Surly Curmudgeon

   The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.
-- Robert A. Heinlein
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    Thursday, May 14, 2009


    Accidental net pirate

    So I'm at my aunt's apartment, trying to work. I hop on the wi-fi sniffer and see an unsecured network with an SSID that is very close to one of her kids' names. I connect, and go about my business.

    After almost a full day, one of the neighbors comes home and my connection suddenly drops. Odd. I get up and wander around, looking for the router so I can reset it. I find it laying on the floor of a spare room, unplugged. That's when I realize I've been using the neighbor's internet all day. Oops.

    Turns out the doohickey they have here doesn't have a wireless setup, and someone's got the cables, so now I need to go to Wal-Mart to get a cord. Oh well, at least then I'll be in business.

    Posted by Tom, 5/14/2009 3:27:56 PM (Permalink). 1 Comment. Leave a comment...

    That's why while I don't encrypt my wireless router I do have it set to not broadcast its SSID.

    -- TooTall