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(Tampa Bay Online)   Florida Man arrested after being caught operating a mobile phone jammer during his daily commute to work. Bonus: When pulled over, the police radios got blocked, too   (tbo.com) divider line 191
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2014-04-30 12:27:56 PM

Wellon Dowd: kronicfeld: StrikitRich: Bet there were a lot of upset teenagers and soccer moms between Seffner and Tampa.

Or, you know, people with emergencies trying to call tow trucks, 9-1-1, highway services, etc.

It's amazing our species survived before the invention of the mobile phone. All those people dying on the side of the road because they couldn't summon a tow truck, or because the only IT guy who knows how to reset the server was at the cinema.


To be fair, society had a different way of asking for help when there car broke down. We had things like pay phones and sun screen protectors that literally said "Need assistance, call 911" on the back. When was the last time you've seen a pay phone?
 
2014-04-30 12:29:36 PM

TNel: Walker: I need one of those on the rare occasion that I go to see a movie. Annoying people texting and playing on their phones during the movie is why it's a rare occasion for me.

Yeah because I need cellular access to play games on a phone.  How about you stop looking at other people and WATCH THE farkING MOVIE!  Last movie I went to the volume was so loud I thought my ears were going to bleed, my 4 year old son was holding his hands to his ears.  We got up got our money back and left.


In a dark theater those lit up screens are distracting as fark.  If you want to play Candy Crush do it somewhere other than inside a movie theater.  If the movie is too boring, leave.  If you're staying, put the smartphone away and WATCH THE FARKING MOVIE!
 
2014-04-30 12:30:22 PM
Florida Man arrested after being caught operating a mobile phone jammer during his daily commute to work.
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2014-04-30 12:32:30 PM

Rent Party: kendelrio: Ftfa: "agents from the FCC's enforcement division"

Waitaminnit. That's a real thing?

/backs out of thread and starts dismantling antennas.

Yes, and it's one of the few federal agencies that should have one.   When people start dicking around with airline, rail road, and shipping frequencies, seriously bad things can happen.   There is a reason the FCC exists, and it's not just to prevent you from seeing tits on TV.


Ya but keeping me from seeing tits when I was young scarred me.
 
2014-04-30 12:33:55 PM

give me doughnuts: TNel: give me doughnuts: If they were dicking around with their phones rather than paying attention to traffic, then they earned their tragic deaths.

If those girls didn't wear short skirts they wouldn't get raped, they deserved it for looking like sluts.


Nice comparison. Here's another one: Apples are just like toasters because reasons.


Why not?  Both your example and mine are of people doing legal things (using their phone vs wearing clothing) and you said it's ok if bad things happen to them for doing a legal activity.
 
2014-04-30 12:35:48 PM

kendelrio: Ya but keeping me from seeing tits when I was young scarred me.


Well don't worry kids these days have the internet and they can see as many tits as they like.  Damn these kids have no idea how lucky they are.  When I was a kid we had to be lucky enough to find a porno mag somewhere to see some tits.
 
2014-04-30 12:38:23 PM

kendelrio: Rent Party: kendelrio: Ftfa: "agents from the FCC's enforcement division"

Waitaminnit. That's a real thing?

/backs out of thread and starts dismantling antennas.

Yes, and it's one of the few federal agencies that should have one.   When people start dicking around with airline, rail road, and shipping frequencies, seriously bad things can happen.   There is a reason the FCC exists, and it's not just to prevent you from seeing tits on TV.

Ya but keeping me from seeing tits when I was young scarred me.


You never fought with the scrambled cable porn thing?

This was my misspent youth.

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2014-04-30 12:39:08 PM

give me doughnuts: andyofne: Honest Bender: kronicfeld: StrikitRich: Bet there were a lot of upset teenagers and soccer moms between Seffner and Tampa.

Or, you know, people with emergencies trying to call tow trucks, 9-1-1, highway services, etc.

By that same irrational logic, I'm sure the harm he did by blocking all those very important emergency calls was completely offset by all the fatal car accidents he prevented.

Or maybe he caused some? People dicking with their phone trying to figure out why it stopped working.

He's an asshole not a hero.

If they were dicking around with their phones rather than paying attention to traffic, then they earned their tragic deaths.


Yes, you're right. That sure is justification for instant death.
 
2014-04-30 12:44:34 PM

TNel: kendelrio: Ya but keeping me from seeing tits when I was young scarred me.

