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  • Free Wi-Fi more important than a good night's sleep when booking a hotel

    12/05/2014 9:15:08 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 4, 2014 | Katie Amey
    When looking for the perfect hotel, its Wi-Fi service is the most important factor, according to new research. A survey on important factors when searching for accommodation revealed that 67 per cent of travellers are most concerned with Wi-Fi, above any other factor. The internet connection ranked higher than the hotel's location, a good night's sleep and friendly staff.
  • What is this? FreeRepublic is blocked on Amtrak WIFI as an offensive site!

    11/27/2014 4:56:05 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 89 replies
    Swordmaker | November 27, 2014 | Swordmaker
    Yesterday, my girlfriend and I borded an Amtrak passenger train in Stockton to travel to visit her friends in Visalia for Thanksgiving. Amtrak offers its passengers free WIFI as part of their amenities on the trip. As part of the log on, it specifies that Amtrak block access to "offensive" web sites, but otherwise allows free access to the Internet. I agreed to their conditions and found myself connected. Four attempts to connect to FreeRepublic resulted in being notified that my browser could not connect to the server! Thinking FR might be down, I turned off my WIFI, and reverted...
  • Mika: Providers 'Shouldn't be Charging' for Aviation Wifi

    11/26/2014 5:25:16 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 32 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    When the revolution comes, everything will be free! Mika Brzezinski gave us today some good insight into the liberal mind when it comes to economics. The Morning Joe host was reacting today to news that for Thanksgiving, Verizon will be giving travelers free wifi in flight and at several airports around the country. Mocked Mika: "thank you so much for something you shouldn't be charging us for anyway." View the video here.
  • The man who can hear Wi-Fi wherever he walks [hearing aids]

    11/14/2014 11:01:04 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    newscientist.com ^ | 12 November 2014 | by Frank Swain
    I am walking through my north London neighbourhood on an unseasonably warm day in late autumn. I can hear birds tweeting in the trees, traffic prowling the back roads, children playing in gardens and Wi-Fi leaching from their homes. Against the familiar sounds of suburban life, it is somehow incongruous and appropriate at the same time. As I approach Turnpike Lane tube station and descend to the underground platform, I catch the now familiar gurgle of the public Wi-Fi hub, as well as the staff network beside it. On board the train, these sounds fade into silence as we burrow...
  • Happy 100th birthday, Hedy Lamarr, movie star who paved way for Wi-Fi

    11/10/2014 11:21:03 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 34 replies
    CNet ^ | 9 November 2014 | Steven Musil
    Hedy Lamarr, a Hollywood actress known for her good looks and classic come-hither bedroom gaze, also played a key role in developing cell phone technology widely used today.Born 100 years ago today in Vienna, the actress made a lesser-known contribution to wireless communication when she tried to defuse a potential military threat during World War II. To prevent remote-controlled torpedoes from being hijacked, she helped develop an early version of spread spectrum communication, which is part of the basis for wireless technologies such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.Her successes remind us that women were central to the invention of many technologies...
  • A Flight Was Delayed After Passengers Found An 'Al Qaeda'-Named Wi-Fi Hotspot

    10/27/2014 9:33:56 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Oct. 27, 2014 | James Cook
    A flight from Los Angeles to London was delayed on Sunday night after a passenger on board the aircraft discovered a Wi-Fi hotspot named "Al-Quida Free Terror Nettwork." ...a passenger expressed concern to a flight attendant. It's believed that he spotted the suspiciously named hotspot on his phone while searching for Wi-Fi networks.
  • Maybe Better If You Don’t Read This Story on Public WiFi

    10/18/2014 7:52:38 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    Medium.com ^ | 15 Oct 2014 | Maurits Martijn
    We took a hacker to a café and, in 20 minutes, he knew where everyone else was born, what schools they attended, and the last five things they googled. In his backpack, Wouter Slotboom, 34, carries around a small black device, slightly larger than a pack of cigarettes, with an antenna on it. I meet Wouter by chance at a random cafe in the center of Amsterdam. It is a sunny day and almost all the tables are occupied. Some people talk, others are working on their laptops or playing with their smartphones. Wouter removes his laptop from his backpack,...
  • SanFran Mayor Considers WiFi Internet a Basic Human Right.

