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Why can't I connect to unsecure open wireless networks?

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http://askubuntu.com – While in windows I have a router that is open on security on it that I can connect to without any issues. When I am in Ubuntu I click on my wireless manager to see all the networks it shows all that networks around me that are secured but doesn't show my unsecured one. I looked all over the place for a setting that could maybe filter out open networks and not show them. I am not finding anything. I dunno what the hell is going on. I often use networks at starbucks and hotels because I travel a lot. This is going to be a big problem for me. Can someone please point me into a direction? I am us (HowTos)