Why does this group have so much spam?

Ethan Furman ethan at stoneleaf.us
Fri Sep 4 01:01:26 CEST 2009


Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> On Thu, 03 Sep 2009 12:19:48 -0700, Ethan Furman wrote:
> 
> 
>>Steven D'Aprano wrote:
>>
>>>On Thu, 03 Sep 2009 04:01:54 -0400, Terry Reedy wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>>ISP's price residential service based on average fixed cost and average
>>>>usage. Multiple homes using one connection push those averages up.
>>>
>>>
>>>Is that meant to be a problem?
>>>
>>>When people buy more, the unit price they are paying falls, but the
>>>total price they pay generally goes up. E.g. we've recently upgraded
>>>our business link from AUD$150 per month for 60GB to $190 for 100GB.
>>>The per GB price is less, but the total we pay is more -- and the ISP
>>>doesn't have to do much extra work for that extra money.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>The difference is that you *upgraded* your service and so incurred a
>>greater total cost.  If my neighbor lets the rest of the neighborhood
>>use his wireless, while I do not, yet my prices go up because on average
>>more usage is happening, I am paying more but not getting more.
> 
> 
> Incorrect -- you are getting all the downloads you make yourself, plus 
> the warm fuzzy feeling of happiness from the knowledge that other people 
> are making downloads you have paid for.
> 
> Of course, if you've *unintentionally* left your wi-fi open, perhaps 
> "cold feelings of dread and horror" would be more appropriate, but we're 
> talking about the situation where folks deliberately leave their wi-fi 
> open for whatever reason.
> 
> 

Read a little closer, Steven -- *my* wi-fi is *closed*, it's my neighbor 
(in theory) who has his open, and all that extra usage is making *my* 
rate go up -- no warm fuzzies, only irritation.

~Ethan~



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