Device Designed To Annoy Young People Can Now Annoy Everyone

from the bzzzz dept

We've written about the Mosquito device a few times in the past. Originally launched back in 2005, the device emitted a high pitched annoying noise that could only be heard by those under 25 (or thereabouts). As people get older, we lose the ability to hear noises at higher pitches. So the device tried to take advantage of this, so that shopkeepers could use the device to ward off loitering kids. It was pretty obnoxious, though it hardly seemed like a violation of human rights, as some claimed. If annoying a certain age group with sound is a human rights violation, I'd imagine playing certain types of music would be seen as a human rights violation.

Of course, some kids realized that rather than being a violation of their rights, such a noise could be used to their advantage. Some turned the noise from the Mosquito into a ringtone that their parents and teachers couldn't hear.

However, the makers of the device have apparently released a new version of the Mosquito that has an option where the pitch is lowered a bit so that it can annoy pretty much everyone. You've got to imagine that such a product is not targeted at shop owners and the like this time around, unless they'd prefer no business whatsoever. It seems that right now the new version is being used in places like parking garages, where actual customers are quick to leave anyway, and proprietors are trying to get homeless people to move along. Of course, as with any such thing, there's apparently a group of folks who are pushing for legislation to ban the devices. It's difficult to see why such legislation is needed. Eventually, people will realize that driving people away from a business probably isn't a very good business idea.

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    Your Gawd and Master, 2 Dec 2008 @ 11:02pm

    just in case

    In case of Sonic Attack on your district, follow these rules:

    If you are making love it is imperative to bring all bodies to orgasm simultaneously.
    Do not waste time blocking your ears.
    Do not waste time seeking a "sound proofed" shelter.
    Try to get as far away from the sonic source as possible
    Do not panic
    Do not panic

    Use your wheels. It is what they are for.
    Small babies may be placed inside the special cocoons
    and should be left, if possible, in shelters.
    Do not attempt to use your own limbs.
    If no wheels are available - metal - not organic -
    limbs should be employed whenever practical.

    Remember:
    In the case of sonic attack survival means
    "Every man for himself"
    Statistically more people survive if they think
    only of themselves
    Do not attempt to rescue friends, relatives, loved ones
    You have only a few seconds to escape
    Use those seconds sensibly or you will inevitably die
    Think only of yourself
    Think only of yourself
    Do not panic
    Think only of yourself
    Think only of yourself

    These are the first signs of sonic attack:
    You will notice small objects - such as ornaments - oscillating
    You will notice vibrations in your diaphragm
    You will hear a distand hissing in your ears
    You will feel the need to vomit
    You will feel dizzy
    You will have difficulty focussing
    You will need to breathe more rapidly
    There will be bleeding from orifices
    There will be an ache in the pelvic region
    You may be subject to fits of hysterical shouting or even laughter

    These are all sign of imminent sonic destruction
    Your only protection is flight
    If you are less than ten years old
    Remain in your shelter and use your cocoon
    Remember - you can help no one else
    You can help no one else
    You can help no one else
    Do not panic
    Think only of yourself
    Think only of yourself
    Think only of yourself

    Think only of yourself

    Think only of yourself


    Think only of yourself

    --Hawkwind

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