Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Playing God.

As per usual, the bold is mine.

(CNN) -- Fancy gadgets that can be used to jam cell phone signals are illegal and potentially dangerous, experts say.

Yes... expertsssssss.

So, why was Google lighting up Monday with people searching for them? You can thank a guy in Philadelphia who got fed up with folks yakking during his daily bus ride and a local news reporter who happens to ride the same bus.

Days after the story broke on Friday, the apparently fresh interest in the devices, which can be had online for anywhere from less than $40 to more than $1,000, is cause for concern among some security experts.

Trust me- you'll want to spend at least $100 to get something that works... er, so I've heard.

"The general public doesn't realize what they're jamming if they were to start using these things," said Richard Mislan, an assistant professor of computer and information technology at Purdue University who specializes in cyberforensics. "What's not obvious is all the wireless connectivity systems that are in the background and maintaining data communications in our daily lives."

Thank you, assistant professor for sharing your vast knowledge of not-real-world.

 Last week, Philadelphia TV station NBC10 reported on a man who admitted to using a cell-phone jammer during his bus commute to shut down fellow passengers when they were talking loudly.
"I guess I'm taking the law into my own hands, and quite frankly, I'm proud of it," said the man, who the station identified only as "Eric."

He called people using their phones on public buses irritating and rude.

"A lot of people are extremely loud, no sense of, just, privacy or anything," said "Eric," who was first noticed by a writer for the station. "When it becomes a bother, that's when I screw on the antenna and flip the switch."

The story spread. And, apparently, piqued people's interest.

Throughout the weekend, and as recently as Monday afternoon, "cell phone jammer" was one of the top 10 searches on Google Trends, cropping up between searches for Lindsay Lohan's "Saturday Night Live" performance and news about the Super Tuesday primaries.

Yes... thank you... did that paragraph put you over the top for your number of words in this article quota?

The legality of the jammers varies from country to country. In the United States, it is generally illegal to sell, own or use one without the government's permission. The devices are offered for sale on a handful of websites.

Mislan, a former communications electronic warfare officer in the U.S. Army, said law enforcement has "very specific worries" about how cell-phone jammers could be used by criminals.
But even someone looking to do no more than hush an annoying neighbor on the bus could do some harm, he said.

For example, in the Philadelphia case, the jammer could have cut off the bus driver's communication with a dispatcher who was trying to communicate emergency or traffic information. And that's not to mention other folks in the area (aside from the offensive loud talkers) who may have missed potentially important phone calls.

Yes, because they don't use cb radios. Why would you want to alert all the buses at once when you can call each bus driver, explain the situation, hang up, dial the next bus driver, explain the situation, hang up and then call the next bus driver and so on. And oh yes- the other "folks" who may have missed potentially important phone calls/the end of the world.

"Who is he to play god with our cellphones?" Mislan said.

It's funny to me that to a lib, any individual standing up and doing what's right and taking individual initiative is "playing god". Are they so dead set against individual responsibility that to decide on your own to stand up for your rights and the rights of others around you is the equivalent of "playing god"? Really? Would they only be happy if nobody ever stood up and only waited for "the proper authorities" to show up and handle things for us? Will they only be happy when none of us can act for ourselves and all issues can only be handled by committee? Nossir, No thank you. Not for me.

Jammers work in much the same way online denial-of-service attacks on websites do -- transmitting a signal on the same frequency as mobile phone calls in the area.

That's not how a DOS attack works but close enough, assistant professor. We stupids wouldn't understand anyway.

"In layman's terms, they basically just interrupt the signals in the area," Mislan said. "They are a louder signal, if you will, than anything else in the area. As a phone tries to connect to a tower, it can't because there's this other noise, if you will, in the way."

If you will.

Under federal law, illegally using a jammer can result in jail time and fines up to $16,000.
So, if they're illegal and potentially harmful, why is it so easy to find a jammer online?
"It's the Internet. I can buy anything I want, anywhere at any time," Mislan said. "Unfortunately, it's all about the dollar."

Aaaaaand, it's all about helping people with their manners without creating a scene.

Now, you might consider this to be impinging upon the freedom of speech of others but keep in mind that your freedoms are only your right when they don't impinge upon the freedoms of others.

Full article iterated here.


Evil_Klown said...

"Others?" You mean there are others? And, what ... I'm supposed to care about them? Oh please.

Evil_Klown said...

This post didn't have a pic to go with it so I almost lost interest.

WOMBAT said...

You posted about your disinterest 2 days after reading it. Just sayin'.

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