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Sir, Step Away from Your Laptop

File this under Excellent Uses of Law Enforcement: police in the UK are "cracking down on freeloaders who use other people's Wi-Fi networks," according to this story in Computerworld. The latest guy hauled in was spotted using an unsecured network at a residence in London. The article quotes Detective Constable Mark Roberts of the Metropolitan Police as saying, "This arrest should act as a warning to anyone who thinks it is acceptable to illegally use other people's broadband connections."

It's a good thing police are so on top of the Wi-Fi problem, and not out on the street helping this guy get his prosthetic hand back.


The Scan

Renewed Gain-of-Function Worries

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Other Uses

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