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Comment: Gets published... Where? (Score 1) 67

by mccrew (#48696925) Attached to: Glowing Hobbit Sword Helps You Find Unsecured Wi-Fi
The article claims:

This prompts Sting to join the network and publishes a message: "{YOUR WI-FI NETWORK} has been vanquished!"

Looking at the code snippet,

Spark.publish("vanquished",name); // Feel the Wrath!

Where exactly is this published? Sure does not appear that it would be anywhere that the owner of this supposedly-vanquished network would see it.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 440

by mccrew (#48611425) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

I'm a little surprised that the recent ruling about being pulled over for a tail light out and the subsequent drug bust, when it was not illegal to have a tail light out, hasn't also fallen into the same category, actually

A broken tail light constitutes probable cause to pull the car over, and then if the officer can either see anything incriminating or get the occupants' permission to search ("You don't have any drugs in there? No, good. So then you wouldn't if mind if I had a look?") then he's in and it's constitutionally kosher.

Comment: Re:Easy solution... (Score 1) 611

by mccrew (#48604097) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

The real issue in Los Angeles though is that the population density is too high.

You've got that backwards. As others have mentioned, the problem is that there is so much sprawl and its resulting low population density severely reduce the viability of mass transit. Trips are longer and along more congested pathways than they would otherwise be in a region with higher density.

Comment: Re:Mobile payments (Score 1) 76

by mccrew (#48509895) Attached to: Big Banks Will Vie For Your Attention With Cardless ATMs and VR

Never ever link a credit card or a bank account to a mobile phone. Not until they are subject to the same rules and regulations as the banks and the Credit Card companies.

Amen, brother. As an illustration of the problem, look at the ongoing issue with "slamming," where a shady company somehow gets ahold of your phone number and tells, er lies to, the phone company that you signed up for some dubious "information service." Shady operator collects fees, and can effectively intimidate customers because they stand on top of massive carrier billing and collections machine.

I will never, ever link any payment to my phone bill.

Comment: Re:Not sure if it adds up (Score 1) 85

by rtaylor (#48449695) Attached to: Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion

[b]I think a much better way would be for companies to bid based on the value they bring to the end consumer public, with the company that promises the best value winning.[/b]

I believe Russia did something like this with their last spectrum auction. Companies received the spectrum for free (20 year lease or something) and made promises of certain quality of service and network capabilities in exchange.

Whom the gods would destroy, they first teach BASIC.