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StJefferson writes "Ever want to silence the urban assault vehicle beside you at the stop light, pounding out gangster angst at orthodontia-rattling volumes? Now you can, and here's how, courtesy Engadget."
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Use an iPod Mini to Broadcast Pirate Radio

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  • A better title... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Kenja (541830) on Friday July 02, 2004 @03:02PM (#9595149)
    "You can use radio waves to transmit music!"

    After all, this can be done with just about any source. An iPod is not required. In fact you can get parts to make a much stronger FM transmiter at radio shack for far less that can be used with any MP3/tape/record/8track player.

  • by TheTXLibra (781128) on Friday July 02, 2004 @03:03PM (#9595158) Homepage Journal
    "So, how long before we're driving down the highway and suddenly all of our radio stations turn into debt consolidation or penis enlargement ads?"

    Come visit the DFW, Texas area. That's exactly what's on the radio, all the time. You get about 2 songs an hour, the rest are adverts for enlargements, sex toys, cheap pills, and debt-dodging.

  • Just like the useless commercials that are displayed on the RDS screens? Here in KC, MO there's a radio station [965thebuzz.com] that actually uses RDS to display song title and artist.
  • by Trolling4Dollars (627073) on Friday July 02, 2004 @03:20PM (#9595340) Journal
    It would be much cooler if you could just broadcast 100000 dB square waves at 30, 100, 500, 1200, 1600, 1800, 5000, 10000 and 15000 Hz. Keep it in alternating random cycles of .25 seconds each tone. That should do some kind of damage to the oaf's booming stereo. So you like Mudvayne, huh??? TAKE THIS!!! KERPLOW!!!
  • Heh (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Ignignot (782335) on Friday July 02, 2004 @03:21PM (#9595353) Journal
    Here's a cool idea: take your laptop, hook it up to an fm transmitter, program the transmitter to cycle through radio stations (start on 85.1 and add .2 until you hit 105.9 or something) and then play a sound byte in sync with each station, once. (example: gov'ner arnold saying "who is your daddy, and what does he do?") If you were sitting in traffic, watch other drivers start laughing or get weirded out.
  • by mc6809e (214243) on Friday July 02, 2004 @03:31PM (#9595443)
    Hey, I know! Let's find motorists with sociopathic tendencies and piss 'em off! What could possibly go worng?

    You're not kidding.

    I live on a street where these assholes like to drive up and down while bassing. Well, one day, I got really pissed. I'm trying to work in my den on a project and the constant noise just won't stop.

    So finally I follow one of these guys to see where he ended up. I honked my horn rythmically as I drove by.

    Next thing I know the guy is chasing me around trying to run me off the road. I called 911 and get, I not am sh1tting you "we're really busy right now" and I'm asked to call another number where I'm put on hold listening to how my city has this great new newsletter. "Please download Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the newsletter".

    Finally someone comes back on and tells me I might as well drive to the police station. Hey, great idea. Lots of police there. Well, that doesn't stop him.

    I sit in the police parking lot for 30 minutes while this guy tells me how I'd better not do that again or I'll be sorry. He is insane.

    Oh, the FIRST time I followed someone, they took me into da'hood where I drove through what looked like a riot and was almost hit by a driver fleeing police. You'd think I would have learned the first time.

    The really depressing thing is realizing that I'm essentially powerless. People can be a55holes and threaten your life and you can't do anything. Why? Because I have to follow the law while they have nothing to lose.

    I later went back to look at the laws in my state governing self-defense. They are totally impractical. The legal system is set up in such a way that you really have to let the animals control the streets.

  • Car radio station (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 02, 2004 @03:53PM (#9595616)
    This guy [boingboing.net] made up a kinda cool ipod pirate radio bumper sticker for his car. Course, the range isn't great.. I guess that's what this is for. I wonder how many people have tuned in having no idea what it is. They'd lose the signal pretty quickly depending on traffic.
  • I call Shenanigans! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Beardo the Bearded (321478) on Friday July 02, 2004 @03:56PM (#9595645)
    Sorry, folks, but if you put your little iPod transmitter up against the giant commercial transmitters, the giant commercial one is going to win.

    Bear with me, I'm not going to go into details when I can't draw pictures.

    If you have two signals at the same frequency arriving at the radio at the same time, they'll overlap, not cancel. Let's say you're broadcasting the "blank" signal at, say, 100 MHz. The radio will receive a constant 100MHz signal.

    The way FM works is by changing the phase of the broadcasting signal in relation to the unmodulated signal. So, you'll get the silent signal (which will be unmodulated) and the real signal (modulated). The radio will process BOTH signals - they use processors to decode the signals. I don't know if you know this, but they're kind of fast now. They can handle multiple singals.

    If you broadcast another audio signal, you'll get the two audio signals overlapping. Keep in mind that you're putting your tiny little iPod wire up against a great big dirty commerical broadcasting antenna. If you win, I'd wager that the Feds are going to want to ask you a few questions.

    They haven't done this in real life. If you say you have, then you're lying. Of course, I'm just an Electronics Engineer - what do I know?

    What's next, accepting articles from weekly world news? This isn't fark.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 02, 2004 @03:58PM (#9595668)
    The really depressing thing is realizing that I'm essentially powerless. People can be a55holes and threaten your life and you can't do anything. Why? Because I have to follow the law while they have nothing to lose.

    Welcome to city life. My friends in the burbs think I'm nuts, but this sort of thing goes on constantly.

