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Comment Re:What else would the FBI (Score 5, Interesting) 84

Never let a crisis go to waste.

Of course the FBI is going to order stuff they think is useful. And they're going to cover it in the usual law and order gloss. Not that I think stingrays are the best way to spend money, but one does assume that organized crime is also going to look at the chaos triggered by the hurricane in order to do more of whatever it is that they usually do. Therefore the FBI needs to be prepared.

And the will likely use cell phones. Hence the stingrays.

If you look closer, you will undoubtedly find that every Federal agency used Katrina as an excuse to order all sorts of useful toys.

Comment Re:Backup camera (Score 1) 410

You can get the bits for a backup camera for about $50 on Amazon or ebay. Wireless transmitters make it so you don't even have to snake cable. You can even customize it so you get multiple cameras!

If you're electronically declined, I'm sure that there are car stereo installers who do this. It's so trivial it's not funny.

Comment Re:Market in action (Score 2) 54

The U.K. didn't get through to them. Oracle has lured them deeper into the cave. This will end up costing them way more than they had hoped.

Follow. But! Follow only if ye be men of valor! For the entrance to this cave is guarded by a creature so foul, so cruel, that no man yet has fought with it... and lived! BONES of full fifty men lie *strewn* about its lair! So! Brave knights! If you do doubt your courage or your strength, come no further, for death awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth...

Comment Re: Shocking (Score 1) 244

This is absolutely the best way we have for growing our next generation of politicians and advertising professionals.

Are you kidding? If Google, er, Alphabet could grow thousands of advertising managers in a vat instead of waiting 20+ years, we'd be farking swamped with adverts everywhere.

Not to mention the number of tiny brained politicians vying for TV time.

Do. Not. Want.

Comment Re:I wonder how they're jamming? (Score 5, Informative) 188

If you read the ARS article on this, you would see that:

"In responses to FCC investigators, Smart City later revealed it "automatically transmitted deauthentication frames to prevent Wi-Fi users whose devices produced a received signal strength above a present power level at Smart City access points from establishing or maintaining a Wi-Fi network independent of Smart City's network," according to a consent decree filed in the case."

Comment Re: LOL ... (Score 1) 393

Last I checked, the popular activity is "halt and cook", where the malicious party overrides the normal print procedure so that the paper stops in the toner-bake stage and continues to cook there. Maybe a nearby employee will notice the smell before it sets off a smoke alarm, but even if the firmware is replaced, the mechanical components and heating element in the printer are usually done for.

lp0 on fire!

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