Well don't worry kids these days have the internet and they can see as many tits as they like.  Damn these kids have no idea how lucky they are.  When I was a kid we had to be lucky enough to find a porno mag somewhere to see some tits.


When I was a kid, getting the new Sears or Montgomery-Ward catalog was always a highlight.
 
2014-04-30 12:45:59 PM
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did they use their kajigger to find the source of the interference?
 
2014-04-30 12:46:04 PM

kendelrio: Ftfa: "agents from the FCC's enforcement division"

Waitaminnit. That's a real thing?

/backs out of thread and starts dismantling antennas.


Try building a biquad dish antenna for your wifi card, then boosting the power up to a couple of watts.  You'll get APs from many miles away, but then you've also built a transmitter that operates in the licensed and restricted power range, as well as a focused transmission device (dish), both of which can put you squarely in the FCC enforcement division's crosshairs due to its ability to "shout" over other devices in its line of sight.

You ever read that little tag that says "This device complies with part 15 of the FCC rules..."?  They've tried to strike a balance between how powerful a consumer device should be and likely density of those devices from one another.  That way your neighbor's wireless keyboard doesn't flood yours into disconnecting (among many other potential cases).  If the FCC didn't enforce the rules, consumers and companies alike would simply keep escalating the power levels in an attempt to make their device more appealing to customers, or to unfairly crowd out other similar devices in the area, to the point where every time the gadget whore next door keyed up his brand new two-way radios, the neighborhood would lose its wifi connection.  Also all the popcorn in the pantry could start popping.
 
2014-04-30 12:47:43 PM

Wellon Dowd: Crotchrocket Slim: TNel: DaStompa: Wellon Dowd:

It's amazing our species survived before the invention of the mobile phone. All those people dying on the side of the road because they couldn't summon a tow truck, or because the only IT guy who knows how to reset the server was at the cinema.

Because the call wouldn't drop and they couldn't call right back when the man drove past, their phones would explode, killing hundreds, nay, thousands.

Learn to science

I'm glad you are on board with vigilante justice.  This is just a douche who thinks he better than everyone else.

This. There are very practical reasons these jammers are pretty damned illegal.

I agree that jammers shouldn't be available to the general public. I just hate the argument that mobile phone use is sacrosanct because of won't somebody please think of the children?!


Children don't drive.
 
2014-04-30 12:54:02 PM
I've been warning that a cell phone jammer, in the right place and the right time, could cause massive traffic accidents as the cut off users look down at their phones to see what's wrong. Park a jammer next to an old curve in the road and you'll have accidents. Time it right and it'll involve hazardous materials trucks.
 
2014-04-30 12:54:22 PM

SansNeural: TNel: kendelrio: Ya but keeping me from seeing tits when I was young scarred me.

Well don't worry kids these days have the internet and they can see as many tits as they like.  Damn these kids have no idea how lucky they are.  When I was a kid we had to be lucky enough to find a porno mag somewhere to see some tits.

When I was a kid, getting the new Sears or Montgomery-Ward catalog was always a highlight.


Would the new one or the old one get placed in the outhouse?
 
2014-04-30 01:01:36 PM

HotWingConspiracy: Wellon Dowd: I agree that jammers shouldn't be available to the general public. I just hate the argument that mobile phone use is sacrosanct because of won't somebody please think of the children?!

Children don't drive.


Like hell they don't.

Father of the year lets 14 year old son drive while he's intoxicated....

Step 1) Get drunk. Step 2) Have 12-year-old son drive you home.....

Having your eight-year-old drive you home because you are way too drunk to drive is a decision that really only makes sense when you're drunk
 
2014-04-30 01:06:11 PM

Gunderson: This A-hole was blocking cell phone calls done in a legal manner as well.  There are people who talk on cell phones using bluetooth or a hand-free device.

Now if only someone sold a cellphone unjammer to counteract the jammers...


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2014-04-30 01:08:34 PM

Walker: I need one of those on the rare occasion that I go to see a movie. Annoying people texting and playing on their phones during the movie is why it's a rare occasion for me.


I have a small jammer just for this purpose. I don't turn it on until I see someone on their phone. It's great to watch them get annoyed and leave.
 
2014-04-30 01:09:20 PM

BigSnatch: Jammers have no effect on my cell phone service, I already have Sprint.


I've been told those do not stop Sprint signals from getting thru due to the bands used by Sprint.
 
