[MUD-Dev] Trouble Makers or Regular Citizens

Ryan P. ixiterra at earthlink.net
Thu Mar 30 10:46:20 New Zealand Daylight Time 2000


At 07:49 AM 3/29/00 -0500, Marc Bowden wrote:
>  As to banning AOL, you *can* turn off access from specific dial-in
>pools if you do your research - I've done this before to get rid of
>munchkins from the Pennsylvania AOL NAS until they got bored and
>wandered away. I agree AOL abuse is very admin-friendly to a point.
>Too bad not everyone feels this way ("We don't regulate our
>customers' use." - iAmerica, when we were under a DoS from one of
>their users.)
>  For schools and libraries, if you're really serious, look for the
>telltale string *.k12.*.us.

Unfortunately, this only works if the annoyances happen to be in a
not-so-populated area. With Earthlink (recently merged with MindSpring)
there are about 40 dialups alone (pre-mindspring) in the Chicagoland
area. The local phone company offers call packs so that you can call
anywhere up to 15 miles away at only 8-10 cents per call; no minute
charges. On just the two dialups I use, the first number of the IP address
isn't even the same, one is 38 and the other is 167. Now if they were
*smart* annoyers (although probably not), they could potentially have
access to many different IP addresses. Then again, this doesn't even
count the use of wingates, which are available to anyone and virtually
undetectable.

--Ryan



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