User IDs

Today we talk about trust issues. Basically, a fine NUS undergraduate [mi darlin RT] decides to spend a little quality studying time in that god forsaken land of NTU and needs to tag onto the wireless network. Now, you cannot utilize free WiFi unless you possess a userid and password ascertaining you are entitled to utilize it as a member of the school. So, diligent NUS undergrad decides to step around the authentication process by asking someone else to provide theirs to her.

She smsed 4 blokes on this matter. And this is how the replies went:

NUS Girl: Hey, can you lend me your ntu userid and password?

Bloke 1: Sorry, outside people are not allowed to use the NTU network. :)

Bloke 2: I think you have to bring your laptop to the office to get it configured to use the network first.

Me: [calls back] This is my ID, this is my password. Ok bye.

And the grand winner of them all, was Arch. He simply takes the cake for nonchalance. The epitome of it.

Arch: Who is this?

[Barely 5 seconds later]
Arch: It doesn't matter who this is. My ID is ***** and my password is *****

Do you see the great divide like I do? I think it stems from knowing that some userids and passwords are never to be leaked [Internet Banking, personal e-mail] and some are just so useless it doesn't matter if a hacker in Finland gets wind of it because there's nothing much he can do with it other than tag free wireless, register subjects for you and check pointless school e-mail. Possibly the root of it all is the more time you spend in a pasty marshland, the more you sit and hope that a wayward artillery shell would just blast the concrete buildings to bits. That fundamentally, it has nothing to do with Ingterneck Security.

Still, Arch, you the man la brudder. Big up!


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