Posts Tagged: ‘Internet’

In late January, mom blogger Janine Kovac experienced what happens oh so often when you express your opinion (some would say not very eloquently) on the Internet: the Internet bites back. And hard.

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It’s Halloween season, so in addition to trying out a new creepy read (“House of Leaves“), I’m also enjoying an old favorite: H.P Lovecraft’s “The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath.” It’s the tale of dreamer Randolph Carter’s epic journey across the world of dreams, full of ghouls, gugs, zoogs, night gaunts, unspeakable monster gods and of course house cats.

It’s one of my favorite Lovecraft tales, so I’ve read it a couple of times before — but like all great works of fiction, it speaks to you a little differently each time. So in 2012, I eased into the text with a head full of Stuff to Blow Your Mind science fodder.

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What topics did Stuff to Blow Your Mind cover this week? Well, it was quite a space-themed couple of episodes as we contemplated life’s continued evolution in micro gravity as well as the sort of Internet connection those organisms might enjoy.

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I’ve returned from the vacation I took with my Internet friends and am back to doing show notes. Did you miss me? We put the idea for this subject on the big idea board pretty much when we started working on PopStuff. My vacation on the nerd boat just made it particularly apt timing, considering when we recorded it (right before) and when it published (right after).

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It’s no secret that censorship is a historically controversial topic, and the rise of the internet has reinvigorated some of the traditional, ongoing debates. For example, how should a country determine what information becomes classified? Or, to take it from another angle, how much power should the state have when it comes to censoring material […]

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If there is one thing that Digg and Gawker have taught us with their redesigns, it’s this: If you run a major website, you should consider making changes to the design carefully, incrementally and with audience permission/buy-in. If you don’t do this, you risk losing your audience. This article tells the tale for Gawker, which […]

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With Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Canada and the United States planning to impose monthly bandwidth caps on us, and with extra fees being planned for people who exceed those caps (e.g. $1 per gigabyte), it brings up a great question – how much does it really cost to provide Internet access? We can get […]

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I read an Associated Press report on IndyStar.com about the passing of a man whose work was instrumental in building the Internet: Paul Baran. Baran was one of two people who came up with an intriguing concept in the early 1960s (the other was Donald Davies, both men came up with the idea independently). What if you could send digital information through a series of small packets of data? The receiving computer could read information recorded at the front and back ends of the packets to piece everything back together. It would be like putting together a digital puzzle and could allow for rapid data transmission.

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To follow up on yesterday’s Firefox post… Firefox Downloads in real time – Plus a Firefox 4 preview …almost exactly 10 million copies of Firefox 4 were downloaded between 8AM yesterday and 8AM today. The average right now is about 9,000 downloads per minute. More info on Firefox 4 – particularly interesting are the Panorama […]

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Last June, Senator Joseph Lieberman introduced an act in Congress that would give the executive branch of government — essentially, the President — to command key pieces of infrastructure to sever ties to the Internet. Some critics of the proposed legislation fear it could lead to a situation similar to what happened in Egypt earlier this month. What if the President were to command Internet Service Providers to shut down in order to silence protesters? Despite multiple statements from Lieberman and others saying that the language of the act specifically prohibits the President from such actions, distrust and suspicion continue to fester. Perhaps Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s words about Internet restrictions and censorship will help.

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