WiFi Network Asks Who You'd Rather Be Like: Linus Torvalds Or Bill Gates
from the put-your-WiFi-where-your-mouth-is dept
An entrepreneur is apparently trying to build up a unified WiFi network by getting various people to offer up their own WiFi access points to the network. There are a number of questions about the idea as stated, starting with how they think they’re getting around most broadband providers’ terms of service that say you’re not allowed to share the connection (yes, there are a few that allow sharing, but it’s a very small number). However, the reason we bring this story up is the somewhat amusing dichotomy the guy sets up between participants. Anyone who joins the network by putting his or her access point in the network has to choose between two different participation plans: the “Linus” plan or the “Bill” plan — named after Linus Torvalds and Bill Gates. Linus users share their access point for free and, based on that, get to roam the rest of the network for free. Bill users get 50% of the revenue their access point generates — but don’t get to roam on the network. Of course, this is where the plan breaks down again: nowhere is it explained where anyone ever pays any money, so it’s not at all clear how the Bills make any money, which seems rather un-Bill-like.