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"Armed with laptops, special software and some makeshift hardware, these wireless explorers drive through cities, suburbs and business parks…"

…in search of the signals that connect computers to wired networks and the Internet. The practice is called 'wardriving,' a term derived from the 'wardialing' tactic of the movie 'War Games,' where a hacker dials every number in an area to find a modem." Dennis Eaton, while chairman of the Wi-Fi Alliance in 2003, said in this article (Also described here is the practice of 'wardriving.'...

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Monitoring Your Presence Has Gone Wireless—Again

It's no secret that each and every one of us is within the viewing range of a video surveillance camera countless times in a given day—according to this source, 73-75 times a day in New York City, as far back as 1998. As a small subset of surveillance, people-counting is nothing new. Biodata Ltd., based in the UK, recently announced that customers can now go wireless—with...

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Cause for Success: 10 Companies That Put Profit Second and Came in First: How Solving the World's Problems Improves Corporate Health, Growth, and Competitive Edge

The myth that higher purpose translates into lower profits takes a beating in "Cause for Success: 10 Companies That Put Profit Second and Came in First," which explores new business paradigms for making social responsibility profitable. FROM THE PUBLISHER Stung by corporate scandals, many companies have begun integrating terms like "sustainable business," "conscious capitalism," and "corporate...

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Manufacturers Face Skilled Labor Crisis

As soon as five years from now, manufacturers will confront a shortage of skilled labor, according to a new study. And the costs will be an average $50 million: A recent study of 94 senior manufacturing executives, conducted by Advanced Technology Services, Inc. (ATS) and Nielsen Entertainment's Consumer Products Group, found that most respondents expected heavy losses. The survey questioned them...

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Scientists Come Under the Microscope

Popular fiction tends to portray scientists in extremes, either virtuous or villainous. But a provocative new study on scientific misbehavior shows that many engage in more subtle forms of misconduct: Despite the "mad scientist" stock character of popular fiction, very few scientists actually... • Set out to destroy the world • Completely falsify results • Outright plagiarize...

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A False Sense of Security

You've installed a firewall and placed anti-virus and anti-spyware tools on your desktop. You send and store only encrypted data. You must be safe from hackers, right? Wrong. It's time to reboot: Don't be lulled into thinking your data and corporate network will ever be completely secure, according to two separate features about network security in InformationWeek and CIO magazine. For one thing,...

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That's Patently Untrue!

For many would-be inventors, patents seem like the road to riches. By acquiring a patent, they think they can easily license it to a large company and reap millions. They're wrong about that and then some: According to this newsletter article entitled, Common Patent Misconceptions, the get-a-patent-and-get-rich-quick notion of prospective inventors is flawed. It's actually a challenge for an...

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Don't Know what Customers Really Prefer? Scan their Brains.

Forget focus groups and questionnaires. The burgeoning research dubbed "neuromarketing" is looking into brain-scanning technology to analyze how people make buying decisions: We've identified fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) as one of several new acronyms with staying power. (Check out 7 Biz Acronyms You Should Learn ASAP) and now a Wired News item is discussing the potential of this...

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7 Biggest Business Myths

Think that the customer is always right? Or that most people are influenced by facts? Think again. Here are some major fallacies that could be holding you back: Because of our fondness for mental shortcuts and generalizations, many of us are susceptible to myths and misconceptions. What's more, many inaccurate statements are easy to accept at face value or may even strike some as common sense. We...

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Debunking Gas Myths & Conspiracy Theories

Heard the one about cellular phones touching off explosions at gas stations? Or received those e-mails calling for a one-day gasoline boycott in order to lower prices? All bogus. Here's why: I was always dubious about those e-mails urging people to avoid filling up their gas tanks on a given day or to spurn the most famous gasoline brands in order to lower overall gasoline prices. Turns out these...

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