2014-04-30 01:12:24 PM

Crotchrocket Slim: TNel: DaStompa: Wellon Dowd:

It's amazing our species survived before the invention of the mobile phone. All those people dying on the side of the road because they couldn't summon a tow truck, or because the only IT guy who knows how to reset the server was at the cinema.

Because the call wouldn't drop and they couldn't call right back when the man drove past, their phones would explode, killing hundreds, nay, thousands.

Learn to science

I'm glad you are on board with vigilante justice.  This is just a douche who thinks he better than everyone else.

This. There are very practical reasons these jammers are pretty damned illegal.


Cell jammers can be used on private property and by any Federal Agency.
 
2014-04-30 01:14:39 PM

Rent Party: kendelrio: Rent Party: kendelrio: Ftfa: "agents from the FCC's enforcement division"

Waitaminnit. That's a real thing?

/backs out of thread and starts dismantling antennas.

Yes, and it's one of the few federal agencies that should have one.   When people start dicking around with airline, rail road, and shipping frequencies, seriously bad things can happen.   There is a reason the FCC exists, and it's not just to prevent you from seeing tits on TV.

Ya but keeping me from seeing tits when I was young scarred me.

You never fought with the scrambled cable porn thing?

This was my misspent youth.

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Sadly, once unscrambled, 90% of those skanks lost their appeal. But not Tori Wells. No, not her.
 
2014-04-30 01:15:54 PM

TNel: I'm glad you are on board with vigilante justice.  This is just a douche who thinks he better than everyone else.


Probably thinks that because he is.
Stay off your phone.

/You don't have an "emergency". Ever.
// My jammer actually farks your phone, not just blocks it. So be grateful.
 
2014-04-30 01:19:25 PM
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2014-04-30 01:25:31 PM
H31N0US:
You never fought with the scrambled cable porn thing?

This was my misspent youth.

[www.okgazette.com image 622x468]

Sadly, once unscrambled, 90% of those skanks lost their appeal. But not Tori Wells. No, not her.


At 14 years old, there was no such thing as "too skanky."

/ Skanks!
 
2014-04-30 01:27:19 PM
A coworker of mine used to use a jammer. Customers kept approaching the customer service desk while on the phone, so he carried the pocket version which had about a 6 foot radius.  the store had several courtesy phones, so nobody would be endangered during an emergency.  Not to mention he could discreetly turn it on or off in his pocket.  Work became a lot less quiet when he quit.
 
2014-04-30 01:27:24 PM

mcreadyblue: Crotchrocket Slim: TNel: DaStompa: Wellon Dowd:

It's amazing our species survived before the invention of the mobile phone. All those people dying on the side of the road because they couldn't summon a tow truck, or because the only IT guy who knows how to reset the server was at the cinema.

Because the call wouldn't drop and they couldn't call right back when the man drove past, their phones would explode, killing hundreds, nay, thousands.

Learn to science

I'm glad you are on board with vigilante justice.  This is just a douche who thinks he better than everyone else.

This. There are very practical reasons these jammers are pretty damned illegal.

Cell jammers can be used on private property and by any Federal Agency.


About that:

 Unless you are an authorized federal government  user, you may not operate a jammer in the U.S., even on private property. This means that it is  illegal to use a jammer on mass transit (e.g., train, bus) or in a residence, vehicle, school, theater,  restaurant or in any other public or private place.
 
2014-04-30 01:30:29 PM

SansNeural: When I was a kid, getting the new Sears or Montgomery-Ward catalog was always a highlight.


Ahh yes forgot about those.
 
2014-04-30 01:33:48 PM

ds615: Probably thinks that because he is.


Self-important douche says other self-important douche is special.

Didn't see that coming.
 
2014-04-30 01:36:49 PM

redmid17: mcreadyblue: Crotchrocket Slim: TNel: DaStompa: Wellon Dowd:

It's amazing our species survived before the invention of the mobile phone. All those people dying on the side of the road because they couldn't summon a tow truck, or because the only IT guy who knows how to reset the server was at the cinema.

Because the call wouldn't drop and they couldn't call right back when the man drove past, their phones would explode, killing hundreds, nay, thousands.

Learn to science

I'm glad you are on board with vigilante justice.  This is just a douche who thinks he better than everyone else.

This. There are very practical reasons these jammers are pretty damned illegal.

Cell jammers can be used on private property and by any Federal Agency.

