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22Jun/06Off

Wireless And Gutless

Doing my coffee and wake up thing at work between telephone calls (note that anything posted before 5 a.m. will likely be an unintelligible pile of syllables) I noticed an article linked by Techdirt about the apparently fluid liability that goes along with offering open wifi at a business. This is another one of those things that is maddening since it is amazingly simply to limit access to wifi if you have the slightest clue about technology or are literate enough to RTFM. Most wireless routers are pretty easy to set up these days with browser loaded admin interface and all sorts of other goodies so excusing incompetency with 'it's just too hard to set up' are less valid than they were a few years ago. There are just too many easy analogies here like pay radio stations broadcasting over the usual AM/FM bands and then suing you for picking up their signal without paying. Granted, there is at least some question of consuming limited resources but similar to all the above ranting and raving about configuration it is fairly easy to block those you don't want connected to your network if they're perpetually sucking up your resources. I wonder if the cafe worker in question really called 911 about the man leeching their wireless from outside. Really?

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