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From far and wide, O Canada, We wardrive on guard for thee: A sort of mixed bag of an article in which the author wardrives with a fellow who runs a wireless networking startup. En route, the writer notes a variety of Wi-Fi information, including the general lack of security. The Mounties tell the journalist they don't have Wi-Fi break-in stats because many victims don't report the incident. This makes it sound like connecting to the network is the same as cracking machines or copying files, of course; most Wi-Fi attacks are merely opportunistic connections.
Business Week's retro Wi-Fi article?: This piece in Business Week reads like something from mid-2001. It's a little too gee-whiz, what's new, but I expect that's because -- despite previous articles in the magazine that were more sophisticated -- they expect their readers don't quite understand the shape of the market. The clearest statement in print about T-Mobile's motives appears near the end of the article: The goal: to hook users on Wi-Fi, then to push them toward 3G. I'd agree with that, but there's another goal the writers miss: the more customers that T-Mobile, the number-six U.S. carrier can sign up because of their Starbucks partnership, the less revenue they have to make off their hot spot connection fees.