I don't condone hacking but I have to wonder if the original intent was to find specific people of prominence to blackmail. But when they found out that there were basically no women on the site and all the men were being systemically defrauded, they decided to expose the whole company instead. That to me makes a certain amount of sense.
No matter the original intention of the hackers and how it led to the release of the records, I have to wonder how long it will be until the class action lawsuit is filed by the subscribers. And, with as much evidence of widespread and organized fraud as has been released, I have to wonder if the FBI is looking into pursuing any investigation under the RICO statues. Regardless, I have a feeling this story is not going to be over any time soon.
Technology can solve problems technology creates.
You won't see this happen until someone figures out how to profit off the solution.
So you think that the Xfinity router without this sharing functionality has no vulnerabilities that can be exploited. Interesting.
Really? "I know you are but what am I?" Seriously? Are you 12 years old?
But to answer your challenge, I know it has vulnerabilities. Anything connected to a network is vulnerable. But I also know that by disabling wifi on the Xfinity router I have disabled one more attack vector. One that any technician at Comcast can easily log into. And if those technicians can get in, hackers can pretty easily do the same. The more attack vectors you can disable, the better. By relegating the Xfinity router to playing nothing more than the role of cable modem and not giving them easy access to the rest of my network, I have made it that much more difficult to attack me.
How is that relevant? I pay for a phone and data service that gives me very good coverage.
How much are you paying for gigabytes of data that you could shift to a cable company's public hotspot, either immediately or by waiting a reasonable time until you're in coverage?
Xfinity wants me to pay to run their infrastructure for a network that gives me zero net gain over what I already have.
In theory, the "net gain" would be dollars that you don't have to pay to your 4G carrier because you are using Xfinity Wi-Fi instead.
Again, what's your point? This sharing of your home connection is largely irrelevant outside of densely packed neighborhoods where a vast majority of people are sharing wifi. Just getting out onto a major throughway gets you out of range of just about all Xfinitiy wifi and you have no option other than some kind of cell plan. Having "free" wifi doesn't help you when their "network" covers about as much as Kim Kardashian's swimsuit.
I have Comcast internet and I was able to jump through a couple of easy hoops to disable my shared wifi connection. I was even able to completely turn off the wifi they integrated into their modem. For me, it's only a cable modem and nothing more. I run a connection directly to my own personal router that I control.
Sadly, most Comcast/Xfinity customers have no idea they have a really vulnerable wifi connection. They're just happy they can connect their tablet and play their online games. I bet the same will be said for Virgin Media customers as well.
I dunno. As an extension of your iPhone, it does fit in a niche. It's probably handy to use to see notifications, maybe some status updates, check in on real time data like weather, and to quickly check the current time like any other watch. It can probably serve as an always-connected fit bit or something like that.
But I agree that it is a solution looking for a problem. In the larger picture, I just don't see the form factor being conducive to a significant variety of applications. So it's useful to a subset of the population but not a must-have for most. And that will prevent it from being a runaway success. That is, until they can find a "killer app" that everyone wants to have. And I'm sure many people are working on ideas for that. Maybe someone will find that problem to solve. Maybe not. Even if they don't, I think enough people will find it useful enough to justify buying it and I think Apple will at least make their money back on the development costs.
"Sometimes insanity is the only alternative" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.