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Comment Re:D'oh! (Score 1) 242

i got a call on my way to work last week. it was my isp (comcast) calling to tell me that last month i went over the new 250GB limit by over 250GB (my usage was in the low 500GBs). they asked if my wireless router was unsecured or if i was running a botnet. they seemed shocked that i could possibly be using that much bandwidth knowingly. agreed it's a ton of bandwidth but i do a ton of streaming and torrenting. oh did i mention i have room mates? yeah, they watch stuff online too.

bottom line: "reduce your bandwidth usage by 50% or we will suspend your service without warning for 1 year. this is your only warning."

so i asked how much more i would have to pay to be uncapped. i was told that i'm already on the business grade cable (i pay extra to get the fastest cable connection they offer) but that business grade is also capped. the only uncapped plan is "enterprise" which is a over $500 per month and a T1 which requires installation. funny thing is i get 8mbps to 12mbps on my business cable line and a T1 is 1.5mbps.

so i called speakeasy. the sales guy laughed with me (not at me) and assured me they will never shut me down for using the bandwidth i pay for even if i saturate my line all month long. unfortunately i'm too far form the CO. so i'm stuck with comcast.
The Courts

Submission + - Geek Squad - Peek Squad

An anonymous reader writes: apr12,0,6657126.story?coll=la-home-headlines 'Geek Squad' member is sued in shower-taping incident By Ashley Surdin, Times Staff Writer 6:57 PM PDT, April 11, 2007 A woman and her mother sued Best Buy and its "Geek Squad" computer repair team Wednesday, claiming they were legally responsible for dispatching a technician who allegedly videotaped the daughter taking a shower. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of Sarah Vasquez, 22, and her mother, Natalie Fornaciari, 46, both from City of Industry, alleges that Geek Squad technician Hao Kuo Chi, 26, placed his cell phone in Vasquez's bathroom during a computer service call March 4 and recorded her showering. Chi was arrested the same day on suspicion of using a camera to view a person without his or her consent and of annoying or molesting a child under 18, both misdemeanors, said Walnut Station Sgt. Bob Skudlarski. The family said they relied on the national chain to screen and train agents before sending them into people's homes. They also relied on the Geek Squad's brochure, which promised to provide " ... agents you can trust." "Businesses need to do a better job of screening the employees whom they send to their customer's homes," said attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing the family. A Best Buy spokesman said he learned of the lawsuit shortly after it was announced Wednesday. "Best Buy was not informed of this action prior to being contacted by the media today," company officials said in a statement. "Obviously, we intend to cooperate fully with any investigation into this matter." According to the suit, Chi came to the family's home last month for a scheduled computer appointment. After starting to work, he asked to use the bathroom and was shown to one shared by Vasquez and her 13-year-old sister, Kelly Rocha, the lawsuit said. Vasquez later showered in the same bathroom. When she stepped out of the stall, she noticed a cell phone propped against the faucet handles of her cluttered sink, the suit said. The phone was covered in a leather case; a small camera with a red, blinking light was sticking out, she said. Suspicious, Vasquez left the bathroom to tell her sister Kelly, and when she returned, the phone was gone. Kelly then found the phone in her bedroom. Believing the phone was programmed to record her as well, she removed its memory chip, and she and Vasquez took it to a Verizon store to see what was on it. "You could see him on the video setting it up," Vasquez said. "I was shocked." The sisters called their stepfather, who reported Chi to police, and he was arrested at their house. The family is seeking compensatory and punitive damages for alleged fraud, negligent misrepresentation and hiring, invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress and breach of warrant.

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