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Could obsession by any other name smell as sweet?

It’s genuinely easy to look upon others with a sense of superiority, or at least a saccharine pity, when the subject of addiction is broached. We all have the black sheep in the family (and for some of us it’s the whole family), that has a drug or alcohol addiction, allowing it to ruin every thing that did or could make that person great. There are few things in life akin to the sorrow of disappointment in others with potential.

I dare say that these obsessions, these addictions, are just easy pickin’s. I for example drink very little. I do not smoke, nor do I engage in illicit substances abusively or recreationally, yet I am prone to my own obsession that both rob me of the life I could lead and the concentration, at times, even to dream.

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I need your help.

As I start to type this, Google offers about 1,540 results for the query “base unit of attention”.

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Chatroulette, a new low even for the net

Chatroulette HunterWe as a species have seen so much emptiness, loneliness, and depravity in our increasing exposure to these series of tubes. Being a man of greater experience then most with this world wide web, you’d think that I would have seen just about the worst parts of humanity as displayed in the anonymity provided by the digital shadows. Yet innovation never fails to bring us something all the more expressed then before. The newest edition to our tradition of technology abuse is

Curiosity was my motivation, closeups of masturbating penises the result. In 30 minutes I managed to see more penis then I will ever be comfortable with. I just have to say right now that chatroulette is scary. After 10 minutes you inevitably begin to feel the desperation and lack of respect that people have for each other, especially under the shroud of anonymity. I tried more than once to actually hold a conversation with some of the people I was matched with, even those whom I could get more then 2 words from didn’t hang out any longer then it took to determine that I wasn’t someone they could masturbate to.

I would call chatroulette the new “b” but that would imply that it isn’t much more sick then even 4chan offers. Chatroulette couples the more extreme content of “b” with the anonymous live assholes. We are all now dumber for having seen it and may God have mercy on our souls.

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ISPs throwing curve balls… But what does it really mean?


Ars Technica has posted a summary of the surprising response to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski’s speech on net neutrality. As it stands the Internet Service Provider industry has been fighting net neutrality tooth and nail for years now. The laundry list of issues and headaches with the fight is a long one that promises to plunge the internet into a sea of hidden fees and tacked on charges that we already enjoy on our cell phone and cable bills. ISPs in the US have been doing nothing but adding fuel to the fire of these debates and have had a lot of us in Linterland standing on soap boxes the size of planets.

And then they threw us a curve ball by responding positively. The part of this whole affair that really gives me pause is why. It is immensely important to the good of the American public and to the internet as a whole to remain completely open, but ISPs are always looking for the best way to tack on fees and control the content that flows over their wires. This makes perfect sense, they control the lines, they control the bottom line. Their fight against net neutrality has never puzzled me. From their perspective it just makes business sense (albeit very greedy sense) to close down net neutrality. The fight has been long and convoluted enough that the FCC is finally stepping in and taking their stance for the future. The future that will soon enough become regulation and law. I am not surprised that the FCC had to get involved, but now that it has, the ISP response is befuddling. Something is fishy here. What do the ISPs have up their sleeve? This can’t be how it all ends. Sure, their response had a few caveats and concerns but was overwhelmingly (and shockingly I might add) positive.

What is their ace in the hole? What can we expect from the juggernauts of Linterland that seem hell-bent on putting the screws to it’s customers. I suppose only time will tell.

Check out the full article at Ars.

(Via Ars Technica.)

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