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- 04 / 05 / 06 -
A man is pulled off an airplane after being spotted singing along to a Clash song, how reporting everything is similar to a denial of service attack, people whose parents listen to The Clash, Jim reports on a controversy involving Borders and the Prophet Mohammed cartoons, 2600 has printed a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed in a previous issue, a question from Brazil, the declining state of affairs in Finland, Mike clarifies last week's comments on encryption, some talk on steganography, feedback on last week's listener phone mystery, McFly discusses a phone tapping screwup in Germany, an altercation involving Redbird's cell phone, how a traffic monitoring device was played with after last week's show, a riot in Brooklyn starts after police make a cell phone related arrest, how a ticket can be issued even when a car isn't running, dialing *677 in Ontario, Redbird's encounter with a cop, a possible way of getting out of a cell phone contract, a demonstration of jajah.com, the fun of connecting two people together without their knowledge, translating on the web, a caller has a question regarding the power of the phone company, ways that other phone lines can come into your home, how the term "long distance" has become meaningless, McFly is planning an "Off The Hook" themed show on German radio tomorrow night, a HOPE coordination meeting will take place this Friday in New York.
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- 04 / 12 / 06 -
A skeleton crew tonight, Bernie is still sick, a news story falsely implies that wireless connectivity is a big risk, how to connect safely, a customer in Malaysia gets a phone bill for $218 trillion, Long Island police have a new device that can scan license plates at high speed, a former AT&T technician gives evidence of massive surveillance capabilities, technology to block Internet phone calls, evil legislation in England, how the Patriot Act is used as an excuse for all sorts of restrictions by businesses, the United States falls to 19th on the broadband penetration list, Emmanuel demonstrates a service called SpoofCard, Jim discusses the progression of web ads, "telephone only" shows, contacting Bernie, more discussion on SpoofCard, Bernie talks about Monday's demonstration by Philadelphia cab drivers in opposition to a new mandatory GPS policy, new monitoring devices in cars, how destroying or altering the new RFID devices in passports could be a felony, tin foil covers for passports, a caller takes exception to Jim's pronunciation, comparing various cell phone companies, Emmanuel's issues with Verizon Wireless and its annoying voice mail system, a call for people power.
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- 04 / 19 / 06 -
The Roosevelt Island tram gets stuck with passengers suspended in midair, how the system could have failed, the self-powered gondola that was used in the rescue, how cnn.com had no coverage at all during the overnight hours, Bernie's story about getting stranded on a cable car at Disney World, Emmanuel's eyewitness account of this story as well as last week's Molly the cat incident, Sprint PCS starts a service called the Sprint Family Locator to track kids via GPS, ways to manipulate the system, what is new about this feature, the inevitability of people getting used to surveillance, a man is fined for changing traffic lights on his own, the relatively light punishment handed out, how traffic lights can be changed, information on the "92 List," differences exist between American Morse code and international Morse code, more ways of getting out of cell phone contracts, an instance of identification being recorded at a New York City bar, RFID tags on vehicles in Britain, an unusual punishment involving the ANPR system, the frustration of a listener trying to call in to the show, why calls cut off after a certain number of rings, another SpoofCard trick, an insecure system involving an energy supplier in the Netherlands, an update on CarolinaCon 2006, listener dissatisfaction, states that allow phone calls to be recorded with only one party's knowledge, reenacting an attempt to get Verizon's toll-free number for residences, Verizon's 890 exchange, a cab driver discusses the issue of GPS being installed in taxis, using Working Assets.
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- 04 / 26 / 06 -
Westchester County enacts a law forcing local businesses to install basic security measures for certain wireless networks, the prospect of holding companies liable for security holes, the village of St. Cloud in Florida has problems with its citywide WiFi network, the prospect of local governments setting up wireless networks, a large series of 911 calls, how an old fashioned cellular phone can be useful for emergencies, more surveillance cameras are in store for Trenton, how rights erode, Emmanuel responds to accusations that the show is in league with the Bush administration, a suggestion for a new way to take calls, putting Bernie on hold, timing how long it takes for a cell phone to get cut off when calling into the station, how to turn off streetlights, Redbird gets a new task on the show, memories of the first show, the high rating of the 2600 online store, the problem with putting people on hold, how a corporate dispute screwed over customers, getting+mail via Fidonet, a call from Bulgaria, encouraging foreigners to come to HOPE, a Bush-related song.
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