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High-speed train in the countryside, September 2017.

As often nowdays, access to the train was preceded by a control at the head of the quay, the red lasers scanning the 2D identifiers. The temporarily compact crowd was transformed into authorized passengers, riding on the train as they pleased. A surprise awaited them: small papers placed on each square. Not only did they enjoy a high-speed train, but they were also informed of how to access fast internet during their trip.
Still using the ticket as a trace of identity, the maneuver was easy and even if the speed was displayed as “average” with 114 passengers plugged, access to emails was fast. Soon even a certificate appeared on the login page: I had “seen” the TGV ride at 300km/h just by sitting there. Miracle of a speed that one does not feel, navigation from one site to another in a seemingly limitless web space.
However, taking a small side step, an attempt to access a recently published scientific article, and the true nature of the service provided becomes clear: this train was just as forbidden to passengers without tickets as to unauthorized sites. Of course, I could endorse the cause of the excluded by pointing out an error, but I would have long left this two-speed Internet before my message has any effect.

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