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FC: Are free ISPs free? Juno says users must donate processor time
From: Declan McCullagh <declan () well com>
Date: Fri, 02 Feb 2001 10:17:25 -0500

[As one science fiction writer would say, TANSTAAFL. This is merely the natural evolution of the market for "free" services, and is hardly objectionable. True, it raises some privacy and security questions, but nobody's forcing you to use Juno, and pay ISPs are hardly expensive. --Declan]


   How Free Are Free ISPs?
   posted by vergil on Thursday February 01, @05:06PM
   from the check-that-clickwrap dept.

   Free ISPs have been especially hard hit by the current dot-com
   downturn. Juno Online Services (recently smacked by a Temporary
   Restraining Order involving a patent infringement scuffle with rival
   NetZero) has developed a novel way of extracting megahertz -- and
   potential megabucks -- from its subscriber base. According to a
   2/1/2001 InternetNews article, Juno's "Virtual Supercomputer Network"
   aims to replicate the success of SETI () home by pooling the processing
   potential of its new subscribers and selling the combined
   computational power. According to Juno's new service agreement, Juno's
   subscribers "agree" to let Juno download, upload and run software from
   their PCs, and may be required "to leave" their computers "on at all


Date: Thu, 01 Feb 2001 15:39:20 -0500
To: declan () well com
From: Philo <philo () radix net>
Subject: Fwd: [visbas-OT] Bad Juno. Sit!
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Posted to a mailing list I'm on. Forwarded with permission.


From: "Cavanaugh, Bill" <bill_cavanaugh () es adp com>
Subject: [visbas-OT] Bad Juno. Sit!


Read section 2.5. You, too, can be a part of a distributed computing
project. Whether you like it or not. And fuck you very much.

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