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Use an iPod Mini to Broadcast Pirate Radio

pudge posted more than 10 years ago | from the mmmm-pirates dept.

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StJefferson writes "Ever want to silence the urban assault vehicle beside you at the stop light, pounding out gangster angst at orthodontia-rattling volumes? Now you can, and here's how, courtesy Engadget."

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From the no-shit-sherlock dept. (5, Insightful)

American AC in Paris (230456) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595124)

Hey, I know! Let's find motorists with sociopathic tendencies and piss 'em off! What could possibly go worng?

This isn't even a clever hack. 'Take your iPod antenna and put an even bigger antenna on it! Then--get this--find somebody listening to a radio and use your iPod to broadcast on the same station that radio is tuned to! Pwn3d! OMGWTFBBQ!'

Re:From the no-shit-sherlock dept. (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9595153)

CHICKENWAFFLESNUGGETS

Re:From the no-shit-sherlock dept. (5, Funny)

Jbrecken (107271) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595155)

Then--get this--find somebody listening to a radio and use your iPod to broadcast on the same station that radio is tuned to!
It's just like Mr. Microphone!
"Hey Good Looking! We'll be back to pick you up later!"

Re:From the no-shit-sherlock dept. (2, Funny)

Trolling4Dollars (627073) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595314)

Damn! And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling Jbreckens!

Re:From the no-shit-sherlock dept. (5, Insightful)

strictnein (318940) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595185)

Yeah... don't quite get the excitement over this one. This type of thing has been done for quite some time. There's much much better hardware available for this type of tomfoolery. Although I guess now that it's with a iPod it makes it newsworthy.

Re:From the no-shit-sherlock dept. (4, Interesting)

Trolling4Dollars (627073) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595340)

It would be much cooler if you could just broadcast 100000 dB square waves at 30, 100, 500, 1200, 1600, 1800, 5000, 10000 and 15000 Hz. Keep it in alternating random cycles of .25 seconds each tone. That should do some kind of damage to the oaf's booming stereo. So you like Mudvayne, huh??? TAKE THIS!!! KERPLOW!!!

mod parent up (1)

tanguyr (468371) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595194)

He's right on - this isn't a clever hack, it's inane.

blue butt chez (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9595126)

propz to my mini ipod homez

Jesus, and you thought Spam was bad... (4, Insightful)

Skyshadow (508) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595127)

So, how long before we're driving down the highway and suddenly all of our radio stations turn into debt consolidation or penis enlargement ads? Hell, with all the traffic traveling in groups like it does, you could be stuck like that for *hours*. Might be time to update the CD collection or install an XM antenna...

As a side note, living in Oakland I've developed the viewpoint that it's far better to just ignore the boom cars and go about your business. It might be cool with the wannabes in Nebraska, but around here you're just begging to need an appointment with your local auto body shop to get a bunch of 9mm holes Bondo-ed.

Re:Jesus, and you thought Spam was bad... (1, Interesting)

TheTXLibra (781128) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595158)

"So, how long before we're driving down the highway and suddenly all of our radio stations turn into debt consolidation or penis enlargement ads?"

Come visit the DFW, Texas area. That's exactly what's on the radio, all the time. You get about 2 songs an hour, the rest are adverts for enlargements, sex toys, cheap pills, and debt-dodging.

Re:Jesus, and you thought Spam was bad... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9595242)

And some "Georgie buys them too, he's one of us, you should vote for him."-ads too...

Re:Jesus, and you thought Spam was bad... (2, Interesting)

Mick Ohrberg (744441) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595248)

Just like the useless commercials that are displayed on the RDS screens? Here in KC, MO there's a radio station [965thebuzz.com] that actually uses RDS to display song title and artist.

Re:Jesus, and you thought Spam was bad... (1)

Ralph Wiggam (22354) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595256)

In Atlanta it's all debt consolidation, sex related pills, and that Usher song about knocking up his girlfriend.

-B

Re:Jesus, and you thought Spam was bad... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9595331)

christ mod that up as funny, i hate that usher song. that's my fucking confession.

Re:Jesus, and you thought Spam was bad... (2, Funny)

bluethundr (562578) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595284)

"So, how long before we're driving down the highway and suddenly all of our radio stations turn into debt consolidation or penis enlargement ads?"

