SpareOne Emergency Phone powered by a single AA

SpareOne Emergency Phone SpareOne Emergency Phone powered by a single AA

For when no one can here you for miles and miles…

The SpareOne Emergency Phone is a simple dumb cellphone, from the waybackwhen, the beforetime long long ago. People were forced to memorize sets of digits that replaced the identities of whoever they wanted to speak with in order to dehumanize each other. Another way they stripped away people’s individuality was by denying people their choice of ringtones, giving everyone the exact same alarum.

But knowing how to use these prehistoric communication devices could one day save your life, like knowing how to start a fire with early fire-starting tools such as the once-ubiquitous “matches”.

The SpareOne functions in every way identical to early “cordless” units, but has been modified to use modern SIM cards and interface with present-day cell tower systems. Even without a SIM card, the device can be used to contact emergency services along with your geolocation.

It is powered by a single AA cell, a simple, non-rechargeable type of power source that was once so common that landfills towered with discharged, worthless cells that cast long shadows over human habitats. This cell has been improved with a lithium core similar to current smartphone power supplies and is encapsulated to prevent parasitic power loss until the time you need it.

Being able to use primitive tools is a core Die < Less skill.

Get one of your own to practice with in case of emergencies here for sixty bucks.

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Court Grants Feds Warrantless Access to Utility Records

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Warrant? Shut up and give me your damned electric bill. (img by Electronic Frontier Foundation)

tl;dr The Man can get your utility records, plus bank and CC info, sans warrant,

@Wired:

Utilities must hand over customer records — which include credit card numbers, phone numbers and power consumption data — to the authorities without court warrants if drug agents believe they are “relevant” to an investigation, a federal appeals court says.

The Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 allows the authorities to make demands for that data in the form of an administrative subpoena, with no judicial oversight. In this instance, the Drug Enforcement Administration sought the records of three Golden Valley Electric Association customers in Fairbanks, Alaska suspected of growing marijuana indoors.

“The information subpoenaed does not need to be relevant to a crime; in fact, it may be used to dissipate any suspicion of a crime,” Judge William Fletcher wrote for the unanimous, three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. “The information subpoenaed need only be relevant to an agency investigation. Energy consumption records can be relevant to an investigation into a suspected drug crime.”

The decision appears to be an end-run around the Supreme Court’s 2001 ruling requiring the authorities to obtain search warrants to employ thermal-imaging devices to detect indoor marijuana-growing operations. The court ruled that the imaging devices, used outside a house, carry the potential to “shrink the realm of guaranteed privacy.”

In the case decided Tuesday, the utility, with 44,000 meters, objected to the subpoenas. Among other things, it alleged that a probable-cause warrant from a judge was required, and that its privacy policy protected the confidentiality of its customers’ records. It also said the government went too far when requesting credit card numbers and other banking information associated with customer accounts.

Read the rest at Wired Threat Level

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Mobile Carriers Gladly Give Your Data to the Cops, But Not to You

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This thing tells the cops where I’ve been and who I’ve been talking to! (img by Braden Kowitz)

tl;dr The headline says it all.

@Wired

The nation’s major mobile carriers have amassed a treasure trove of sensitive data on their customers that they share with police and advertisers — but keep hidden from the consumers themselves.

The major carriers, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, store who you texted, the content of texts and locational tracking information such as cell-site data, which identifies the cell tower to which a customer was connected at the beginning of a call and at the end of the call. Different companies hold your data for different times. Sprint hoards information the longest, according to a Justice Department survey, keeping your call records for an average of 18-24 months.

But, according to a survey by Pro Publica, the major carriers won’t disclose the data to their customers, for a host of reasons — nonsensical ones at best. But they will gladly hand it over to the authorities, even without warrants.

The survey comes as the government is increasingly looking to use cell-site data to bolster prosecutions in the aftermath of a Supreme Court ruling that said the government must obtain a warrant to affix a GPS device to track a vehicle’s every move.

Read the rest.

You’ve heard this before, but we’re going to keep reminding you because it’s easy to forget. If you want privacy, you’re probably going to have to go analog. And don’t talk about your illegal exploits online.

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