What about less computer-savvy people who don't even know that they should protect their wireless? The people who have internet because other people told them what to get, and then expected them to know how to set it up...
If it becomes a problem then they will take notice and correct it. If it doesn't become a problem, then they will never notice it, and therefore, never correct it. Either way, they showed no signs of caring, so they must not.
And bandwidth is not unlimited--you're right that stealing enough bandwidth to check e-mail is neglible; equivalent to the trespasser stealing a penny he finds under the couch or stealing a handful of water from the faucet, but it is technically stealing.
It is difficult to explain morality and ethics to people that so obviously reject them, but I'll try. Morality and Ethics is a study of the results of one's actions, and the avoidance, or mitigation, of negative consequences to others due to one's actions, as well as, the study of when an action that would normally be considered wrong is the correct one.
Saying, "Stealing is wrong because it's stealing." is a circular argument, i.e., a logical fallacy. The moral
question is why is stealing wrong, and the answer is, "Because it causes harm or loss to others." If there is no harm or loss, there is no moral problem.
When I was a kid I used to grab food from my siblings' plates when they weren't looking. One day, I left the table and came back. When we finished eating I noticed that my brothers and sister were snickering. My step mom then informed me that one of them had macked my food while I was gone, apparently expecting me to be offended or something. But if they hadn't told me I would have never noticed, so I didn't mind at all. Which seemed to throw them off balance. No one ever seems to really believe that I treat others the way I'd have them treat me.
lol, your analogies have less and less merit to them.. on halloween i am usually at a chruch halloween function. I leave no candy on my step..
So do you chase down and accuse people that take it from a neighbor's house? After all, you don't have an unencrypted wireless by your own admission too.
as for dumpster divers, last I checked i threw it away. therefore I don't care.. that is completely derailed from i pay for a service,
You pay for the trash service, you paid for the item that you eventually threw away. So it is on topic. If you didn't uncrypt your wireless, "You didn't care."
encrypt it and the guy next door is trying to piggyback without paying.. see the difference? if not, this conversation must be way over your head.. it's ok though, one of these days you will understand.. then we can discuss it more fully
We were discussing unencrypted network, not breaking into encryted networks. See the difference? If not this conversation must be way over your head.