"Come visit the DFW, Texas area. That's exactly what's on the radio, all the time."


As you say, this is Texas. <shrugs shoulders>

Re:Jesus, and you thought Spam was bad... (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595341)

Say, from another Libra...

I thought Tx is one of those states where it is ILLEGAL to sell or advertise/display items for use as sexual toys, even if for couple aiding.

I remember watching on TV sometime a few months ago about a woman who was (maybe not in TX) holding sexual aid parties, much like there were Tupperware parties. Her state law enforcement threw her in jail, mainly due to some hyper-old, asinine-today, conservative law still on the books.

David Syes

Re:Jesus, and you thought Spam was bad... (5, Funny)

wrf3 (314267) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595372)

So much for "everything's bigger in Texas".

Re:Jesus, and you thought Spam was bad... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9595205)

I'm going to make a track of nothing but siren noises. That way people who are listening to the radio in their car will pull over to let me pass.

Re:Jesus, and you thought Spam was bad... (-1, Troll)

strictnein (318940) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595303)

i'm going to lick my balls

Re:Jesus, and you thought Spam was bad... (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595376)

I am sure EVERY state has a vehicle code on that subject. ANY cop who sees you approaching Moses-like, parting the traffic will have a field day with you.

It might be funny, especially if you actually can get the traffic to part or pull over for what might pass as an "undercover" vehicle when ambulances and fire trucks hardly get any respect.

Maybe you can just go by with a super-power jammer and suppress their coils or activate the annular confinement beam. Try boosting the output to your lateral sensor array, for greater effect, heheh...

Re:Jesus, and you thought Spam was bad... (1)

MP3Chuck (652277) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595348)

Don't give 'em any ideas...

Re:Jesus, and you thought Spam was bad... (4, Insightful)

evilviper (135110) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595358)

how long before we're driving down the highway and suddenly all of our radio stations turn into debt consolidation or penis enlargement ads?

Won't happen. An FM broadcast can be tracked down easily, and you wouldn't be affecting a large enough number of people to make it worthwhile.

Might be time to update the CD collection or install an XM antenna...

You'll be more susceptible to unauthorized broadcasts with satellite than with terrestrial... once people get their hands on them. If this becomes popular, I'm sure they will start being sold.

It might be cool with the wannabes in Nebraska, but around here you're just begging to need an appointment with your local auto body shop to get a bunch of 9mm holes Bondo-ed.

Get a gun of your own, and a continuous-loop camera in your car.

The big difference between Nebraska and Oakland is that the public in Nebraska wouldn't put up with that. If you are willing to just close your eyes, and pretend that nothing is happening, it won't ever stop. Sometimes people really do resemble cattle.

Hey! I'm from Nebraska! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9595367)

I'm offended, but my car stereo is LOUD!
Where do I need to be driving in Oakland with my iPod?

I live in Atlanta now.

Haha (4, Funny)

arieswind (789699) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595130)

Haha, I've already got my "*beep* *beep* *beep* This radio station's music playing rights have been revoked because of repeat violations of the musical taste law. We are sorry for any inconvienience you may suffer *beep* *beep* *beep* silence....." track made up. With a 50 foot radius on my iTrip, theres no end to the possibilities >:)

Re:Haha (1)

dresgarcia (251585) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595221)

I would be wary of 50ft radius on the iTrip, I sometimes get interference from the 5 feet it needs to go to my car antenna.

Ahoy Matey (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9595134)

Arrrrr, I be broadcastin' on IPOD radio with only the finest of pirate MP3s....

Seriously, it's a fun idea. Right along with Jamming other driver's cell phones and the police radar detectors and the MIRT system to give me all the green lights!

Very cool idea... (-1)

Saint Aardvark (159009) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595135)

but somebody when it works on Harley-Davidsons.

Re:Very cool idea... (1)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595169)

Very cool idea but somebody when it works on Harley-Davidsons

Umm . . yea . .sure . . whatever you say ;)

Re:Very cool idea... (1)

Saint Aardvark (159009) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595276)

Dammit! It was so cool IN MY HEAD!

great idea, but would never work... (4, Insightful)

AmigaAvenger (210519) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595138)

Ever want to silence the urban assault vehicle beside you at the stop light, pounding out gangster angst at orthodontia-rattling volumes?
yeah, great idea for 1% of vehicles listening to 'gangster angst' that aren't listening to CD's... most vehicles that you pull up to and cause your own car to shake aren't going to be listening to radio. lower end frequencies aren't there compared to CD.

