It appears that Bloomberg's New York is going to give Giuliani's New York a run for the title of "most stringently controlled big city." From an unbelievable story on NPR (listen to it at the top of the page - the interview is pricelesss):
If there's one thing you can't get in New York City, it's silence. But some legislators think that New York has heard too much of one sound in particular: cell phone ringtones. The city's Center for Reduction of Noise Pollution issued a public call to action last month, citing an increased number of confrontations spawned by a new phenomenon: It's called "ring rage," and it involves strangers getting into fights over obnoxious cell phone ringtones.So what's the proposed solution? Everyone in the city has to use one of four city-supplied
ringtones - no other tones, rings, or sounds allowed! I wonder about the penalty for violating the ordinance.