08/01/2005: Willfully Wasting Wifi??
Now here is one that I can really see eye to eye with on a purely intellectual level about whether - by allowing your home Wifi to be broadcast unencrypted into the public realm or street, you ought to be “allowed” to then make a claim against anyone who might be tempted to use IT -- OR this claim that You simply Can't Steal Wifi:
Like many in the tech community, I found it rather disturbing that someone could be arrested, and then charged with stealing a WiFi signal.
If you decide to water your lawn and turn on your sprinkler, and the run-off travels across the sidewalk, off of your property, and enters the drain, and then I come along and start to collect that water and put it into a bucket, you can't convict me for stealing your water. I never entered your property, never took a step onto your lawn, I simply never trespassed.
WiFi works the same. If you have a wireless connection in your home, and that connection spills over onto the street, how is that any different? While the signal, like the water, originated from your property, it has also left the property and entered into public property. In fact, I could say that when your signal leaves your house and enters my house, you are trespassing. So why not start arresting homeowners with WiFi?…”
Seem to be lots of Geeky Passion on both sides of this issue too. [See the comment section of this post.]
Courtesy of Digg.Com
Karen on 08.01.05 @ 04:52 PM CST