    I had one guy try to run me off the road because I wouldn't jump a red light because HE wanted to jump the light and he was behind me. Oh the horror of having to wait behind a guy who obeys a red light! As he kept following I got a good look at him and decided that it was definitely within the realm of possibility of kicking the ever loving shit out of his scrawny ass.. until he stopped right beside me and started reaching under the seat.

    I did not stick around, lets just say that. I can also tell you I'm investigating the newly passed concealed carry law in my state. I'm ex-military, which in and of itself doesn't mean much except for the following: I know myself and my limitations pretty well. If somebody throws down on me I can put three rounds center mass and not shed a tear.

    Sad but true.
  • by LWATCDR (28044) on Friday July 02, 2004 @03:59PM (#9595669) Homepage Journal
    How hard would it be to add one of those mini fm transmitters to each node of an 802.11b mesh. Instant community radio.
  • by glassjaw rocks (793596) <bkienzle.gmail@com> on Friday July 02, 2004 @04:17PM (#9595816)
    Not to mention incredibly dangerous. What you're sugesting is nearly equal to driving around with earplugs in. Hearing is a vital sense to be used in driving.
  • Re:I would prefer... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by akvalentine (560139) on Friday July 02, 2004 @04:31PM (#9595905)
    You mean like this? [slashdot.org]
  • by Cromac (610264) on Friday July 02, 2004 @04:56PM (#9596071)
    Try to get your city to put speed bumps on your street, if it's residential they may well do it. People won't cruise streets with speed bumps, no one likes them, and they'll go drive up and down someone elses block.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 02, 2004 @05:01PM (#9596099)
    Even better, use old cable TV modulators.

    When the modulator's power supply goes bad, the cable companies will throw away the *entire* modulator. These can be use as real, high-quality low power TV transmitters. They are on fixed frequencies though. It's also possible to salvage them as 45 MHz IF rigs.

    I've put them up on the 440 MHz and 900 MHz amateur radio TV bands a couple of times. Use a cable TV converter connected directly to an antenna to receive the signal.

    Cable channel 59 corresponds to the 440 MHz amateur radio TV frequency.
  • Or... (Score:0, Interesting)

    by ANTRat (751579) on Friday July 02, 2004 @05:15PM (#9596183)
    you can buy a NeurosAudio mp3 player to do everything that that article talks about, without buying addons for it
  • by epistemology (697458) on Friday July 02, 2004 @06:13PM (#9596572)
    Federalist government? Like: 1. Spending millions of tax dollars to hire federal employees to strip search granny at the airport. 2. Opposing Oregon's right to die law with federal dollars. 3. Opposing local medical marijuana laws with federal dollars. 4. Having the US Supreme Court overrule the State of Florida's right to choose its own electors in the 2000 election. Federalism, bullshit. About the only time the conseervatives have favored states' rights is when it was an excuse to support slavery.
  • by Glonoinha (587375) on Friday July 02, 2004 @06:36PM (#9596700) Journal
    b: Go rent the movie 'Falling Down' with Michael Douglas.

    Get back to me when you have watched it front to back, maybe twice.

    There are two ways to deal with thugs, best explained by the two ways America dealt with Al Qaeda.

    You can ignore them - this is how America handled it until Sept 11, 2001.
    You can apply the most overwhelming amount of destructive force you have available and at your disposal - this is how America handled it starting Sept 12, 2001.

    When dealing with thugs, there is no middle ground (because if you give them just a little grief they give it back double - you are only safe when you hurt them so bad they can't retaliate.) If you aren't ready to kill someone over the issue, don't pursue it. And playing the music too loud isn't really worth killing someome over.

    You sound like a reasonable man, living a gentle life. You would not have been able to make the important decisions that ended WWII - bringing peace to the world - because of the intense violence it took to force peace.

    I suggest you do what I do : look for it as an outlet for humor. Tell yourself a little racial joke, or compare the socioeconomic disparity between you and him. Remind yourself that he may have a loud sound system, but you have a Gig of RAM and a P4 (with hyperthreading!) When you can do that, it really won't bother you any more.

    One last thing : it isn't about him, it is about you. Perception is key here - your perception. A blue sky isn't good, it isn't bad ... it just 'is'. The only thing that makes it good or bad is how you decide to perceive it. As long as they don't physically interact with you or your property, it is all a matter of how you decide to perceive it. It is no different than a beautiful woman walking topless down your street - one neighbor will enjoy it, one neighbor will ignore it, one neighbor will be totally repulsed by it - it is all a matter of how you decide to see it.

    You want to live in peace with others, that peace comes from within. Most 'others' don't even know you exist. This is true right up until someone physically interacts with you or your property - that's when a totally different set of rules apply (but that's not what you inquired about.)
  • by DMUTPeregrine (612791) on Friday July 02, 2004 @08:13PM (#9597159) Journal
    I keep a hand crossbow and one of the(discontinued) 8 D cell maglites. HERE [ca.gov] for the appropriate CA penal code section. Crossbows aren't illegal. Nor are swords. It is perfectly legal to walk around with a sword, naginata, spear, pike, halberd, etc, but a dirk is a no-no. Also, death threats are illegal in the US. If you recieve one, report it as such. The sender can be put in jail.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 02, 2004 @09:14PM (#9597374)
    speak for your self. The US system may be screwed up, but us foreginers already know this. Unfortunetly you guys have your head too far up you don't realise this. Kinda reflects on the whole nations way of thinking!

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