Why-Fi

November 7th, 2007 · 100 comments

“Apparently I needed to help pay for the growing Internet bill,” says our anonymous submitter from Boston. “This was the only way I was notified: no connection and a wireless LAN reprogrammed with a new password.”

InternetCosts$

But password-protecting your network is actually a relatively direct (and dare I say, more effective) approach compared to this…

STOP Stealing My Internet

FILED UNDER: actions speak louder · Boston · money · roommates


100 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Mishee bang

    $5 to check PAN? Hell, I’d pay it!

    Nov 7, 2007 at 10:24 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #2   Mike

    That internet connection was fucking delicious!

    Nov 7, 2007 at 10:24 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   Mishee bang

    How does an internet bill “Grow”? I mean, I am pretty sure it’s just a flat rate a month, right?

    But either way, submitter needs to pony up

    Nov 7, 2007 at 10:26 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #4   Writer, Rejected

    Both Safari *and* the roommate got PA in Beantown with a little notification about no more access to PAN….that’s clever. If I couldn’t get on PAN wheneer I needed to, I’d throw the computer, the roommate, and the cat out the window.

    Nov 7, 2007 at 10:29 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   Gidgidonihah

    Haha,

    Yeah, submitter needs to help out, but that’s one hell of a P/A way to tell him.

    Team Password!

    Nov 7, 2007 at 10:31 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   Amperage

    lol, i’d be pissed if that happened to me.

    the many uses of Mac and their built in Grab software.

    Nov 7, 2007 at 10:36 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   morpho aurora bang

    it would have been a lot less effort to just say so, but this is funnier.
    not something i’d try at home, t would toss the laptop in the driveway

    Nov 7, 2007 at 10:38 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   Troy McClure bang

    Hatari!

    If you plan on going on Safari
    And it’s my network you want to use
    Don’t spend your money
    On an extra pair of dancing shoes
    Pony up with some dollars
    If you want Passive Aggressive
    Notes dot com back in action dork

    Nov 7, 2007 at 10:42 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   Rupert

    Five bucks? Heck, that’s cheap. I’d charge ten. Well, maybe $7.50 just because I’m a giving kinda guy

    Nov 7, 2007 at 10:51 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   raiseyourglass

    Airport turned on. Now, I don’t own a laptop, but doesn’t it have to be turned off to connect? It’s kinda like your cell phone like that isn’t it?

    Nov 7, 2007 at 10:52 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   Andy bang

    raiseyourglass: Nope, you have to have it on first.

    Anyhoo, boo to WiFi moochers. That’s an awesome router name.

    It would have been better if the router name was just “FuckOffCheapie”. :D

    Nov 7, 2007 at 10:56 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   melanie

    why are you all saying $5? I think it just says “internet costs $”. Am I missing something here?

    Nov 7, 2007 at 10:56 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   Wry Exchange

    Someone would DIE if they did that to me. That’s cold.

    Nov 7, 2007 at 11:00 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   raiseyourglass

    Thanks Andy!

    Nov 7, 2007 at 11:02 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   Andy bang

    I agree, melanie. I don’t know where that came from, either. Mishee, ‘s’ and ’5′ are different characters. They mean different things. :D

    Just run a ethernet cable to their internet router, and there ya go. Mooch away! To be fair, does the submitter pay some of the bill now?

    If that’s the case, then router locker is a douche, though it’s still funny all the same.

    Nov 7, 2007 at 11:02 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   Andy bang

    Oh, also. Is that OSX 10.5, perchance?

    If so, you can plunk down $130 for a new OS, but not chip in for internet service?

    Damn, I knew my cornflakes tasted weird. Someone pissed in them, obviously. :D

    Nov 7, 2007 at 11:06 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #17   raiseyourglass

    Hey since ya’all know about this stuff… any warnings of brands of laptops to avoid? I was going to get one since my building gets free wii fi.

