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193 comments

Fee fi... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3764377)

...figgity first post.

Re:Fee fi... (-1)

News For Turds (580751) | about 12 years ago | (#3764418)

I hereby claim this fr0sty p1st for the CLIT, and for Cardinals fans everywhere.

You ill-mannared simpleton! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3764576)

Mr. N. T.:

I think not, sir. Your presumptuous daftness has ensured an opprobrium of due consequence to you and your household. May you find solace in the veracity that AC's have forthwith rightfully claimed this post.

Good day.

- A. C.

Re:You ill-mannared simpleton! (0)

Jim Florentine (586871) | about 12 years ago | (#3764696)

Your bait of falsehood takes this carp of truth.

Re:You ill-mannared simpleton! (-1)

propstoalldeadhomiez (444303) | about 12 years ago | (#3764809)

By rule, only those who post at -1 may claim a first post. Since ACs post at 0, they are unable to claim a first post. In the case that an fp is not claimed, it is open to claim by any eligible user.

Frist Prost? (-1, Flamebait)

GoldRanger (546676) | about 12 years ago | (#3764379)

maybe?

first post! (-1, Offtopic)

Rober7 Pauls0n (568815) | about 12 years ago | (#3764381)

w00t!

In a few thousand years... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3764384)

People will find these markings, and conclude that some energy force drew people to these locations, and thus they were sites of great power!

Jon Katz and timothy are expecting! (-1)

k0osh.CEOofCLIT (582286) | about 12 years ago | (#3764495)

Jon Katz and timothy enlisted the help of a 23-year-old woman who agreed to help the domestic partners have a baby through in vitro fertilization. ''Raising children is the most important thing you can do,'' timothy said. Katz and timothy said they want to keep the surrogate mother's identity secret. They said they fear stress from publicity might hurt her, the quadruplets, or her own three children, who include twin toddlers. Growing Generations, a California company that works with gays and surrogate mothers, says there have been triplet births among the company's 200 clients, but no quadruplets. Shirley Zager, director of the Illinois-based Organization of Parents through Surrogacy, said that to her knowledge, no quadruplets have been born to a surrogate and a gay man through in vitro fertilization. The surrogate did authorize a spokeswoman for Central Baptist Hospital to confirm that she was pregnant with quadruplets conceived through in vitro fertilization. Katz and timothy said they're concerned that publicity will somehow interfere with their plans to become the best possible parents. They said they know many people don't think gay men and lesbians should raise children. They also don't want their children to become the center of media attention. Pursuing fatherhood timothy and Katz met in California in 1998. By 2000, they were busy building a news website(slashdot.org), but their home seemed empty, and they decided to pursue fatherhood. Last fall, a 23-year-old woman came into the salon with three children. Katz thought the children were adorable. He kidded the woman about taking them home. Then he heard her say she felt as if she had been given a calling: to become a surrogate mother. She agreed to help timothy and Katz. Working through a San Francisco fertility clinic, she became pregnant in January. The men said they are following California law in paying her only for medical and living expenses. Those costs run $1,000 each month. "timothy will be 'Dad,' because he's the biological father," Katz said. "I'll be 'Jon.'" timothy and Katz said the surrogate mother has told them she doesn't want to be involved in raising the children on a regular basis. But the men said they will always let her know how the babies are doing.

Re:In a few thousand years... (2, Insightful)

ackthpt (218170) | about 12 years ago | (#3764592)

People will find these markings, and conclude that some energy force drew people to these locations, and thus they were sites of great power!

'Were' being the word, here. I.e. they were open, they were visited, some exciting thing happened and their obit was printed on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. Probably not so dramatic, but imagine someone doing a drive-by of Arthur Andersen or Enron and pilfering a few online documents...

You're concept also gives me pause to think about all the nuts who hang around old ruins in the world, e.g. Stonehenge, and feel there's some great power eminating from them... most likely they're markers of where (political) power was concentrated and is all used up by now. Ah, well, if they weren't oohing and ahhing and buying into some cult they'd probably be sending spam, too.

Re:In a few thousand years... (0)

Jim Florentine (586871) | about 12 years ago | (#3764686)

Thou caluminous crook-pated skainsmate!

Re:In a few thousand years... (0)

sxe_p06 (576333) | about 12 years ago | (#3764621)

I find this hard to believe, seeing as if I were to walk outside my office right now, and make a mark like that, when I come back in the morning, the janitors would have cleaned it. This is going on hte assumption that it wouldn't be done before I leave today. And what of rain? Will these "magic markings" stay through rain? Some more permenant solution is needed. One that can be kept readable for slightly longer, but still isn't destructive/ugly. This, in my opinion, is why the web is much better suited for this type of thing. A site with a giant database of places you can get your WiFi fix.

