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Want To Work Without Prying Eyes? Try Wearing a Body Sock

samzenpus posted about 2 months ago | from the cover-yourself dept.

Privacy 75

Nerval's Lobster writes The "Compubody Sock," which anyone with knitting skills can make at home, is a giant sock-hoodie-bag in which you place your laptop or tablet, along with your head and hands, giving you total privacy while freaking out anyone who happens to be sitting next to you. Designer Becky Stern told Forbes' Kashmir Hill that the Sock was meant more as commentary on privacy and device addiction; even so, considering how NSA employees reportedly drape themselves in hoods in order to thwart hidden cameras while typing in passwords, it's not outside the realm of possibility that an ultra-paranoid someone could find a practical use for a body sock. But that paranoid android better have expert knitting skills: putting together the Sock necessitates a whole lot of steps ("Purl 5, purl 2 together, purl 1, turn the work," etc.). Your other option, of course, is to simply avoid working on sensitive stuff in public.

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There's this thing called a (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47602817)

privacy screen guard.

Get one.

Re:There's this thing called a (1)

MightyYar (622222) | about 2 months ago | (#47602863)

Ah, but there is also a privacy screen guard defeater!

Re:There's this thing called a (2)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about 2 months ago | (#47603659)

THNEED! Everyone NEEDS a THNEED!

Everybody needs a Thneed!
A fine thing that all people need!
The Thneed is good, the Thneed is great,
Let's hope we're not too late!

Re:There's this thing called a (2)

stranger_to_himself (1132241) | about 2 months ago | (#47602927)

I was hoping you were going to say Thneed.

I was disappointed.

You need a Thneed!

Re: There's this thing called a (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47602943)

Isn't hiding your actions on a screen one of the guidelines for being put on a terrorist watchlist? There we have it, the NSA openly admits that they are terrorists (or should at least be watched as such).

Re:There's this thing called a (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47602999)

But how does that hide that I'm masturbating at work?

Re:There's this thing called a (2)

TWX (665546) | about 2 months ago | (#47603173)

That's a different kind of sock...

Re:There's this thing called a (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47603183)

The one that always stands at attention?

Re:There's this thing called a (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47603949)

Because it's crusty.

Re:There's this thing called a (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47604229)

thatsthejoke.jpg

Re:There's this thing called a (1)

Jarik C-Bol (894741) | about 2 months ago | (#47603311)

Yes, but if you use one of those, you won't look like a complete lunatic in public, which will make people avoid you, so you can type your passwords in peace.

That anyone can knit at home? (1)

Meshach (578918) | about 2 months ago | (#47602831)

Anyone who has yarn, needles, and experience knitting.

How many /.ers are knitters? Seems like this is aimed at the wrong audience...

Re:That anyone can knit at home? (1)

sporkbender (986804) | about 2 months ago | (#47602865)

Kitting is too hard for what it's worth. They could have also used better colors, that's just ugly.

Re:That anyone can knit at home? (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 2 months ago | (#47602899)

I don't see what a body sock has to do with the process in which individually separated but related items are grouped, packaged, and supplied together as one unit.

Re:That anyone can knit at home? (1)

Oligonicella (659917) | about 2 months ago | (#47603145)

Pshaw. Just depends on your skill. My ex probably knitted one of those in a couple of days while watching TV. She could knit a plain sweater in a couple of days or a cardigan in maybe five. Intricate patterns in the cords and great color blends. Cardigans of that quality are three hundred or more. I still, twenty-five years later have a shawlter (wrap around sweater without sleeves) she designed and knitted for me to wear in cold corporate environs.

Re:That anyone can knit at home? (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about 2 months ago | (#47603493)

Knitting is awesome. Take some sheeps hair and a couple of needles and bam! Trade goods.

Re:That anyone can knit at home? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47605197)

"shawlter (wrap around sweater without sleeves)"

Sounds very very gay. And a quick Google search confirms it!

Re:That anyone can knit at home? (1)

Mikkeles (698461) | about 2 months ago | (#47605725)

Why, yes. People are normally much happier when they are at a comfortable temperature.

Re:That anyone can knit at home? (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about 2 months ago | (#47602893)

You might be surprised.

Knitting is manly (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 2 months ago | (#47603127)

I've knitted cozies for my collection of handguns.

Re:Knitting is manly (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 2 months ago | (#47603515)

That's already too much information...

Re:That anyone can knit at home? (2)

TWX (665546) | about 2 months ago | (#47603179)

knit picking doesn't count...

Re:That anyone can knit at home? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47603291)

Oh... Darn it then!

Re:That anyone can knit at home? (5, Funny)

Quirkz (1206400) | about 2 months ago | (#47602933)

I thought everyone on Slashdot knew Perl.

Re:That anyone can knit at home? (1)

joebok (457904) | about 2 months ago | (#47603033)

I knit! But only during football season. That being said, I don't think I'd knit one of those.