    10/04/2005 8:27:16 AM PDT · by Fun Bob · 55 replies · 1,975+ views
    NJCSD ^ | Tuesday, 04 October 2005 | editor
    SF Mayor Gavin Newsom has declared universal access to wireless Internet to be a "fundamental right of all citizens" and stated that access to the Internet "is a civil rights issue as much as anything else."  This is the same San Francisco government pushing a complete ban of all handguns within city limits.  They are putting it to a referendum and proposition H will be on San Francisco city ballots next month.  If it passes, any possession of a handgun within city limits will be banned.  Everyone but government personnel and security guards will have to surrender their handguns within 90 days. ...
  • San Francisco mayor sees wireless service as "basic right" [Internet Communists]

    10/03/2005 9:44:44 PM PDT · by mr. mojo risin · 54 replies · 1,113+ views
    cnn ^ | 10-3-05 | cnn
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who became internationally known for his campaign a year ago to legalize gay marriage, on Monday said he considered wireless Internet access a fundamental right of all citizens. Officials said 24 proposals had been turned into the city to deliver wireless Internet services, ranging from Web search company Google Inc., Cingular, the No. 1 U.S. wireless carrier, to Internet service provider EarthLink. Newsom told a news conference that he was bracing for a battle with telephone and cable interests along with state and federal regulators who he said are looking to...
  • Should the Federal Gov't Consider Internet Access a 'Civil Right?'

    08/15/2011 2:37:28 PM PDT · by magellan · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | August 15, 2011 | Billy Hallowell
    Is access to the Internet a "civil right?" Each individual's answer to this question is generally dependent upon a variety of factors — political affiliation, geographic location, economic status and the like. While one side of the debate claims that high speed broadband access is most certainly a right that everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, should enjoy, others disagree. Really, the entire debate is focused upon the "haves" and "have nots" (i.e. the people fortunate enough to have access at home or in their local communities and those who do not have the ability, for a variety of reasons, to...
  • O'Malley calls Wi-Fi 'a human right'

    10/09/2014 6:02:02 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 60 replies
    thehill.com ^ | October 8, 2014 | Jesse Byrnes
    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a potential Democratic White House contender, said in an interview published Wednesday that "Wi-Fi is a human right." O'Malley, a two-term governor who has fundraised vigorously for Democrats running in midterms races this year, said in an interview with CNN that he can relate to his 20-something daughters. "I am noticing a generational shift. While baby boomers were led to believe that sometimes our prosperity comes from separating from other[s], people under 40 believe that it will come from being closer to others," he said. O’Malley said young people are no longer following the path of...
  • Good news from would-be president Martin O’Malley: “WiFi is a human right”

    10/08/2014 7:32:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/08/2014 | AllahPundit
    Reading this made me feel like Ron Burgundy listening to Baxter tell him he ate a whole wheel of cheese: I’m not even mad. It’s amazing.Jon Ward of Yahoo News wonders if the next human right is the right to Frosted Flakes. “Baby boomers and older were often told that if we specialize in terms of our skills, we will be more secure and prosperous, that the definition of ‘making it” was living out in the suburbs as far way as possible with the biggest lawn possible,” he said. “Young people have flipped that on its head. Younger people...
  • Maryland Governor Claims WiFi is a Human Right

    10/08/2014 3:09:06 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 39 replies
    townhall.com ^ | october 8, 2014 | christine rousselle
    Governor of Maryland and potential 2016 Democrat presidential candidate Martin O'Malley raised eyebrows on Wednesday when he was quoted in a CNN profiledeclaring access to wireless internet (WiFi) as a "human right." The quote occurred when O'Malley was discussing the "rebirth" of the American city and the skills of young people that make these changes happen. 
  • Marriott Pays $600,000 For Jamming WiFi Hotspots

