Courts Freak Out That People Might Actually Use Their Wireless Networks

from the what-will-they-think-of-next? dept

This story seems bizarre, but apparently a bunch of courts are somehow unprepared for the fact that people might actually use the WiFi networks they installed. Most of the article focuses on a reporter sending out realtime updates for a court case via the WiFi, leading to this absolutely classic quote from someone from the court: "In my life, I would have never thought you could do any of that. When we put the wireless network in about two years ago, we didn't think anybody would even use it." Yeah, they just installed it for the hell of it. How dare someone actually use it! The rest of the article goes on to discuss just how "dangerous" this situation is, and how courts don't understand what a risk these networks are. It also refers to "WiFi" as the "informal" name for wireless networks -- when it's actually very much the formal, certified name for them.

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    Ron, 21 Dec 2004 @ 6:38am

    get out more

    "It also refers to "WiFi" as the "informal" name for wireless networks -- when it's actually very much the formal, certified name for them.".......Mike, true or not, that fact that this bothers you tells me you need to get out more.

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    bob, 21 Dec 2004 @ 8:54am

    WiFi?

    I have always considered "WiFi" to be some bastard marketing term to make wireless networking more "accessible".
    I'd always called it 802.11b ... now I have an 802.11g network.

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    mark, 21 Dec 2004 @ 9:01am

    wifi


    Actually, not to be nitpicky, but WiFi is just a trade group that ceritifies that one vendor plays with the other. Not that that's a bad thing.
    The formal name for them would be 802.11[abg...].
    So, unusual, but they actually got it right in the article. :)

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