    Nov 7, 2007 at 11:12 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   Andy bang

    Well… the only problem is that I’m a Mac goon, so I have no idea about Windows PCs. Slightly revised MacBooks came out just recently, that’s all I know. I only buy desktop computers — I have a 24″ iMac right now, so I can type and get a tan at the same time. Yay, radiation! :D

    Nov 7, 2007 at 11:15 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   raiseyourglass

    I went to the mac store here when I was shopping for my ‘puter when my last one crashed (lucky I had been saving for a new one…I told the guy what my budget was and he tried to sell me one 2x as much. MAN he taked fast….worse than a used car salesman
    I ended up with the HP IQ
    which I LOVE – although I still haven’t figured out how to use half the stuff it came with. LOL

    Nov 7, 2007 at 11:26 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #20   Mishee bang

    Melanie #12 – my contacts are blurry….

    Nov 7, 2007 at 11:27 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   Naomi

    Safari? Who still uses Safari?

    Nov 7, 2007 at 11:39 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   WanderingPenguin bang

    Well, I sure hope another note is forthcoming really quickly. This one, for some reason, just bores the piss out of me. I can’t even think of a thing to comment on with the information at hand. Oh, except for this: if the non-access enraged “anonymous in Beantown” until he/she was red in the face, would that make him/her “Crimson at clover”?

    Bleah. Maybe after a good night’s sleep something better will occur to me.

    Nov 7, 2007 at 11:43 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   WanderingPenguin bang

    Hmm. Things seem to have changed. My last post – even though I was still logged in – showed up in the “Stirring up Trouble” section.

    Nov 7, 2007 at 11:47 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #24   Mishee bang

    If anon submitter was locked out of the internet access, then how the hell did they submit this note??

    Nov 7, 2007 at 11:53 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   todd

    Fail: Using Safari over Firefox.

    Epic Fail: Not helping to pay the internet bill.

    Nov 7, 2007 at 11:54 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   Juliet bang

    I just love it when they use a dollar sign in lieu of an ‘s’ like “InternetCo$ts”.

    I haven’t been charged for Co$ts … unless we all pay to use this site, good luck getting it from me.
    :-)

    Nov 8, 2007 at 12:23 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   Oti bang

    Have there been any regulars’ missing from this sight lately?

    Nov 8, 2007 at 12:44 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   Coke-aholic bang

    This note is pretty boring so I am going to go back and read some of the first ones. Seems they don’t have many comments yet.

    Nov 8, 2007 at 1:41 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   Troy McClure bang

    Yeah I went to the very first one a few days ago to see what it was. There weren’t any pilgramage posts; I was a little surprised. But then, I didn’t leave one either.

    Nov 8, 2007 at 1:45 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   Coke-aholic bang

    Well, maybe we will start a new trend, back reading the old posts. I shall return soon.

    Nov 8, 2007 at 1:53 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   Troy McClure bang

    Safarit’s been a free ride—but now it’s payback time!

    Nov 8, 2007 at 2:33 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #32   Wade bang

    There is a kind of minimalist beauty to the passive aggression in this note. Apparently the router owner had given anonymous access up to this point, because anonymous had the previous password. So rather than ask for help on the internet bill, the owner just changed the password and the access point name to InternetCo$ts?

    Living in Boston must raise passive aggression to an art form.

    Nov 8, 2007 at 6:35 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #33   Andy bang

    They weren’t being cute with the s as a $ — it’s “InternetCosts$” as in “Internet Costs Money”.

    That’s why I approve of the name, no cutesy dollar-sign s, or zero for an O, or, heaven-forbid, z or s.

    Anyhow, this is what I get for being woken up early. :P

    Nov 8, 2007 at 6:51 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #34   Wade bang

    Gue$$ I $hould have maximized the $creen$hot.

    Good catch, Andy.

    You should have a font named after you. :D

    Nov 8, 2007 at 7:07 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #35   Wade bang

    Maybe anonymous should make friends with clover.

    Nov 8, 2007 at 7:13 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #36   Reality bang

    Not much to be said about this note. Except pay up if you owe. Sending bill is not to passive aggressive,how many times was it ignored before service was revoked. Did I read that right, too early Good Morning to any who are here I have to leave see ya later.

    Nov 8, 2007 at 7:51 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #37   KB

    True story: in my apartment complex one of the wireless internet connections is named “Can’t Touch This.” Ironically, it is unsecured.

