A few days ago, Dan Rutter (the Dan in "Dan's Data
") published an interesting idea for extending the sort of philanthropic technical pranksterism that spawned throwies
by applying the same approach to Wi-Fi
. That means, looking what he hopes is not too
far down the road, creating Wi-Fi repeaters that are cheap enough to deploy on the sly and frugal enough with power to run on solar power or cheaply replaceable batteries. But as he says, "If you've got a lot of spare money, a ladder and no respect for private property, though, you could already be stealthily deploying Open-Mesh or other such gadgets all over your neighbourhood." In some cities at least, you'd be hard pressed to ever avoid at least one available wireless access point, but that's not the experience for most people, most places -- which bears correction.