Re:great idea, but would never work... (2, Insightful)

Pfhorrest (545131) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595213)

Except most people with a sound system powerfull enough to do that likely have a large disc changer in their trunk, broadcasting over short range to their car radio. You could always just broadcast over a slightly larger range and interfere with that signal.

(As an aside, I've actually had radio stations I was listening to fade partially out and started hearing whatever someone driving past me was playing because of this).

I think if stuff like this starts happening on a larger scale, we might start seeing more use of intelligent frequency-hopping radio devices, more like wifi networking that fixed-frequency broadcasting. Maybe get some of this damned FCC regulated frequencies crap fixed in the process.

Re:great idea, but would never work... (1)

shepd (155729) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595254)

>Except most people with a sound system powerfull enough to do that likely have a large disc changer in their trunk, broadcasting over short range to their car radio

No way. That would sound like hell at only 1/4 watt broadcast power and miss most of the upper frequencies of the audio (even FM is crap for that).

Most of such systems have cables that are run under the cable runners of the doors.

Besides... without those cables, how would the CD changer system be powered?

Re:great idea, but would never work... (2, Informative)

strictnein (318940) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595270)

broadcasting over short range to their car radio.

As I understood it, the broadcasting antenna is placed right next to the receiving antenna, pretty much overpowering any other signal to that antenna

Re:great idea, but would never work... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9595281)

Sorry dude, anyone who isn't a moron won't use a fm transmitter to connect their cd changer to their head unit. Why even buy CDs if your going to just throw the quality right the fuck out the window. My CD changer is jacked right in over copper.

Re:great idea, but would never work... (1)

Armando_Mcgillicutty (773718) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595287)

Doubtful... Most people with big powerful sound systems don't use the stock radio that came in their vehicle. And the main reason to use short range broadcast from a cd changer is so you can add a changer to a stock car radio.

Re:great idea, but would never work... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9595329)

What those cars should do is get a better FM modulator/switch set up to do a better job of disconnecting the antenna when the CD changer is running (most CD changer setups I have seen have their modulator box plugged right into the antenna line between the antenna and the radio, so I don't think that an external signal could modify it much at all)

Re:great idea, but would never work... (5, Funny)

Snorklefish (639711) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595223)

Agreed... But imagine the look on some snot-nosed punk if you DID turn his bad-boy bass into ABBA's greatest hits.

Re:great idea, but would never work... (5, Funny)

kzinti (9651) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595293)

Agreed. An iPod mini with a tiny FM transmitter seems an underpowered solution to this problem. A better answer would be a directed electromag pulse to burn out the electronics in the gangsta's CD player, his amps, AND his car's ignition. Then you just need the middle-finger salute as you drive off, leaving him in befuddled silence. HA!

Re:great idea, but would never work... (4, Insightful)

bcrowell (177657) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595315)

I have an iPod and an iTrip, and the article doesn't make much sense based on my experience. The iTrip is an extremely low-power device, and even when you're using it the way it was intended, to broadcast to your own car's antenna, it's actually too weak to override a commercial station. That's why the iTrip isn't all that great in an urban environment, where the whole commercial FM spectrum is packed with stations like sardines in a can.

First, to become your own pirate broadcast station you'll need to increase the range and signal of your iTrip mini. Turns out, there is an antennae built inside the iTrip mini. All you need to do is remove the top sticker-like protection which hides the antennae and then using tweezers or your fingernail, pull the antennae out. We've found a 20% to 30% increase of range on average.
Huh? A 25% increase in range is only equivalent to a 50% increase in power (the inverse square law). I can't see how a 50% increase in power is going to matter, when our iTrip has never been able to override even the weakest station on the dial.

YAY! (5, Funny)

theJerk242 (778433) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595144)

Alright! A whole new way to piss people off behind the wheel! My fog horn idea is nothing compared to this! ;)

Personally (-1, Redundant)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595146)

I dont know many people who still listen to the radio, most people I know listen to either CD's they've bought or the burned cd's from stuff they've downloaded.

