Regulating wireless devices
Posted Aug 21, 2008 18:01 UTC (Thu) by pr1268
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Keep in mind that if you do want a device to emit radio waves at frequencies and powers that are illegal in your current location, it is trivial to do so by simply using components that can be bought for a small number of dollars at the nearest radio shack and information that can be easily googled, or by making semi-trivial changes in a linux driver, or by slightly altering the hardware itself.
Despite the fact that this is common knowledge, it's still odd how the Wi-Fi vendors continue to "hide" behind the false perception of Linux users being a bunch of criminal hackers in order to justify not releasing hardware drivers. While there may be some substance to the notion that these companies are surrounded by market, legal, and trade-secret boundaries, I personally think that they're just too lazy to support anything other than Windows or Mac OS.
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