    10/05/2014 3:34:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Information Week ^ | 10/5/2014 | Thomas Claburn
    Marriott International has agreed to pay a $600,000 penalty for jamming guests' mobile WiFi hotspots at a hotel and conference facility in Nashville, Tenn.In a consent decree filed with the Federal Communications Commission, Marriott acknowledged that "one or more of its employees used containment features of a Wi-Fi monitoring system at the Gaylord Opryland to prevent consumers from connecting to the Internet via their own personal Wi-Fi networks."At the same time, the FCC says, the hotel was charging consumers, small businesses, and exhibitors from $250 to $1,000 per device to access Marriott's WiFi network."Consumers who purchase cellular data plans should...
  • Every WiFi user in US may have $10,000 Wiretapping Claim against Google

    09/25/2014 6:21:23 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 52 replies
    breitbart.com/Breitbart-California ^ | 9-24-0214 | CHRISS W. STREET
    The [StreetView] cars had vacuumed up Wi-Fi e-mail messages, user passwords, and other communications from 2007 to 2010. With a consolidated class-action lawsuit seeking up to $10,000 for each affected private Wi-Fi user captured by Google, lawyers are about to go national with billions of dollars of claims for potential damages to virtually every U.S. e-mail user. ******** Under federal law, it is illegal and subject to up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for any third party to intercept any telephonic or electronic communication between other individuals. However, if one of the parties to the conversation...
  • This is what it takes to outfit an airplane with WIFI. (video)

    09/25/2014 4:58:53 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    dump.com ^ | 9-24-2014 | United Airways
    http://www.dump.com/airplanewifi/https://hub.united.com/en-us/news/products-services/pages/united-installs-satellite-wi-fi.aspx
  • How to Use Your Cat to Hack Your Neighbor’s Wi-Fi

    08/10/2014 8:37:05 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 55 replies
    W I R E D ^ | 08.08.14 6:30 am | By Andy Greenberg
    How to Use Your Cat to Hack Your Neighbor’s Wi-Fi It appears that wired.com cannot be posted per their copyright complaint. Ignore the clickable link, it only points back to the FR index page... The link has more info... and a few pics. :) http://www.wired.com/2014/08/how-to-use-your-cat-to-hack-your-neighbors-wi-fi/
  • opinion/feedback on best budget tablet?

    05/01/2014 9:14:21 AM PDT · by NewJerseyJoe · 20 replies
    self | 5/1/14 | NewJerseyJoe
    Asking for opinions on the best budget tablet. Something big enough for me to work on -- i.e., be able to type easily and see the display without holding it six inches from my face. Not worried about communications -- as long as it's got WiFi built in (which I'm sure they all do), I can use my cellphone as a mobile hotspot to transfer/send files. This is intended to be a replacement for a working laptop/notebook. And again -- "budget" is the keyword. Thanks all!.
  • Is Google about to launch a wireless network?

    04/05/2014 11:52:23 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    (His son is working for the) Daily Mail ^ | April 4, 2014 | Victoria Woollaston
    Sources have revealed Google has plans for its own wireless networkIts customers could make calls, send texts and browse the web on mobiles Rumours claim it will be initially offered to cities that have Google Fiber Google Fiber is superfast broadband available in Kansas, Texas and Utah Instead of building masts, however, Google is said to be looking at becoming a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) This means the firm will buy access to existing networks and resell it
  • First contagious WiFi computer virus goes airborne...

