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« on: August 06, 2009, 01:38:09 PM »

Most people probably don't care about this but personally I don't like the direction things seem to be going with ISPs.  Time Warner is working on a usage-based pricing model for their Internet access and Comcast advertising to fat fingers just doesn't feel right to me.  Here in LA you can't even crap without staring at some erectile dysfunction add.  Next they'll print a Preparation H add on every square of TP.

Full article: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/080609-comcast-redirects-bad-urls-to.html?source=NWWNLE_nlt_daily_pm_2009-08-06

Of course if you've read any of my posts you know I'm a populist hippie freak.  So take my rants with a grain of free-range salt Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2009, 01:44:25 PM »

I've run across this several times with other ISPs over the past few years. Embarq does it (here at the office) and I believe TW cable does it at home.

Charter and others were doing far worse, but were slapped down.  I'll see if I can find a link.

Expect more assaults as margins collapse.
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2009, 01:54:48 PM »

>Charter

Charter To Begin Tracking Users' Searches And Inserting Targeted Ads
http://consumerist.com/5008801/charter-to-begin-tracking-users-searches-and-inserting-targeted-ads
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As it turned out, they were inserting cookies.

"when a subscriber visited Yahoo or Google, NebuAd faked an additional packet of data that appears to be the last part of the downloaded Google webpage. The extra packet included NebuAd-written JavaScript that directs users' browsers to a NebuAd-owned domain named faireagle.com, where the company drops tracking cookies from other domains and companies on the user's computer. These can be used later to deliver customized ads based off analysis of where people have gone on the web or what search terms they have used."

"compares the behavior of NebuAd with that of two common hacking attacks: cross-site scripting and man-in-the-middle attacks."

http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/06/nebuad-forges-g.html
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got outed, so they put it on hold.

http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/06/charter-freezes.html
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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2009, 02:42:43 PM »

Yikes rc!  Very interesting yet chilling articles.  Thanks  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2009, 03:16:30 PM »

You're welcome, for sure.

>chilling

Now you see why some of us are quite comfortable with our paranoia.
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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2009, 03:23:50 PM »

ROFLMAO  Touché rc  Embarrassed
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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2009, 11:28:05 AM »

mediacom here in sunny Iowa does the same thing - fucking jerks.  Raise the cable bill every month and make money from my drunken misspelling of domain names.  That's just wrong.

Anyone for total annihilation of the cable companies?
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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2009, 01:00:37 PM »

>Anyone for total annihilation of the cable companies?

I think the cable companies are already working on that.  They are following print media's path to self-destruction.  Like print, their ultimate problem is that the new revenue models (mostly dumb pipes) won't support their old infrastructure.
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