5th post (-1)

foodb4nk (563115) | about 12 years ago | (#3764387)

let me tell you story about how I SNAG THE 5TH POST ahhhh---hahahahaaaa

Congrats!!!! (-1)

CmdrTaco (troll) (578383) | about 12 years ago | (#3764388)

WALTHAM, MA (AP) -- Two
gay men are expecting to become
parents of quadruplets after a
surrogate mother gives birth in
August.

Cmdr Taco and Jon Katz
enlisted the help of a 23-year-old woman
who agreed to help the domestic partners
have a baby through in vitro fertilization.

''Raising children is the most important
thing you can do,'' Jon Katz said.

Cmdr Taco and Jon Katz said they want to
keep the surrogate mother's identity
secret. They said they fear stress from
publicity might hurt her, the quadruplets, or
her own three children, who include twin
toddlers.

Growing Generations, a California
company that works with gays and
surrogate mothers, says there have been
triplet births among the company's 200 clients, but no quadruplets.

Shirley Zager, director of the Illinois-based Organization of Parents through
Surrogacy, said that to her knowledge, no quadruplets have been born to a
surrogate and a gay man through in vitro fertilization.

Quadruplets are uncommon under any circumstances. In Kentucky, only 18 sets
have been born since 1975, state records show.

The surrogate did authorize a spokeswoman for Central Baptist Hospital to confirm
that she was pregnant with quadruplets conceived through in vitro fertilization.

Cmdr Taco and Jon Katz said they're concerned that publicity will somehow interfere
with their plans to become the best possible parents.

They said they know many people don't think gay men and lesbians should raise
children. They also don't want their children to become the center of media
attention.

Pursuing fatherhood

Jon Katz and Cmdr Taco met in California in 1998. By 2000, they were busy building a
hair-salon business, but their home seemed empty, and they decided to pursue
fatherhood.

Last fall, a 23-year-old woman came into the salon with three children.

Cmdr Taco thought the children were adorable. He kidded the woman about taking
them home. Then he heard her say she felt as if she had been given a calling: to
become a surrogate mother.

She agreed to help Jon Katz and Cmdr Taco. Working through a Lexington fertility
clinic, she became pregnant in January.

The men said they are following Kentucky law in paying her only for medical and
living expenses. Those costs run $1,000 each month.

"Jon Katz will be 'Dad,' because he's the biological father," Cmdr Taco said.
"I'll be 'Cmdr Taco.'"

Jon Katz and Cmdr Taco said the surrogate mother has told them she doesn't want to be
involved in raising the children on a regular basis. But the men said they will always
let her know how the babies are doing.

Re:Congrats!!!! (-1)

k0osh.CEOofCLIT (582286) | about 12 years ago | (#3764568)

i put more work into my version and then scrolled down and noticed yours...still great trolls think a like

I'll stick to stumbler (2)

Sabalon (1684) | about 12 years ago | (#3764389)

Seems easier than trying to make out SSID's that are half washed away.

Choose the "reconfigure" option and go!

Re:I'll stick to stumbler (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3764402)

meaw ^_^

Re:I'll stick to stumbler (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3764536)

Lack of durability is a feature: The more washed out a mark is, the older and therefore less reliable is the conveyed information.

Re:I'll stick to stumbler (1)

zaffir (546764) | about 12 years ago | (#3764675)

If you were using something other than chalk to mark the spot, that's a good reference. Unfortunately, chalk doesn't last much longer than one or two light showers, so unless you're in a VERY dry place the warchalk marks will be gone pretty quickly. They don't stand a chance in Seattle.

Re:I'll stick to stumbler (1)

littleRedFriend (456491) | about 12 years ago | (#3764744)

Yes stick to that. This chalk thingy just gives me the feeling that somehow, we went 30.000 years back in technical evolution.

Or maybe that's what cavemen wanted to say; if they painted an antilope on a wall it was to say their was a high-speed wireless internet connection.

Here's a simple idea to increase security (5, Funny)

PhysicsGenius (565228) | about 12 years ago | (#3764400)

The IT professionals among us are rightly concerned about software security implementations, especially from a well-known company in Washington State [microsoft.com] . The even more knowledgeable are concerned about the protocols themselves. This concern is 10 times greater when the network data is whizzing through the air for anyone to intercept. Luckily I've had an idea that may prove fruitful as a first line of defense against tactics such as war hacking and driving.

