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WiFi hotspot police at the Olympics looking to seek and destroy

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WiFi hotspot police at the Olympics looking to seek and destroy
WiFi hotspot police at the Olympics looking to seek and destroy
This Olympics season is definitely shaping up to be the first with the "broadband syndrome", since NBC and the others decided to stream everything live via the Internet, and as a result the networks were pushed to their limits.

We already saw the organizers asking politely that you limit tweeting or texting while at the stadium, but also the signs before entering included the usual warnings about trying to contraband pets or illegal substances in, accompanied by the unusual ban on mobile hotspots.

"How's they gonna get me", you ask? Well, a WiFi hotspot police is apparently making the rounds at the games, equipped with the thingamajig you see in the picture, trying to locate and shoot down everyone who is peddling their carrier data connection around. True story.

source: Aschsebescher (Reddit) via Gizmodo

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posted on 02 Aug 2012, 08:54 10

1. Aeires (unregistered)


WTF, so much for the web being free and open. If the news networks are bogging down the bandwidth because they have changed the way they broadcast, maybe they need to be shut down until they develop a better way of getting the news out.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 10:32 5

2. cptbeatstix (Posts: 101; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)


UK networks aren't as robust as the US ones. Makes sense to do this.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 11:13

3. nofear (Posts: 149; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


If it is opened for the public then they know what to expect. IP assigned by the host should be about to monitor that individual's activity of what's appropriate and not appropriate then limiting that individual's bandwidth if excessively abuse.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 11:53 4

4. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


I call B.S!!! They wanna lock down their profits, that's all. They bought the rights to absolutely everything, and everyone else can go pound sand. I wonder what would happen when and if some day some "Messiah" really did come back... Most of humanity wouldn't find out about it, because the greedy capitalists bought all broadcast rights...

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 12:34 3

5. Seannyc (Posts: 59; Member since: 21 Jul 2012)


this is wat happen when you go cheap on the Olympic. Cmon England put some effort in this one, anyone besides me feel this Olympic is so much more lame than the one in Bei Jing? I heard the medals even break when you drop it.

If the wifi police goes up on me ima go all american on him,

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 13:34 1

6. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


This is just plain stupidity.. rather than enforce bans try and create a better infrastructure which can handle the load of networks.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 00:12

7. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


does it hurt!!!

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