Qatar imports 1,000 frequency jammers to block mobile phone transmissions that disrupt prayers and sermons in mosques
I've been begging for something like this to happen for *years* now. Don't get me wrong - cell phones can be extremely useful. But you should be responsible enough to use one properly, kinda like guns or cars. Nothing will piss me off faster than trying to watch a movie or dechipher my Cal III professor's jibba jabba when some moron gets a call. You're in class - you can't take a call right now. If you know ahead of time you won't be able to take a call, turn it off and let the voice mail take a message, or look at your caller ID after the test to see who you need to call back. It's not hard, people. If your wife's pregnant with her first kid and about to go into labor any day now, I can see why you'd rush out of class or church or the movies or wherever else you may be. But 99.99999% of the time, it's just someone wanting to small talk.
The aggrivation factor of this increases exponentially when the person actually takes the call. You'd think that most people would be embarassed that they're disturbing everyone around them. But noooo, they usually take the call, oblivious to the world around them. You're trying to listen to a concert, and instead of the music all you can hear is some moron talking about nothing important. What's even worse? They usually YELL AS LOUD AS THEY CAN so that the person on the phone can hear them over the concert, somehow forgetting that this also means that everyone else in the civic center can hear you over the music as well.
The ultimite in cell phone stupidity is when people try and drive while using these things. Everyone who calls me from a cell while driving gets bitched at, lavender_moon included more often than not. It's just not safe. If you have a hands-free device, you are exempt from this ridicule. But trying to balance a sliver of plastic on your shoulder while straining to hear someone else over the static and still try to aim a half-ton of Detroit steel down a major highway moving at speeds of 55+ miles an hour is just ridiculous. And for what? A meaningless convorsation like "so man, what you doin?" "Tryin not to die." "Oh, cool." I will dance in the streets the day they outlaw cell phone usage while driving. Just be glad I didn't get in a wreck due to this phenomenon. If I knew that the pain I had to deal with for the rest of my life was due to someone that was too bored to drive and decided to call Uncle Cletus and ask him how his boil was healing up, I wouldda murdered them on the spot.
Anyway, back to the subject at hand. These guys were GENIUSES for bringing in these scramblers. Since people on average are too stupid to act responsibly by themselves, someone else has to babysit them and make sure they don't have a lapse of sanity right there in church and call Pizza Hut for some takeout.
People of Quatar, you have my newfound respect. If only more people in this world could be more like you...