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Re: Time Warner bad / VPS recommendations
No. Aside from the Family option (which aims to help prevent multiple nodes operated by the same person or group from being used in a circuit, with their cooperation), Tor will not choose similar IPs. Three IPs at the same provider would probably be pretty similar (same /24 or /16), and tor would avoid using only those. I believe it also takes the country into account using the geoip stuff, but i'm not certain of that.
Anyway, point is, automated methods are used to avoid putting your entire circuit into the same hands, and there is always the statistical probability. There are a lot of legitimate nodes; you'd need to run a huge number to get any notable chance of having an entire circuit, and they'd have to be distinct IPs and so forth.
- John Brooks