>>52878483 Yeah but why is it an open network, are you literally incapable of changing the settings? Not denying I'm poor tho, but at least I posess the MENTAL WEALTH to personalize my own posessinos!!!!!!!!
>>52878471 my instinct was to call that bonkers, but that might actually work. forcing everyone to use eduroam will make them more likely to use it when they travel (I always find the "guest/visitor" network at places I visit and just sign on for that.
>>52878484 It's a global network that lots of universities participate in, that means that if you have credentials for one participating university, you can use the internet at any other participating university. It's pretty common to see eduroam at universities in Australia, no idea about other countries. Obv Stanford has it, from the other anon's post
>>52878509 Yeah, I wouldn't give the IT staff my uni too much credit, but you're right, I never used eduroam before being forced.
>>52878484 eduroam is a standard wifi network that universities use to provide wifi for visiting academics. there's a little more info on their site: https://www.eduroam.us/institutions_list
but like I said I see it at every university I visit and have used it exactly 0 times (and I can't even name anyone that I know who uses it and my entire friendship network these days is other academics).
Maybe I'll put in the effort to get this shit set up now so I can try it next time I visit a place...
>>52878522 apparently ~400 universities have it. I think it's pretty widespread in the US but no clue about international places. i don't remember seeing it when I visited a South Korean university last year, but I didn't look for it either.
>>52878604 the more i think about it, the more of a favor i think they're doing you. i can't be bothered to set it up because I only want to get online at my campus at this particular moment. By forcing you through the hoops that you'd go through at any other university, you're more likely to benefit from it when you do visit another place because using eduroam is more familiar to you.
>>52878737 1) That's not what I said 2) "botnet" is a misused term that either means nothing or that you just don't like it but have no meaningful criticism 3) MAYBE you can argue that eduroam tracks your usage or something (which is not the definition of a botnet), but I haven't seen evidence to that.
>>52878819 You've misdefined "rape" and "terrorism", which has severely undercut your point, but the principle is true; try saying "I got raped by that midterm" in public and count how long it takes for someone to point out that you shouldn't misuse words like "rape".
More to the point, "botnet" has a clear definitive meaning, whereas "terrorism" and "rape" and any other word you want to claim has more latitude in its meaning has only found latitude because it has intense connotative qualities. "botnet" isn't that well-established. It comes off more like autistic people who just dislike any software calling that software a "botnet". When people look into what a botnet is and find that it doesn't match with the thing being criticized, the credibility of those folks diminishes.
There is software out there that controls your computer for malicious purposes, especially without your knowledge. If the thing you're upset about isn't doing that, don't call it a botnet.
This is like when some idiot tried to argue that git has a "bug" wherein commits expose your email address. That's not a bug, that's a design choice. You might disagree with that choice, and it's worthwhile to critique that choice now that we realize the impact of exposing contact information publicly, but calling it a "bug" is a mistake, and possibly a deliberate, malicious one at that.
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