    Nov 8, 2007 at 8:26 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #38   Team Cassandra bang

    I WISH! I could have done this. A story:

    This guy was staying with me for a while – it was supposed to be a sweet deal for both of us – he was on a touring contract for 3 months which would take him out of town for 2-3 weeks each month and back here for the last part of each. He was moving out of his *awful!* apartment anyway, so we made a deal that he could store his stuff here and crash in my not-exactly-empty bedroom (I doubled up with my kid while he was here) and then he’d only have to pay me a small fraction of what he would have paid holding his place.

    Well.

    After we made the deal things changed, of course. I know it wasn’t all his fault – they switched the contract on him…the only thing was that he failed to let me know. So his one week stay turned into 2 weeks, then 4, then 5 (I did ask, in the second week, what was going on).

    Also, when he got here he insisted that he be able to set up his computer. I told him I’m out lots and he can use mine whenever but he wanted his own. OK, fine. I let him set it up on the table (big) next to mine.

    Now, I work at home. My living room is an office is a studio is a living room. There *are* 2 big bedrooms, with one almost like a rec room, at the back which makes this bearable with my little family.

    But that guy was on his computer 24/7, no word of a lie.

    He just had nothing better to do on his days off. 5 weeks of days off. He wasn’t noisy or annoying or anything, but he did want to chat all the time IRL as well as surf and, well, I have a life to tend to.

    On top of it all, he never offered me any cash for the extra time he was here, never washed a dish or helped with anything else and my own latent aggressive aggressiveness (we had it out once) coupled with passive aggressiveness (when I got my new printer, I put it on the table beside my computer and I put his computer on the little printer table in the corner – it was extra funny cuz he’s really tall and thin; I WISH I could have put a dunce cap on him) meant we didn’t end up on good terms.

    He was fun to hang out with but, sadly, I don’t miss him.

    Nov 8, 2007 at 8:40 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #39   Denielle

    My wireless name, on my secured network of course, is GoAheadandTry! I cant take the credit though, it was my boyfriend’s brilliant idea.

    Nov 8, 2007 at 8:43 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #40   Mitsu bang

    Eh, not much to say here…I’m going to look for some cat-related PA notes…

    Nov 8, 2007 at 8:43 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #41   FickleGal

    Bleh.

    Nov 8, 2007 at 9:09 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #42   Mishee bang

    TC – too bad you didn’t end up having to leave him a note that would’ve eventually ended up here!

    Nov 8, 2007 at 9:13 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #43   Mishee bang

    I do like the addition of the other screenshot – but ironically like a comment here earlier, STOP Stealing my Internet is unsecured and on top of that, the signal strength is low! Who would want to piggyback on that??

    Nov 8, 2007 at 9:15 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #44   Katzndogz bang

    Weird coincidence – I was just reading a chapter in my book last night where one of the characters was explaining to another character about how people will drive around with laptops in order to find a wireless signal they can use. In this case someone had used it to send her a threatening anonymous e-mail. Dun dun DUN!!

    Nov 8, 2007 at 9:25 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #45   Writer, Rejected

    WiFi moochers? Free Ride? What? Are you people insane? WiFi should be free like the air we breathe. Like the radioactive waves giving us cancer at this very moment. Come on. We don’t have to put a capitalistic damper on everything, do we? Let (a *little*) socialism exist, please.

    Nov 8, 2007 at 9:34 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #46   A.A guy

    What’s wrong with safari? I just bought it in July. Is it out of date already? I HATE being new!!!!

    Team bring back the abacus

    ( is it really that passe)

    Nov 8, 2007 at 9:38 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #47   WanderingPenguin bang

    WiFi won’t be “free”, W-R, until nobody has to pay for the connection in the first place. Roaming around neighbourhoods looking for “hot spots” so you can hook into a private individual’s fully-paid-for high-speed service is both rude and potentially harmful to the individual in question. To me it’s exactly the same as plugging your generator into a neighbour’s outside outlet and running your big-screen TV off of it. Especially if you happen to be using that “free” WiFi to download anything.

    Nov 8, 2007 at 10:09 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #48   WanderingPenguin bang

    You know what’s fun when a PAN offering runs out of steam early? Checking back over a few postings to see all the trolling, flaming juveniles who appear for one thread, post a lot of crap and then disappear again. It’s funny to watch – it’s almost as if they don’t realize there are any other notes on here except the one on which they are commenting. Or maybe they just can’t figure out the hot links. Whichever.

