Pringles now with more crisp signals.
March 8, 2002 9:49 AM   Subscribe

Pringles now with more crisp signals. Empty cans of Pringles could be helping malicious hackers spot wireless networks that are open to attack. Just goes to show that wafer thin security is a big problem.
posted by riffola (20 comments total)
I've got the fever for the flavor of a hacked site...
posted by byort at 9:53 AM on March 8, 2002

Certainly beats eating them. They taste like salty construction paper.
posted by donkeyschlong at 10:08 AM on March 8, 2002

Great story. However, my 1976 amateur radio education suggests a Yagi antenna cannot consist of a look of metal.

More importantly, those are awful potato chips.
posted by ParisParamus at 10:09 AM on March 8, 2002

posted by ParisParamus at 10:10 AM on March 8, 2002

I wouldn't really describe war driving as malicious.
posted by bshort at 10:11 AM on March 8, 2002

riffola, that joke was painful! you'll be hearing from my attorney soon.
posted by mcsweetie at 10:17 AM on March 8, 2002

Sorry, I tried, that was the best I could come up with. I was hoping you guys could come with something better.
posted by riffola at 10:28 AM on March 8, 2002

This is a negative spin on a positive subject, typical big-media. Here's a positive spin, and here
posted by m@ at 10:34 AM on March 8, 2002

I'm going to admit to liking Pringles. Sometimes, nothing else will do. But only the plain, thin ones. The rest are just wrong.
posted by kindall at 10:34 AM on March 8, 2002

Pringles are EXACTLY what you would expect potato chips in England to taste like, according to the stereotype. Particularly since their chips are French fries.
posted by ParisParamus at 10:37 AM on March 8, 2002

Hey, I *like* Pringles. They're far less grease-laden than regular potato chips, and taste far better than Baked Lays and other such shite. No anal leakage from those Olestra-blasted things, either!
posted by Danelope at 10:47 AM on March 8, 2002

What drives me nuts about Pringles is those Snack Stack size cans I'm seeing in every convienience store lately. It's so damn small you could mistake it for a can of Vienna Sausage. I'm sure that the cheap chips in a bag hold an equally small quantity, but that can is so stubby it looks vaguely pathetic. I just could not see myself packing one of 'em in a brownbag lunch, it looks too much like Lunchable's style micro-food for my taste.
posted by jonmc at 11:02 AM on March 8, 2002

You know, cardboard isn't greasy either. Potato chips are SUPPOSED to be greasy. If ya don't like it, get some grapes.
posted by ParisParamus at 11:05 AM on March 8, 2002

It's so damn small you could mistake it for a can of Vienna Sausage

Yes, I hate it when I grab Pringles and head off to work Vienna Sausage-less.

Vienna Sausages??
posted by o2b at 12:45 PM on March 8, 2002

mmmm, sour cream and onion pringles. Um... I'll be right back.

(would counter Paris with 'snack food is supposed to be alienating and artifical, if you don't like it eat a leek!)
posted by n9 at 12:45 PM on March 8, 2002

posted by ParisParamus at 12:49 PM on March 8, 2002

There is a Starbucks coffee with MobileStar about 200 yards from my apartment. I bet I could pick it up with a Pringles antenna. A MobileStar account would be cheaper than DSL. Trouble is, I could probably only use it when the Starbucks was open. I doubt they leave it on 24 hours a day.
posted by Potsy at 1:15 PM on March 8, 2002

Aside from busting on pringles. this is pretty interesting. It is possible to attach these homemade directional antennas to IEEE 802.11a and 802.11b devices. It's really pretty cool. Especially if you take a walk in Manhattan with your laptop(Or even better, a drive down the corridor through sillicon valley). For more information on constructing and deploying one, check out this months C.P.U. (Computer Power User ) magazine. IT's a pretty cool, but young magazine, with weird and interesting stuff for super computer geeks...oh, waite....power users, that's it, power users. I don't know how i got them confused with geeks jk.

Happy hacking,
posted by Glibaudio at 1:19 PM on March 8, 2002

paris, I don't think that the insides are made of metal
posted by ajbattrick at 4:01 PM on March 8, 2002

Here's an article at O'reillynet about how to make one. If you care.
posted by beth at 4:46 PM on March 8, 2002

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