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2004-10-11 09:36:12 PM  

I surrender

/obvious

 
2004-10-11 09:37:18 PM  
French government officials allow cinemas to jam mobile phones France surrenders
 
2004-10-11 09:37:41 PM  
*Applause*
 
2004-10-11 09:39:10 PM  
On one hand, this is good, because it will prevent people from interrupting movies. On the other hand, this is bad, because it could be a detriment in case of emergency. On the other hand, this wouldn't even be an issue if people had the common decency to just shut the fark up when they're in a theater.
 
2004-10-11 09:41:23 PM  
This is why I go to movies during the day, when only the single freaks without any friends or loved ones attend. Who the hell would call them during a movie?
 
2004-10-11 09:45:32 PM  
Best use of the Hero tag ever. And it's the French. That in itself deserves an Ironic tag.
 
2004-10-11 09:45:44 PM  
Wow
 
2004-10-11 09:47:14 PM  
Not good. Firemen, doctors, rescue crew members amongst others, are all people who need to use their pagers so they can react at an emergency. Many of these people are on call 24 hours a day and of all people, they deserve to be able to enjoy and relax at the cinema.
 
2004-10-11 09:50:31 PM  
Is there a way to allow pagers to work but not cell phones? One of you eggheads must know.
 
2004-10-11 09:56:11 PM  
I want one of these things for my car. I'm pretty sure anyone who's nearly been sideswiped by a soccer mom blathering away on a cell phone and not paying attention to the road might see why jamming cell phones on the road is a good thing.
 
2004-10-11 10:00:26 PM  
mediaho,

The article doesn't really specify the manner of jamming. If it's a Faraday cage deal, I don't think they'd be able to differentiate between pager and cell phone signals.

Come to think of it, I don't even know whether pagers and cell phones share the same frequency range. If they don't share the same frequency range, then the theaters could probably just filter out the cell phone calls.

And, if you look around in America, there aren't many people left with pagers besides the doctors, firefighters, and EMTs.
 
2004-10-11 10:03:33 PM  
Alexis & Bort_Flancrest - did you RTA? -->

"The government's industry minister has approved a decision to let cinemas, concert halls and theaters install cell phone jammers -- on condition that emergency calls can still get through, officials said Monday."

how they're going to filter through only emergency calls, i have no idea.

what would be the best solution, if techically possible, would be to jam only the the transmission signal from the cell phone but still allow the receiving signal through. that way, a person can still receive a call but would have to take the call outside of the theater if they wanted to respond.
 
2004-10-11 10:05:59 PM  
I want quiet, dammit. I gotcha blabba mouth jammer right here....

I guess an 'on call' professional will have to wait until their actual day off to go see a movie. In my opinion, that's a much smaller problem than trying to watch a ten dollar movie amongst tards who want to socialize.
 
2004-10-11 10:06:53 PM  
Or not.
 
2004-10-11 10:07:09 PM  
Pagers vibrate
 
2004-10-11 10:09:08 PM  
"French government officials allow cinemas to jam mobile phones"

In the US, we jam mobile phones up your ass.
 
2004-10-11 10:29:26 PM  
Ecoutez-moi?

NON!

Ecoutez-moi?

NON!

Ecoutez-moi?
 
2004-10-11 10:50:51 PM  
France > USA

Canada > France

/obvious
 
2004-10-11 11:41:02 PM  
Alexis & Bort_Flancrest - did you RTA?

I knew I had forgotten to do something.
 
2004-10-12 02:43:44 AM  
Chelsea Clinton Is Carrot Top's Lost Twin

There are several possibilities; these may or may not be applicable in France. I know they are not all applicable for all carriers in the U.S.

1. They don't have to jam the call. Rather, what they could do is install some tiny, short range transmitters near each seat. The transmitter would send a signal ordering the cell phone to remain idle, but be active for emergency calls.

Of course, the problem with that is, you need cell phones that recognize and obey the signal, which means you have to require the manufacturers to add such functionality. France (read: the EU) may or may not already have such requirements.

2. It may be the case that emergency signals are carried on a different frequency band than regular signals. Then, it would be easy enough just to jam the regular frequency.

3. Theaters can install miniature cells. The cell phone would connect to the mini-cell in the theater, rather than the regular cell outside. This gives the theater control over calls that go through to the cell phone, and it could be only emergency calls.

Or, if it wanted to be evil, it could charge an exorbitant roaming charge.
 
