"Poised between intransigent scepticism and uncritical credulity, it [science fiction] is par excellence the literature of the open mind."
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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