August 4th, 2004, 01:51 PM
WiFi Sniper Rifle.
First we had the rifle that could shoot round corners. Now we have:
Conventional Wi-Fi aerials are all well and good but they don't really cut it if you want to impress fellow hackers and scare the general populace.
Forget a modified Pringles can - what you really need at somewhere like last weekend's DEFCON shindig is something that looks like an M-16 but with its firing mechanism replaced by a 14.6 dBi Yagi antenna that can get you online at up to 10 miles (16.1 km).
Yes indeed. Adapt this so that it fits into a briefcase and what you have is Day of the Jackal -style foldaway technology plus access to remote, insecure Wi-Fi networks. A must for every would-be Jason Bourne.
Perfectly pitched towards the geekier members of the Michigan Militia, we doubt the US Secret Service would be as enthusiastic though - especially if they're on presidential protection duties at the time.
As a spotter from website engadget notes the Sniper Yagi is as "likely to get you thrown in jail as logged onto a WiFi network", but if you're serious about putting the war back into war driving that's surely only a minor consideration. ®
Full article here:http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/08...fi_aerial_gun/
Looks like you could be out of a job, Nihil
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August 4th, 2004, 02:45 PM
The article should read..."as likely to get you killed as logged on a wireless network."
The tripod is a nice touch, though.
Mankind have a great aversion to intellectual labor; but even supposing knowledge to be easily attainable, more people would be content to be ignorant than would take even a little trouble to acquire it.
- Samuel Johnson