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    Should I feel bad for hitching off someone's wifi?

    Usually I use my home network router, which uses a 786/128 kbps speed, but after using the laptop in my room and scanning the area, of it 5 networks available, including mine, only ONE other network was unsecured. So for kicks I hitched off that network. As I went to google.com....hot damn did it go FAST!

    So of course I go to speedtest.net and check their speed. Well the final result was 5200/1100ish kbps!

    Hoo damn, I just entered downloading heaven. Right now I'm downloading a movie at 585 kB/s...usually I download around 90kB/s at home, but woho!! Now I still use my home network for non-downloading actions. I feel bad

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    Should I feel bad for hitching off someone's wifi?
    Yes. You're stealing. They paid for it...you didn't.

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    they might have a maximum gb/mo. that you're cutting into :-/
    mine goes roughly 1mb/s down and 100kb/s up and I like to keep the network secured for that exact reason. I actually managed to hit the max gb/mo. cap a few times.
    Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
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    speaking of which, I see some new computers I've never heard of on the router IP table...
    time to change the pw and hack those other computers
    Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
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    It's porno isn't it, admit it... that's what you're downloading.

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    No. It's their damn problem for not securing their wifi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbubbles View Post
    No. It's their damn problem for not securing their wifi.
    +1 If you leave your network open you should be prepared for people to piggyback. I leave my network open in a sense. I use mac filtering and display a message to anyone who opens up a browser while connected to my access point. They can't get any further than that.

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    actually it was all TV shows that don't air here, internet radio talk shows, gaming and maybe a little bit of porno on the side

    seriously these TV shows are massive, 720p, 300~500mb for 24mins each. that's like 19~31 episodes collectively that I can watch before it maxes out.
    Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by slvoid View Post
    It's porno isn't it, admit it... that's what you're downloading.

    ROFL

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    Use your judgement on this. I personally don't do it, but I am lucky enough to have either a wireless AP (WPA2/PSK, 63 character password) at home, and I can plug my laptop into my cellphone, use it as a router.

    Just don't do something that will get the owner into trouble. A lot of open APs that were left open deliberately (where the owner "forgot" to close it) are now closed because people abused the heck out of them.

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    You're fine, as long as you don't feel bad when they (or others on the network) read your email and steal your passwords.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AEO View Post
    actually it was all TV shows that don't air here, internet radio talk shows, gaming and maybe a big honking chunk of porno all night long to fill up my 1500gb external brick
    The thing is, technically they shouldn't leave their door open but you shouldn't be walking into the house and eating the pie either...

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    drink drugs. stay in milk. and don't do school.

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    I wish I had a 1500gb external brick...
    too bad it's 95gb/mo. here.
    Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
    http://sanfrancisco.ibtimes.com/arti...ger-photos.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by AEO View Post
    I wish I had a 1500gb external brick...
    You're telling me! I filled up my 150gigs FAST!

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    I hate when people secure their wifi in large cities. I mean, I'm trying to use my iPod touch Maps app to show/find my location, and I can't even find a open free wifi spot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markok765 View Post
    I hate when people secure their wifi in large cities. I mean, I'm trying to use my iPod touch Maps app to show/find my location, and I can't even find a open free wifi spot.
    Wah.
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    The question is, will you feel bad after their RIAA suit?

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    Should I feel bad for hitching off someone's wifi?

    yes...and for all of the other evil things you do....

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    Quote Originally Posted by slvoid View Post
    The thing is, technically they shouldn't leave their door open but you shouldn't be walking into the house and eating the pie either...
    +1. It's their stupid choice to leave the door open, but it doesn't justify eating the pie. Besides, depending on your location piggybagging may be simply illegal (around here it is).

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    You should feel bad. Should you cease and desist? That's up to you. If only they had a shared printer in there, you could have some real fun...

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    Or open shared NAS...

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    I would say it's ok to use it. But...the massive amounts of downloading will negative effect. Back in my apartment we used to have someone who had an open network (named "donate to apt something something",donations were optional). One of the guys in my apartment caught wind of this and started downloading his tv shows. This led to the network being shutdown : [. So do things in moderation lest the network switched to a protected one. The sad thing was that this happened twice (two different networks).
    Last edited by lavieest; 08-15-08 at 01:55 AM. Reason: spelling errors

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    enabled mac filtering and wpa2 after changing to a more powerful router.
    Had a few more visitors then, but yes......Those networks left open
    I consider public. Doesn't mean U have to abuse it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by deraltekluge View Post
    Yes. You're stealing. They paid for it...you didn't.


    Quote Originally Posted by mrbubbles View Post
    No. It's their damn problem for not securing their wifi.



    i did it for +/- 8 months until, one by one, my neighbors secured their accounts.

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