I just read an article in PC Magazine which confirms what I have suspected for some time. The laptops are talking to each other. What could they be saying, and, are they talking about me?
I’m not paranoid; I just read it in PC Magazine a qualified trade magazine read by geeks and technology cuckoos around the world.
The scoop is when a laptop with a wireless card installed cannot find a local wireless network to “talk” to, it apparently gets lonely and starts to send out laments to anyone who will listen. And if there is another laptop in the area, it will try to connect to it.
During recent travel, researcher Mark Loveless started poking into the reasons why a large number of laptops at any given airport were broadcasting common network names, or service set identifiers (SSIDs), such as "linksys" or "dlink." He gathered similar data on four flights. He found a significant portion of laptops are configured by default to seek out and connect to common SSIDs. If no such network is around, many computers create their own wireless network using one of those names. Without any sort of malicious intent, wireless laptops were connecting to each other, he found.
“…without malicious intent…” can we be sure?
Maybe they will get so lonely they’ll start to attack their owners like in the Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. It’s just a matter of time.
Shhh, what’s that. It’s my laptop. It’s, it’s looking at me. The lights are blinking, it’s, it’s, it’s……aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagggggggggg.