"the [science fiction] writer should be able to convince the reader (and himself) that the wonders he is describing really can come true...and that gets tricky when you take a good, hard look at the world around you."
We've all heard of burner phones, intended to be cheap enough to throw away after only one anonymous use. I think there is such a thing as a burner modem, but this is the first use of it in sf that I've read.
Compare to this early expression of an idea from John Varley's 1984 story Press Enter - a telephony device that generates a new phone number every time it is used.
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