    02/25/2014 4:20:00 PM PST · by overdog2 · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2-25-2014 | Giuseppe Macri
    Computer science researchers have demonstrated for the first time how a digital virus can go airborne and spread via WiFi networks in populated areas at the same pace as a human diseases. The “Chameleon” virus, designed by a University of Liverpool team, showed a remarkable amount of intelligence by avoiding detection and breaking into personal and business WiFi networks at their weakest points — spreading at an alarming rate. Network Security Professor Alan Marshall said the virus doesn’t try to damage or disrupt established networks — instead, the virus slips in unnoticed to collect the data and log-in information of...
  • Company plans to beam free Wi-fi to every person on Earth from space

    02/17/2014 9:16:06 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 83 replies
    Mail Online ^ | February 5,2014
    Title Forget the Internet - soon there will be the OUTERNET: Company plans to beam free Wi-fi to every person on Earth from space An ambitious project known as Outernet is aiming to launch hundreds of miniature satellites into low Earth orbit by June 2015 Each satellite will broadcast the Internet to phones and computers giving billions of people across the globe free online access Citizens of countries like China and North Korea that have censored online activity could be given free and unrestricted cyberspace 'There's really nothing that is technically impossible to this' Known as Outernet, MDIF plans to...
  • Wi-Fi vs. Ethernet: Has wireless killed wired?

    01/23/2014 7:01:10 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 82 replies
    DIGITAL TRENDS ^ | 13 JANUARY 2013 | MATT SMITH
    As home networks have increased in popularity, so has the wireless router. The rise of Wi-Fi has also caused the downfall of wired networks (in homes, at least), and many consumers now see Ethernet cords as being rather old-fashioned – that is, if they see them at all. Some newer computer models, like Apple’s MacBook Air, don’t even have ports for Ethernet connections anymore. The blistering connection speeds offered by today’s Wi-Fi standards do make wired networks appear a bit of a relic, but appearances can sometimes be deceiving. Though Wi-Fi has improved significantly over the last five years, it...
  • LINUX and WiFi

    01/21/2014 10:04:40 AM PST · by varmintman · 34 replies
    This is in the "If the subject should ever come up" category... One of the biggest problems which comes up for people trying to get a look at one of the newer Linux distributions is what to do about WIFI. Particularly in the case of laptops and particularly in the case of laptops with Broadcom wifi radios, those radios act as if they'd gone dead. LINUX does not come with drivers for such (the drivers are Windows only and proprietary) ; information exists on websites for setting up wrappers to allow the Windows drivers to think they're running under Windows...
  • Wireless device converts 'lost' energy into electric power [Galt's Motor?}

    11/08/2013 10:12:29 AM PST · by Red Badger · 62 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 11-07-2013 | Provided by Duke University
    Using inexpensive materials configured and tuned to capture microwave signals, researchers at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering have designed a power-harvesting device with efficiency similar to that of modern solar panels. The device wirelessly converts the microwave signal to direct current voltage capable of recharging a cell phone battery or other small electronic device, according to a report appearing in the journal Applied Physics Letters in December 2013. (It is now available online.) It operates on a similar principle to solar panels, which convert light energy into electrical current. But this versatile energy harvester could be tuned to harvest...
  • WiFi kettle allows you to boil water from bed

    10/08/2013 12:56:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:57PM BST 08 Oct 2013 | Rosa Silverman
    It may only take a minute or two to boil a kettle, but the agonizing wait for that reassuring click is now over, with the launch of the world’s first WiFi version. The ultimate in mod cons for the consumer too busy—or lazy—to enter the kitchen and do the job manually, the iKettle can be switched on from your smartphone from anywhere in the home. The technology promises to cater for any “urgent hot drink scenario”, enabling the user to remain on the sofa, or in bed in the morning, until the water is ready to pour. …
  • We Can’t Wait … To Nominate Another Lobbyist

    08/14/2013 8:09:03 AM PDT · by topher · 12 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | August 14, 2013 | Chris Stirewalt
    "John McCain can't see or won't acknowledge what's obvious to all of us here today -- that lobbyists aren't just part of the system in Washington, they're part of the problem."-- Then-Sen. Barack Obama campaigning in Montana, May 19, 2008.President Obama wants to place a new tax on your monthly cell phone bill to pay for his plan to put WiFi in more classrooms. And all he needs to do it is one more lobbyist in his administration. Getting American consumers to cough up the billions needed for Obama's "ConnectEd" initiative doesn't depend on Congress or anything so tedious as...
  • A Cheap Spying Tool With a High Creepy Factor

