Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 03/02/2012

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)
The first winning comment was a Jeremy Lin limerick. Last week it was an information technology expert’s advice about how to prevent hacker group Anonymous from taking down the U.S. power grid.

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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