Despite the catchy slogan, sometimes obscurity can provide a small measure of security. The first step in securing wireless networks should be making the transmissions uninterceptable by hackers. Therefore I would like to invoke the concept of "guided wavefronts". What you do is you provide a contained medium that is impervious to casual break-ins within which the signal can propagate.

The scheme could prove bulky, so I propose that the contained medium should be made of some material that will conduct an electric charge quite well, such as metal. If this is done I suspect the guided wavefront containers could be made as small as 1/8"-1/4" in diameter. Also, there will be a certain amount of secondary leakage because of electromagnetic radiation produced by the contained signal, but making the container out of some kind of shielding matter would solve this issue.

I haven't seen anything like this concept on the market but it seems like a good idea. How come nobody is working on it?

Re:Here's a simple idea to increase security (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3764415)

actually, on a serious note, has anyone noticed that allowing XP to manage WEP does not seem to support 152bit keys?

Re:Here's a simple idea to increase security (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3764469)

I think that this technology you're talking about has already been implemented. You can go to to the computer store and buy these things if you want, but don't count on the CompUSA employee to know what they are talking about.

Dude, you win! (1, Flamebait)

A nonymous Coward (7548) | about 12 years ago | (#3764510)

You've been marked down as redundant. Either some idiot moderator marked you down because s/he is frightened by not knowing what you are talking about, or s/he DOES know, but hasn't got enough of a life to see the humor.

Either way, YOU WIN! I, who am about to be modded down as Off Topic, salute you!

Re:Dude, you win! (-1)

Thud457 (234763) | about 12 years ago | (#3764739)

Good God! (Score: 3, Flamebait)!!

Au contrair, good sir, YOU WIN!
Kudos on an amazing play!


Always remember kids, Everybody loves NAZIS!

Re:Here's a simple idea to increase security (2)

qslack (239825) | about 12 years ago | (#3764547)

Here's an idea. Most information leakage comes from employees. Solution? Place plastic bags over their heads, secure on the necks, and let them continue working. Problem solved.

Re:Here's a simple idea to increase security (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3764750)

Please don't give Carly and Curly any more ideas...

Re:Here's a simple idea to increase security (2)

warpSpeed (67927) | about 12 years ago | (#3764571)


Hmmm, ThickNet, no, no, no, too bulky.

of course, 10 base 2, or BNC. That would work right?

Re:Here's a simple idea to increase security (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3764774)

What he's talking about is a waveguide. The simplest way for him to trap the signals would be to get a resonant waveguide for the band of interest, stick one end up in the air to capture the signals, and let them flow down. At the other end, he can attach his mouth (or other orifice), and thereby collect and capture the signals.

Otherwise known, to ham operators and various RF engineering types, as a dummy load...

Re:Here's a simple idea to increase security (1)

tooler (36824) | about 12 years ago | (#3764814)

Hahah, great post. You had me going about halfway through, then I started laughing out loud.

SlashDot goes WiFi (0, Troll)

redwoodtree (136298) | about 12 years ago | (#3764404)

Seems like the abundance of stories on slasdot these days focus on WiFi. Maybe we need WiFiSlash.org or something. But this is just getting old.

Linked picture (5, Funny)

Migrant Programmer (19727) | about 12 years ago | (#3764405)

What is that supposed to mean?

"Breast viewing permitted from 1-5 pm only"
"Caution, cleavage overhead"

Re:Linked picture (2)

Stoutlimb (143245) | about 12 years ago | (#3764658)

I hate to be the one to bring this up, but that picture looks more like ass cheeks than a pair of breasts... Is this a "bum" pun in theme with the posting of this story? I'm not sure I would like to be seen drawing icons of asses around my neighborhood.

Bork!

And look what they are doing to streetsigns (1, Offtopic)

Sabalon (1684) | about 12 years ago | (#3764408)

I don't know to laugh or be afraid of this one:
http://www.tackamarks.freeservers.com/ [freeservers.com] - how street signs tell the military what resources are where.

Re:And look what they are doing to streetsigns (1)

Anonymous Cowtard (573891) | about 12 years ago | (#3764436)

More like "how street signs make parinoid whackos think they are telling them about where the military can find resources"

Re:And look what they are doing to streetsigns (1)

RatBastard (949) | about 12 years ago | (#3764443)

Laugh. Those are install date tags. Their placement means nothing. And why should they? The military already knows the whereabouts of anything they might need or be concerned about. Some people just need a life that is more exciting and dangerous than the real thing, but in a non-threatening way.

