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Comment: Password stealing is easy when you hold it's owner (Score 1) 217

by tehaynes (#35190614) Attached to: Is Algeria Deleting Facebook Accounts?
It is easy enough to acquire the password when you hold it's owner captive. I am a US citizen and I gave my government my password to my laptop at the Canadian border just so they would let me go to the bathroom. Giving up your facebook credentials would be trivial unless you were very dedicated.

Comment: Use a cheap (real) spectrum analyzer (Score 2, Interesting) 499

by tehaynes (#32726520) Attached to: Tracking Down Wi-Fi Interference?
Using the 'Spectrum Analyzer' features built in to most APs and wireless clients will only show you other WiFi traffic not noise (almost always true). Also, they are not very portable. The earlier post about asking you local Ham Radio club is a good idea if there is anyone available and many Hams don't have equipment to listen to 2.4 or 5 GHz. You can search on google and other places for a 'usb wifi spectrum analyzer' for less than $50 that plugs in to your laptop. Be careful and read the specs though as some required that you use them in DOS mode. This will let you look at the actual received power level across the whole spectrum. You can walk around with a laptop until you find the noise source. It is still a steep price to pay for a one time fix. If you are the crafty type you can get a ez430-RF2500 target board for $22 from Texas Instruments. You will need to search for a software load that make it a SA but the are many instructions online. If you don't want to roll your own and get a prebuilt solution you can use the Ubiquiti AirView2 for ~$40. This is a very nice tool. You could even split the cost with your neighbors or pool money or request the person with the noisy device foot the bill for finding it.

Comment: Re:Already possible (Score 1) 318

by tehaynes (#30828022) Attached to: Blizzard Adds Timestamps To <em>WoW</em> Armory
The timestamps have been around for a while. At least six months ago I was browsing through the XML data for my character on the armory and noticed a 'Last_On' and 'Last_Update' (not exact names of fields but something similar). From this you could find out when a person was playing. None of this information was displayed anywhere in the armory though.

Comment: Re:Apple's activity is criminal here, Palm's is le (Score 1) 656

by jtn (#29629707) Attached to: Palm Ignores USB-IF Warning, Restores iTunes Sync

I will refer you to the huge overwhelming percentage of Apple OS software that is "borrowed" from open source.

Who is getting a free ride?

This is a horrible analogy to draw and discredits your argument.

The word borrowed can be used without quotes, as the BSD-style (and other similar licenses) allow for it; don't play silly games. The difference is, that code was FREELY given away for others to use, including Apple. In no way has Apple told anyone "here, fake our USB ID"; in fact, they have an alternate mechanism for allowing third-party devices to access the iTunes library on a customer's computer. Why haven't they gone that route?

Comment: Re:suddenoutbreakofcommonsense (Score 2) 366

by jtn (#26834435) Attached to: Cambridge, Mass. Moves To Nix Security Cameras

The police stay in their cars for one simple reason: revenue generation. There is no additional safety in having a police car cruising around with the cop inside staying on the lookout for an errant driver to slap with a $$$ ticket. See, he's too busy looking for that revenue than to be concerned about the area he's supposed to be patrolling.

The party adjourned to a hot tub, yes. Fully clothed, I might add. -- IBM employee, testifying in California State Supreme Court