    Ah, good times, good times. ;)

    Nov 8, 2007 at 10:19 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #49   Wade bang

    wait, plugging your generator into a neighbor’s outside outlet is rude?

    Nov 8, 2007 at 10:26 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #50   WanderingPenguin bang

    Depends on the neighbour, Wade. If he’s the kind of guy whose Christmas lights burn your retinas 24/7 then I would say steal all the power you want!

    Nov 8, 2007 at 10:37 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #51   Wade bang

    :D

    I mean, if the outlet is outside…

    Nov 8, 2007 at 10:41 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #52   Wade bang

    It is funny. I have a Palm TX. I never cease to be amazed at the people who not only leave their routers unsecured, but leave it up as linksys or belkin. You just know they never reset the factory password. Dumb.

    I turn off my SSID, so no one but me can even see it.

    Nov 8, 2007 at 10:46 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #53   WanderingPenguin bang

    …then they’re just begging for it, right Wade? :D

    Nov 8, 2007 at 10:47 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #54   Wade bang

    http://netsecurity.about.com/od/quicktip1/qt/qtwifinossid.htm

    Nov 8, 2007 at 10:48 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #55   Wade bang

    Well, it is outside….

    LOL

    Nov 8, 2007 at 10:49 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #56   Wade bang

    most independent (read non-Starbucks) coffee shops around here have free wi-fi, so I really am not tempted.

    Nov 8, 2007 at 10:51 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #57   WanderingPenguin bang

    I, too, turn off the SSID but the encryption is a little trickier. I have friends and family passing through with laptops that need to access the ‘net from here occasionally. They all are running different operating systems from each other and from me…it gets to be quite a headache. For now I have only turned off the SSID but am trying to get a workaround for the encryption issues. I have a network traffic monitor running all the time; it appears to be working out so far but yes, I know I am flirting with disaster. :)

    Nov 8, 2007 at 10:54 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #58   WanderingPenguin bang

    re: #56 – that’s exactly it, Wade. It’s really that simple and so much more comfortable than driving around dark neighbourhoods in a van as if you were on a stake-out. Though, I suppose, not nearly as cool. I mean, you get to wear that fake beard and glasses and stuff….

    Nov 8, 2007 at 10:55 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #59   Mishee bang

    I can’t believe this thread is still alive and kicking.

    Nov 8, 2007 at 10:58 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #60   Wade bang

    just as long as homeland security doesn’t catch me deeply carving passwords into that table in the back of the coffee house.

    Nov 8, 2007 at 10:59 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #61   Wade bang

    We are doing our best Mishee

    Nov 8, 2007 at 10:59 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #62   Wade bang

    Oh, hell yes, Kerry!

    The second photo is the BEST!

    :D :D :D

    Nov 8, 2007 at 11:04 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #63   Wade bang

    I think I would rather steal from Pro_Star_Broadband anyway … they have one more bar, lol.

    Nov 8, 2007 at 11:06 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #64   morpho aurora bang

    ya know, the police get really upset when they catch you sitting outside the local bank at 2 a.m. – they don’t believe you are just trying to get online!

    second photo is great :D

    Nov 8, 2007 at 11:07 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #65   Mishee bang

    Wade, I guess I can believe it… that damn clump of cat hair is in the 300s I believe!

    What a world we live in!!

    I need more Grosso v. Hall type action… that would be awesome…

    Nov 8, 2007 at 11:08 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #66   Dawn

    I just found this website and can’t believe how funny all the comments are! Keep ‘em coming, folks! I have a lot of reading to catch up on.

    Dawn

    Nov 8, 2007 at 11:38 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #67   KB bang

    Hey, Word of the Day! I am psyched.

    Nov 8, 2007 at 11:50 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #68   Mishee bang

    Congrats KB – even when we didn’t have much to work with, you still came through for us!

    Nov 8, 2007 at 11:51 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #69   KB bang

    Thanks Mishee, although I can’t take credit for being all that clever, seeing as how it actually is a true story. Never fails to get a laugh.

    Nov 8, 2007 at 11:57 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #70   cre8tivewmn

    I’m surprised by how many routers in pic #2 aren’t secured. I live in a neighborhood with lots of wireless routers. Most of them are secured.

