. Turn off that Wi-Fi network — it's disturbing our chakras. That's what many residents of Glastonbury, a lovely medieval town turned New Age hub in southwestern England, are demanding the local government do. Ever since the town's free municipal wireless broadband network went online in May, people have been complaining of, as an online petition puts it, "headaches, dizziness, nausea, severe tiredness, brain fog, disorientation and loss of appetite, loss of balance, inability to concentrate, loss of creativity" — all ailments an examining physician would find it difficult to prove or disprove.
. A new study could re-ignite the debate over the potentially dangerous effects of cell phone radiation on children's behavior. Researchers from the Yale School of Medicine found that exposing pregnant mice to radiation from a cell phone affected the behavior of their offspringlater. They found that the mice exposed to radiation as fetuses were more hyperactive, had more anxiety and poorer memory — symptoms associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) — than mice who were not exposed to radiation.
. Oak Park police ticketed 14 speeding motorists last week — all of them talking on cell phones at the time — during continued enforcement of traffic laws around the village's schools.
. Dallas will consider limitingcellphone use in school zones, prompted Friday afternoon [1/11/2008] by a petition signed byfive City Council members who want to formally discuss the issue. Such action in Dallas follows Highland Park and University Park both recently banning handheld cellphone use within school zones.
. Not for a long, long time have parents enforced the notion that children should be seen and not heard. All us fogies, even young ones, flinch when the kids talk at loud length on their cell phones at school, at play and in their living rooms. They turn the music up as high as it can go no matter where they are.
Yes, as my wife can tell you from first-hand experience, text messages are used in high schoolsto cheat on exams. It is easily preventable, but not without major changes at the FCC. The most practical solution to the problem of cheating via cell phones would be to blanket the school buildings with wideband RF noise to jam all cellular calls -- or build the schools with screened walls and ceilings to prevent signals from entering or leaving. Once inclass, the kids don't need to be on the phone. With this system in place, they could make all the calls they want the building.
. Principals in at least three suburban schools have searched students' cellphone text messages when they suspected the students of cheating, drug abuse or other school violations. Officials in the Douglas and Jefferson school districtssay policies that allow them to search lockers, backpacks and cars parked on school grounds also authorize searches of cellphones when there is a "reasonable suspicion" of wrongdoing.
. Earlier this week, the federal government'sNational Science Foundation (NSF), an entity created to encourage the study of science —encouragement that it achieves by awarding grants to scholars and universities — announced that it had awarded a grant to study what people say about themselves and others in social media. The NSF dubbed the project "Truthy," a reference to comedian Stephen Colbert's invention and hilarious use of the word "truthiness." The reference to Mr. Colbert is cute, and he is a very funny guy, but when the feds get into the business of monitoring speech, it is surely no joke; it is a nightmare. It is part of the Obama administration's persistent efforts to monitor communication and scrutinize the expressions of opinions it hates and fears.
. The following are 18 signsthat life in our public schools is now very similar to life in our prisons.... [For example,] #1 Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has announced that school officials can search the cell phones and laptops of public school students if there are "reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or the rules of the school."
. New anti-terror lawswill see 100 million cellphone users in Pakistan forced to submit their fingerprints to a nationaldatabase or get cut off from the network. The measures were imposed in response to the Taliban'srecent school massacre in Peshawar and will see every cell user in the country compelled to link their SIM card to their fingerprint by April 12 or face disconnection.
. The city's ban on cellphones in schools is taking an amazing $4.2 million a year out of kids' pockets, a [New York] Post analysis has found. The students — who attend the nearly 90 high schools and middle schools with permanent metal detectors — pay $1 a day to store their phones either in stores or in trucks that park around the buildings.
. Senator Charles E. Schumer apologized on Wednesday [12/16/2009] for using a crude term to refer to a flight attendant who had asked him to turn his cellphone off on a US Airways plane before takeoff.
. Julian Oliver has for years harbored a strange obsessionwith spotting poorly disguised cellphone towers, those massive roadside antennae draped in fake palm fronds to impersonate atree, or even hidden as spoofed lamp posts and flag poles. The incognito base stations gave him another, moremischievous idea. [...] Oliver's creation isn't intended merely to stage an elaborate office prank. He wants todemonstrate the inherent privacy flaws of the cellular connections our phones depend on. His Stealth Cell Tower, afterall, is no different from the devices known as IMSI catchers, or "stingrays," that police use to hijack cellphone connectionsand spy on and track criminal suspects. "GSM is so broken and phones are so desperate to get hooked up that they'lljust hop onto anything that looks like a cell tower," Oliver says.