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August 23rd, 2007
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UK man prosecuted for stealing bandwidth
To be honest, it's about time!

Current Music: AFI - The Lost Souls
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From:humourcide
Date:August 23rd, 2007 12:23 pm (UTC)
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The man was afool, doing that in full view. He deserved to be arrested for being so stupid.

Rule 1: don't get caught.
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From:wererogue
Date:August 23rd, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC)
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Because the one thing shittier than our shitty internet laws is that they don't work.
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From:longpig
Date:August 23rd, 2007 12:07 pm (UTC)
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Pft, like you've never done it. :V
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From:wererogue
Date:August 23rd, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)
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I suppose you've got me there. I've never done it casually...
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From:forthright
Date:August 23rd, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC)
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What about the argument that anyone who has an unsecured wireless network is, de facto, giving permission for others to use it?
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From:wererogue
Date:August 23rd, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
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I remain unconvinced that it's a good idea for ignorance to constitute consent...
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From:forthright
Date:August 23rd, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
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I don't know - I can think of lots of parallels. If you play your music too loud, or watch TV with the curtains open, you can't charge idle listeners/watchers with theft or anything else.

Not sure what the laws are in the UK, but what if you decided that you *want* to make your wireless network available to anyone. My suspicion is that it is still illegal, even with consent, because wireless companies don't want that, for obvious reasons.
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From:wererogue
Date:August 23rd, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
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I'm curious now. I have a couple of friends who provide wireless to their village - I'll ask them about it.
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