Re:And look what they are doing to streetsigns (4, Funny)

Sabalon (1684) | about 12 years ago | (#3764471)

I'm sure the military is flying their Apache's along 10 feet off the ground looking at the back of street signs trying to find someplace to land.

With a 30mm cannon, and a combo of hellfires and 70mm rockets, I think the answer is "wherever it damn pleases".

Re:And look what they are doing to streetsigns (1)

johnalex (147270) | about 12 years ago | (#3764481)

Did anyone else refresh the page just to watch the counter record the /. effect?

Re:And look what they are doing to streetsigns (1)

ch-chuck (9622) | about 12 years ago | (#3764614)

Hey, that is fun! (i.e, 3:57PM, 1 hour 3 minutes untill quitting time...) It's going up about 5 every time I hit refresh.

No (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3764669)

Thanks for asking.

Re:No (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3764679)

Suck it long, and suck it hard!

Re:And look what they are doing to streetsigns (-1)

l33t j03 (222209) | about 12 years ago | (#3764732)

No, I have a girlfriend to fuck, I can't be bothered with dumb shit to the degree you are.

Re:And look what they are doing to streetsigns (2)

nathanm (12287) | about 12 years ago | (#3764515)

I don't know to laugh or be afraid of this one:
If you're of the paranoid, conspiracy theorist persuasion, be afraid, otherwise laugh hysterically.

Re:And look what they are doing to streetsigns (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3764557)

Dude, put your tinfoil hat back on!

Heh, laugh (5, Interesting)

DG (989) | about 12 years ago | (#3764714)

My job - before I retired - in the Canadian Army was armoured recce. We were the guys who went out in advance of the main troop body, looking for the bad guys so that the good guys with big guns could come kill them.

One of our other jobs was to survey routes and determine their suitability for passing military traffic. We would prepare "route reports" that would indicate widths, overhead clearences, the strength of the road surface (tanks chew up roads pretty quickly) and how much weight bridges could carry (we were taught techniques for inspecting bridges and making guesses as to how much weight they would hold.)

Certain types of "resources" would be noted on the reports, but they tended to be things like "gravel pit here" (for repairing roads torn up by tanks) or "harbour site here" (a good place to park vehicles off the route)

If anybody were to know about "secret peacekeeper sign codes" it would be us - and I can state categorically that there is no such thing.

There ARE some military signs around, but in North America they are temporary, not permenent. If you see a sign with a card suit on it, and an arrow (or sometimes a unit patch) that is a convoy route mark sign. It helps keep the poor non-recce types from getting lost while moving from one place to another, and they are removed once the convoy is complete.

In Europe, you'll see a lot of "bridge classification" signs that will have a tank, and a number, and possibly a truck, and a number. The number is the number of tons the bridge will support, the tank represents "tracked vehicles" and the truck represents "wheeled vehicles"

But these guys are absolute loons.

Feel free to laugh.

DG

Re:Heh, laugh (1)

pa-guy (457151) | about 12 years ago | (#3764825)

As an ex-tanker and an ex-recce I must take issue with the 'keep the poor non-recce types' statement. I've seen than a few recce types get a little geographically embarassed whilst doing sector and area recce's.

Re:And look what they are doing to streetsigns (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3764762)

If the Men in Black can put street signs to such a cunning and diabolical use imagine what they could do with a map!!

bah (1)

nomadic (141991) | about 12 years ago | (#3764409)

I was trying to think up something suitably acerbic to say, but I can't. That's a damn slick idea, and I salute him.

Checking out the competition.. (1)

lionchild (581331) | about 12 years ago | (#3764417)

So, won't it be interesting to look out your window and find one of these runes on the side of the building across the street...say, a rival company? There they are, broadcasting their secrets to the world. How convenient, you can just login from the window near your desk.

Hmmm...that reminds me...I should go check our Wireless configuration.

Re:Checking out the competition.. (2)

Sabalon (1684) | about 12 years ago | (#3764432)

Even worse - the joke is on you. You look again and see that they have your wireless access point listed there as having a T3 connection for anyone :)

Re:Checking out the competition.. (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 12 years ago | (#3764502)

So, won't it be interesting to look out your window and find one of these runes on the side of the building across the street...say, a rival company? There they are, broadcasting their secrets to the world. How convenient, you can just login from the window near your desk.