    08/03/2013 5:12:33 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    blogs.nytimes.com ^ | 8/2/13 | Somini Sengupta
    With a handful of plastic boxes and over-the-counter sensors, including Wi-Fi adapters and a USB hub, Brendan O’Connor, a security researcher, was able to monitor all the wireless traffic emitted by nearby wireless devices.Brendan O’Connor With a handful of plastic boxes and over-the-counter sensors, including Wi-Fi adapters and a USB hub, Brendan O’Connor, a security researcher, was able to monitor all the wireless traffic emitted by nearby wireless devices. Brendan O’Connor is a security researcher. How easy would it be, he recently wondered, to monitor the movement of everyone on the street – not by a government intelligence agency, but...
  • FCC Moves to Reform E-Rate Program

    07/31/2013 2:53:07 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 7 replies
    the American Legislator ^ | 7-31-13 | Jon Anzur
    The number of digitally-connected schools has increased 83 percent during the past 15 years, thanks in part to E-Rate, a $2.3 billion federal program centered on providing schools and libraries with high-speed broadband and wireless Internet. The program has helped to revolutionize learning by facilitating schools’ access to modern telecommunications services and equipment. Today, 97 percent of American classrooms are connected to the Internet. But the needs of schools and libraries have shifted with the ever-evolving technological landscape since Congress established the program in 1996. Bipartisan reports dating back to 2005 called the E-Rate program “a well-intentioned program that nonetheless...
  • Wi-Fi signals enable gesture recognition throughout entire home

    06/06/2013 6:01:49 PM PDT · by conserv8 · 12 replies
    http://www.washington.edu ^ | June 4, 2013 | Michelle Ma
    Wi-Fi signals enable gesture recognition throughout entire home By Michelle Ma News and Information Posted under: Engineering, News Releases, Research, Technology Forget to turn off the lights before leaving the apartment? No problem. Just raise your hand, finger-swipe the air, and your lights will power down. Want to change the song playing on your music system in the other room? Move your hand to the right and flip through the songs. A hand gesture changes the TV channel. U of Washington A hand gesture changes the TV channel using WiSee technology. University of Washington computer scientists have developed gesture-recognition technology...
  • 5 Lessons Learned By A Guy Who Quit The Internet For A Year

    05/03/2013 12:27:27 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 50 replies
    About a year ago, Miller was convinced that the Internet was making him unproductive, and even corrupting his soul. So at 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2012, Miller unplugged his Ethernet cable, turned off his Wi-Fi, and replaced his smartphone with a "dumb phone."
  • Child porn linked to St. Ann Parish in Independence

    03/27/2013 7:24:07 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 21 replies
    KSHB 41 Action News ^ | March 27, 2013 | 41 Action News Staff
    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Authorities have taken four computers from a Catholic parish office in Independence after determining child pornography had been downloaded on the parish's unsecured Wi-Fi address. A spokeswoman with the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph said an investigation began when authorities discovered two child pornography downloads from peer-to-peer websites on Feb. 5 with an IP address from the church’s rectory. Carrie Cooper, the Director of the Office of Child Protection with the Diocese, said all the computers and electronic storage devices have been taken from the building. Independence police referred questions about the investigation to...
  • FBI Raids Wrong Hanover Home For Child Porn

    02/13/2013 2:15:18 PM PST · by Arthurio · 26 replies
    WRIC ^ | 2-8
    HANOVER, VA –The FBI raided a Hanover County home in search of child porn, only to discover they'd raided the wrong house. Federal investigators targeted the Mechanicsville home after discovering child porn was being downloaded to computers using the homeowner's internet service, according to federal court documents. But after raiding the home in November and subsequently launching a full investigation, court documents show agents discovered the computers with the downloaded child porn didn't belong to the couple, but a neighbor. David Edward Sleezer, of J David Lane, was arrested and charged with five counts of receiving and distributing child porn....
  • Norwalk (CT) Rep. Lavielle Wants Wi-Fi On Metro-North Trains

