…and means trouble for cellular providers
: “With a device called the Junxion Box, (anyone) can set up a mobile multiuser Internet connection anywhere (you get) cellphone service. The box, about the size of a shoebox cover, uses a cellular modem card from a wireless phone carrier to create a Wi-Fi hot spot that lets dozens of people connect to the Internet.
… But what may be a boon for wandering Web surfers could quickly become a threat to wireless providers. ‘The premise is one person buys an air card and one person uses the service, not an entire neighborhood,’ said Jeffrey Nelson, executive director for corporate communications at Verizon Wireless. ‘Giving things away for free doesn’t work anymore. It never did.’
Unlimited service on cellular modem cards for PC’s costs about $80 a month. The carriers are clearly worried about a technology that could destroy that business, but they have not formed a united front against Junxion.
… The commercial version of the box retails for $699. They plan a less expensive consumer version next year.” (New York Times )
Next front in the ‘information-wants-to-be-free’ war? It is easy to recall that, when I first got a broadband connection several years ago, my provider was committed to trying to prevent sharing that connection among the computers in my house too. They soon gave up on that one…
Police pursue girl over stone
: “An 11-year-old girl who threw a stone at a group of boys pelting her with water balloons is being prosecuted on serious assault charges in California. Maribel Cuevas was arrested in April in a police operation which involved three police cars and a helicopter. She has since spent five days in detention, in which she was granted one 30 minute visit by her parents, and has spent a month under house arrest.
Her lawyer accuses the authorities of criminalising childhood behaviour. ‘They’re treating her like a violent parole offender,’ Richard Beshwate said. ‘It’s not a felony, it’s an 11-year-old acting like an 11-year-old.’
The girl is due back in court at the beginning of next month.
Police say they had to investigate as the boy who was hit by the stone she threw suffered a deep gash to his head and needed hospital treatment. He has reportedly acknowledged to officers that he started the fight in late April.
The confrontation happened in a poor district of Fresno, in central California, where Maribel Cuevas lives with her Spanish-speaking family.” (BBC)
Addendum: Fight Back: http://www.freemaribel.org/