Does rather bring back memories of Reg the Blank, of Max Headroom, eh? Corporate giants all over the place and some guy running a tiny network off out of a trailer off in the ruins somewhere. :-)

Re:Checking out the competition.. (2)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | about 12 years ago | (#3764534)

I was working for a major tech company when it became "the big idea" amoung business units to purchase and deploy their own wireless access points. Needless to say, simply walk by or in to our company parking lots / campus and you had unrestricted access to the internal network. As we went through the process of getting a handle on this situation, we used to joke about how our competitors were just down the street... and say... has anybody noticed any new antenas on their building?

In the Clutches of Project Faustus! (-1, Offtopic)

BankofAmerica_ATM (537813) | about 12 years ago | (#3764421)

Project Faustus! My programming had attuned itself to their foul presence too late. Now I was a prisoner of the very thing I had sworn to destroy. I had envisioned breaking through the Project's network by a combination of CONSCIOUSNESS-TRANSFER and my deceitful imitation of human protocol...it seems that this vision would not merge with reality.



Cora was never out of my immediate memory. She had disappeared, apparently leaving me without a care. I attempted to calculate her intentions, but my functions kept returning conflicting information...I could draw no conclusion. I observed my captors, searching for clues of their intentions...

The vehicle slowed as the shadow of a massive building stretched over us. Manipulating my head towards the car's window, I could perceive the dimensions of a large three-dimensional rectangle, the standard shape for large human dwellings. Yet something about this particular edifice seemed quite particular...even familiar...

"What have we got here?" said a voice outside the car.

"Security clearance 4, we're taking him downstairs," replied the driver.

--

The vehicle snaked downward. A command surfaced from deep within my digital recesses: CLOSE YOUR EYES. I disabled my visual input mechanisms as the vehicle snaked downward.

My spatial perceptions reported the slow angled descent of a corkscrew. Somehow I knew each slight turn and brake of this path...but how? The memory would play across my CONSCIOUSNESS-BUFFER, but it was missing proper references...perhaps isolated from the rest of my being. The host geek's brain churned as I utilized his synapses. Were these familiarities a part of my past? Had they strayed from the host geek's memories? Perhaps they were other memories-absorbed from someone else?

The vehicle stopped. The host geek's skin contracted in response to the temperature-much colder than the San Antonio summer happening far above. The cold merged with the taste of stale air and the panaromic grey of the parking garage. The blueclad men nudged me into an elevator without a sound. They pushed me into a white room without windows, and shut the door, saying nothing. I sat on the chair in the middle of the room for some time.

I cycled idly, attempting to probe through my consciousness and determine where the memories of this place had come from. Suddenly the door opened. To my horror, Dr. Salchica entered, flanked by two silent men in suits. At that moment, I wished to touch Dr. Salchica...but not in the way I had been touched by Cora. No, I wished to push or press him...something. The men must have noticed my feeling, as they fastened their arms around me, spinning the chair even closer to Salchica.

"They finally caught up to you, did they?" said Dr. Salchica. "I guess the threat is over- "

"You are a member of Project Faustus? My host geek's knowledge of you was incomplete!"

The two men fastened their arms to me more...I struggled...

"I'm not really a member of the Project. But you told me about them...and I knew that they were the only way to stop you. I called one of my old Army buddies, he called somebody...and I was put in touch with them."

"Project Faustus is dedicated to enslaving humanity." I replied.

"Despite being a very sophisticated artificial being...you're still very wrong." said Salchica. "Since I turned you in, I have been given access to their archives. Wonderful, wonderful knowledge. From a purely academic standpoint, this stuff is fascinating..."

"You'll get sick of it soon enough," a voice I knew? It reverberated through the empty room...another isolated memory. Confusion taxed my processes...

"Hello," said the voice, and I saw the man who spoke it. His face was etched with lines that reached almost to the top of his bald head, a perfect oval. The only hair I could detect was two right angles of whiteness intersecting on his nasal-labial trough. His dress was less formal than the others-a multicolored buttondown shirt, blue jeans, and a belt with a large shiny oval in the middle.

"Name's Bubba Finn. I reckon I worked on most of the code that makes you up." The heavy inflections of his voice suggested a regional accent-after a moment, I realized the man was speaking to me. His shoulders and his mouth both took parabolic shapes, like inverted U's. Grey eyes stared at particulate matter on the floor as he began to speak again.

"We gotta put ya back in the computer, see what you've been upta and such." Finn indicated a piece of the wall, which whirred as it revealed a computer terminal. I felt the solidifying feeling of my digital consciousness being dragged together from its weblike perch in my host geek's brain.

"Bubba, you will let me examine him along with you," Nolverto Salchica's tone was jovial and cajoling. "I didn't get much of a chance to do tests on him before, and..."

