doing it. Who better?
#11 By: Manny, August 21st, 2013 15:14
Jamming is against US federal law. Our state prison system is tackling this problem in different ways. My favorite is the cellullar-sniffing dogs.
#12 By: Andrew Singleton, August 21st, 2013 15:27
@oldsma except this is about UK prisons, do they have similar bans on jamming?
@jgs Given everything that's gone on with the government and how easy it is for me to give in to every paranoid delusion i have to draw the line somewhere.
#13 By: cservant, August 21st, 2013 15:29
Serious Organized Crime Agency?
Reminds me of this:
Which leads to this:
The Glasgow Ice Cream Wars were conflicts in the East End of Glasgow in Scotland in the 1980s between rival ice cream van operators, over lucrative drug distribution territory. The conflicts involved daily violence and intimidation, and led to the deaths by arson of several members of the family of one ice cream van driver and a consequent court case that lasted for 20 years. The conflicts generated widespread public outrage, and earned the Strathclyde Police the nickname the "serious chimes squa...
Who thinks of these names?
#14 By: Austin Hamman, August 21st, 2013 15:41
#15 By: AndyG, August 21st, 2013 15:42
Nice little phone! I could easily hide it in my ass.
#17 By: Boundegar, August 21st, 2013 15:55
They really need to just go ahead and ban the transistor. That's where all the trouble started.
#18 By: Purplecat, August 21st, 2013 16:01
I would have thought that, given what we know about how the UK police operate, the tactic would be to let as many phones into jails as possible, pick up all the calls that bounce to the nearest three cell towers and act on the results.
Then sell the contents to the Sun.
#19 By: fuzzyfuzzyfungus, August 21st, 2013 16:23
That tends to make the local RF regulatory authorities very sad. Jamming, particularly of licensed bands, tends to be quite significantly illegal, and they Don't like making exceptions. Even in the US, where Tough on Crime is practically a sacrament, getting the FCC to budge on jamming is nearly unheard of.
#20 By: Ant Dude, August 21st, 2013 16:40
Yeah, I am waiting for those ant sized so I can buy and use one!
#21 By: gilbert wham, August 21st, 2013 17:00
I got picked up by a screw whilst hitching once, years ago, who was pretty open about how it worked. That wouldn't even be a surprise.
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