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Re: [Social-discuss] FooPlug -- GNU social on a plug computer


From: Alec Muffett
Subject: Re: [Social-discuss] FooPlug -- GNU social on a plug computer
Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2010 06:54:23 +0100

> I live in Gatineau, Qu├ębec, Canada, and the Terms of Service for the
> ISPs in my area prohibit residential/home users from running servers.

The verbiage is there to allow arbitrary disconnection of people who use their 
service in a way that's uneconomic to the ISP, that's all.  Run Skype?  That's 
a "server".  Run BT?  That's a "server".  You have TCP listeners all over the 
place, they could be on several machines.  

See if you can find out what they believe a "server" entails and share the 
results on your blog and/or with this list; don't put words into their mouth, 
get their customer services people to provide their own definitions, then pile 
them up and demolish them.  

Your ISP could all block your inbound traffic but that would not be 
commensurate with providing a service that you've paid for.

Perhaps if we nail down definitions, and name and shame such ToS restrictions 
along with their commensurate silly definitions, then something might change.

        -a

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