Ok...and... (-1, Redundant)

cdrudge (68377) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595147)

Ever want to silence the urban assault vehicle beside you at the stop light, pounding out gangster angst at orthodontia-rattling volumes?
This works great...assuming the person you are trying to slience isn't listening to a CD...or an MP3 player...or an iPod.

no, (2, Insightful)

JeanBaptiste (537955) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595148)

the people playing gangsta rap at insane volumes are NOT using the radio to do it. CDs and/or mp3s.

Re:no, (3, Funny)

mfifer (660491) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595347)

the people playing gangsta rap at insane volumes are NOT using the radio to do it. CDs and/or mp3s.

Plus, they're not the ones who annoy me...

It's those commies and their NPR...

;-)

A better title... (5, Interesting)

Kenja (541830) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595149)

"You can use radio waves to transmit music!"

After all, this can be done with just about any source. An iPod is not required. In fact you can get parts to make a much stronger FM transmiter at radio shack for far less that can be used with any MP3/tape/record/8track player.

Re:A better title... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9595193)

But it's only cool if Apple or Linux is involved!

Re:A better title... (1)

JoeNiner (758431) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595199)

Wow, you said 8 track player :)

Re:A better title... (1)

garcia (6573) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595299)

Yeah, it's your run of the mill iPod your Slashdot! [slashdot.org] article.

I understand that they are a great device and I have even thought once or twice about buying one but I certainly don't think that every article that gets put into the queue with an iPod in the title should be accepted.

Let's show some class and end the blatant iPod advertising.

Re:A better title... (1)

kublai kahn (742219) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595328)

Not to mention the fact that, if you make something yourself, you can broadcast over a wider band and not have to guess what station to block. Of course, this is probably against the law. The iTrip itself may be ok, however, but not if you're in the UK. According to the BBC [bbc.co.uk] , the iTrip is deemed to be illegal in the UK because "using it is akin to setting up your own pirate radio station." At least according to that BBC article, there is no restriction on the use of the iTrip in the USA.

Heh (2, Interesting)

Ignignot (782335) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595353)

Here's a cool idea: take your laptop, hook it up to an fm transmitter, program the transmitter to cycle through radio stations (start on 85.1 and add .2 until you hit 105.9 or something) and then play a sound byte in sync with each station, once. (example: gov'ner arnold saying "who is your daddy, and what does he do?") If you were sitting in traffic, watch other drivers start laughing or get weirded out.

Atricle Text (4, Informative)

PalmerEldritch42 (754411) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595161)

It is getting slow now, so in case of /.ing, here is the text:

How-To Tuesday: Make your own Pirate Radio Station with an iPod

Posted Jun 15, 2004, 11:07 AM ET by Phillip Torrone

Related entries: Portable Audio, Wireless

This was going to be "How-To increase the range of your iTrip mini". But after playing around with the new iTrip mini, the FM broadcasting accessory for the iPod (our review here) our little minds got working on some ideas. We thought we might be able to make the range of Griffin's iTrip mini a little better if took it apart and exposed the antenna, turns out we could. And then we thought, hey- we could use a couple iPods to broadcast something we wanted to get out there, perhaps not "should" that is, but could. So that was our motivation, and here's the How-To.

Ingredients:

* 1 iPod mini

* 1 iTrip mini

* Optional: Addition iPods, iTalks and iTrips

Getting Started

First, to become your own pirate broadcast station you'll need to increase the range and signal of your iTrip mini. Turns out, there is an antennae built inside the iTrip mini. All you need to do is remove the top sticker-like protection which hides the antennae and then using tweezers or your fingernail, pull the antennae out. We've found a 20% to 30% increase of range on average. This likely voids the warranty, so there, we said it.

Next up, if you're using the iTrip mini, then you know that you can install all the stations on the dial to broadcast on. At first we we're really sure we'd ever use them, but now we have good reason. So make sure you've installed all the stations, on the go you might need them to switch to. Remember, the iTrip is a FM broadcasting device, intended to broadcast 10 to 30 feet to a FM radio.