Re:That anyone can knit at home? (1)

hsthompson69 (1674722) | about 2 months ago | (#47603175)

I'll admit, I'm probably a minority here, but not only do I knit, but I even taught my wife :)

It's actually surprisingly digital, with "knit" and "purl" being "1" and "0" respectively.

I don't actually do much of it anymore, and honestly probably wouldn't have the patience for something as big as the compusock, but it's a good skill to at least learn a bit of.

Re:That anyone can knit at home? (1)

Bite The Pillow (3087109) | about 2 months ago | (#47603705)

We're just computer operators, darn it!

Alternative plan (2)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 2 months ago | (#47602837)

Yoga pants. Given the typical /.er most normal people would run screaming from the room, the rest will gouge their eyes out.

Re:Alternative plan (2)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 2 months ago | (#47603137)

Imagine ten pounds of bologna in a five-pound bag.

are there enough (1)

someone1234 (830754) | about 2 months ago | (#47602861)

tinfoil threads in this fabric? Otherwise radio waves could still leak through. Just asking...

Re:are there enough (2)

HiThere (15173) | about 2 months ago | (#47603353)

Not tinfoil per se, be it think metalic fibres might be needed. Copper or aluminum should probably suffice, but perhaps it needs to be ferromagnetic. The question is, does it need to be grounded? It seems to me, though, that a knitted antenna would broadcast so many signals out of phase with each other that it couldn't be decoded.

Why knit? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47602869)

Why knit something when you can make something out of heavy cloth; with a simple pattern, *anyone* can put something together in a few minutes (longer if you want it to be "just so."). I made a denim hoodie jacket, complete with zipper, in junior high, for cryin' out loud.
I wore that jacket for over ten years before it wore out...

Re:Why knit? (1)

hey! (33014) | about 2 months ago | (#47604511)

Why knit something when you can make something out of heavy cloth; with a simple pattern, *anyone* can put something together in a few minutes

I think you just answered your own question there. Because not everyone can do it.

Of course, the fact that you did something that anybody can do but almost nobody does can be cool too.

I make stuff all the time. Just the other day I made a belt sheath that holds a pair of kitchen shears and a pair of forceps for when I'm fishing from my canoe. I made the sheath out of duct tape, which took me about five minutes. Anybody could have done it, which I think makes it a cool project. But suppose I'd sewed the sheath out of fish leather that I'd tanned myself. Not anyone could do that, and that would be cool too, but in a different way.

Sure... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47602885)

If you want to look like a fucking raving lunatic.

Re:Sure... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47603313)

If you want to look like a fucking raving lunatic.

Yea, I'm thinking just finding a char with your back to the wall might be better. Might also provide access to power as most receptacles are found on walls anyway so bonus.

Slow news day? (1)

Meshach (578918) | about 2 months ago | (#47602891)

This article is a pile of bull-knit

Re:Slow news day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47603067)

And pretty old!

Bonus Points (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about 2 months ago | (#47602901)

For knitting with lead wire to protect yourself from brain reading satellites and superman.

Re:Bonus Points (1)

qpqp (1969898) | about 2 months ago | (#47603007)

Copper, young one, copper. Now go and maw my lawn!

Re:Bonus Points (1)

AdamThor (995520) | about 2 months ago | (#47604007)

Re:Bonus Points (1)

qpqp (1969898) | about 2 months ago | (#47604507)

Thanks, I'll try to find this again, when I need I'm shopping next time.
In my post, I was referring more to the given use case and associated health and weight benefits of using copper instead of lead. Then again you'd be breathing in all the fumes from inside your laptop anyway, so not sure if that even matters for an average life-span.

Prior Art (0)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 2 months ago | (#47602905)

From you-know-who [memecdn.com] .

A new trend: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47602919)

The ultimate in freetard attire.

Ewww. (2)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 2 months ago | (#47602961)

It had better be washable. If you catch my drift.

Re:Ewww. (1)

dohzer (867770) | about 2 months ago | (#47603725)

Yeah, all that face sweat and lice would be horrible if it weren't.

Re:Ewww. (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 2 months ago | (#47603843)

Not to mention the toxic combination of Cheetos and Monster energy drink belches. Thing could get nasty in a hurry.

Re:Ewww. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47605619)

That only applies to black people.

haven't they heard of knithub.com (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47602987)

Nobody knits from scratch anymore. First you get the GoodHood Framework, spend a few days learning how it works and trying the samples. Then you realize it depends on the Backpurl and Emblazon knitting frameworks , so you Google for those and realize you can only get it in pink but you need the red version. Oh, but you can go back one point release on the GoodHood framework and then pink will work ok, even if it looks like shit.

Then you need to have Needles 2.0 to stitch it all together, but your knitting room is outfitted with Needles 1.5 that your still using for another unfinished knitting masterpiece. Damn! You realize you're going to need to create a whole new knitting room just for this project.... and now you're already delayed. ..

