[SATLUG] Verizon feeding ads on URL errors (2)

Enrique Sanchez Vela esanchezvela at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 3 00:14:44 CDT 2008


strange...., if I put www.googlecom using the windoze version of SeaMonkey, takes me to www.google.com, however... www.googleplex.com leads me to a page not found error...



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--- On Mon, 6/2/08, Don Crowder <donguitar at gmail.com> wrote:

> From: Don Crowder <donguitar at gmail.com>
> Subject: [SATLUG] Verizon feeding ads on URL errors (2)
> To: "SATLUG" <satlug at satlug.org>
> Date: Monday, June 2, 2008, 9:13 PM
> Ok, sorry I wasn't more clear.
> 
> I connect to the web via Verizon DSL.
> 
> "DNS server" is the language I was looking for
> but unsure of.  Under 
> normal circumstances the "internet" would feed me
> a "site not found" 
> signal and my browser would display a default error page.
> In this case, 
> Verizon is "intercepting" the error and feeding
> me a page of their 
> choosing.  I will grant that some of the words on that page
> are...
> 
> "Sorry, 'www.googlecom' does not exist or is
> not available."
> 
> and that's ok, because I deliberately left out the
> 'dot' in the google 
> URL in order to get the error page so I could make a
> screenshot of it. 
> What I'm "on" about is below the line which
> says...
> 
> "Search Results Provided By Yahoo!"
> 
> where the following information is displayed under a
> heading of "Other 
> Topics":
> 
> Arts:
> Movies, Free Music, Television (On the error page each word
> is a link)
> 	
> Business:
> Jobs, Shopping, Finance (links)
> 	
> Computers:
> Software, Hardware, Internet (links)
> 
> Education:
> Distance Learning, Colleges, K-12  (links)
> 	
> Entertainment:
> Music, TV Shows, Movies  (links)
> 	
> Government:
> Elections, Military, Law  (links)
> 
> Health:
> Fitness, Drugs, Nutrition (links)
> 	
> News:
> Newspapers, Weather, Radio (links)
> 	
> Recreation:
> Food, Travel, Sports (links)
> 
> Reference:
> Maps, Phone Numbers, Dictionaries (links)
> 	
> Regional:
> Europe, Asia, North America (links)
> 	
> Shopping:
> Auctions, Clothing, Beauty. (links)
> 
> My contention is that all of these are likely to be
> "sponsored" links, 
> i.e. advertising and to a captive audience, albeit
> temporarily, which is 
> thus an unethical practice.  That makes me angry.
> 
> Verizon makes it very difficult for you to sign up for
> their DSL service 
> without agreeing to accept service from Yahoo, MSN or AOL.
> 
> It's impossible to configure a Verizon DSL account
> without Internet 
> Explorer (once configured any browser, or OS for that
> matter, will work 
> just fine)
> 
> On top of everything else, they're using my typos to
> feed me unethical 
> advertising.
> 
> The only alternative high speed access in my community is
> about three 
> times the price of Verizon DSL so they have, in essence, a
> monopoly and 
> they're certainly acting upon it.
> 
> Oh well, eventually I'll have an affordable alternative
> and I'll vote 
> with my wallet, meanwhile, thanks for your comments.
> -- 
> Don Crowder
> -- 
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