> ooo, yeah, that makes sense. I mean, is it someone who could also be
> amused by this conundrum? Can you tell? perhaps ask the fella maybe?
> On Tue, 21 Dec 2004, giselle beiguelman wrote:
>> what kind of guest do you have?
>> if you can amuse yourself by reading his email, you probably know...
>> so if it is just someone who can not pay for it like you do, why not?
>> alex galloway wrote:
>>> what are people's thoughts on wifi leeches? i pay for a cable modem
>>> have wifi at my apartment, and recently i noticed some random person
>>> it. i've never considered putting a password on my wifi router, but i
>>> also don't really want some luser on it leeching my bandwidth. i mean
>>> i'm all for open bandwidth, but it's not like this dude is making net
>>> art or something and can't pay for it himself like i do. what do
>>> think? should i block him out? or just continue amusing myself by
>>> reading his email? (haha jk! jk!) -ag
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Well let's see... I was tempted to put up Wifi on my machine and
leave it open with some restrictions and protections for myself.
I guess people have gotten kind of spooky and harsh about these
things in the latter days. If it wasn't for teenagers and others
finding there way into the ARPANET way back when there would be
no INTERNET with its fun mosdtly free resources for people to use.
It would have nevee been considered profitable in a "I paid fot it
and it's all mine society that lots of businesses like to promote.
Lot's of things were strted by people who let people in for fun
and free and that's how almost all the neat stuff you and enjoy
now got started. In fact lots of us let our teenaged friends
have TIP numbers when those were the golden key to getting onto
the ARPANET. So it is kind of silly and downright mean if not
shortsighted and almost stupid to cast aspersions on an old and
venarble tradition of just using what is there.
I'd be tempted to either just silently and covertly without
telling anyone watch the details of this persons life OR write
them a letter telling them they are using the facility at your
bonne plaisir (mutter othographie...) and that it isn't very
secure. But please realize if the bizworld had started all of
this they would be trying to charge for every second of looking
at any page. As much as I like the concept of micropayments
I am glad things did not start with the pay concept embedded.
So I am glad Ted Nelson didn't get some of his wishes.