Journal: News & Comment

Thursday, July 06, 2006
# 9:12:00 PM:

Mixmaster Aprigliano and the network discrimination mashup

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In the last week, a funny-yet-sad rant from U.S. Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, demonstrating his remarkable ignorance about the Internet, has been making the rounds. A similarly incoherent (but intentionally so) discussion of the "net neutrality" issue appears at Ask a Ninja.

Today, John Aprigliano of diabeticfeed mixed those with the instrumental version of my Gnomedex theme into the brilliant "the Internet is a series of tubes" mashup.

One other related thing. At Gnomedex this past weekend, there was an excellent suggestion from Kathy Gill of the University of Washington, restated by Amazon's Werner Vogels, to change the way the debate is framed: stop being for "net neutrality" (which doesn't excite anyone) and start being against "network discrimination."

And, for the purely frivolous: (a) SeisMac turns your new Mac laptop into a seismograph, and (b) if you want to write, it might be better to use a 15-year-old computer, which can boot in 7 seconds, open a huge document just as fast, and keep up with your typing.


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