Prison Inmates' PlayStations Now Banned Due to Escape Fears

253w ago - Just over a month ago it was rumored that crime lords were running empires from jail via PlayStation consoles.

Today it appears some prison officials are taking no chances, and are banning inmates' PlayStation 3 consoles amid escape fears.

To quote: A prison has banned inmates from using PlayStation 3 games consoles because they fear they could be used in an escape attempt.

Inmates at Rye Hill prison, near Rugby, Warwickshire, were found to be using the consoles' built-in wireless connections to chat to friends outside prison.

Wardens have confiscated the consoles over fears they pose a "significant threat" to prison security. A spokesman for the Prison Service said:

"PlayStation 3 consoles are barred on the grounds that they have the capability to send and receive radio signals as an integral part of the equipment."

Rumor: Crime Lords Running Empires from Jail via PlayStations?

257w ago - A row has reportedly erupted between the Prison Service and the agency fighting organised crime as it is believed that jailed crime lords are using PlayStations to give out orders in the real world.

Apparently, they are using the interactivity of the system to continue their underworld business activities.

To quote: "There is other technology used – people are using PlayStations to charge their mobile phones and are playing games interactively with others, so are able to communicate with them.

"The Prison Service is concerned that prisoners are using interactive games to talk to people outside the prison. Communication is the name of the game and criminals are looking to exploit new technologies.

Prisoners have rights and they have access to the Internet. Some new prison guards are also being used without knowing it, but they soon become streetwise."

The remarks provoked a furious response from the Prison Service which issued a statement in which it sought to demolish them.

Dead PlayStations get made into pens

345w ago - Quite why anyone is in the position of having to recycle their PS2 at the moment - it's still selling well, there's loads of games for it - but if you have decided to bin off the old dog in preference for a PS3 (prematurely in our view) then there is the question of what to do with it. You could just sling it in the bin, but that's not very environmentally friendly. What about recycling it and then using the plastic to make pens? That's what they're doing in China, where it would appear enough people have disposed of their consoles to melt down and get reformed as a batch of ballpoints.

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