Forcing you to use their router? Is this a Comcast-wide policy, or something local to your area? I have never used their router... and for that matter, I even use my own (owned, not rented) modem. I also have a different DNS set up, one that blocks a large amount of potentially objectionable websites (OpenDNS Family Shield).
I've been a Microsoft user myself, since about age 4 (now 30) - so I know Windows backward and forward, and knew DOS pretty well for a time. I'd like to branch out, and a top-notch training course in Linux for free seems appealing. I'm sure I could self-educate if needed, but having a more organized study laid out - for free! - sounds great.
I don't doubt the goal can be achieved at some cost, but they seem to want it for 'less than a penny per unit'. Considering that they admit it is 'a very advanced piece of hardware' I don't see how it could possibly be fabricated and installed for such a tiny cost.
Indeed, the 'woosh' appears appropriate here. From that I take it your response was meant in jest, though how I cannot tell (other than that your comment seemed largely to consist of techno-babble - but maybe that was intentional?). Anyway, I took it as serious and wanted to point out that I don't care how feasible the item they describe is... the cost they want is impossible for anything 'very advanced'.
If I have missed some grand joke, then I apologize
Perhaps I should have highlighted the problem I see with their statements. They want "a very advanced piece of hardware" that "costs less than a penny per unit". This is the impossibility in their reasoning, not that it couldn't technically work in some way.
Although, at times I have used facial recognition on my phone - so that could be the 'something you are'... though it falls back to a password or PIN if the recognition doesn't work, so I guess that is a moot point.
Fair enough - I was thinking about whether that was the right way to describe it as I wrote. Thank you for clarifying
"SHIELD demands a tool that costs less than a penny per unit, yet makes counterfeiting too expensive and technically difficult to do"
and at the same time
"What SHIELD is seeking is a very advanced piece of hardware that will offer an on-demand authentication method never before available to the supply chain"
These appear to be mutually exclusive.