    01/24/2013 2:21:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Norwalk Daily Voice ^ | 01/23/2013 | Vanessa Inzitari
    Metro-North commuters may be able to browse the Internet from their laptops, tablets and other devices using wi-fi as they travel to and from their destinations if state Rep. Gail Lavielle gets her way. Lavielle, R-143rd District—which includes parts of Westport, Wilton and Norwalk—proposed a bill that would require Metro-North to provide wi-fi access to passengers. The proposed legislation would also allow a private contractor to provide the service. “Our hardworking commuters travel for hours every day on Metro-North, and they want to spend their time productively,” Lavielle said in a statement. “Commuters have seen a steep spike in their...
  • North Kansas City schools to equip a few buses for Wi-Fi access

    01/11/2013 6:21:20 AM PST · by mykroar · 20 replies
    KC Star Online ^ | 12/25/2012 | Mary Sanchez
    Stepping aboard a school bus will soon be the same as taking a seat in class for some students in the North Kansas City schools. In January, the district will begin wiring four school buses that are used for longer trips with Wi-Fi access. It’s believed to be the first such effort locally. The innovative move is just one more example of how local districts are adapting to keep up with technology and use it for the benefit of students. “We are living in a digital age,” said Eric Sipes, information technology executive director for the district. “We are at...
  • WiFi Help Needed

    11/17/2012 1:00:04 PM PST · by raybbr · 30 replies
    11/17/2012 | raybbr
    I have been using a Motorola 3360 ADSL modem for over a year. Well, not the same one. Last Thursday, the third one in the last year crapped out on me. (I needed one right away because my wife is job hunting and we can't wait for delivery. ) I decided not to go with another Motorola. I went to Staples and found that they have two available in the store. One is a Netgear 600N single channel and the other, which I purchased, is a Netgear Model: DGND3700-100NAS, which is a dual channel modem. It has both the 2.4GHz...
  • Anti-Jihad Ads Considered Constitutional

    10/01/2012 2:02:13 PM PDT · by Cindy · 67 replies
    COLLEGIAN.csufresno.edu - Top Opinion Story ^ | September 24, 2012 | Liana Whitehead
    SNIPPET: "New York City is the center of a public uproar as Internet blogger Pamela Gellar rises with an “anti-jihad” ad campaign." SNIPPET: "Gellar and her group are protesting the Jihad, which in definition is the religious duty of Muslims. According to the Dictionary of Islam, jihad is defined as “A religious war with those who are unbelievers in the mission of Muhammad . . . enjoined especially for the purpose of advancing Islam and repelling evil from Muslims.” The literal meaning of jihad, according to the British Broadcasting Network, “is struggle or effort, and it means much more than...
  • Payphones become WiFi hotspots

    07/13/2012 11:04:16 AM PDT · by null and void · 7 replies
    EDN ^ | July 13, 2012 | Suzanne Deffree
    Clark Kent  may have to find another place to change into his Superman getup because phone booths are about to get used again. Payphones in major cities like New York have become less and less a public resource as mobile communications continue to grow. This New Yorker can’t remember the last time she used a payphone terminal, other than to duck out of the rain. Looking to once again make these kiosks valuable, the Big Apple’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) this week made available the city’s first payphones-turned-Wi-Fi hotspots. The pilot program began on Wednesday and...
  • A tech-vanity -- connecting a macbook to cisco router

    06/14/2012 3:38:09 PM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 40 replies
    self ^ | 06142012 | me
    Well, I'm clearly approaching desperation, or I wouldn't be posting something like this. OTOH, if help doesn't appear on FR, it might not be had anywhere. So here's the situation: I installed a brandy-new Cisco router (E1200) for a client who uses an ancient Macbook. Many pages load fine but Google -- the one that matters for her because she uses Gmail -- times out or takes many minutes to load. It's not unheard of -- I've found it brought up on different help forums but there seems to be no consensus on the fix and, disappointingly, no accountability whatsoever...
  • Ontario teachers' union calls for classroom Wi-Fi ban

