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Posted on 2005.11.07 at 19:55

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betternewthings at 2005-11-08 05:34 (UTC) (Link)
the wifi ban is definitely good news to me.

the encouragement of stupidity in the land of the yuppies is to my benefit.
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2005-11-08 05:38 (UTC) (Link)
i agree that the intent is to fix a problem.

but is it really the right solution?
betternewthings at 2005-11-08 06:33 (UTC) (Link)
certainly. this sort of heavy-handed and ill-concieved regulation is necessary in small doses.

we need idiots passing stupid laws in counties to serve as examples to prevent idiots passing stupid laws in cities.
icenine
ice_9 at 2005-11-08 18:09 (UTC) (Link)
goddammit, let's do this in a county that's nowhere near me, please.

idiots.
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2005-11-08 19:45 (UTC) (Link)
well i just reread the article- and it looks like their requirements will be satisfied by your average soho netgear router-

Such a firewall, used to block intrusions from outside the local network, would be required

which i guess makes the law more ineffectual than anything else...?
icenine
ice_9 at 2005-11-08 20:01 (UTC) (Link)
yeah, it's easy to buy the required equipment, but to make it illegal to have it set up "incorrectly" sets a dangerous precedent.

i like to leave my wireless access point open to the public - i have a separate firewall behind it to protect my machines, but i'm happy to share my net access with anyone passing by. i think it should be the user's choice to allow or deny public access.

apart from that, my mom, who is a perfectly capable human being with multiple graduate degrees, doesn't know how to set up a wireless router. under this law, if i'm reading it correctly, she could be cited if she fails to set it up with "acceptable" security. fuck that.
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2005-11-09 03:48 (UTC) (Link)
she could be cited if she fails to set it up with "acceptable" security. fuck that.

call me a cynic, but i'm betting any such lawsuit would be quickly countersued to the manufacturer for not providing such a setup by default.
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