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Friday, July 07, 2006

Happy (belated) 4th of July 

Been on vacation, (yes, my drunk is coming along nicely, thank you) but I just added links for my latest stuff on thingsihate to the sidebar. Go read them, the series is all about me and how tough I am, you're gonna like it, really. Or else.

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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Support Network Neutrality 

The telecoms are out to take over the world again. It's not bad enough that we had to go through the breakup of AT&T, now we have to fend off another cabal of wire-biters for our freedom of information.

Look, the internet is exactly the same as the roads: a public project with benefits for everyone. The telecom providers are simply the people that build the roads. The telecoms and the states both receive federal assistance in one form or another. In the telecoms case, they're profiting from their access to the federal network backbone that makes it all possible. Now they want to be able to create toll lanes wherever they please. Their argument for this is that they won't be able to pay for upgrades without this ability to unlevel the playing field. This is like saying that the highway will never get built if they don't get the ability to SELECTIVELY over or under charge people for the right to drive on it.

Yes, we have toll roads. But everyone pays the same price, even if they pay with an EZ pass. And more to the point, we, the end users, ALREADY pay for the infrastructure. Just like I pay the state an excise tax, I pay may cable company quite a bit for my broadband connection and even more for my static IP. And if you think the prices I'm paying aren't more than sufficient to pay for the cost of the network services I'm consuming, then you don't understand capitalism at all. But for all that I pay for access, my CONTENT still has the chance to reach users with roughly equal speed as other content providers. In other words, I'm allowed to drive 65 miles per hour on the highway without paying an extra fee, just like everyone else. The cost to move a byte of data across the network should be the same for everyone, regardless of whether I'm moving kilobytes or terabytes. A packet is a packet is a packet.

Call your congressman.

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Monday, June 05, 2006

Autumn 

Sept. 1995 - June 5, 2006



I'm sorry, buddy. I wish I'd realized you were that sick. I wish I had taken care of you like I promised I would when you were a kitten. I wish I hadn't made you live outside after I found out I was allergic to you. I wish I helped you when you asked for help. I wish you were still here. I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry. You were a damn fine cat and I miss you.

Rest in peace.

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