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Duramax08
To The Moon
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join:2008-08-03
San Antonio, TX

"Insurance" on internet?!

You got to be kidding



milnoc

join:2001-03-05
H3B
kudos:2

Re: "Insurance" on internet?!

It's for your own "protection." You wouldn't want anything to happen to your precious Internet, do you?


b10010011
Whats a Posting tag?

join:2004-09-07
Bellingham, WA
Reviews:
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reply to Duramax08

Queue stereotypical mobster voice...

Think of it as "insurance". You want to be "protected", just in case anything "unfortunate" happens...



Thaler
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join:2004-02-02
Los Angeles, CA
kudos:3
reply to Duramax08

Speaking of insurance, what will happen when the inevitable open hotspot mooching and/or WEP hacking takes place? If a 25 GB/month customer suddenly begins downloading terabytes at a time, will their ISP put a hold on their line, or expect the customer to sell their house to make the payment?



pfak
Premium
join:2002-12-29
Vancouver, BC

said by Thaler:

Speaking of insurance, what will happen when the inevitable open hotspot mooching and/or WEP hacking takes place? If a 25 GB/month customer suddenly begins downloading terabytes at a time, will their ISP put a hold on their line, or expect the customer to sell their house to make the payment?

Expect the customer to sell their house to make the payment.

»Hacked Router Costs Videotron User $1,800 In Overages

vintagewino

join:2003-07-22
Grimsby, ON
kudos:2
reply to Thaler

Exactly, as Pfak said. Up to the subscriber to keep the "undesirables" out. The incumbents will nail you to the wall, and it's your problem.



Thaler
Premium
join:2004-02-02
Los Angeles, CA
kudos:3

Yes, but to what extent? I know open hotspots are a hard sell to defend. However, one can't say customers with WEP didn't attempt to lock their network down. True, tech savvy people keep up to date on the latest compromised WiFi encryption(s)...but what about the average consumer?

(edit) Nevermind. Looked at the article and it appears she was using WEP and still charged $1k+. Damn!


a1_Andy
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join:2005-12-29
Oshawa, ON

Bell ships all their customers wep modems......



Thaler
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join:2004-02-02
Los Angeles, CA
kudos:3

WEP's been a very flimsy boat lately. Well, it has been for a long time, but lately we've been seeing WEP-bypassing in the news at large. I think there are even tools out there today that make breaking WEP encryption about the same point-and-click difficulty as logging into Facebook.