Jan. 14th, 2014

fengi: (Mr. Fengi)
I recently realized/remembered LiveJournal can handle RSS feeds - in fact it's gotten better at doing so over time. The quality of the LJ version varies according to how much the site is RSS friendly/saavy, but old school blogs seem like just another person in your friends list.

My first test is The Hooded Utilitarian, a sometimes interesting, sometimes infuriating comics and pop culture criticism blog. The LJ profile for [livejournal.com profile] hoodedufeed is here.
fengi: (Mr. Fengi)
The internet was created by the military and nearly all access involves large public and private systems and technology mass produced by corporations.

Some time ago, the techno-utopian line that this resource intensive, capitalist derived communications product contained unique levels of freedom began to seem like more complex, future optimist version of the cheap initial hits of junk.

The day always comes when the dealer will make you to suck his dick even if you've got enough money to score.
In a landmark ruling Tuesday, a federal appeals court has struck down key parts of the Federal Communications Commission's open-Internet rules, effectively ruling that the federal government cannot enforce net neutrality. Put more simply, it can't require that Internet service providers treat all traffic equally.

...the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the agency's rules had no basis in federal law...Judges did, however, preserve the disclosure requirements that say while Verizon and other carriers can make some traffic run faster or block services, they have to tell subscribers they're doing it...Judge David Tatel, who was part of the three-judge panel, said that striking down net neutrality could have negative effects on consumers.

...In a statement Tuesday morning, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said:
"I am committed to maintaining our networks as engines for economic growth, test beds for innovative services and products, and channels for all forms of speech protected by the First Amendment. We will consider all available options, including those for appeal, to ensure that these networks on which the Internet depends continue to provide a free and open platform for innovation and expression, and operate in the interest of all Americans."
One reason for this ruling is the FCC hamstrung itself. As one might expect, the problem originated in the Bush administration's crusade against regulation, during which the FCC removed common carrier status from ISPs. Telecommunications and common carrier services are subject to strong regulation under the law as an important system needing protection from disruptive practices.

Michael Powell was head of the FCC then, and now he's head of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.

Obama has been no better, spouting populist stances about information while passively fucking users over. In 2010 the FCC chose not to reassign "common carrier" status to broadband providers.

The FCC technically has the power to fix this by restoring the stricter classification, but it's unlikely they'll try. Current FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said ISPs should charge edge providers, something the Open Internet Order sought to prevent. His position is "I am a firm believer in the market."