Next, choose your broadcast, it can be any song or a spoken word MP3, don't worry we have a few suggestions. A lot depends on the situation you're in.

Pirate Broadcasts

We usually keep a couple tracks of silence ready to go, ever get stuck at a stop light for like 10 minutes and the dude in the next car is blasting the radio? With the super easy iPod interface you can quickly get to the station he's on and send over whatever you want, a couple gentle ocean waves or birds usually works out great.

If you've ever gone to the Gym, or starred in to one from the outside- you'll notice the TVs are muted and set to broadcast on specific FM frequencies, folks then tune in their radio headsets to whatever station to listen to the audio as they exercise. Now we're not suggesting you go around and broadcast over CNN or anything, but we think broadcasting "Aliens have landed today, the President and UN will be making an announcement immediately" could be quite fun. We'll be trying this out with our gym pals who are usually up for a good gag.

There are other times where you simply need to broadcast back. Let's say you're at the park, enjoying a nice quiet day with your family- then comes along someone blasting the radio. We've found broadcasting a silent track tends to work nicely, sure you need to be within 30 to 40 feet, but no one will even suspect that their FM broadcast is getting usurped by you.

Advanced Pirate Radio Broadcasting techniques

We've also discovered another fun example. If you use the iTalk, Griffin's voice recorder accessory with 2g/3g iPod you can record your pirate broadcast on the fly, pop in the iTrip and start broadcasting. Usually pretending to be an omnipotent being and asking folks to build a water proof car, drive across the English Channel with two of every gadget gets some interesting reactions.

Now, if you really get in to this- you could easily increase the range even more, google around for ways to do this- we're working on a few and will let you know too. You can additionally use multiple iPods, when you're broadcasting something like a silent track, you and a pal can cover more area and really surround the FM receiver. And finally, there are also a lot of other things which use FM that you can discover and broadcast to, happy hunting.

This concludes our broadcast. Send comments and ideas to torrone@gmail.com

Re:Atricle Text (2, Informative)

Richardsonke1 (612224) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595282)

Google Cache [64.233.167.104]

Great for radio, but . . . (1, Redundant)

Maradine (194191) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595163)

Broadcast as hard as you can, but I doubt you'll be insinuating you signal into their CD-player's wiring. Good luck.

Radio only? (-1, Redundant)

IANAL(BIAILS) (726712) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595164)

From reading the article, it seems like this will only work if the car stopped next to you at the light is blaring music from the radio... honestly now, they are not going to have the volume cranked for the *radio* - they'll be listening to CD's, so an ipod broadcast won't help you there.

ever want to silence a website... (5, Funny)

ErikRed1488 (193622) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595168)

here's how.

that's what I love (5, Funny)

Savatte (111615) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595173)

urban assault vehicle beside you at the stop light, pounding out gangster angst

This is why I come to slashdot: news without bias or snide remarks

Re:that's what I love (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9595195)

How exactly does this show bias?

Re:that's what I love (2, Funny)

e9th (652576) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595262)

Just wait until the election approaches.

Silence a website (0, Redundant)

njcoder (657816) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595180)

Ever want to silence that urban assualt website? You can now, here's how! [slashdot.com]

But it's just FM Radio (3, Insightful)

TexasDex (709519) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595184)

It's a shame that this doesn't work to silence CD players and tape decks. Or sattelite radio, for that matter.

Re:But it's just FM Radio (-1, Flamebait)

daveo0331 (469843) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595278)

Hey, I'd settle for something that worked on AM radio, so I could shut up the guy in the pickup truck with a gun rack listening to Limbaugh.

You could be a fool much cheaper back in my day (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9595186)

These kids gotta spend iPod levels of bling to best good old Mr. Microphone.

the article (4, Informative)

jdkane (588293) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595189)

Use the cached Google version [google.ca] while the site is being /.ed.

FreeCache (1)

Henry Stern (30869) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595359)

It's a shame that people still have to resort to the Google cache when there is a great caching service, FreeCache [freecache.org] provided by the Internet Archive [archive.org] . Just make your link like http://freecache.org/http://whatever...

Naw, I just (4, Funny)

confused one (671304) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595201)

use my portable directional EMP generator that fries their rig. Then I can enjoy the silence while pointing and laughing as I drive away.

