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eavesdroppers never hear any good of themselves

If people are talking about one when one is absent, they probably aren't saying nice things. They may be talking about you, but I don't think you should hover at the door like that—remember, eavesdroppers never hear any good of themselves.
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Eavesdroppers never hear any good of themselves,

 and Listeners never hear any good of themselves.
Prov. If you eavesdrop on people who are talking about you, chances are that you will hear them say unfavorable things about you. (This implies that you should not eavesdrop.) Child: Mommy, I heard Suzy and Lisa talking about me, and they said I was a crybaby! Mother: That just goes to show you, dear, that eavesdroppers never hear any good of themselves. I knew that Mother and Dad had gone into the other room to discuss my situation, and I was tempted to put my ear to the door and listen to them, but I remembered that listeners never hear any good of themselves.
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In [2], [3], opportunistic secrecy was introduced, which allows channel variations due to fading in order to achieve secrecy, even when the eavesdropper has a higher average signal-to-noise ratio (SNR).
The achievable ergodic rate for macrocell base station (MBS) users, small-cell base station (SBS) users, and eavesdroppers of K-tier massive MIMO enabled HetNets are derived respectively on the condition that each MBS transmits artificial noise (AN) in the null space of the main channel to guarantee the secrecy at the intended receiver.
Among the aforementioned works in the area of beamforming for PLS purposes, [7] studied beamforming schemes for decode-and-forward (DF), amplify-and-forward (AF), and cooperative jamming where all available relays were adopted, either to retransmit the source signal or to send an artificial noise to confound the eavesdropper.
However, secrecy capacity is affected by channel conditions between the source and the destination, as well as those between the source and the eavesdropper.
An eavesdropper can also measure the photons but would leave a trail.
Instead of protecting the entire image, preventing an eavesdropper to decode key portions of the image saves energy while still maintaining a desired level of security.
Further, Gaylin discusses the way the structure of the novel implicates readers as eavesdroppers.
At the same time, Hamlet's remark, 'Soft you, now, / The fair Ophelia' suggests that his soliloquy has been 'unguarded' up to that moment, and that he does not suspect eavesdroppers.
There, on a false floor hiding electronic jamming devices designed to thwart eavesdroppers, they took an oath of secrecy, heard a meditation from a senior cardinal and decided whether to take a first vote - or wait until tomorrow
Since Clare Gaen is so liberal with her condemnation she should not really mind if we Welsh called the English a nation of eavesdroppers, should she?
They thus also share an interest in the ways in which a given cultural practice, such as Gaylin's eavesdropping or Bailin's "art of being ill," allows illusions of private practice in partly public acts, both for characters and for novel-readers such as we, implicated eavesdroppers (of a sort) that we are
Defense and aerospace company BAE Systems has come up with high-tech wallpaper that prevents eavesdroppers from tapping into Wi-Fi networks, but lets other radio signals and mobile phone traffic through.
Faris was told to refer to the cutters as "gas stations" so eavesdroppers would not get wind of the plot and that he should obtain tools, referred to as "mechanics' shops" that could be used to derail trains.
A COMEDY for one person and 50 eavesdroppers is how Coventry performer Richard Talbot describes new show The Singing Nun.
In a pharmacy at Glen Square, 24-year-old Dora Dunn leaned over the counter and peered into the parking lot, as if to check for eavesdroppers before she spoke.