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I wonder how many weeks my wireless card has been piggybacking off of someone else's cablemodem in the apartment complex.

People, if you set up a wireless network, USE PASSWORDS. Mac laptops are like remoras, they'll stick to anything that's fast-moving.



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May. 26th, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC)
yup, people have been prosecuted for stealing bandwidth. :)
May. 26th, 2006 11:41 pm (UTC)
I know, I know!

Now, mind you, I have deliberately used my parents' neighbors' wireless network a week at a time for the last 2 Christmases, but that's because they rebuilt their house and hung an addition 2 feet over the property line so that it's touching my parents' driveway.

If it weren't violating housing code, I probably wouldn't be able to sponge bandwidth off of them, because there's no way a transmitter from another frickin' HOUSE should be reaching into my parents' spare bedroom.

However, I do not normally mean to steal, and it seems like every time I open my laptop, it grabs the strongest network in my apartment complex -- which, apparently, isn't mine.
May. 27th, 2006 04:28 am (UTC)
Heh I dunno about that but some of the newer WiFi's stretch far. I was setting up my sister's new laptop last year and when I turned on the wireless card, I picked up four wireless signals from the neighborhood. One was up another street from a friend's house (they used their last name for the network and was the only encrypted one of the four) that was a good block or so away.
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