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thanks to slashdot picking up rob flickenger's write-up on etherpeg one can only imagine the fun and imaginative uses it will be put towards in the near future:

"If you've never heard of EtherPEG, its a Mac hack that's been around for a while that combines all of the modern conveniences of a packet sniffer with the good old-fashioned friendliness of a graphics rendering library, to show you whatever GIFs and JPEGs are flying around on your network. It's sort of a real-time meta browser that dynamically builds a view of other people's browsers, built up as other people look around online.

The effect was staggering."

i see a bit of real-time performance art being constructed from a few directional antenna's placed in a few choice locations around cities and neighborhoods. hmmm. driftnet is available for linux.

in other wireless fun, some crazy kids in seattle have mastered 802.11 War Dialing :

"Today, we rolled our own mobile phone system. Picture this: 1 Volvo, 3 geeks, 1 omnidirectional antenna, 1 802.11b card, 1 power inverter, 1 GPS unit, 1 laptop, 1 crossover cable, 1 VoIP box, 1 crappy touchtone phone.

We plugged all this junk together and hit the road. I live in downtown Seattle, so it wasn't hard to stumble our way onto some open wireless networks. Once we found a good reliable net connection we just started dialing. I called the famed Rusty of SomaFM with my sexy San Francisco area code. The real kicker was receiving telephone calls in our car via someone else's wireless network."

so the big question is, will cameron move from "borrowing" bandwidth to monitoring his neighbor's image downloads and making free phone calls:

"The ethics here at my new place aren't so simple. The network is named default (which is better than My Network, I guess) and the street is populated with beautiful Victorian houses. With families. I'm not so sure Mr. and Mrs. PTA would be so excited to know that I'm stealing packets from them.

So here's the dilemma: is it better to speak up now, or just cry a lot if they find out? Approaching them might ensure me access indefinitely, but it might also freak them out. I can just picture their faces when the cops raid my place and find antennas and wires and pringles cans. "Yes ma'am, it appears you're the victim of reckless wireless larceny and network trespassing. Don't worry though, we'll toss the book at this one." Ugh."
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5/16/2002 11:07:00 PM 0 comments


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