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FCC Announces “Net Neutrality” Order

Net Neuter-ality?

Net Neuter-ality?

The FCC today released it’s “Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet” order, a.k.a. “Net Neutrality.”

Weighing in at nearly 600 pages, it is a monstrous behemoth. It’s important to note that the order was not unanimous among the commissioners (3-2).

Commissioners Pai and O’Rielly dissenting and issuing separate statements and included as an addendum inside the document. The contents of this dissent will be important for any legal challenges to the ruling.

Looks like I have a little light reading to do. I’ll post the links to the dissenting opinions when they’re published.

Update: 2015.03.13. The Register has posted a two-part quick-and-dirty summation of the rules. Part 1. Part 2.


Misunderstanding Cyberculture: Martin Rimm and the ‘Cyberporn’ Study

Time CoverThis is a paper that was peer-reviewed and presented to the annual Popular Culture Association conference, Las Vegas, NV, March 1996. Images and links, obviously, were not included in the original. Any strange artifacts in the text were a result from the rescue attempt to save the article from potential file corruption.

Full Citation:

“Misunderstanding Cyberculture: Martin Rimm and the ‘Cyberporn’ Study.” (with Rod Carveth). Paper presented at the annual Popular Culture Association conference, Las Vegas, NV, March 1996. Read more…

Thought for the Day, From Cicero

November 1, 2013 4 comments

“Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and gave him triumphal processions. Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the ‘new, wonderful good society’ which shall now be Rome, interpreted to mean ‘more money, more ease, more security, more living fatly at the expense of the industrious.”

Can read more on Cicero here.

The TSA Must Be Abolished

April 5, 2012 7 comments

There is no secret that I hate the TSA. I have always hated the TSA. Tom Daschle has a lot to answer for.

Today did nothing to help my impression of the TSA, and in what was a long stream of insanity (ultimately capped by the most inappropriate “bad touching” I’ve ever experienced, I nearly lost it. I was a hair’s breadth of getting myself arrested, as I wanted to take a swing at the agent doing the pat-down.

Warning: the description is brutally honest. Read more…

TSA’s BackScatters: Would Your Doctor Do It?

CNN published a pretty well-balanced article on some of the medical experts’ opinions about going through the radiation-spewing Backscatter machine at the airports. Her informal, unscientific survey seemed to indicate that some would, some wouldn’t, and each had their reasons based primarily over the amount of radiation released.

To me, this misses the point entirely. Read more…

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Google vs. Directive 10-289

March 25, 2010 3 comments

Oh, how we love to hate big companies. Microsoft, Apple, McDonald’s… all have felt the wrath of governments and environmental groups alike have been absolutely slammed in recent years about decisions of who and what they let play in their sandboxes and the nature of their influence in global cultures. No company, though, even with the inclusion of Microsoft vs. the Clinton DOJ, has been the target of such an all-out war against a single company than Google. Read more…

A Visit to the UK Doctor, Pt: II: My Eyes! My Eyes!

December 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Okay, the first note was a little anecdote, intended to be amusing (which it was, after everything was all said and done). This next one… not so much. Read more…

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