Friday, August 04, 2006

Internet's in distress let's answer the SOS

Peter Pan, Tron Guy, and my personal favorite, gem sweater fan Leslie Hall.

Anyone with an email account is most likely familiar with them, but what do they have in common?

They've created We Are the Web, an organization devoted to fighting for net neutrality protections that would keep the big telecoms from setting up their own first-class section of the internet.

Craig Newmark, of Craigslist, explains it pretty aptly this way:
Here's a real world example that shows how this would work. Let's say you call Joe's Pizza and the first thing you hear is a message saying you'll be connected in a minute or two, but if you want, you can be connected to Pizza Hut right away. That's not fair, right? You called Joe's and want some Joe's pizza. Well, that's how some telecommunications executives want the Internet to operate, with some Web sites easier to access than others. For them, this would be a money-making regime.

WTF, right? What kind of evil fuckers would support such a fucked-up scheme?

Well, as it turns out, Republicans, mostly. But you can check to see where your own senators are coming down here.

(big ups to Alana for this tip!)


MonstrousJoe said...


Spooney said...

I can't decide which one of those guys I like better! They are all so special.

RandyLuvsPaiste said...

Howcum Republicans try to fuck up everything good?

SJ said...

Tron Guy! I vote for Tron Guy!!

Grant Miller said...

I'm a craigslist junkie.

vikkitikkitavi said...

MJoe: yes

Spooney: Gem Sweater!

SJ: Gem Sweater!

Grant: I once got rid of a pile of broken cinder blocks on craigslist. I'm not kidding.

RanMan: How many Republicans does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

Answer: Four hundred and sixty-two:

Twelve to investigate the Clinton administration's involvement in the failure of the old bulb,

Twenty-three to deregulate the light bulb industry,

Sixteen to cut funding for alternative lighting R&D,

Thirty-four to cut the tax rate on light bulbs,

Fifty-three to design a blockgrant so the states can change the bulb,

Forty-one to talk with defense contractors about night-vision gear instead, and

two hundred and eighty-three to pass a law making it illegal to discuss screwing anything on the Internet.

Megan said...

Imagine that. George Allen, my most hated senator, is against net neutrality. I'd call him and tell him to change his position, but last time I checked George Allen didn't give a rat's ass about my opinions.

Jess said...

Leslie Hall is my new hero.

I like that she's rockin' the granny glasses & big hair. Just like me in high school! Maybe it's time for that look to come back. I think it's time.

(fyi, my "word verification" is "epftwxzm". I think that's taking it a bit far, don't you?)

Devang said...

If everyone didn't have a problem with the "buffering..." thing while watching video online, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

They want to offer really good video and audio services over the internet, but they're going to kill the rest of the internet in doing so. Thankyou un-patient people! :)

Devang said...

Really technical article, which I meant to link to...

vikkitikkitavi said...

Megan: You got yourself some shitty-ass representation, girl.

Jess: Granny glasses used to mean those tiny little wire frames, not unlike what Spooney wears, or Irene Ryan on "The Beverly Hillbillies." It's funny that now it means those huge plastic multi-color frames, possibly with the goldtone bows, hopefully with the goldtone bows that dip down on either side of the front piece. Hey, my granny had a pair.

And for the record, I have no control over word verification. I get mine wrong about half the time is all I know.

DeVang: Wow, I've attracted a technology wonk. Cool. Try to keep the NAP references to a minimum, though.

GETkristiLOVE said...

That reminds me... time to start thinking about my Halloween costume!

vikkitikkitavi said...

You should totally go as "gem sweater" Leslie!

On second thought, that's my costume!

Spooney said...

"On second thought, that's my costume!"
Hey I thought we were gonna' go as Brett Summers & Charles Nelson Riley? So once again no one under 35 will know who the hell we're suppose to be.

vikkitikkitavi said...

I said "boobs," Gene!