By Soulskill from Slashdot's you-may-only-reflect-light-of-permitted-frequencies department
schwit1 writes with news from London that Olympic venues are being patrolled by so-called "Wi-Fi police,"
who seek out and shut down unauthorized access points and hotspots
. BT is the "official communications services provider" for the Games, so access points other than the ones they set up or approve have been disallowed
. A picture tweeted from the Olympics shows a gentleman carrying a portable direction antenna
that can localize sources
of transmission and interference."One possible aim of shutting down such WiFi access points is to cut down on interference with essential wireless communications being used by those refereeing, reporting on and working at the sporting events. ... The news of the WiFi crackdown has angered many of those following the Games online, who were already upset at Olympic authorities' attempts to limit the use of social networking tools at the Games at certain times. The London Olympics had been billed as the first 'social media Games,' but organizers have been accused of bungling the effort to seamlessly integrate popular technologies like Twitter and Facebook into the event."Read Replies (0)
By samzenpus from Slashdot's read-all-about-it department
This week the sequel to last year's indie hit Orcs Must Die!
released, and I take a look at it, to see what's new, what's still the same,
and if it's worth playing. The orcs are back, and again, they must die! Orcs
Must Die! 2
provides an ample amount of ways to off the orcs, both
old and new, and several new features. Click the link to read more to see my
thoughts on this game.Read Replies (0)
By samzenpus from Slashdot's eye-in-the-sky department
An anonymous reader writes "Police would be required to get a warrant to use drones for certain types of surveillance under legislation introduced on Capitol Hill. The proposed bill would also tighten regulations on what kind of data can be collected by the government and private companies and how it can be used. To safeguard against abuses, Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus and a longtime member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released a draft of the Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act of 2012 on Wednesday."
In related news, garymortimer
points out that a North Dakota court has preliminarily upheld the first-ever use of an unmanned drone to assist in the arrest of an American citizen
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