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Just when you thought it was safe...
Wireless LAN from the Hotel Room! Woo!

I'm not sure whose Wireless LAN it is, but still...
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From: scratchmeharder Date: March 12th, 2005 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hehe, their own fault for not securing it. Yoink!
From: ikkleblacktruck Date: March 12th, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it is so acceptable to take whatever is not nailed down, isn't it?
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: March 12th, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're implying "take" as in "remove a finite resource". Which this is (effectively) not.
From: ikkleblacktruck Date: March 12th, 2005 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bandying semantics doesn't make theft right. Are *you* paying for the bandwidth? Maybe people could just pop in and watch your cable for free, you won't mind.
From: strangegothdude Date: March 13th, 2005 12:29 am (UTC) (Link)
The best comment on this entire matter is the fact that most people don't realise that you can (without going too technical) "pretend" to have just left your network open, when in fact you can log everything that's typed when connecting through the open network.

Therefore, you may think its smart to use someone else's open network, but in fact, they could be recording your LJ password, credit card details, email password etc etc

I say – good luck to people who connect to random open networks – as eventually you'll connect to one which isn't as welcoming as it might seem...
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: March 13th, 2005 07:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Indeedy. Firstly "shields are up" as it were, and secondly I wouldn't have been using it with such "gay abandon" had I actually thought it was naughty/risky. As mentioned it does appear to be a service for guests - which I suspected, but wasn't going to let get in the way of the good LJ post ;-)
mimeticgel From: mimeticgel Date: March 13th, 2005 09:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I remember well (last year) a boarding house in Boston which had wireless enabled for guests. This was great and me & my iPaq could chat across the atlantic to the loved one.
The network was open so anyone nearby could have also used this service, which I thought was a bit naive but may have been for easy access for the guests.

Wireless access points should really come pre-enabled with at least some level of security. After all it's not just the internet you can get to it's all those loverly PCs on the home network.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: March 13th, 2005 07:44 am (UTC) (Link)
In the sense that on and off I make the WLAN at home open access and allow neighbours etc. to use it?

I guess I'm just co-operatively, rather than selfishly minded.

Actually, the mystery has been solved. As I suspected it's the hotel's connection. Designed for guests to plug in.

From: ikkleblacktruck Date: March 13th, 2005 12:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I guess I'm just disappointed at the apparent double standards of someone who is often quick to voice how crap people can be to each other. You've found out after the fact that it is for guests' use - which implies you were scanning for an open network regardless. What if it had been someone's private, usage-limited network? I don't buy it being ok to steal bandwidth just because someone isn't as clued up as they could be and haven't sealed it, just as I wouldn't walk into your house if it was unlocked and take anything I fancied, or your car, or anything else.
From: scratchmeharder Date: March 12th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Acceptable or not, people do it. Incidentally I am not one of them.
maddave From: maddave Date: March 12th, 2005 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Fucking Openzone

Is it BT Openzone, that turd is making me work until 2 am all next week training Luddites how to help desk it :(
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: March 12th, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Fucking Openzone

Nah, I'm in Switzerland.
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