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  • "Operation Chokehold" Spreading

    A plan to flood AT&T's network as a protest against the carrier's service is building momentum on the Web... and AT&T is not amused. Started with a single post by popular blogger Fake Steve Jobs, "Operation Chokehold" will have iPhone users soak the network for one hour starting at 12 noon Pacific Standard time on Friday, December 18. AT&T calls it "irresponsible and pointless scheme to draw attention to a blog," in a statement released on Tuesday.

    Fake Steve Jobs is the online identity of Newsweek writer Dan Lyons. His blog, "The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs," features satirical takes on issues of the day delivered in the voice of a sort of Steve Jobs-meets-Dr.-Evil (or Steve-Jobs-IS-Dr.-Evil) character. On Monday, Fake Steve Jobs wrote the following:

    I’m really blown away by the way people have responded to AT&T’s bastardly behavior over bandwidth usage. Our engineers are friggin livid. And, because they’re engineers, which means they’re basically evil little pricks, they’ve come up with a plan to teach AT&T a lesson. They’re calling it Operation Chokehold. Last night I got this email that they’ve been sending around inside Apple, encouraging people to join the crusade:

    Subject: Operation Chokehold
    On Friday, December 18, at noon Pacific time, we will attempt to overwhelm the AT&T data network and bring it to its knees. The goal is to have every iPhone user (or as many as we can) turn on a data intensive app and run that app for one solid hour. Send the message to AT&T that we are sick of their substandard network and sick of their abusive comments. THe idea is we’ll create a digital flash mob. We’re calling it in Operation Chokehold. Join us and speak truth to power!
    The post came after after Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T Wireless, hinted that the carrier may go to usage-based pricing for heavy data users: read "iPhone owners." The outrage spread rapidly. "An American company creates a brilliant phone," Fake Steve Jobs wrote, "and that company hands it to you, and gives you an exclusive deal to carry it - and all you guys can do is complain about how much people want to use it."

    AT&T, understandably, doesn't find this all that funny. In a statement to the Cult of Mac blog, a company spokesman said:

    We understand that fakesteve.net is primarily a satirical forum, but there is nothing amusing about advocating that customers attempt to deliberately degrade service on a network that provides critical communications services for more than 80 million customers. We know that the vast majority of customers will see this action for what it is: an irresponsible and pointless scheme to draw attention to a blog.
    In an amusing reaction, some loyal AT&T customers have created something called Operation Cuckoo opposing the action. From their Facebook page:

    ... you don't urge AT&T to improve its network and terms by attempting to bring it down or violating your contract with the entity. Much the same as you don't put out a fire with a gasoline shower.
    Ideas for disruptiing AT&T's network on Friday include:
    • Turning off WiFi
    • Streaming YouTube videos
    • Streaming live video with the new USTREAM Live Broadcaster app
    • Streaming high-bandwidth video from Akamai’s iPhone Showcase site

    One commenter on Gizmodo's story on Operation Chokehold quipped: "I have one problem with this. How do we know if the operation is underway? I don't think I'll be able to tell the difference."

    image via The Unofficial Apple Weblog
    This article was originally published in forum thread: "Operation Chokehold" Spreading started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 89 Comments
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by cerote View Post
      The "Gas Boycotts" do nothing but delay when you get gas. Just like you say they raise the price the following day or week because people will need the gas at some point just not on the day of the boycott. Not going to the pumps for one day does nothing. You still need gas at some point. To hurt them more you see the people actually putting up more fight by using public transportation, bikes, walking, carpools, etc. Those items actually use less gas than not going to a pump for one day.
      lol - I've only just realised what you guys are talking about. I wondered how you managed to boycott gas. I was imagining turning off heating and all sorts. But, of course, when you talk about gas you don't mean gas at all (what do you call gas? ) , you actually mean petrol which makes far more sense.

      It's very confusing.

      Like Winston Churchill said - 'Two nations separated by a common language'.
    1. jayson9's Avatar
      jayson9 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hollow0 View Post
      You're an idiot like all the rest who think this will help. The person who began this whole thing prob doesn't give a crap about AT&T nor you. How do you know he's not hoping that this trick will force AT&T to actually implement the usage limits to **** us iPhone users up?

      Do any of you morons actually use your brains when it comes to business matters like this? Or do you all just follow on like baby ducks hoping for some kind of resolution? You're all going to probably end up ruining it for ALL OF US. Not just me, not just joe the plumber,even you yourselves. Such stupid childlike brains you all have.
      And you must be one of those "idiot sheep" that goes along with everything and never complains or voices their oppinions. I am sure AT&T (and others)just loves your type! By the way, next time your being herded by Apple and AT&T, buy an extra iPhone so that you can help the cause.

      Whether an "idiot" like yourself knows it or not, you are part of the problem - on all sorts of levels. But, you are just to DUMB to know it!
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      lol - I've only just realised what you guys are talking about. I wondered how you managed to boycott gas. I was imagining turning off heating and all sorts. But, of course, when you talk about gas you don't mean gas at all (what do you call gas? ) , you actually mean petrol which makes far more sense.

      It's very confusing.

      Like Winston Churchill said - 'Two nations separated by a common language'.
      Lol yes we meant petrol. The american english language can be very, very confusing. One word can have many meanings or many words can be one thing. I work with our India group a lot on the phone and email/messenger and sometimes things get confusing because of how the word is meant or one of us thought of a different meaning. Even moving from southern US to northern US things have different words and meanings. When I hear some of my employees talking on some items I have to double check what they meant or why are they saying that word because the sentence sounded weird from a southern standing.

      By the way did "Operation Chokehold" do anything to anyone today? I work late nights so I didn't notice a thing because I was asleep and none of my friends or family mentioned any issues.
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Hmmm I used my iphone normally all day and never noticed a thing..... as predicted. *fluff*
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      That was the same thing I had been saying. Several hundred people doing heavy use all aross the US will not do much. Several thousand people using the networks during a disaster will take it down just in that area. Even then it is not a full take down but just a rough time getting through but it will happen with retries. T-Mobile going down nationwide for 5+ hours caused mild headaches but the next day everyone didn't care and forgot.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Yup, The T-Mobile outage was awful but was quickly forgotten in a few days. But I knew this chokehold would do nothing..
    1. Megum07's Avatar
      Megum07 -
      lol oh my, everyone was just so pumped for this, over thousands of people supporting it on facebook...and nothing. the media was all over this, fcc got in, and there was no impact from this, whatsoever. hah, how anticlimactic.
    1. Undying_Pain's Avatar
      Undying_Pain -
      wow OVER-HYPED...sucks it didnt do anything.
    1. CrunchDude's Avatar
      CrunchDude -
      Haha...Yea well, this didn't really accomplish anything other than to show how childish and silly the iPhone community is.

      I made sure to turn on WiFi for 12/18 on my 3GS.