About that:

 Unless you are an authorized federal government  user, you may not operate a jammer in the U.S., even on private property. This means that it is  illegal to use a jammer on mass transit (e.g., train, bus) or in a residence, vehicle, school, theater,  restaurant or in any other public or private place.


Faraday Cages are legal on private property.
 
2014-04-30 01:37:25 PM

Twist2005: I know high school teachers who'd sell their souls for phone jammers.


Maybe they could just underpaint their classrooms with that metallic paint that turns any room into a Faraday cage. Or is that stuff illegal too?
 
2014-04-30 01:38:20 PM

ItachiNai: kendelrio: Ftfa: "agents from the FCC's enforcement division"

Waitaminnit. That's a real thing?

/backs out of thread and starts dismantling antennas.

Try building a biquad dish antenna for your wifi card, then boosting the power up to a couple of watts.  You'll get APs from many miles away, but then you've also built a transmitter that operates in the licensed and restricted power range, as well as a focused transmission device (dish), both of which can put you squarely in the FCC enforcement division's crosshairs due to its ability to "shout" over other devices in its line of sight.

You ever read that little tag that says "This device complies with part 15 of the FCC rules..."?  They've tried to strike a balance between how powerful a consumer device should be and likely density of those devices from one another.  That way your neighbor's wireless keyboard doesn't flood yours into disconnecting (among many other potential cases).  If the FCC didn't enforce the rules, consumers and companies alike would simply keep escalating the power levels in an attempt to make their device more appealing to customers, or to unfairly crowd out other similar devices in the area, to the point where every time the gadget whore next door keyed up his brand new two-way radios, the neighborhood would lose its wifi connection.  Also all the popcorn in the pantry could start popping.


Actually, if you're a ham, you can do that because you're operating under Part 97, not Part 15.

But only on certain WiFi channels that coincide with ham bands.

I know a fellow ham who is heavily into the whole satellite thing.  He's got a dish with a 2.4 GHz feed on a 30 foot tower with an azimuth/elevation rotator.   When he plugs his router into the 7/8ths hardline that feeds that dish, he can see literally hundreds of SSIDs from miles and miles away.

Also, there has been a lot of interesting work being done with self-configuring mesh networks by hams using modified WiFi routers and special firmware:   http://www.broadband-hamnet.org/
 
2014-04-30 01:39:01 PM

picturescrazy: Walker: I need one of those on the rare occasion that I go to see a movie. Annoying people texting and playing on their phones during the movie is why it's a rare occasion for me.

I've seen someone claim to use one here for that reason. That was ten years ago so hopefully he's stopped or been caught. Yeah the people in the theater are annoying but it's not your place to interrupt service in case of emergency. Especially since you'll effect far more people outside the theater than inside.


Again, it's absolutely amazing how we survived before cell phones.  I suppose it would be absolutely impossible to call the theater itself and ask them to page whoever you needed to get a hold of?
 
2014-04-30 01:39:55 PM

Wellon Dowd: It's amazing our species survived before the invention of the mobile phone. All those people dying on the side of the road because they couldn't summon a tow truck, or because the only IT guy who knows how to reset the server was at the cinema.

 So what? People shouldn't use safety technology just because we managed to not-die before then?
If you're old enough, you might recall that most highways used to have public phones set up every mile or five miles or so. That's because before cell phones, you actually could get stranded for long periods of time, and while that didn't necessarily mean death, it did mean that you were at the absolute mercy of the elements and anyone else on the road.My grandfather always makes sure we have our phones when we come visit him, because he remembers the time when he broke down at night and didn't have enough light to fix his car until the following morning, or the other time when his car utterly broke down and he was stranded on the side of the road for more than a day.
 
2014-04-30 01:40:06 PM

mcreadyblue: Faraday Cages are legal on private property.


yeah because when someone says "cell jammer" they think faraday cage.  Good luck with your wifi signal or any other signals.  How are you going to make this cage in the walls?  You have any idea how much that would cost?
 
2014-04-30 01:41:22 PM

fuzzydeath: A coworker of mine used to use a jammer. Customers kept approaching the customer service desk while on the phone, so he carried the pocket version which had about a 6 foot radius.  the store had several courtesy phones, so nobody would be endangered during an emergency.  Not to mention he could discreetly turn it on or off in his pocket.  Work became a lot less quiet when he quit.


That's what I don't get.  This guy would have been so much better off if he'd only flipped on the jammer when he noticed someone with a phone in their hand.  I doubt I'd ever own a cell jammer, but if I did, this is *exactly* the way I'd use it; discreetly flip it on anytime someone is being an asshat with their phone, ie in a theater, in a car, having a loud and obnoxious conversation, or while someone is attempting to give them service.