2004-10-12 02:45:27 AM  
BTW, simply jamming the cell phone frequency bands won't get rid of the problem entirely. Sometimes, cell phones ring even when not connected, say if you set an alarm.
 
2004-10-12 03:20:06 AM  
crap... I didnt realize the french had admirable qualities.
 
2004-10-12 03:20:28 AM  
Now if only they can un-jam parents brains. Nothing like hearing a toddler crying in the middle of "Kill Bill."
 
2004-10-12 03:21:46 AM  
Meh. Wake me when we can legally taser loudmouths who won't stfu during the movie (cellphone or no), or farktards playing with their 'OMG ME SO COOL' laser pointers.
 
2004-10-12 03:29:11 AM  
aerojockey

This is the EU we're talking about here, and what you are suggesting is far too sensible/practical to be tolerated.

Now if it was a requirement for mobile phones to all be the same colour and size and to smell like bananas, they're probably on it right now.
 
2004-10-12 03:29:13 AM  
Spaceballs

DO they actually put jam on them?
Pizza the Hut!!!!
 
2004-10-12 03:29:52 AM  
Alexis has three hands.
 
2004-10-12 03:30:02 AM  
This is one of the reasons why I go see movies during the "cheap" matinees.
During the day, the theater is near empty.
This allows me to pick a seat which I want to sit in, usually in the center of the theatre, in the middle of the row.
I also don't have to worry about the idiots who don't turn off their cell phones or talk to their friends during the movie.

Even when I go to a theater, I slience my phone, and it isn't that farking hard to do.
I guess people don't have respect for others that I do.
 
2004-10-12 03:31:10 AM  
 
2004-10-12 03:33:01 AM  
Isn't it cheaper/easier just to allow people to sucker-punch cell phone users in the back of the head?

Worst cell-phone annoyance I've had was in call, during a test. A kid's phone went off and he let it got for the full 6 rings til his voicemail picked up because "it would make more of a rucus getting the phone out and turning it off than latting it ring." Then, 2 minutes later his phone rang again. He finally wised up and turned it off (but DID make more of a rucus turning it off then letting it ring).
 
2004-10-12 03:40:14 AM  
I'M HAVING A HEART ATTACK DIAL 911!!!
 
2004-10-12 03:40:50 AM  
Bort_Flancrest

Not good. Firemen, doctors, rescue crew members amongst others, are all people who need to use their pagers so they can react at an emergency. Many of these people are on call 24 hours a day and of all people, they deserve to be able to enjoy and relax at the cinema.


No offense, but STFU. They managed just fine before the era of the mobile phone.
 
2004-10-12 03:44:02 AM  
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2004-10-12 03:45:40 AM  
Houston is really really bad with the cell phone users in the movie theaters. It always irritates the shiat out of me, but this one time, there was a very loud large lady in front of me, and one of the pre-show 'please turn off your cell phone' bits played, and she said while talking on her phone "I paid my five dollars!". Suggesting somehow, paying to get in entitled her to do whatever the fark she wanted despite the fact that the rest of us paid (of course, substantially more than 5 dollars). Man! I still want to find her and smack her!

While I'm here. fark all you assholes that talk on your phone at the movies. You farking suck, and one day your dumbass will not be able to do it. I know a lot of people, and I have a lot of friends. I don't know anyone that actually does rediculous crap like that. Who are these people, and where do they come from?
 
2004-10-12 03:51:57 AM  
I think this is a horrible idea.

I bring my cellphone with me everywhere in case of emergency calls - calling in or out. I turn it to silent in theaters, lectures (I'm a student), etc, but it's still there with me. If American theaters do this, I'll be boycotting - my safety, and the safety of my family and friends is way more important than the chance someone might miss a line in "Gigli 2."

Personally, I see the *crunch crunch* of plastic candy wrappers a FAR bigger irriation than cellphones. Restuarants are for eating. Theaters are for watching. Easy enough?
 
2004-10-12 03:52:43 AM  
On-call professionals either did not go to the theatre, or left their pager at the front desk (yes, pagers are old tech). There WAS a world before cellphones! And yes, you can block cell phones and not pagers...well "block" is the wrong word but a pager signal is much much stronger than a cell phone signal and will go through intereference a lot easier. Wasn't it France that had the cell-phone interfering wood panelling story a year or 2 ago?
 