    If you don’t want people using your router, locking it is a lot more effective than naming it.

    Nov 8, 2007 at 11:59 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #71   duh

    I am not saying it is okay to steal someone’s WiFi, but isn’t it easier to password protect it than to constantly bitch about it?

    And I would think that naming it “Stop Stealing My Internet” would make people more likely to steal it.

    DUH.

    Nov 8, 2007 at 12:01 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #72   D

    It’s funny I’m reading this, because I was planning on calling my internet provider today to lock it!

    Nov 8, 2007 at 12:02 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #73   jimmyjimmyjimmyjimmykalamahoo! kalamahee! kalamabringachairplease!

    but…but thats not really passive aggressive!!!

    Nov 8, 2007 at 12:08 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #74   mere bang

    i think it’s clever.
    is it wrong that i sometimes still have to use dialup?

    Nov 8, 2007 at 12:10 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #75   Doug Keaachie

    When is Mel Brooks going to make a musical out of this site ? Police officer Milanowski in Michigan busted a dude in a car for poaching internet. Neither the guy in the car, nor the owner of the wifi in the coffee shop knew this was illegal.

    In fact, neither did officer Milanowski, he just thought the guy in the car with the laptop was acting suspiciously, asked him what he was doing, then looked up the law. Might have been 5 years of hard time, but I think they finally let him go.

    If you get your internet via satellite, Hughesnet or Wildblue, they have up and downloading limits, and will throttle back your speed or turn it off altogether if you use too much. It’s called fapping, for”Fair Access Policy.”

    It’s better to communicate by wood carvings than to take unnecessary chances.

    Nov 8, 2007 at 12:12 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #76   WanderingPenguin bang

    Welcome aboard, Dawn, but I would like to warn you that not all of the comments are funny. Just a word to the wise before you wade back through the previous posts.

    Notice that was “wade” with a small “w”. No, that was not a backhanded slap, Wade. ;)

    Nov 8, 2007 at 12:19 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #77   Keachie bang

    When is Mel Brooks going to make a musical out of this site ? Police officer Milanowski in Michigan busted a dude in a car for poaching internet. Neither the guy in the car, nor the owner of the wifi in the coffee shop knew this was illegal.

    In fact, neither did officer Milanowski, he just thought the guy in the car with the laptop was acting suspiciously, asked him what he was doing, then looked up the law. Might have been 5 years of hard time, but I think they finally let him go.

    If you get your internet via satellite, Hughesnet or Wildblue, they have up and downloading limits, and will throttle back your speed or turn it off altogether if you use too much. It’s called fapping, for”Fair Access Policy.”

    It’s better to communicate by wood carvings than to take unnecessary chances.

    BTW, is it passiveaggressive to insist on registration before taking additional posts beyond the first couple?

    Fortunately I’ve learned to CTRL-C all my comments before posting, so I didn’t have to retype this one.

    Nov 8, 2007 at 12:26 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #78   Team Cassandra bang

    Well delivered KD – as soon as I saw it, I *knew* it would make the Word! today!

    Nov 8, 2007 at 12:59 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #79   amazon

    Ha! There’s an unsecured network somewhere in my building named “Virusy.” It definately keeps me off their network when mine occasionally goes down. But really, if you’re savy enough to change the SSID (instead of “default” or “linksys”) is it really that difficult to add encryption?

    Nov 8, 2007 at 1:04 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #80   D

    I just changed it… mine is now
    Not free anymore b*tches!

    Nov 8, 2007 at 1:05 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #81   Team Cassandra bang

    omg I did it again. *KB*

    Nov 8, 2007 at 1:10 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #82   PamalaLauren bang

    Who the hell doesn’t protect their wireless internet these days? Only people who want it stolen.

    Nov 8, 2007 at 5:14 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #83   Cate

    I set up my router so that anyone can connect to it… but in order to actually GO anywhere, the laptop’s MAC address must be entered into the router’s permitted list by me, personally :P It only takes a few minutes to enter a new friend’s computer into my router’s list, and I never have to give away a password.

    “Look, an unsecured network! Why isn’t it working?”

    Because I’m sneakily passive aggressive, bitch.

