Apparently so-called “phone phreaks” are being blamed for voting massive numbers of times for the contestants that they prefer in American Idol. They blame broadband lines in part for the problem, which doesn’t make much sense to me, unless they’re talking about broadband lines that are being used as many voice lines as opposed to one fat data pipe. In any case, a real phone phreak would hack the system to block or divert all of the calls to contestants other than the ones they wanted to win. That’s a much more elegant approach than just voting thousands of times.