Will people ever learn to make proper analogies with computer crimes? Or to stop making them at all?
“Theft” of unencrypted wireless network services is not equivalent to stealing a bicycle or walking through someone’s unlocked front door. If “I” use your wireless network that doesn’t deny you the use of it. And if your access point broadcasts its availability into my home, then that is no less of a trespass than for me to take advantage of the service you are offering.
Now, things change when there is some attempt to block access to the network. If you turn off AP broadcasts or enable WEP, then there is a reasonable assumption of privacy for you.
The really sad thing is that these crappy analogies are coming from a mailing list of supposed computer professionals and enthusiasts.