June 11, 2008, 8:43 am
Filed under: FEATURES, Tech

I’ll start off with something you obviously don’t hear about enough making your rounds of the techno-blogosphere – NET NEUTRALITY. Yes, defenders of net neutrality have been warning us for years, explaining that without government intervention to preserve the internet as it is today, broadband providers may move to drastically limit our access to the internet based on the price we pay for it (think cable tv). Alarmists? Maybe. Hopefully! But a recent announcement by New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo may indicate the coming of the inter-pocalypse we all fear – ordering ISPs Verizon Communications, Sprint and Time Warner Cable to “shut down major sources of online child pornography.”

Cuomo did not explain that this shut down primarily involves a broad denial of access to the ancient discussion group Usenet. Time Warner could not comply fast enough, and went on to say that they would deny ALL access to Usenet for all customers nationwide. It’s not a coincidence that broadband providers are beginning to control content accessability to (a) an old part of the internet hardly anyone uses anymore, but provides complete freedom and anonymity, and (b) based on reasoning no one is allowed to argue with (child pornography). It’s the beginning of the end, people.

On a lighter note, this blogster has something great to share with all of you – Gametap, an ad-supported service providing free computer games (mostly cheap flash games, or commercial games from a few years ago) has just added my personal favorite computer game of all time to their stocks – Deus Ex. I highly recommend this complex, immersive role playing game/first person shooter to anyone who has even a fleeting interest in videogames and cyberpunk. Seriously, you don’t know what you’re missing, and it’s free.


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Thanks for adding that hilarious image.

Comment by jonatron

Is this feature a rival of Kojo Nnamdi’s Tech Tuesday?

Comment by btfaust

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