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Comment: Re:Android + WiFi Analyzer (Score 1) 499

by johnshirley (#32736618) Attached to: Tracking Down Wi-Fi Interference?

We have a guy in the office with an Android phone... on which he had installed an app that he mistakenly configured in such a way that it killed all wireless connections within 50 yards. Apparently, it had a feature to create an ad-hoc network, which he gave the same name as our corporate wireless network. Joe Employee tried to connect to the corporate wireless network with a particular name, it spotted the ad hoc network and refused to connect. We had all kinds of complaints.

Comment: Re:Use your local ham radio club (Score 1) 499

by johnshirley (#32736366) Attached to: Tracking Down Wi-Fi Interference?

I would agree wholeheartedly with this recommendation. As a ham myself, I can say that many hams would very much enjoy the opportunity to solve a radio-related mystery like this for the public.

Here's the cool thing: if a ham determines that the source of interference also happens to interfere in any way whatsoever with ham radio communications, then the FCC will take notice and will compel the responsible party to correct their systems. The upside is that while the potentially-affected licensed services get fixed (ham radio), so do the unlicensed services (wifi). That is to say, messing with ham communications is bad. There are many cases where hams have had the FCC compel even electric companies to make needed changes and repairs to their systems. Of course, this may not be the case, but it doesn't hurt to investigate it.

We'll even track the problem down for free. Of course, like you said, pizza and beer are good, too.

Comment: Re:Big fucking deal. (Score 1) 402

by johnshirley (#32617518) Attached to: Tornado Scientists Butt Heads With Storm Chasers

A private building does not equate to a public road. All licensed drivers in properly licensed vehicles may use public roads and highways. If you don't like the rolling road block ahead of you, choose a different road or get used to the fact that those people in front of you have the same rights that you do.

Comment: Re:What's the big deal? (Score 2, Insightful) 340

by johnshirley (#32440958) Attached to: EU To Monitor All Internet Searches

What's really scary is that there are people out there who actually believe exactly what you said. In their disturbed little minds, if everybody in the world could just have kind, happy thoughts all the time, then we would all get along.

These self-proclaimed pacifists literally become violent if you don't have the right kind of happy thoughts.

Pacifists scare me.

Comment: Re:None, I have given up bash scripting (Score 1) 411

by johnshirley (#31910102) Attached to: Adding Some Spice To *nix Shell Scripts

Hack magic? They're called quotes. If a string has spaces in it, I enclose the entire string in quotes. One could also delimit the spaces with a backslash in a one-liner. Sometimes, I change the Input Field Separator (IFS) to exclude spaces within a script. It's not magic. Just the nature of language.

Comment: It's Not a Security Device (Score 1) 347

by johnshirley (#31902860) Attached to: Life Recorder

This would be better classified as a surveillance device, not a security device. Cameras don't provide security -- that's what locks, restraints, and other physical barriers do. Cameras only serve to provide evidence afterwards... or to gather amusing videos of its owner doing stupid things so they can be posted on

Comment: Re:So you had 6 months to upgrade (Score 5, Interesting) 299

by johnshirley (#31874568) Attached to: ClamAV Forced Upgrade Breaks Email Servers

Kinda my attitude, too. Had this affect a bunch of servers yesterday. Started researching, found the cause, and solved the problem in 30 minutes on 35 or so servers. Totally my own damned fault for not staying upgraded. Worst impact was that messages were delayed on a few mail server for half an hour and uploads to a handful of webservers threw errors because of the way I scan them. Users tried again. Problem solved.

Comment: Re:Security theater (Score 1) 305

by johnshirley (#31454716) Attached to: Security Industry Faces Attacks It Can't Stop

Get enough people redirected to when they click that link promising cute kittens and they might get shocked enough to simply stop clicking on cute kitten links. Then again, there will always be people who keep clicking through hoping that that adorable little feline will ultimately appear if they click it enough times.

Yeah, we can't fix stupid; we can only try to protect them from themselves.

Comment: Re:Even more useless... (Score 2, Insightful) 457

by johnshirley (#30963710) Attached to: Gun With Wireless Arming Signal Goes On Sale Soon

If your target were stationary, with good light, and several seconds to steady yourself, with no stress -- sure, one could hit a target an inch across.

Now do that under stress, in poor light, with a very small moving target, covered by clothing and hair, and don't forget that you have about half to two seconds in which to land that shot.

Every moment that ticks by is another moment that the assailant has to kill you. A violent criminal actor is not going to stop because you've shot him in the chest with a .22 -- odds are pretty good that even if you hit his aorta, he'll still have about 20 to 30 seconds more to do what he's going to do to you.

There's a reason that people who carry a handgun for self defense often go for larger calibers. Primarily because they're more effective than smaller calibers.

Comment: Re:Even more useless... (Score 3, Informative) 457

by johnshirley (#30962396) Attached to: Gun With Wireless Arming Signal Goes On Sale Soon

All fine points. And don't forget that it's only a .22. One would need to achieve a series of headshots to effectively stop a violent criminal actor. Center of mass with a .22 won't stop a violent actor intent on killing you. And at the 7000 euro price point, they're not going to sell many of these except to maybe a few government agencies or people with more money than brains.

Money doesn't talk, it swears. -- Bob Dylan