Re:haven't they heard of knithub.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47603109)

You realize you're going to need to create a whole new knitting room just for this project

It's called docker. Get one.

Re:haven't they heard of knithub.com (2)

jhantin (252660) | about 2 months ago | (#47603651)

Sounds like you've descended into yak shaving [catb.org] . On the plus side, that does get you some hair to spin into yarn, but that means you also need a spinning wheel, a compatible shade of pink dye, a tub to dye the stuff in, maybe a mordant to set the dye... by the time you're done, you'll probably have a complete textile production framework.

Hood over my monitor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47603019)

I'd like to get some sort of hood (rigid or not) which I could put over my head and computer monitor. I like to watch movies on my computer, and doing so with any ambient light causes distracting reflections.

I had to wait until 1 AM on a Friday night to start watching Iron Man 3, just so I wouldn't see the reflection of my own face, lit by the lights in the adjoining kitchen. When I watch a movie or TV show with a dark atmosphere (X-Files, BSG), the reflection is so bad I can't see half of what's going on. Moving my desk isn't an option, because there just isn't anywhere else to put it besides the dining room. Turning off all the lights isn't an option either, because of my wife.

Re: Hood over my monitor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47603057)

Seems as if the solution is obvious here.
Get rid of the wife.

Re:Hood over my monitor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47603203)

Curtains covering the kitchen door?

Re:Hood over my monitor (1)

Jarik C-Bol (894741) | about 2 months ago | (#47603329)

Get a less glare prone monitor.

Re:Hood over my monitor (1)

I'm New Around Here (1154723) | about 2 months ago | (#47603561)

That's what I don't get about the newer monitors and TVs that are all HI-Glare. What the fuck is the use, if you have to wait everything is pitch black before using it?

Re:Hood over my monitor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47605481)

It looked good in the store though, right?

Nerval's Lobster (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47603125)

Since it's been pretty well established that Nerval's Lobster is Slashdot/Dice employee Nick Kolakowski linking to his own stuff, can we please have him post these things directly under his own name instead of pretending like he's a community member going through the approval process?

Obligatory Firefly misquote (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47603177)

"A man wears that body sock in public, people know he's not afraid of anything." --Wash

Knit if you must (1)

pelirojatica (533396) | about 2 months ago | (#47603185)

But when I make mine it will be crochet. :-p

OMG, they're here! (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 2 months ago | (#47603215)

The conservatives were right, Sharia law has infested IT!

Increases other vulnerabilities (1)

coldsalmon (946941) | about 2 months ago | (#47603259)

Like getting your head chopped off -- no way to see it coming.

Re:Increases other vulnerabilities (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 2 months ago | (#47603299)

like getting your head chopped off -- no way to see it coming.

Is that a common problem in your work-place? You must work for head-hunters. I've heard about them; one even owns slashd^# '~ & j [NO CARRIER]

Hoodies are your friends (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about 2 months ago | (#47603275)

And you should also wipe the keypad after entering the password so the heat sig doesn't show up, btw.

That said, I can still read your key usage by the sounds reflecting off your piano tie.

Overheat much? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47603321)

I'm sure that's just GREAT for thermals...

(HOLY OMFG! The captcha is "convect"...WTF ESP???)

purl? (1)

fightermagethief (3645291) | about 2 months ago | (#47603467)

I thought it was spelled 'Perl'?

Sent from inside my bodySock

Original link (2)

chihowa (366380) | about 2 months ago | (#47603511)

Here's the original post on Sternlab [sternlab.org] (from 2008). The "Ski Mask for Eating a Sandwich" is awesome. I think I need one of those first!

wtf (1, Insightful)

Triv (181010) | about 2 months ago | (#47603619)

...Are you fucking kidding me? If there's a shark, /. just jumped it.

Weiner (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47604165)

I'll need to be able to get my weiner in there also. For unspecified reasons.

Not just NSA (1)

antifoidulus (807088) | about 2 months ago | (#47604391)

Apparently employees at Apple are required to don something similar when working on "top secret" projects....

Sci-fi series reference (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47604445)

There was an episode of the UFO TV series (1969-1970) named "Destruction". The naval personnel wore something similar to conceal their identities .

inadequate privacy for /.ers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47604469)

It needs one extra opening ...

Avoid working on sensitive stuff in public? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47605259)

But the whole point of being an exhibitionist is working on sensitive stuff in public. At least for one flavor. Of exhibitionists. You get my point.

LOL (1)

CosaNostra Pizza Inc (1299163) | about 2 months ago | (#47606949)

Who would even be caught dead wearing something like that?

Absolutely no visibility! (1)

bluegutang (2814641) | about 2 months ago | (#47609091)

Great to wear if you want to mugged by a passing thug.

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