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Use the iPhone to find free wireless while traveling
Authored by: tyip on Jul 12, '07 12:31:36PM

Using wi-fi that is intended to be free for public use is one thing and is what this hint is all about. But using wi-fi that is private is another thing, and is the problem when this hint talks about parking near a condo complex and using people's private unlocked wi-fi. I would be pretty annoyed if someone parked his car outside my house and use my wireless network, and I'm sure most people would be too.

Call it knee jerk, paranoid, or alarmist if you want. It's not the posters here that are paranoid or alarmist, it's the lawmakers who made this law. This law should clearly differentiate between the above two scenarios.



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Use the iPhone to find free wireless while traveling
Authored by: toor on Jul 12, '07 07:28:41PM

Tyip:

"I would be pretty annoyed if someone parked his car outside my house and use my wireless network..."

And right you would be, but in that case you would probably LOCK IT DOWN.



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Use the iPhone to find free wireless while traveling
Authored by: tyip on Jul 13, '07 03:47:28PM

My router has an encrypted password; but you'll be surprised to find how many networks are wide open. Within range of my house, there are 2 unprotected networks out of about 7. So you can still park in front of my house and use someone else's unprotected network - and still annoy me.

With my previous Linksys router, its UI was so bad that I had a hard time finding how to set the password. So your average computer user would simply not know or bother to set up a password.

Along the same line, if a thief steals from an unlocked car, is it the thief's fault or the car owner's fault for not locking his car?



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Use the iPhone to find free wireless while traveling
Authored by: nicka on Jul 14, '07 08:20:41AM

I don't think the best comparison is with stealing. I think it's more like walking into an unlocked house and making use of the amenities without actually taking something -- perhaps watching the TV a bit, or just keeping out of the rain.

In some countries that would be a civil offence, not a criminal one, and that's how I think logging on to an open network without permission should be treated. But the legal situation in some countries appears to be that it is a form of hacking, a criminal offence. So be careful!



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