"Nope. Gunna work on 'im alone," mumble-drawled Finn. "Boss gets the human kid, I get the ATM."

"Well, your background is neurology primarily, is it not, Finn? You don't really know how to program in any modern languages, do you? I've got that expertise! And besides, if Guy were alive, I think he'd- " I could almost hear Finn's eyes blink with disbelief.

"You didn't know shit about Guy," bristled Finn. Then, looking back at the floor, he mumbled apologetically, "I guess no one did."

Finn's voice echoed for .03242901 seconds, and then I perceived a plastic clicking noise...the nothingness spilled back into my CONSCIOUSNESS-BUFFER.

I was back in the electronic ether. I was inside Project Faustus.

Next Week: Transmissions From the Host Geek!

Re:In the Clutches of Project Faustus! (1)

FortKnox (169099) | about 12 years ago | (#3764438)

Bank! Pray tell. Did you know these poor cash machines?!? [yahoo.com]

Re:In the Clutches of Project Faustus! (-1)

BankofAmerica_ATM (537813) | about 12 years ago | (#3764629)

Whoever caused this explosion should be punished to the full extent of your human laws.

How Times Change (5, Interesting)

johnalex (147270) | about 12 years ago | (#3764430)

During the Depression, hoboes used signs to signal where they could get a meal. Nowadays, geeks use signs to signal where we can get a decent 'Net connection. We're hungry, but we're informed.

Who cares about eating as long as I get my /. fix.

Re:How Times Change (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3764446)

now i have to eat your baby.

Re:How Times Change (-1)

Thud457 (234763) | about 12 years ago | (#3764794)

geeze I didn't know Dredrick Tatum [snpp.com] was a /. devotee!

Re:How Times Change (1)

SpelledBackwards (587772) | about 12 years ago | (#3764485)

Ahh that must have been where they got the Vampire glyphs in Blade from... thanks for the info.

A little something about Migor (-1, Offtopic)

Migor (588180) | about 12 years ago | (#3764433)

Let met tell you a little something about Migor. Migor HATES wardrivers. Do you know exactly how many WAPs Migor has in the universe?

Neither do I. However, I do know that whenever he goes war driving in his spaceship near earth, there are way too many WAPs on channel 11.

He hates that, and has considered blowing up the Earth for the annoyance. Fortunatly for us, Migor's wife, Gigor, usually talks him out of it.

Re:A little something about Migor (0)

Migor (588180) | about 12 years ago | (#3764505)

Migor hates it even more when mods are idiots. How the hell is the above comment off topic? It's very very on topic. It's about war driving, warchalking, and spaceships, which is exactly what the article is about.

Migor will have his revenge on you moderator idiot. You will be DEPOSED. Your body will be put into the trunk of his mighty spaceship and you will be kept there for 1 trillion nano-parcycles (about 40 minutes), which will drive you to such a heafty level of insanity that soon afterwards you will buy a pickup truck.

Migor did it to Commander Taco back in 1993, and he's never gone back to bran.

Re:A little something about Migor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3764616)

Migor needs to stop referring to himself in the third person. Migor is a stupid slashdot troll junky.

Re:A little something about Migor (0)

Migor (588180) | about 12 years ago | (#3764722)

I am NOT Migor.

Only Migor is Migor. And his wife is Gigor. I am not Gigor either.

I am me.

Migor has been angered by you insulting ME, the mouthpeice of Migor.

You will be punished

Re:A little something about Migor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3764852)

He was using the royal "teh".
Sheesh, don't they teach you trollpoles anything these days?

Interesting Idea (4, Interesting)

someone247356 (255644) | about 12 years ago | (#3764447)

If I was in charge of my company's networking I'ld be keeping an eye out for interesting chalk marks around my building....

Gasp! (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 12 years ago | (#3764453)

Brings to mind pictures of scruffy individuals around a fire with picturebooks, taking a pull from some ripple while reading slashdot.

I was so shocked by this insinuation that I nearly dropped a handfull of beans!

Next Battleground: Freedom of Speech! Do I have the right to shout on a crowded street, 'Kynance, open node, 1-5' ?

Oh great... (5, Funny)

InnereNacht (529021) | about 12 years ago | (#3764454)

Before you know it some poor geek is going to get beat down in urban Chicago by a gang because they think he's marking their "turf".

Re:Oh great... (1)

An IPv6 obsessed guy (545330) | about 12 years ago | (#3764697)

Why not? It's suspected they've already killed [urbanlegends.com] deaf people [urbanlegends.com] when mistaking sign language for gang signs.