    Nov 8, 2007 at 7:01 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #83.1   Anon

      Unfortunately for you it is very easy to sniff network traffic to find out what mac addresses are valid, and then to clone one of them. If this was a guaranteed way to secure your network, don’t you think everyone would do it? Enable WPA encryption!

      Mar 30, 2008 at 6:09 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #84   Miles

    @Andy #16:
    That’s 10.4.

    Nov 8, 2007 at 7:33 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #85   Andy bang

    Miles: OK, well, then my speculation regarding spending money on an OS and not internet access is not founded. :)

    Nov 8, 2007 at 8:02 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #86   Mishee bang

    I’m wondering how many “Points” (.1, .2, .3, etc) Apple will go through before they jump up to 11!

    Nov 8, 2007 at 9:00 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #87   GezD bang

    Team internet stealer. Don’t like it? Lock it.

    Nov 9, 2007 at 9:28 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #88   Mary Kate

    I live in Boston, and know more than 1 person this has happened to. I thought it was basic common sense- if you don’t want to throw in for wireless, then drag your cheap ass down to starbucks. Does this really not happen in other places??

    Team Stop Stealing my Internet!

    Nov 9, 2007 at 11:23 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #89   sarah

    This reminds me of my in-laws. They don’t have internet connection and said to me “we’re waiting for you guys to get wireless b/c *my brother* said once you get it we can get it off you for free”
    At least they’re honest?!

    which reminds me of our trash situation… my in-laws put their trash with ours b/c they’re to cheap to pay for trash pick-up. Never have they offered to split the costs.

    *sigh* Merry Christmas! I bought you internet service and trash pick-up.

    Nov 9, 2007 at 1:49 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #90   dangerouspenguin

    We used to leave our network open for philanthropic reasons. We stopped doing that when we received an anonymous message via our own printer reading “thanks for the internet!”. It was nice of them to thank us, I guess.

    Nov 9, 2007 at 6:38 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #91   Chani

    I’d just like to point out that leeching small amount of net access (ie, checking email, not downloading movies) isn’t going to affect the guy’s internet bill – unless you’re living in some cruel place that charges by the MB for ‘broadband’ (like, australia).

    of course, if it’s being used daily then sharing the costs *is* the polite thing to do.

    there’s an ISP in toronto that actually *requires* customers to offer free wifi (with bandwith limits so their personal connection stays fast). :) now that’s cool. it’s always nice to be able to check email on the go.

    Nov 12, 2007 at 10:00 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #92   WanderingPenguin bang

    I hope that particular ISP also gives you a free wireless router with free security and free encryption software as part of their service. Otherwise, who the hell are they to demand that you share something you have paid out of your own pocket for?

    If they want to be “cool”, then perhaps that ISP (who I can’t seem to turn up through a quick Google search – who is it?) can figure out a way to make the Wi-Fi free from their end and not pass the burden down the line to the paying customer.

    Sorry, but when I pay for a service I don’t want some total stranger getting in the way – which is why I hate cable tv services so much, especially if you live in an apartment building.

    The bottom line to me still remains: freeloading is rude, objectionable behaviour. Which is certainly not to say that I have never done it and don’t ever do it, but I sure don’t feel like it’s my God-given right.

    Nov 12, 2007 at 10:55 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #93   Canthz_B bang

    My network is secured. ,In fact, I am leery of connecting to anyone else’s. I will in a pinch, and for only a short time, but who knows what viruses, worms and other little digital crawlies are out there?

    Nov 16, 2007 at 3:13 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #94   nonny

    ha. one in our building was better: the (secured) network name was “Our internet, cocksuckers”

    rule.

    Jan 23, 2008 at 1:11 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #95   Adam

    hahahaha

    May 1, 2008 at 5:03 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #96   rehash

    wow. my roomate actually pulled some shit like that on me one time. kicker was, i paid half his rent that month and and it was my router.

    Jul 5, 2008 at 9:54 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #97   cx420ns

    whoever has the “STOP Stealing my Internet” network needs to spend no more than *5* fucking minutes on google to find out how to get some WEP up in dis bitch.

    hot damn – i’m the 100th post!!! yayyyy i’m just as douchey as lameass 1st posters now yayyyyyyyy!!!!!

    Mar 4, 2009 at 4:32 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
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