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Grand Theft AKMA

AKMA_FELON.jpg AKMA tells a funny but not funny story about his unwitting audition for the FBI's Most Wanted (The WIFI Leeching Theologian category). Photographic Exhibit A for the defence here.

Knowing AKMA as I do, I would have paid good money to have been there listening to his razor sharp protestations in the face of a state at a loss to regulate or adequately police the implications of technologies that have long since escaped the genie's bottle. What a guy. My hero.

Reader Comments (9)

I’ve never been more honored — thanks for your kind words (and l337 Photoshop skillz), Gary! Love from here to you and yours!

November 30, 1999 | Unregistered CommenterAKMA

I very much enjoyed reading this interlude. Being a bit more fractious then our friend AKMA, I'm afraid I would have had to push the point and gotten arrested, if for no other reason than to force them to show me the vacuous law that the officer conjured up. I think I will have to borrow your rejoinder to the officer regarding the illumination from a porch light. Very well done AKMA!

November 30, 1999 | Unregistered CommenterAllen Featherlin

They should jail folks who steal signals.

November 30, 1999 | Unregistered CommenterLewis B. Sckolnick

You leave it open - people use it. It's silly to think that an open AP would not be used by whomever discovered it on their laptop/palmtop whatever. If you don't want people outside using it, enforce simple WEP, passwords, and have a script which changes them daily. Ask at the counter and get "today's key" or the "access password".

Otherwise build a faraday cage around the building . If you insist on leaving it wide open hope that people with pringles can or shotgun antennas 2 blocks down don't have a fetish for downloading DVDs and MP3s. ;-)

November 30, 1999 | Unregistered CommenterDemon

I am seeing that the wi-fi usage issue is growing more and more every time. I am astounded at reading this story. People try and tell me that the US is the country with the most freedom around. How can this be when we will be restricted on how and where and when we can use a laptop? Next thing you know it will be limiting PDAs and smartphones. Honestly, what is the difference between working inside and outside of that particular library? If you can tap the signal the same inside and outside, and being a library, public of nature, anyone could just simply relocate themselves inside and "hack the planet" from there. What happens when you are a private citizen and public signals reach into your house? Will you be arrested when you flip on your laptop and it automatically uses that signal? I suppose a radio station could choose their listeners and suit the rest for signal theft because they haven't subscribed to their radio service. It has to be the same way with cable or digital satellite, if someone wants to protect their wireless signal, they can encrypt it all they want. Use not only WEP or WPA, but some other encrypting device. Bam, your signal safe, and your service is yours. But honestly... an open signal popping into my living room? Do you think i'm NOT going to use?!

November 30, 1999 | Unregistered Commenterknomad

An Information Highwayman

Turn to Gary Turner for up-to-the-minute fair and balanced coverage of the Nantucket Wifi Bandit Scandal. . . . ....

November 30, 1999 | Unregistered CommenterAKMA’s Random Thoughts

Reverend AKMA almost arrested for stealing public wifi

Image from Gary TurnerOK He wasn't almost arrested, but he was told that he couldn't be use computer within range of the open wifi network of the public library by a policeman. The officer cites some law against it and...

November 30, 1999 | Unregistered CommenterJoi Ito's Web

So Weirdly Wrong

A few minutes ago, a police officer passed the bench where I was sitting outside the [edit: Nantucket] Athenaeum, enjoying the mild temperature and the wifi signal, and he said, “Sir, you can’t use the Internet outside the library.” I...

November 30, 1999 | Unregistered CommenterAKMA’s Random Thoughts

So Weirdly Wrong

A few minutes ago, a police officer passed the bench where I was sitting outside the [edit: Nantucket] Athenaeum, enjoying the mild temperature and the wifi signal, and he said, “Sir, you can’t use the Internet outside the library.” I...

November 30, 1999 | Unregistered CommenterAKMA’s Random Thoughts
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