Wired.com has an important article about a new device for turning off televisions. Called TV-B-Gone, the device sends out 209 different “OFF“ commands for various televisions, with the most popular off commands first.
I need this device.
The device is designed for turning off televisions in public spaces–places where TVs have been left blaring giving passers-by no recourse.
The device also nicely demonstrates the dangers of deploying a communiations protocol (infared remote control) with no security. Anybody can send unauthenticated commands.