    02/13/2012 12:01:22 PM PST · by RansomOttawa · 13 replies
    CBC News ^ | Feb. 13, 2012 | The Canadian Press
    An Ontario teachers' union is calling for an end to new Wi-Fi setups in the province's 1,400-plus Catholic schools. The Ontario English Catholic Teacher's Association says computers in all new schools should be hardwired instead of setting up wireless networks. It also says Wi-Fi should not be installed in any more classrooms. In a position paper released on Monday, the union — which represents 45,000 teachers — cites research by the World Health Organization. Last year the global health agency warned about a possible link between radiation from wireless devices such as cellphones and cancer. Some believe wireless access to...
  • Parents advocate Wi-Fi ban despite evidence

    12/20/2011 11:43:52 AM PST · by matt04 · 25 replies
    Although wireless Internet can be found everywhere from your corner coffee shop to your local dog park, a growing group of concerned parents across the country are urging health officials to keep it out of one place: schools. And if this year was any indication, the chorus of opposition to the popular technology and its potential health effects is gaining momentum. In September, at least 12 elementary and middle schools in Ontario and B.C. imposed sweeping bans on wireless Internet by not installing it or removing it completely from their classrooms. In May, the World Health Organization reclassified the radio...
  • WiFi vs. 3G for Kindle E-Reader(vanity)

    11/11/2011 2:28:06 PM PST · by Signalman · 49 replies
    Self | 11/11/2011 | Self
    I'm looking to purchase a Kindle Touch E-Reader from Amazon. The Kindle Touch ($99.00) has Wi-Fi connectivity and the Kindle Touch 3G ($149.00) has Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. Otherwise, they're pretty much the same as far as screen size, battery life, and other features. I'm not familiar with the advantages/disadvantages of Wi-Fi vs. 3G and am wondering if the 3G model is worth the extra $50.00. Does anyone have any advice re: this matter? Thanks.
  • Wi-Fi Fearing Citizens Find Hideout in West Virginia

    09/16/2011 1:57:14 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 33 replies
    DailyTech ^ | 9/15/11 | Tiffany Kaiser
    Diane Schou, who left her home in Iowa to live in West Virginia, said she used to live in a Faraday Cage prior to finding shelter in Green BankThere have been attempts in the not-so-distant past where citizens strapped on their tin foil hats and complained of Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS), which is an illness typically caused by electromagnetic fields created by mobile devices and Wi-Fi. Earlier this year, for instance, some San Francisco, California residents pushed legislators to force cell phone sellers to display labels providing the amount of electromagnetic radiation their devices produce. This law was shelved in May...
  • How to boost your WiFi signal with a beer can (with Photos! you boozehounds)

    09/11/2011 7:55:24 PM PDT · by max americana · 54 replies · 1+ views
    the chive ^ | Septe 11, 2011 | chiv
    I love a good hack, especially one that requires me to throw back a cold one before hand (or during). This simple wifi boost has actually been shown to increase signal strength by at least 2 to 4 bars. And, well, I will drink to that. These instructions came to me via The Chive and i think they are most definitely worth checking out. But here is the most important question: what kind of beer will you use? For this project you are going to need scissors, a utility knife, some adhesive putty and an empty beer can. More than...
  • Wi-Fi Security: Cracking WPA With CPUs, GPUs, And The Cloud

    08/15/2011 2:37:51 PM PDT · by decimon · 21 replies
    Tom's Hardware ^ | August 15, 2011 | Andrew Ku
    Is your network safe? Almost all of us prefer the convenience of Wi-Fi over the hassle of a wired connection. But what does that mean for security? Our tests tell the whole story. We go from password cracking on the desktop to hacking in the cloud.We hear about security breaches with such increasing frequency that it's easy to assume the security world is losing its battle to protect our privacy. The idea that our information is safe is what enables so many online products and services; without it, life online would be so very different than it is today. And...
  • *Vanity* Anonymity at Wi-Fi hotspots.