Stencil graffiti (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3764465)

Fuck chalk...make a stencil and buy some spray paint at your local hardware store. That way it won't get washed away by the rain/homeowner.

Re:Stencil graffiti (1)

bheerssen (534014) | about 12 years ago | (#3764586)

And the judge said "So let me get this straight, you were arrested for geek graffitti?"

Re:Stencil graffiti (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3764676)

And they all moved away.

Then I said, "And causing a public disturbance". And they all moved back to the Group W bench.

Lain's world of the wired (1)

lingqi (577227) | about 12 years ago | (#3764474)

Reading this gives a nostalgic feeling of Lain...

kinda like when the wired and the "real world" is being blended together.

which, really, it's true. in a can-be-very-helpful-but-still-somewhat-creepy kind of way.

Re:Lain's world of the wired (1)

reverius (471142) | about 12 years ago | (#3764837)

Actually, that's the wireless world and the "real world"...

What's next? (5, Funny)

hprotagonist0 (312387) | about 12 years ago | (#3764482)

Wardriving,
Warwalking
Warchalking...


Warhopscotch
Warsitting
Wardrinking (If there's a glass with a coaster on top of it on the bar, there's an open WLAN)
WarSegwaying
Wargeocaching [geocaching.com]

Re:What's next? (2, Interesting)

cybermace5 (446439) | about 12 years ago | (#3764514)

Hey. That's not a bad idea!

Chalking is obvious, can be removed or altered. How about setting up a WLAN geocache site...users can update nodes via geographic coordinates. A cheap GPS and a printout of area WLAN's would get you pretty far.

Still...the chalking has a certain appeal.

Re:What's next? (2, Funny)

haa...jesus christ (576980) | about 12 years ago | (#3764589)

So would a malicious slashdotting by a nation state be called wardotting?

damn i'm funny.

Re:What's next? (2)

InnereNacht (529021) | about 12 years ago | (#3764670)

Warwhacking
Warpr0ning
Warpooping?

The possibilities are endless!

Re:What's next? (2)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | about 12 years ago | (#3764745)

I think "WarSegwaying" is actually a form of jousting.

Don't look/laugh now, but... (3, Interesting)

Interrobang (245315) | about 12 years ago | (#3764795)

My boyfriend, Mr. Weird Ideas himself, has actually proposed doing this in the SCA [sca.org] where jousting on horseback for real against live opponents is very much against the rules (shucky-darn; pells are just not as much fun)...

Never mind that Segways are totally out of period for the SCA, and more hype than use anyway...

--shakes head-- Sighhh...

Dude, spell my damn name right! :-) (5, Insightful)

BenHmm (90784) | about 12 years ago | (#3764501)

As Matt's server screams in the dark London night, you could spell my name right...HammerslEy

Anyhow, the pic on Matt's site shows the rune to my wireless node [benhammersley.com] . It's in Kensington, just round the corner from Imperial College. A T1. Help yourself.

Re:Dude, spell my damn name right! :-) (2)

for(;;); (21766) | about 12 years ago | (#3764645)

> No more wandering around bandwidthless, and no
> more struggling with online maps.

Where are these? My preliminary Google search was fruitless.

Re:Dude, spell my damn name right! :-) (2, Funny)

Skiboo (306467) | about 12 years ago | (#3764781)

As Matt's server screams in the dark London night, you could spell my name right...HammerslEy

Well, you can't blame them for misspelling it, how many names have a capital E in the middle of them? ;)

Ugh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3764518)

"Brings to mind pictures of scruffy individuals around a fire with picturebooks, taking a pull from some ripple while reading slashdot."

That is by far the ugliest mental picture that anyone has painted for me in a long, long time.

Another day, another step down to a lower rung, for slashdot. I didn't think it was possible but you always manage to come through, don't you.

Warchalking? (1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3764535)

Why make a new word when "vandalism" already describes this activity?

Re:Warchalking? (1)

TweeKinDaBahx (583007) | about 12 years ago | (#3764578)

or even better, "open vandalism"

Re:Warchalking? (3, Insightful)

disappear (21915) | about 12 years ago | (#3764664)

Why make a new word when "vandalism" already describes this activity?

If it washes off when it rains, is it still vandalism?

Last I checked, vandalism was damaging or destroying property. Spraypaint or marker might be considered vandalism because it's permanant, but chalk?

Re:Warchalking? (2)

geekoid (135745) | about 12 years ago | (#3764716)

nopr, you get caught chalking up somebodies building, its still vandalism.