/seriously, hang up the farking phone when you're conducting business with an employee of the establishment you're patronizing
 
2014-04-30 01:42:10 PM

StrangeQ: Again, it's absolutely amazing how we survived before cell phones. I suppose it would be absolutely impossible to call the theater itself and ask them to page whoever you needed to get a hold of?


So you think it's better to stop the movie and interrupt everyone for an all call instead of a phone vibrating in someones pocket?!  Wow you are nuts.
 
2014-04-30 01:42:40 PM

Maxout623: Wellon Dowd: kronicfeld: StrikitRich: Bet there were a lot of upset teenagers and soccer moms between Seffner and Tampa.

Or, you know, people with emergencies trying to call tow trucks, 9-1-1, highway services, etc.

It's amazing our species survived before the invention of the mobile phone. All those people dying on the side of the road because they couldn't summon a tow truck, or because the only IT guy who knows how to reset the server was at the cinema.

To be fair, society had a different way of asking for help when there car broke down. We had things like pay phones and sun screen protectors that literally said "Need assistance, call 911" on the back. When was the last time you've seen a pay phone?


When was the last time you ever saw a pay phone on the side of a highway?
 
2014-04-30 01:44:16 PM

mcreadyblue: redmid17: mcreadyblue: Crotchrocket Slim: TNel: DaStompa: Wellon Dowd:

It's amazing our species survived before the invention of the mobile phone. All those people dying on the side of the road because they couldn't summon a tow truck, or because the only IT guy who knows how to reset the server was at the cinema.

Because the call wouldn't drop and they couldn't call right back when the man drove past, their phones would explode, killing hundreds, nay, thousands.

Learn to science

I'm glad you are on board with vigilante justice.  This is just a douche who thinks he better than everyone else.

This. There are very practical reasons these jammers are pretty damned illegal.

Cell jammers can be used on private property and by any Federal Agency.

About that:

 Unless you are an authorized federal government  user, you may not operate a jammer in the U.S., even on private property. This means that it is  illegal to use a jammer on mass transit (e.g., train, bus) or in a residence, vehicle, school, theater,  restaurant or in any other public or private place.

Faraday Cages are legal on private property.


Good luck with that. Let us know how Chapter 13 goes.
 
2014-04-30 01:45:09 PM

Saiga410: it wouldn work in a moving car. If he was driving at relativistic speeds the jaming signal would red shift and out of the needed radio frequency band.


Driving at 60MPH, an RF signal would experience a frequency shift of around 0.000009%.  That's enough to introduce phase or frequency shift errors in some very complex waveforms for a detector, but a transmitter is spewing over a wide frequency range.  Even if it is off a bit, it is still clobbering most of a cell's TX or RX channel.
 
2014-04-30 01:45:13 PM

buckler: Twist2005: I know high school teachers who'd sell their souls for phone jammers.

Maybe they could just underpaint their classrooms with that metallic paint that turns any room into a Faraday cage. Or is that stuff illegal too?


No you can paint your house in that stuff all you want but do you think a teacher owns the room they teach in?
 
2014-04-30 01:46:04 PM

StrangeQ: Maxout623: Wellon Dowd: kronicfeld: StrikitRich: Bet there were a lot of upset teenagers and soccer moms between Seffner and Tampa.

Or, you know, people with emergencies trying to call tow trucks, 9-1-1, highway services, etc.

It's amazing our species survived before the invention of the mobile phone. All those people dying on the side of the road because they couldn't summon a tow truck, or because the only IT guy who knows how to reset the server was at the cinema.

To be fair, society had a different way of asking for help when there car broke down. We had things like pay phones and sun screen protectors that literally said "Need assistance, call 911" on the back. When was the last time you've seen a pay phone?

When was the last time you ever saw a pay phone on the side of a highway?


I don't know if they still exist, but along I-4, there used to be free phones every couple of miles that connected with a dispatch service for police, highway patrol, ambulance, firefighters and tow services.
 
2014-04-30 01:49:01 PM

TNel: StrangeQ: Again, it's absolutely amazing how we survived before cell phones. I suppose it would be absolutely impossible to call the theater itself and ask them to page whoever you needed to get a hold of?

So you think it's better to stop the movie and interrupt everyone for an all call instead of a phone vibrating in someones pocket?!  Wow you are nuts.


