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connecting to unsecured wireless: is it hijacking?

By Ned Rhinelander (CNET) ·
I came in today to my job at CNet Network's Cambridge office, and had to wait in the lobby for a fire alarm to clear.

I pulled out my laptop and decided to see if there were any available networks...turns out there were 10, 3 or 4 of which were not secured. So, I proceded to IM with my colleage Steven upstairs. Before long Steven asked me "so you don't have any qualms about hijacking a wireless connection?"

When I setup a wireless access point, I consciously assume that if I set it to broadcast the SSID and disable security it's tantamount to offering a public service.

However, Steven's question threw me for a loop, because I think he has a point as well...no one gave me permission to connect to the access point. Just because my computer connects automatically doesn't necessarily make it right.

Any thoughts out there on the legalities or general ettiquitte of this?

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Common Courtesy!!!

by mrafrohead In reply to Nothing's wrong with obey ...

What max posted is a HUGE example of that.

That's all it is. Nothing more. It's treat others as you wish to be treated!

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Slower Traffic Keep Right

by Montgomery Gator In reply to What's wrong with obeying ...

On the Interstate Highways, there are signs that say "Slower Traffic Keep Right", which means that if there is someone coming up behind you going faster, and you can get over to the right lane safely, then you need to get over. Even if you are going at the speed limit, I interpret that to mean you need to get over. People who drive in the left lane and do not let people pass are known as "Left Lane Vigilantes" (Do a Google Search), and create a road hazard by bottling up traffic that otherwise would be flowing freely. The left lane is for faster traffic. The right lane is for those driving slower than the left lane traffic. One thing that really puzzles me is that on highways with 3 lanes, some people use the middle lane as the slow lane instead of the right lane (which is often open), and I find it easier to pass on the right. In this case, the middle lane should be used for traffic faster than right lane traffic, but slower than left lane traffic.

If there is a left lane exit ahead I need to take and I move to the left lane to take it, I speed up to the speed of the traffic flow in the left lane instead of tying up traffic, and use the exit ramp to slow down, not the highway.

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Middle laners

by Cactus Pete In reply to Slower Traffic Keep Right

People who drive in the middle lane of a three lane [one way] highway are usually being safe by staying out of the on/off merge lane. Those people find it is much easier to stay in the middle lane than to constantly move over to allow traffic to merge.

The idea is that merging traffic will be slower than the speed limit.

Passing on the right is then an additional hazard, as you should always attempt to pass on the left [in the US and likewise configured countries, of course]. In additional to surprizing the drivers not expecting you to pass on the right, you cut off the merge lane.

Should someone be a left lane vigilante, the rule is, I believe, to flash your lights at them - from a safe distance. Becoming a left-lane-enforcer by tailgating a left-lane-vigilante does more than just compound the problem...

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Passing on the right

by Montgomery Gator In reply to Middle laners

I agree, one should avoid passing on the right, even on 3 lanes. However, when the left lane is clogged up by someone going slower than the flow of traffic, and the middle lane is full, then the right lane is the only option. I do not flash "left lane vigilantes", because they will get even more obstinate and less likely to move over. Same with tailgating them (being a "left-lane enforcer" as you put it, which has its own hazards. Only option is to be patient, and hope either they get a clue and move over, or wait for a safe break in traffic and pass on the right, which I would rather avoid, but have to do, occasionally, due to clueless people in the left lane.

Regarding merging traffic, people should use the ramp to get up to speed, not wait until they get on the highway. That is what the ramps are intendend for, unless my high school drivers ed teacher was wrong. It is the responsibility of people getting on the highway to match speeds, not the other way around. Of course, I do move from the right to the center (or left as the case may be) if there is room to do it safely to let someone onto the highway.

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haha

by Cactus Pete In reply to Passing on the right

Yeah, but those ramps are designed for a mustang to get up to the speed limit - not a yugo to the speed of traffic

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Saturn

by Montgomery Gator In reply to haha

My 4-cylinder Saturn SL2 has no problem getting up to speed on Interstate ramps, and it is not a muscle car in any way :-)

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Elantra

by mrafrohead In reply to haha

As well as my Hyundai Elantra 2.0L 4Cyl...

I almost have a small enough engine to be powered by girbles, but it does me just fine...

Just remember, it's the right peddle, the accelerator. Magikal things happen when you press it down... ;p

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Elantra

by mrafrohead In reply to haha

As well as my Hyundai Elantra 2.0L 4Cyl...

I almost have a small enough engine to be powered by girbles, but it does me just fine...

Just remember, it's the right peddle, the accelerator. Magikal things happen when you press it down... ;p

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Elantra

by mrafrohead In reply to haha

As well as my Hyundai Elantra 2.0L 4Cyl...

I almost have a small enough engine to be powered by girbles, but it does me just fine...

Just remember, it's the right peddle, the accelerator. Magikal things happen when you press it down... ;p

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Multipost - I apologize

by mrafrohead In reply to haha

I don't know what happened, but I have three of the one that I tried to post.

I don't think I did it, but if I did, I apologize for the nastiness...

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