More than half the wireless LAN access points located in a drive-by test have no encryption, raising the possibility that data could be monitored or captured. Of the 1,137 wireless nets that were found in Atlanta, Chicago, and San Francisco, 57% were not encrypted, according to AirDefense Inc. (www.airdefense.net), a company specializing in WLAN security. In Atlanta, only 8% of all traffic was encrypted, though in the other cities most nets with high volume that might typify business usage did have encryption to hide information from others. So, we won't be surprised if the Atlanta courts fill up with corporate espionage cases.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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