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Comment: Re: So how is that going to work (Score 1) 188

And I'll make it a point to start worrying about inconveniencing others when they start doing the same for me. After all, if folks would actually think about everyone around them that they're pissing off when they fire up that phone in ( insert any number of inappropriate places here ) then the rest of us wouldn't NEED a jammer now would we ?

I am sure that rationale will be a great consolation when one of your neighbours dies of a heart attack because his family couldn't call for an ambulance.

Comment: Re:So how is that going to work (Score 1) 188

I agree with Garble Snarky. Further, if there is coax involved, finding one antenna will enable you to follow the cable back to the device.

In all seriousness, though, FCC fines or not, and regardless what you think of the FCC, don't fuck with this stuff. If you prevent an emergency call from going through, someone could die. Just don't mess with comms.

Comment: Re:Data caps (Score 3, Interesting) 85

by Phreakiture (#47265039) Attached to: Wireless Industry Lobbying Hard to Keep Net Neutrality Out

Easy. With the exception of Verizon*, they can charge extra for things like tethering your phone. I'm sure there are other examples as well, but there's a starting point.

(* VZ got their hands slapped for charging extra for tethering. They got slapped because VZ is using some spectrum which, thanks to Google's playing in the auction, has a net neutrality string attached to it. The other three carriers are not bound by this provision)

Comment: Re:Internet access for vehicle passengers (Score 1) 46

You're sorta wrong.

The password you use to get onto a WiFi network will keep the rabble out of that network but anyone who is let onto that network will be able to read any packet on that network, because the password is used as a symmetric crypto key.

In short, if you want to avoid using public wifi because it doesn't use a password, you're avoiding it for the wrong reason. That said, using a VPN or TOR can mitigate most of that risk.

Comment: Re:Much simpler method (Score 1) 121

by Phreakiture (#47221977) Attached to: The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks

You will be disappointed to learn that the disablement of the speaker and mic are done in a fly-by-wire manner. I became aware of this firsthand when I discoverd that a bad audio driver was allowing the audio I was listening to to go both to my headphones and my speakers. I wasn't aware of it until a co-worker tapped me on the shoulder. Fixing the mixer settings caused the audio not to go to the speakers.

Further to that, BT is an even bigger fly-by-wire. With BT, you are essentially putting an additional sound card onto your machine, and choosing to use it (via software) instead of the built in one. The built-in one is still there, however, and still availble to any software that chooses to use it. There exists no mechanism through which BT presence can cause a not-software-overridable hard interrupt of audio to the speakers and from the mic.

I would advocate for there to be a switch installed on every laptop that, when flipped, interruptes, in a hardware-based, analogue manner, the connection of the speakers and mic to the sound hardware. Open the circuit in a way that no software can close it.

Comment: Re:No. And there is a precedent. (Score 1) 297

by Phreakiture (#47065515) Attached to: Cisco Complains To Obama About NSA Adding Spyware To Routers

Well, the 'fuck everyone else' view is needlessly polarizing. I was more trying to make the point that we should choose our allies with care. To expand on the example, I don't need Rush or Moore in my life, because they are both part of the same problem, but someone like Amy Goodman, who is unabashedly liberal, yet tries to get both sides of an issue represented on her show, is good; similarly, I believe that Dennis Prager, equally unabashedly conservative, is acting in generally good faith. Why? Both will hear an argument from the other side without shouting it down.

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