Skip to comments.Employee used crisp packet as 'Faraday cage' to hide his whereabouts during work
Posted on 11/29/2017 7:58:42 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
A man in Australia was sacked after he relied on a 180-year-old scientific discovery to help prevent his colleagues discovering his whereabouts while he played golf during work hours.
Tom Colella, a 60-year-old electrician in Perth, lost his job after an anonymous letter to his firm claimed that he left work to play golf at least 140 times over the last two years.
Australias Fair Work Commission, a workplace tribunal, heard that Mr Colella blocked his whereabouts by storing his personal digital assistant, a phone-like device that has a GPS inside, in an empty foil packet of Twisties, a puffy cheese-based snack that is popular in Australia.
The tribunal found that the packet was deliberately used to operate as an elaborate Faraday cage - an enclosure which can block electromagnetic fields - and prevented his employer knowing his location. The cage set-up was named after English scientist Michael Faraday, who in 1836 observed that a continuous covering of conductive material could be used to block electromagnetic fields.
"I can find no plausible explanation why Mr Colella would create a Faraday cage around his PDA, except to obstruct the GPS collecting capacity of the device," said Bernie Riordan, a commissioner at the tribunal.
"Mr Colella appears to have been deliberately mischievous in acting in this manner."
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well, he is probably really good at golf now and can teach lessons
I can find no plausible explanation why Mr Colella would create a Faraday cage around his PDA, except to obstruct the GPS collecting capacity of the device,
They will soon outlaw “Faraday” cages and only outlaws will have them /s
And no one at his company ever questioned why hi GPS signal would drop out during his 4-5 hour round of golf and then would reappear afterwards?
We use these devices in fleet management and this constant signal interruption would been have caught sooner than 2 years.
All that and a bag of chips.
"...deliberately used as an elaborate Faraday cage to..."
“I drove through a tunnel....for 5 hours”
I helped put in a GPS enabled mobile dispatch system for a bunch of utility crews. They were quite creative in disabling the GPS portion of the application. They were all union so they knew they could get away with it.
I use this : RF Shield Bag
You can order the RF (Radio Frequency) shield bag, free of charge, by logging into your SunPass account and selecting Order Accessories on the Dashboard.
The silver RF shield bag will keep your transponder from being read when paying tolls with cash.
Keep your RF shield bag readily available in your car at all times.
It seems a pity that they would do this as it might be protection from an EMP attack.
In Florida, as I am sure in many other states, the “SunPass” device which automatically records and deducts toll charges from a pre-paid account comes with it’s own ‘Twistie’ foil bag. The instructions that come with the device tell the user that the bag will effectively prevent the electronic reader from communicating with the device if the device is placed inside it...hence, Farraday Cage.
Beat me to it by seconds! Well done.
the packet was deliberately used to operate as an elaborate Faraday cage
Elaborate? Simple as pie.
Due to the Australian accents of those involved, he can always claim he misunderstood the company policy regarding, “Casual Faradays”.
Looks like a Cheetos knockoff.
Not all heroes wear capes.
Their idea of "elaborate" and mine are quite different.
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