As opposed to them interrupting the movie when they pull their phone out of their pocket and start yammering into it?  The movie gets interrupted either way; if it's truly an emergency then it is forgivable.  And if you do it my way, that is the only interruption you will see, as opposed to now where our OCD society can't stand going 90 minutes without sending a text.
 
2014-04-30 01:51:01 PM

TNel: mcreadyblue: Faraday Cages are legal on private property.

yeah because when someone says "cell jammer" they think faraday cage.  Good luck with your wifi signal or any other signals.  How are you going to make this cage in the walls?  You have any idea how much that would cost?


You know, a faraday cage is actually a good thing for WiFi:  Keeps it inside your house (or store, or whatever) and keeps people outside from getting into it, along with minimizing the interference to your equipment.
 
2014-04-30 01:54:47 PM

mcreadyblue: Cell jammers can be used on private property and by any Federal Agency.


Or this is completely wrong.
 
2014-04-30 01:55:07 PM

dittybopper: You know, a faraday cage is actually a good thing for WiFi: Keeps it inside your house (or store, or whatever) and keeps people outside from getting into it, along with minimizing the interference to your equipment.


And stopping your cell phone service.  I mean who needs cell service when my neighbors can see my SSID.  Put a good strong WPA2 key and go about your day.
 
2014-04-30 01:55:27 PM

ds615: TNel: I'm glad you are on board with vigilante justice.  This is just a douche who thinks he better than everyone else.

Probably thinks that because he is.
Stay off your phone.

/You don't have an "emergency". Ever.
// My jammer actually farks your phone, not just blocks it. So be grateful.


WOW you are such a badass and I am so grateful. Please continue to have mercy on my phone, you badass cyber hacker
 
2014-04-30 01:57:29 PM

StrangeQ: As opposed to them interrupting the movie when they pull their phone out of their pocket and start yammering into it? The movie gets interrupted either way; if it's truly an emergency then it is forgivable. And if you do it my way, that is the only interruption you will see, as opposed to now where our OCD society can't stand going 90 minutes without sending a text.


Yeah because I'm sure this happens all the time.  I have never seen this.  I don't know what movie theaters you guys keep going to but I've seen people play on their phone before the movie but I have never seen or heard someone "yammering into it" during a movie.  I'm sure this is exactly like all the people that see foodstamp users buying steak and lobsters all the time.
 
2014-04-30 01:59:49 PM

ZAZ: The offense is a "forfeiture" rather than a "crime", meaning the government does not have to prove its case to a jury of human beings who just might think he is a hero. Instead the defendant in an administrative forfeiture action is asked to prove he is innocent.

FCC press release, with link to official notice of you're screwed, here: http://www.fcc.gov/document/48k-penalty-proposed-against-individual-c e ll-jammer-investigation-0


Having read that, he got fined because he jammed towers and police radios, not just cell phones in close proximity to his car. Also, the $48,000 is the proposed fine. He needs a good Administrative law attorney, and may have a chance at a negotiated fine.
 
2014-04-30 02:00:23 PM

TNel: dittybopper: You know, a faraday cage is actually a good thing for WiFi: Keeps it inside your house (or store, or whatever) and keeps people outside from getting into it, along with minimizing the interference to your equipment.

And stopping your cell phone service.  I mean who needs cell service when my neighbors can see my SSID.  Put a good strong WPA2 key and go about your day.



Most phones these days can go through WiFi.  Hell, my wife's TracFone does that.  Set the phone up to use WiFi if available.  Problem solved.

Or, you could actually have phone service to your house.  Because if you've got WiFi connection to the intarwebs, you're getting that somehow, and you can get phone service that same way, most likely.
 
2014-04-30 02:01:39 PM

jtmcadam: Not sure if a guy driving a Toyota Highlander sport utility vehicle(Retails at $40k) can afford a 50k fine.


BUT LET'S DO IT ANYWAYS SCREW HIM!


He could afford his stupid ass toy. If he can't afford the risks that come with it, that's his problem.
 
2014-04-30 02:03:00 PM

TNel: I mean who needs cell service when my neighbors can see my SSID.


That's just it:  They *COULDN'T* see it, because it would be stopped by the cage.  Think of it as an aluminum foil wrapper:  It keeps the stuff on the inside from getting out, and the stuff outside from getting in, but if you're inside it, it doesn't stop your access to the things inside the wrapper.
 
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