Monday, January 12, 2009

'Wireless crime'

Books 2 Byte
Halting State
Charles Stross

Wired to the roof

A crime has been reported and investigation is on… The authorities find no garden on the roof-top but a satellite dish, over a metre in diameter, on a powered azimuth mount. “We don’t know where it was pointed because when we gained access, it was parked in the vertical position, but it was plugged into a bunch of black boxes in the hall…. There’s also a cell antenna on the roof, and that’s plugged into what appears to be a custom GNU radio box, and they’re all switched through the server rack in the living room,” reports Joe, a character in Halting State by Charles Stross.


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