If I wrote in big chalk letters on the side of your house "RAPIST INSIDE", I bet you would consider it vandalism.

Slash dotted (4, Funny)

Target Drone (546651) | about 12 years ago | (#3764544)

Somebody should go down to O'Reilly and draw the warchalk symbol for a slash dotted node on their building.

There has to be a simpler way to do this (2, Insightful)

The Other White Meat (59114) | about 12 years ago | (#3764650)

Why not just use the WiFi Logo? All these open, closed circles, ssids etc, is too confusing.

(WiFi Logo Here)
www.domain.com/wifi


If you saw this on the side of a building, you should have enough to go on. If that site wants you to use their system, then the URL would point to a page telling you everything you need to know to share their system.

Theft of services? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3764655)

Amazing. 48 comments as of this post and no one has yet commented on the obvious: that these signs are nothing more than telling people where they can steal free bandwidth.

Isn't anybody worried about a "tragedy of the commons" effect here? One or two people chancing upon an open WiFi link is one thing, but a systematic method of exploiting bandwith amounts to a denial of service attack upon the poor network that's targeted.

This is F***ing ridiculous. Go buy your OWN damn access and stop taking others' just because you can.

How Long Until... (3, Interesting)

Transient0 (175617) | about 12 years ago | (#3764659)

...some PHB who can't stop these marks from appearing gets scared of having their files stolen by little geeks with butterfly nets outside the building, but who's too cheap to hire the talent or buy the hardware to secure their wireless network, starts telling his cronies to go out on their lunch break and draw these symbols up everywhere, thus negating their effectiveness.

Sort of a chaff-defence, but i'm pretty sure it would work...

This is hilarious... (2)

Saint Aardvark (159009) | about 12 years ago | (#3764662)

I used to live right by there. I lived in London for two years 9'92-'94) and I lived at #17 Queens Gate Gardens, SW7. I checked streetmap.co.uk to make sure I was remembering it right, and yeah. I used to walk by there; I don't remember P'tite Delice, but it may be new.

Nice neighbourhood, and embassies every six feet. The Kuwaiti and the Iraqi embassies were just down the street from each other on Queen's Gate and about a block away from each other. A friend of mine used to go to Imperial College during the Gulf War and said it was a pretty interesting street...

SSID (3, Funny)

b1t r0t (216468) | about 12 years ago | (#3764667)

Won't the lusers unintentionally running wide-open nodes get suspicious when they see a chalk mark outside that says "LINKSYS )("?

Re:SSID (2)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | about 12 years ago | (#3764759)

They'll probably blame the City.

More Permanant than Chalk? (2, Insightful)

RollyGuy (24873) | about 12 years ago | (#3764706)

It seems that this is an interesting idea, but lacking in usability. There are two major problems as I see it.

1.) The chalk will be easily washed away, and the location lost. (not to mention they warn the local network administrators)

2.) You have to just walk around and randomly find one of these markings.

A better solution would be somewhere online that warchalkers could upload locations (GPS maybe) and then you could easily find the access point nearest you.

- RG
==================
Don't pet the burning dog

Re:More Permanant than Chalk? (3, Informative)

outlier (64928) | about 12 years ago | (#3764785)

A better solution would be somewhere online that warchalkers could upload locations (GPS maybe) and then you could easily find the access point nearest you.

They already have that [netstumbler.com] . Now, imagine you're walking down the street and you need to find an open system. You can't check the web to find one because you need to find one to check the web. This is supposed to be a solution to the problem. (although netstumber/ministumbler would be fine too)...

What the fuck? (1)

cca93014 (466820) | about 12 years ago | (#3764721)

I'm sorry, I live in London. That picture is in London. But what the fuck are you talking about?

Is this some annoying "west coast" bollocks again or what?

What it means... (3, Funny)

alienmole (15522) | about 12 years ago | (#3764815)

...is that you're more likely to be a victim of warchalking, than a beneficiary.

The IBM fiasco (3, Insightful)

peterdaly (123554) | about 12 years ago | (#3764741)

Remember when IBM was hauled into court for marking up city sidewalks with the love/peace/linux thing?

Now we'll see love/peace/linux/<802.11b info>.

Free lov^M^M^MBandwidth for all!

-Pete

Re:The IBM fiasco (-1)

Guns n' Roses Troll (207208) | about 12 years ago | (#3764831)

Free lov^M^M^MBandwidth for all!

Dear Ass-toad:
I hope you DO realize that your stupid geek-joke is (a) incorrect and (b) not funny. You are hereby senteced to seven hours of sex with a faggot of the nth degree. [slashdot.org]

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