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I remember seeing an idea posted here recently about making one's
cached page content available for Bluetooth users who want to access
the web in areas without free WiFi access. I cannot recall the title of the
idea, nor the identity of the poster, but if I recall correctly, the idea was
folks with Bluetooth-enabled devices such as laptops or
smartphones to be able to access the cached browser history of
nearby Bluetooth-enabled devices.
Well, my idea is similar, but not quite so altruistic. My idea is to make
one's cached page content available, but for a charge. I'm thinking a
per-kilobyte or per-megabyte charge, but significantly cheaper than
cellphone carriers' pay-per-use rates, which are usually around 1 cent
per kilobyte or 2 dollars per megabyte (yes, there's a difference, it
depends on which carrier it is). In the last 2 weeks, I've used nearly
160 MB just on my phone, which is why I don't mind paying 24.99 for
the Unlimited Data / Messaging feature offered by my carrier, but I
Using a credit card system such as Google Checkout (maybe not, I
don't know much about payment systems) and a simple data transfer
rate measuring application, one could have Bluetooth always on, and
other nearby users could synch with your laptop or smartphone, send
their credit card info to your computer (or whatever 3rd party system
you use) for validation, and view access your browser history, and you
charge them depending on the amount of data transmitted from your
computer to theirs. You could charge a very miniscule amount, but it
would add money to your wallet in a trickle effect, and doesn't cost
you anything in return.
||it's certainly halfbaked, i'll give you that. :) but it lacks pizzazz of more extreme yet plausable ideas. what are the odds of nearby people having already accessed the content you want?
||I can't imagine anyone allowing this to be done to them. the security/privacy concerns are enormous.