Not taxi, bus, or shuttle drivers?
SlickEdit has saved my ass time and time again. I'm a cheap bastard and I hate paying for software, but SlickEdit is worth every penny. I can't imagine dealing with a large codebase without it. Yes, I've also tried cscope+vim and ctags, and it's fine, but SlickEdit is faster and easier to deal with.
I wonder how hard it would be to have bulbs like this subtley modulate their light output to broadcast their address to your smartphone? Your phone could then ID the bulb and give you control over it when your phone is pointing at the light. A scheme like this, implemented with cheap IR beacons, could be applied to other products to allow control without a physical interface. Want to change the thermostat? Point your phone at it and a HTML 5 UI pops up allowing a rich user interface. Someone has to have done this already...
A *small* private company maybe. I think a company like GOOG or MSFT can make sure the appropriate wheels are greased.
I wonder how feasible it would be to come up with a small field-strength indicator that at least lets you know if your phone is transmitting significant amounts of data when you don't expect it to. It's not too hard to construct such a device with older, modulated-carrier type radios, but it might be more difficult with a CDMA or other wide-spectrum device. Also it would be prone to false detection of other nearby cellphone radios. However I think it's your best bet for taming a commercial cell fone.
Then again it is easily thwarted by an app which stores compressed audio/location data on the fone and bulk uploads it whenever other traffic is occurring.
Measuring power draw of the battery might tell you if something is running when the phone is 'off'. It won't help you if the spying app is only active under normal operation, however.
As I'm sure many others have said, you could use pre-paid phones and recycle them every so often. Then again it may be pretty easy to identify you based solely on the people you call with that phone, along with other biometric information(voice indentification, for instance).
I think we're all going to have to get used to being tracked, scanned, inspected, detected and infected. What we should be doing is establishing a legal framework that offers us clear protections and a method of redress when our rights are violated. I think we're entering this new era blind - most Americans and even government officials can't even comprehend what's coming or what is already here.
We live in an age when most people don't have a clue why the bill of rights exists as it does, so the chances of success are not good.
It is within 100 miles of the coast as well.
Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses?
Hi Linus! Thanks for everything!
How has getting older and raising a family changed the way you look at kernel work and programming in general? Do you see yourself still being involved in the kernel in 20 years? Do you ever just want to take a break for a few years, or do you feel like your time working on the kernel is a rest from the real world?
Yeah, but some of us have rectums capable of allowing objects to exit as well as enter. So it may be possible that a terrorist has this capability as well, along with, say, a few of his friends, who could then assemble the device outside their anal cavity.
As my upper-middle-class, female, New Yorker friend just found out, the problem with the sanitized images is that forgetting a dime in your pocket will cause it to trigger a general alert and you'll be whisked aside for gate-rape.
And let's not forget that a butt-bomb, like that used by terrorists in Saudi Arabia in 2009, is still undetectable by gropers and scanners.