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Free Public WiFi (??)

What's the story with this mysterious access point I see on BART? I can connect to it, but it never works. Some have suggested it's an ad-hoc network that's a "viral" artifact of a bug in Windows XP (See: blogs.chron.com/techblog/archives/2006/09/free_public_wif...). I find that pretty hard to believe although it's a good story. Also, on my laptop this SSID doesn't show up as ad hoc; it looks like a normal AP and its signal strength is usually strong. It's always there on my commute from El Cerrito to San Francisco. I've visually scanned the cars I'm in for Windows XP laptops and often there aren't any, yet "Free Public WiFi" is always broadcasting.

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Uploaded on August 27, 2010