2004-10-12 04:03:05 AM  
man I wish they had that where I live. I hate those people who don't turn their phone off in movies.

On call professionals can usually afford a home theatre system anyway so they don't need to go to the movies.
 
2004-10-12 04:04:16 AM  
My only problem with this is that, in case of an emergency, it could cost precious time to get out of the theatre, or maybe out of the building entirely.
 
2004-10-12 04:12:56 AM  
I would love it if this would happen in US theatres.
 
2004-10-12 04:14:59 AM  
I have been living in Japan for a while and in all the times I've been to the theater have only heard a phone ring ONCE. The person quickly turned off the phone and that was it. Do people in the States (and France, I guess) not have the common sense to put the phone on vibrate and leave the theater if they really need to talk?

Then again, my friend got yelled at for laughing too loud by a Japanese movie-goer, so I don't know if we can compare the customs...
 
2004-10-12 04:21:18 AM  
How in the world did people handle emergencies before cell phones were popular?Give me a break.Its a luxury thats abused 99.9% of the time.
 
2004-10-12 04:34:55 AM  
Gauss's Law

I live in Japan too and I got yelled at for freestyling over the END CREDITS with my friend at Kill Bill 2. Why the hell do they take the credits so seriously here.

/Nobody leaves.
 
2004-10-12 04:37:02 AM  
I bring my cellphone with me everywhere in case of emergency calls - calling in or out. I turn it to silent in theaters, lectures (I'm a student), etc, but it's still there with me. If American theaters do this, I'll be boycotting - my safety, and the safety of my family and friends is way more important than the chance someone might miss a line in "Gigli 2."

Did you boycott cinemas/death traps before you had a mobile phone, and if not, how many deaths occured because of it?
 
2004-10-12 04:38:39 AM  
My girlfriend is a vet student and she has to be on call. She has to be reachable at all times. When she goes to events, she puts the cell phone on vibrate. A jammer woul mean she could not go to the movie theatre.

/least eloquent post ever
 
2004-10-12 04:40:23 AM  
My only problem with this is that, in case of an emergency, it could cost precious time to get out of the theatre, or maybe out of the building entirely.

What? If the building catches on fire do you need a phone call to tell you to evacuate? What possible realistic scenario would involve you losing precious time getting out because you didn't have your phone?

I think a more likely scenario would be that you burn to death because so many asshats around you are blocking the way because they are too busy on the phone with someone screaming "OMG THE BUILDING IS ON FIRE!"
 
2004-10-12 04:42:25 AM  
Jamming cellfones wouldn't be necessary if people were considerate and responsible about their use.

Don't get mad at the theaters for doing this, get mad at the inconsiderate blathering morons who made it necessary.
 
2004-10-12 04:43:34 AM  
I think that it would be safer and more effective to have snipers with air rifles and nighvision goggles in the theatre ready to shoot the invariable assmonkey who decides that the cinema is a good place to have a chat with their buds.

Set it to vibrate.
And if you want to talk on the phone - leave the goddamn theatre and let us other folks watch the film in peace.
 
2004-10-12 04:44:25 AM  
UnFark: Those are the sacrifices you make for choosing such professions. Watching a movie isn't a god-given right. You either have to renegotiate the "always on call" status or live with it. I imagine such a situation would prevent someone from drinking too, since they would have to show up sober. If that is the choice you make, to stay sober and out of cinemas so you can be called to work any moment of your life, then that is your decision (or hers, as it would be).
 
2004-10-12 04:55:11 AM  
The "but I have to be on call 24/7" argument doesn't hold water because there are many other places that pagers and cellfones don't work, such as in dead zones, in large buildings, in tunnels, etc.

If you're really concerned about being on call 24/7 then you probably avoid all these places, right? Well just add theaters to the list. If you want to watch a movie, wait until your day off.

It's like people with screaming babies, they shouldn't be in the theater in the first place. Get a babysitter if you want to watch a movie.

And like I said before, if you don't like this idea of jamming, blame the blathering idiots and inconsiderate morons who made it necessary, not the theaters.
 
2004-10-12 05:07:24 AM  
FL8ME I hear ya! Another Japan resident here. I went to see the Harry Potter movie and I the credits came up and I had to beat down the urge to get up and leave....because nobody else was. FOR GOD'S SAKE YOU CAN'T READ IT ANYWAY IT'S IN ENGLISH GRRRRRR. This has reminded me to ask my friends tomorrow why they do this.
 
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