Re:Naw, I just (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9595318)


correction:

"Naw, I just use my portable directional EMP generator that fries their rig. Then I can enjoy the silence while pointing and laughing as I sit there in my immobile vehicle."

Re:Naw, I just (1)

salimfadhley (565599) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595357)

Actually I think the rig would be fine - the silence would be caused by electromagnetic destruction of your own car's electrical system. Chances are that your in-car entertainment and engine management are burnt out and useless. The next time this car moves is when the tow-truck takes it to the scrap-yard.

moral: do not operate portable directional EMP generator in close proximity to vehicle electronics.

Of course, you could have operated said device out-side of your car but you didnt mention that... did you! :-)

Point? (1)

Scorchsta (793014) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595202)

What's the point of transmitting crappy quality music in a 50 or so foot radius? If your friends want to listen to, just hook up some speakers. Some people are just so lazy...

Where I came from.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9595210)

frequencies jamming is a very serious offence.

Re:Where I came from.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9595227)

And what are you going to do about it? Throw a fit that a 50mw transmitter is preventing you from listening to the latest ear shattering and inane rap music for a 30 foot radius? Boo hoo.

Re:Where I came from.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9595311)

Track it down, or at least make note and bug the authorities about it. In the USA it is illegal for those little part 15 devices (unlicensed transmitters) to block out or interfer a licensed transmitter. I want to say I recall fines being the 4-5 digit range.

Anyway, I am not sure about the transmitter in this article, but the last little transmitter thing I got could be blocked by the licensed radio stations, even when I was using it in my car less then 10 feet from my receiving antenna.

As President-"Vice" Cheney Says: F$c* Yourself (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9595218)

"Ever want to silence the urban assault vehicle beside you at the stop light"?

No. I just want the propaganda from The White House [whitehouse.org] to stop.

Thank you and have a John_Ashcroft_free_weekend,
Kilgore Trout

P.S. Be Patriotic: Impeach "President" George W. Bush [votetoimpeach.org]

Re:As President-"Vice" Cheney Says: F$c* Yourself (1)

Swamii (594522) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595272)

Is that you Bill?

directed EMF pulse *much* better (3, Funny)

l2b (40934) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595219)

it will kill all electronics in its path - regardless of radio, CD, tape, 8-track ;-)

[EMF=elecro-magnetic frequency]

Re:directed EMF pulse *much* better (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9595277)

you're UNBELIEVABLE...

Re:directed EMF pulse *much* better (1)

stud9920 (236753) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595323)

Wow ! You're gonna emit a frequency ! dude !

It's EMP, the P standing for pulse

Great way to get yourself shot. (4, Insightful)

downbad (793562) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595220)

"Hey, there's one of those nerds with white headphones and a 5ft. antenna sticking out of his gameboy."

Not to mention the fact that it's probably illegal. DMCA, FCC, RIAA - need I go on?

Re:Great way to get yourself shot. (2, Insightful)

slashjames (789070) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595362)

Sorry, the DMCA wouldn't apply in this case because you aren't breaking encryption to insert your material. However, the FCC and RIAA would be most interested in your activities.

mirror (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9595222)

Slashodted, Mirror here:
Ipod mini [counteradmin.com]

Hey! (3, Funny)

karniv0re (746499) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595225)

Ever want to silence the urban assault vehicle beside you at the stop light, pounding out gangster angst at orthodontia-rattling volumes?

What if I am that guy?

Re:Hey! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9595249)

Then you can broadcast your tunes to other cars, and piss them off even more. Come on, get with it man!

Re:Hey! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9595366)

Then you are eligible for the grand prize! Simply state your home address and the hours you expect to be home. The prize wagon will be by shortly thereafter to deliver your brand new BEA-Ting, the latest in aluminum apparel.
operators are standing by [diversionmary.com]

This just in.. (0)

Eric(b0mb)Dennis (629047) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595231)

The Dept. of Homeland Security has banned the iPod (all versions) and the iPod mini for reasons of national security. Citizens are encouraged to take their iPod to their local government office for destruction.

At. General Ashcroft was quoted saying, "We will be releasing a new line of portable media players called 09-DRM-SCO-4758KM. This new portable media player will also feature a built in GPS navigation and broadcast feature to keep YOU out of trouble"

Slashdotted Already? (2, Funny)

jcain (765708) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595247)

Must be running their server off an iPod mini.

