Cellphone jammer and a Japanese silencing device: Comment of the week

Two weeks ago, we launched a weekly feature derived from complicated algorithms, a rigorous scientific formula and, occasionally, a blogger’s mood swings: BlogPost’s “Comment of the Week.”


A woman holds a cellphone. (Emilio Morenatti/AP)

We hate to be swayed by humor, but it’s been a long week. This week’s winning comment was written in response to a blog post about a cellphone jammer who stops calls on a Philadelphia bus, and a new gun that silences speech in Japan.

The Japanese speech jammer, its researchers said, can stop most speech mid-sentence but has no effect on meaningless sound sequences, like “Aaaargghhh.” This week’s winning comment:

“So it’s useless against pirates” — via commenter “womp”

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