What can be said here other than how much of a bad idea this would be?

The thought that people could actually vote someone into such a low bandwidth that they would be effectively cut off from mainstream internet. The person who submitted this to slashdot was certainly right about one thing.. this gives absolutely no comfort about Microsoft’s stance on the topic of Network Neutrality, especially since something like this would turn the internet into a world where people feared to say something anyone didn’t like lest they face having their bandwidth reduced because of negative voting.

| Microsoft's 'Naughty or Nice' Patent Application                   |
|   from the diff'rent-strokes dept.                                 |
|   posted by CowboyNeal on Friday August 25, @07:42 (Patents)       |
|   http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/08/25/0555222          |

[0]theodp writes "Those of you worried about [1]Microsoft's stance on
network neutrality won't find much comfort in the software giant's
just-published patent application for [2]systems and methods to
facilitate self regulation of social networks through trading and gift
exchange, which classify users as good or bad and call for network
bandwidth to be reduced for those deemed 'less desirable.'"

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0. mailto:theodp @ aol.com
1. http://tinyurl.com/synpu
2. http://tinyurl.com/m9mj3
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