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Desc:From your phone line! Seems legit.
Category:Educational, Crime
Tags:phone, DIY, electronics
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fedex - 2012-01-02
SteamPoweredKleenex - 2012-01-02
This isn't news. There was even a product page on Fark.com a long time ago that advertised a vibrator that ran off of the phone jack.
Oscar Wildcat - 2012-01-02
Remember when phones went BRRRRINNGGGGGG!??? It took a bit of juice to actuate those bell solenoids.

Related thought. It never ceases to amaze me that I can still dial the phone by jamming out morse code on the hook. Know what I'm talking about?
zerobackup - 2012-01-02
Yes, I love the morse code trick! It's increasingly hard to do because it can't be done on those portable handsets or mobiles.

simon666 - 2012-01-02
Well, it's not morse code exactly. It's just the number of flashes for the number you want to dial. 606 = six flashes -stop- ten flashes - stop- six flashes...

What's even more amazing is the POTS switching used to be entirely mechanical.

Oscar Wildcat - 2012-01-02
Crossbar FTW!

EvilHomer - 2012-01-02
Phreaking nerds.

CrimsonHyperSloth - 2012-01-02
I was wiring a phone jack in my room years ago and my mother asks why the phone is off the hook (and good thing she didn't put it back on either). Well that's 48V on the line there when it rings, that will do some damage.

Like so many other people she was shocked there was so much on the line, I have no idea why I am amazed people don't understand the world/technology around them.

fluffy - 2015-05-09
When I was a kid my parents didn't want me to have a phone in the bedroom for various reasons, and eventually their bedroom phone broke such that some of the numbers wouldn't dial, so they gave me that one so I could answer the phone when it rang.

I very quickly figured out the manual pulse-dialing trick.

Their reasons for not wanting me to have a phone in my room came to pass.

Toenails - 2012-01-02
Once this guy finds out about potatoes and lemons, his mind is going to be BLOWN!
hammsangwich - 2012-01-02
You can also put voltage down the line and make your neighbors phone ring and/or kill them.
Redford - 2012-01-02
Hacking got it's roots with fucking with other people's telephones for no reason.
Jet Bin Fever - 2012-01-08
Oh yeah, phreaking was big shit back in the 70s and 80s. I miss those simpler times.

pastorofmuppets - 2012-01-02
This is the right way to teach people things in the modern era.

I discovered a secret way of "deriving" instantaneous velocity that mathematicians don't want you to know about!
pastorofmuppets - 2012-01-02
cool trick: car batteries only have 3 more volts than a 9v battery. the next time your car battery dies, connect a jumper cables to your tongue to see if it's dead!

since, as everyone knows, voltage is the same thing as current

THA SUGAH RAIN - 2012-01-02
If you're dehydrated after some exercise or a hangover, you can use the same trick to recharge your electrolytes.

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