Damn /. effect! (1)

presarioD (771260) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595258)

Everybody can we please all form a line? Stop clicking on the site!

Yes, mam the site is currently /.ed. No mam we don't know how long it will take.

Please can we all form a line and click in consecutive order?

Hey you, I heard you! You clicked before you time! Stop it!

Here we go! Number 54? 54 in the house? 54 can click now! OK! 53? 53?

The major problem with heavy bass is.. (1)

Rylfaeth (138910) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595263)

more often than not, at least in my experience (speaking as somebody who also has a stereo worth 3x the value of his car and can shake fillings out of your teeth), when people roll up next to you and have their systems cranked, their windows tend to be rolled up. All I hear next to them is the bass, which sounds TERRIBLE by itself. As their fellow human being, they should do me the courtesy of at least letting me listen to Petey Pablo with them during the 30 seconds it takes for the light to change from red to green.
-Rylfaeth

Karma friendly google cache link (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9595264)

Here [64.233.167.104] ya go.

Hmm... (2, Insightful)

thephotoman (791574) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595271)

There are definite legal issues with that. I advise not getting caught.

However, I generally find that most people who drive in my area use CDs or MP3s, as the radio simply sucks in this area. While they may play Viagra and penis-enlargment ads in D/FW, in Houston, they just babble incoherently...or play nothing but Britney Spears or Crap-Country. Even more, they're killing our sole classical station to make way for a Christian contemporary station (something else we don't need). Given this situation, it's highly unlikely that this plan would affect that many people around me.

Internet Radio over FM! (1)

ic0n0 (784288) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595335)

I think it would be very interesting to be able to broadcast internet radio stations over fm signals, and probably more useful. I mean some Shoutcast stations play far better music without the commercials then the standard legal FM stations. I mean given a strong local signal you could pipe internet radio throughout your house without having to wire all kinds of cat5 or have a computer hooked up to every radio.

Help!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9595285)

My name is Timmy O' Toole I've fallen down a well!
http://www.snpp.com/episodes/8F11.html

You are missing the potential (2, Funny)

kabocox (199019) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595302)

I'm surprised that /. isn't using this as a means to pick up girls. You'd want to pick out the one or 2 stations that you like, then during the breaks between songs, insert your "dating ad."

Remember to do this to only the stations that you like!

here's REALLY how to do it boys 'n girls! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9595307)

http://www.primeportal.net/laws_rocket.htm

Now that took a fucking slashdot genius to figure out!

Be careful (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9595313)


a 100 milliwatt transmitter vs a 100MegaWatt 300ft RF tower
good luck with that

and if iam a gangster and i spot whos doing it, what do you think will happen ?

I have a better idea... (1)

TheSHAD0W (258774) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595327)

Take the iPod and an RF amplifier and plug it into some unsuspecting soul's power jack, in range of another unsuspecting soul's WAN. Send it a music stream via some distant proxy server. Presto, a pirate radio station that'll broadcast for weeks, if not months, before it was discovered, and the FCC would almost certainly never trace it back to you.

Great! (2, Funny)

Le Marteau (206396) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595330)

That's GREAT! And I know just the tune I'm going to broadcast into those ghetto blasters: The Asshole Song, by Dennis Leary.

heh (2, Funny)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595338)

"Use an iPod Mini to Broadcast Pirate Radio"

Heh. I love stories like this. Makes me feel like Evil MacGuyver.

cvock (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9595349)

Now if (0, Redundant)

NIK282000 (737852) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595351)

...you really wanted to silence their raidio you would use an directed EMP to take out the radio, car computer and the rest of the street. This is also usefull when some has their cell phone on the high way.

Ever want to? (2, Funny)

substatica (548293) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595355)

Ever want to fill the Volkswagen Bug beside you at the stop light with pounding out gangster angst at orthodontia-rattling volumes?

Out of curiosity... (2, Insightful)

Gyorg_Lavode (520114) | more than 10 years ago | (#9595373)

... how many people with those huge stereos didn't have the money left over for the CD player and so are actually using the radio? (Not many.)
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