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Posted 2006-12-31 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
I'm a couple of days late to the bloody mess "Neuronet" has become. In summary, an upstart "nonprofit group" reportedly plans to establish a network ("Neuronet") for virtual-reality and other high-bandwidth applications. The group plans to sell memberships and domain names, but, at the time of this writing, offers very little in the way of detailed information--other than pricing, of course. Red flag central.

Csven of reBang did an excellent job of scraping through the entire operation with a fine-edged scalpel. My take on his findings (and the comments from his readers) is that the so-called "International Association of Virtual Reality Technologies" that sponsors Neuronet has no real plan, backing, or credibility. Prior to reading Csven's analysis, I'd done a WHOIS check on the group's domain--the results were not impressive, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. I don't see how anyone could take the group's legitimacy or value for granted after doing even the slightest amount of research. Should be really interesting to see this story continue to develop.
 
     
 
   
 
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Comment posted by csven
December 31, 2006 @ 2:36 pm
     
 
Thanks for the kind words.

This whole thing is admittedly pretty wild and has me wondering just how many sites on the net are nothing more than scam operations. This one group is involved in quite a few questionable activities. What's legit and what's not? I'd say Reputation systems get a boost after these kinds of things surface.
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
December 31, 2006 @ 4:10 pm
     
 
The investigation of the people and sites connected with IAVRT reminds me of some very good alternate-reality game sleuthing. When I first read about IAVRT, it crossed my mind that it was part of an ARG for an upcoming movie or game.
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by csven
December 31, 2006 @ 5:02 pm
     
 
It might still be an ARG (which is what Eric Rice also considered). But check out the letter I got - http://blog.rebang.com/?p=1138 . I love this line:

"Please immediately remove all references to theorized associations between IAVRT and the individuals named on your ReBang weblog".

It's like Seinfeld's "soup nazi": No theorizing for you!
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
December 31, 2006 @ 7:39 pm
     
 
Holy shit. If IAVRT was intended to be a viral campaign, it's a hit. If was supposed to be legitimate, it has screwed up worse than I could have imagined. Threatening bloggers is never good for business.
 
     
 
     
   
 
 
     
 
     
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