Don let phone notifications stress you out
With all those smartphone notifications, it's no wonder you lose focus on whatever you're trying to do.
Your phone doesn't even need to ping to distract you. It's well-documented that just the presence of your phone, silent or not, is enough to distract you.
what happens? More importantly, how can you refocus your attention without missing out on what’s important?
Is it really such a big deal?
While estimates vary, the average person checks their phone about 85 times a day, about once every 15 minutes.
In other words, every 15 minutes or so, your attention may drift away from what you're doing. The problem is, it can take a few minutes to fully regain your focus after being interrupted by your phone.
If you're watching TV, getting distracted (and refocused) is no big deal. But if you're driving, trying to study, work, or spend time with loved ones, it can cause some pretty serious problems.
Cellphone Jammer, a DIY endeavor for the darker crowd. I'm pretty sure we've all considered having one at some point: whether the obnoxiously loud woman next to you is announcing private bedroom stories to a crowd on the subway, or your... More
by perfectjammer on 2023-08-31 11:47:20
While federal law prohibits the use of radar signal jammers throughout the United States, laser jammers are legal in most states, but the following states have explicitly banned their use: California, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, D.C.
Penalties vary by state. In Texas, for example, the maximum fine is $500, while in Utah violators can face up to 90 days in prison and a $750 fine.
Military Eliminates Iraqi GPS Jammers
WASHINGTON - The president spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday about the sale of sensitive military equipment to Iraq, but the discussion may have been moot as military officials said they had destroyed six GPS jammers.
Air Force Maj. Gen. Victor E. Renuart Jr. told a news conference Tuesday at U.S. Central Command at Camp Sariyah, Qatar, that six GPS jammers "supplied by other countries" have been deactivated by U.S. forces.
We took out a GPS jammer with a GPS weapon
by perfectjammer on 2023-08-30 10:33:58
A small surveillance drone flew over the Austin stadium, diligently following a series of GPS waypoints programmed into its flight computer. On the face of it, the mission was routine.
Suddenly, the drone veered sharply off course, deviating from its intended flight path and hurtling east. After a few minutes, when it was clear that something was seriously wrong, the drone made a sharp right turn and headed south. Then, as if some ghost had ordered the drone to self-destruct, it hurtled toward the ground. Just a few feet from some kind of disaster, a safety pilot with a radio control device saved the drone from crashing into the scene.
On the sidelines, there were smiles all around about the near-disaster. Professor Todd Humphreys and his team at the University of Texas at Austin's Radionavigation Laboratory have just completed a successful experiment: closing a hole in the government's plan to open U.S. airspace to thousands of drones.
They can be turned into weapons
Spoofing the GPS receiver on a drone is just another way to hijack a plane
In other words, with the right equipment, anyone can take control of a GPS-guided drone and make it do whatever they want.
by perfectjammer on 2023-08-29 10:57:37
The EMP generator generates an electromagnetic pulse to disrupt electronics
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Wisconsin recently seized a slot jammer device while inspecting a shipment from Hong Kong.
CBP officers made the discovery at the Milwaukee port of entry on Feb. 4, CBP said in a press release.
Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) devices are banned by the Federal Communications Commission and are used to "interfere" with the inner workings of slot machines.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an EMP generator generates an electromagnetic pulse that can disrupt electronic devices at a range of about one meter. These devices typically send an electric current through a magnetic field via a magnetic copper wire.
Border Patrol agents in Arizona have shot dead Mexican migrants at the US border
CBP said the shipment was a car adapter from an electronics supplier in Hong Kong and was headed to a home in Mossini, about 175 miles northwest of Milwaukee.
"There are a variety of ways these tools can be used," LaFonda D. Sutton-Burke, Chicago's director of field operations, said in a statement. "Federal law prohibits such cellphone jammer because... More
by perfectjammer on 2023-08-28 11:18:21
Some people fear that cell phone jammers could disrupt phone service for law-abiding people close to prisons. However, modern jamming technology can be narrowly targeted to minimize disruption to people outside of prison walls.
It’s time to fix the federal regulations that prohibit jamming device technology and give prisons the tools they need to fight contraband.
Installing jammers in prisons would turn inmates’ cell phones into paperweights, disrupting their criminal networks and drying up a major source of contraband.
Risks of GPS Dependence
Overreliance on GPS signals is rampant in day-to-day life from data networks, financial systems, health networks, rail, road, aviation and marine transport, to shipping and agriculture. Military platforms commonly use GPS to find their position, navigate and execute missions.
With different systems sharing GPS dependency, a loss of signal could cause the simultaneous failure of many things people rely on daily.
The European Commission estimated that six to seven percent of its countries' GDP, representing a whopping $1 trillion, is already dependent on satellite radio navigation in Europe alone.
BAE and Lockheed are not... More
by perfectjammer on 2023-08-27 11:24:34
Protecting Your Privacy: A Guide to Avoiding Drone Surveillance
It's hard to know who owns a drone; some cars have a visible registration number, usually in case the owner forgets.
