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Comment: mobile payment systems are already broken (Score 1) 173

by ihtoit (#49180631) Attached to: Will you be using a mobile payment system?

There's stories going round even now, at the "dawn" of the Apple payment thingy, that it's hopelessly compromised: but apparently it's not the app itself that's broken, it's hte way it's implemented. Banks are all too eager to approve the addition of cards to random phone numbers, which opens the door to fraudsters getting hold of card numbers, and through a bit of ferreting around on Facebook and maybe throwing out a few seemingly innocent pop quizzes ("What's your cat's name?" and "take the first letter of your oldest child's name" are two recent examples which are also used in bank security questions) to hook their victims, they can then empty accounts with gusto.

This is why I hit the "Fuck off - it's not secure" button. This is why I don't have a bank account and this is why I don't have a Facebook account.

Comment: Re:Polycom (Score 1) 93

by ihtoit (#49180501) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Wireless Microphone For Stand-up Meetings?

I use a Heil GM-5, it's great for everything from studio to auditorium to outside recording/broadcast (even looks good on a butt-ugly boom). For a stereo input via minidisc (if I'm not doing live in particular - and certainly if I'm shooting for stock footage, as I've yet to come across a camera with any kind of decent internal mike) I use a Yoga EM-268.

Comment: Re:The admission is a no-brainer` (Score 1) 194

by ihtoit (#49170121) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications

an antenna isn't measured in its end-to-end length, it's measured in its electrical lengthh (ie the length of the conductor). It could be wrapped in a fucking pretzel or a Gordian knot, as long as the conductor doesn't touch itself anywhere along its length, the ELECTRICAL length is the SAME as if it were stretched out straight.

Learn something about antenna design before you go spouting bullshit about something you clearly know fuck all about.

Comment: Re:Default Government Stance (Score 1) 194

by ihtoit (#49167107) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications

No, the NSA warrantless wiretapping program in the United States is not legal under the patriot act, because the act is still in violation of the constitution. Same goes for the 2008 FISA amendments as they're spawned from section 213.

spank you happy helpy.

Comment: Re:Default Government Stance (Score 4, Informative) 194

by ihtoit (#49166729) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications

on 28 U.S. Code 534(a)(1): the only two Authorities for such action are judicial administration and national defense. Unless the United States Government has declared war on its own citizens (it hasn't as far as the White House still being vertical evidences), then neither Authority can be invoked since the activity is also warrantless and proactive.

On 47 CFR 2.701(b), and 47 CFR 15.9: this requires LAWFUL AUTHORITY (ie a WARRANT from a JUDGE), which requires JUST CAUSE.

Stingray is in direct violation of 47 CFR 15.15(c) *by design*, therefore its use would be illegal even if all other conditions were met. For "authorised users of the radio frequency spectrum", read: "ANYBODY WHO USES A CELLPHONE!"

See, I *can* read.

Comment: Re:The admission is a no-brainer` (Score 2) 194

by ihtoit (#49166553) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications

they appear to use a base-loaded helical whip on the pocket-portable version, which is called "Gossamer". The whole thing's about the size of a GP200 and the antenna's about the size of a 5/8 HAM rubberduck. In fact, it might well be a HAM rubberduck - at 450MHz it'd be equivalent to 23/8 wavelength (which would work, actually - my VX-5 is usually equipped with a 2m antenna which does a wonderful job at 70cm).

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