    07/25/2011 5:58:54 PM PDT · by decimon · 54 replies · 1+ views
    Me | July 25, 2011 | Me
    When you log on to a Wi-Fi network with a laptop computer, how much info about yourself do you reveal? I don't mean what you reveal to a cracker/hacker but to, say, the network administrator. I'm not asking about porn or anything illegal but normal net surfing. I ask because of the proliferation of Wi-Fi hotspots. Some local government entities, like schools, can have unsecured access, you just log on.
  • Minnesota Wi-Fi hacker gets 18 years in prison for terrorizing neighbors

    07/13/2011 8:30:39 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 59 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12 July 2011 | Jeff Hughes
    Minnesota hacker Barry Ardolf was sentenced to an 18-year term in a federal prison this Tuesday. Ardolf had terrorized a neighboring family for two years through a carefully planned campaign involving a hijacked Wi-Fi network to harass, frame and embarrass the next-door neighbors in every facet of their lives. Ardolf’s obsessive passive-aggression was apparently ignited in late 2008 when his neighbors, Matt and Bethany Kostolnik, filed a police report against him. The Kostolniks had a 4-year old son who wandered over to their next-door-neighbors property shortly after moving into the Minnesota suburb of Blaine. Ardolf, 46 and a father of...
  • Sniffing open WiFi may be wiretapping judge tells Google

    07/02/2011 12:13:03 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 37 replies
    A federal judge ruled that Google can be sued for wiretapping after sniffing open Wi-Fi in Wi-Spy privacy lawsuit about wardriving Street View vehicles.Looks like Google Street View cars may have been "officially" riding dirty and Google may get slapped hard for its Wi-Spy fiasco. A federal judge did not dismiss the case against Google; instead in the first such decision of its kind, the judge ruled that sniffing open Wi-Fi packets might violate the Federal Wiretap Act. Remember when intelligence gathering ability was allegedly "going dark" due to the masses moving to VoIP like Skype and the feds had...
  • The Invisible iPhone

    05/24/2011 7:49:21 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    www.technologyreview.com ^ | Monday, May 23, 2011 | By Kate Greene
    A new interface lets you keep your phone in your pocket and use apps or answer calls by tapping your hand. Over time, using your smart-phone touch screen becomes second nature, to the point where you can even do some tasks without looking. Researchers in Germany are now working on a system that would let you perform such actions without even holding the phone—instead you'd tap your palm, and the movements would be interpreted by an "imaginary phone" system that would relay the request to your actual phone. The concept relies on a depth-sensitive camera to pick up the tapping...
  • Google, Apple also gather location data via computers: report(your PC tracked)

    04/27/2011 7:14:47 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 04/26/11
    Google, Apple also gather location data via computers: report SAN FRANCISCO, April 26 (Xinhua) -- Google Inc. and Apple Inc. also collect location data from computers, according to new reports in the U.S. media Tuesday amid privacy concerns over the technology giants tracking mobile phone users. The two companies obtained the information after a computer scans the area around itself for available Wi-Fi wireless networks, typically after users give a website permission to determine the computer's approximate location, The Wall Street Journal said in a report on its website. Google is believed to gather the location data through software in...
  • Guy Gets SWAT Team-ed for Not Securing His Wireless Connection

    04/24/2011 3:27:11 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 46 replies
    The Agitator ^ | 04/24/2011 | Radley Balko
    You know where this is going. They got the wrong guy. Someone else had used Covert’s wireless connection to download child porn. Law enforcement officials say the case is a cautionary tale. It sure is. I can certainly think of some lessons we might draw. One might be: Maybe the cops should check to see if a suspect’s wireless network is secure, and therefore that they have the right guy, before they break into his home and point their guns at his head. Another lesson: Maybe it’s not such a good idea to send the SWAT team after someone suspected...