I watch the drones in the sky with my eyes
I was swimming in the backyard pool one day when I heard a familiar hum. Sure enough, a drone was circling overhead, which disappeared shortly after I flicked it away with my hands. This is where my idea for writing this article came from.
The legality of drone surveillance varies by country and state, but if a drone is flying over your private property and recording you without your consent, call the police. This is an invasion of your privacy.
It's hard to know who owns a drone. In my case, it flew out of sight within seconds. If I had my iPhone within arm's reach, I'd snap a photo of the drone. Some drones have a visible registration number, usually to prevent the owner from forgetting it.
Things You Should Never Do to Drones
There are some effective and perfectly legal ways to avoid surveillance. There are also ways that are illegal for ordinary citizens.
The FAA legally protects drones from:
Shooting: Shooting into the sky is dangerous and illegal.... More
by perfectjammer on 2023-08-25 10:56:03
Proliferation of wireless signal jammers
Communications jamming technology is falling into the hands of paramilitary groups and criminals
Our society is increasingly dependent on wireless technology. We wake up in the morning, check email via WiFi, unlock and start the car with the keychain in our pocket, and use our cell phones to make important calls on our way to work. When we go to a new place, we rely on GPS to guide us. Stolen or misplaced items can be located via LoJack or wireless AirTags. On a larger scale, much of our military and civilian infrastructure depends on wireless communications. Unfortunately, these signals are vulnerable to another type of wireless device: signal jammers.
In general, jammers simply disrupt existing wireless signals by flooding them with noise. By adjusting the jammer to a specific target frequency range and emitting a high-power noise, tone, or pulse, the jammer can interfere with nearby receivers trying to listen for that frequency. Traditionally, this has meant interfering with radio communications, but the same core principles apply to other types of wireless signals - cellular, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and so on. Jammer ranges vary... More
by perfectjammer on 2023-08-24 11:54:28
Secret Service tests way to intercept rogue drones with late-night flights over Washington
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Secret Service will conduct mysterious midnight drone flights over the next few weeks in parts of Washington, often a strict no-fly zone, as part of a secret government test aimed at , find ways to jam or shoot rogue drones out of the sky.
A U.S. official with knowledge of the program said the Secret Service is testing drones for law enforcement or protection work and looking at methods such as signal jamming to stop the threat of civilian drones. The drones were flown between 1am and 4am. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the plans publicly. The Secret Service said the details were classified.
Some consumer-grade drones, often with cameras, are powerful enough to carry small amounts of explosives or grenades.
The challenge for the Secret Service is to quickly detect an illegal drone flying near the White House or the President's seat, then hack it for a short period of time to control its flight, or jam its signal to throw it off course or crash it.
The Secret Service said only that it would publicly... More
by perfectjammer on 2023-08-23 10:42:28
Since January 1, 2018, importing and owning a jammer has been strictly prohibited in Switzerland and the countries of the European Union. The regulations for these devices, which are also known as "signal blockers" or "jammers", have been tightened up because the ban previously only applied to placing them on the market and using them. Jammers can be dangerous because they block all cell phone traffic, making emergency calls impossible. Most of the time, advertisements for these types of devices are deceptive: they give the impression that their use is legal, and fail to make it clear that even possession is illegal.
Previously expensive, bulky and limited to neutralizing mobile phone traffic in the GSM 900 MHz frequency band, portable jammer have followed technological developments. They have become smaller and cheaper and can now interfere with a large part of the spectrum. With some models, not only mobile phone bands (GSM, UMTS, LTE, ...), but also positioning systems (GPS, Glonass, Galileo, ...), data transmission networks (WLAN, RLAN, WiMax, ...) or wireless alarm systems to be disturbed. Utilization has also evolved. While in the past the devices were only... More
by perfectjammer on 2023-08-22 10:44:59
Hove bar blocks cell phone signals and is more social
A Sussex landlord built a "Faraday cage" around his pub to block mobile phone signals to encourage face-to-face conversation.
Steve Taylor has fitted silver foil to the walls and copper wire mesh to the ceiling at Hove's gin barrels.
He said he was tired of people coming in and not socializing with each other or other people in the building.
"I saw things gradually getting worse and I thought, 'I want to stop this,'" Mr Taylor told BBC Sussex.
"I want people to socialize with the people they're with, not with the people they're not with.
"I made the bold decision not to block the signal with mobile signal jammer, but to do what I could with a Faraday cage to get people talking to each other, and it worked really well, to be honest.
"I had a lot of copper mesh and I thought,I can put this on the ceiling."
"I'm looking into whether it blocks the signal, when you put the phone in it, it blocks the signal."
Mr Taylor plans to set up a mobile phone area outside, similar to the smoking area.
"Pubs have landlines when calling 999 in an emergency," he said.
"It's the same as the London Underground - no more dangerous than... More
by perfectjammer on 2023-08-21 11:17:38