Quantum Statement

The New Internet, the New World

“When Whitaker says ‘free’ he’s not talking about beer…”

“…It’s our Freedom of Speech that’s at stake here.”

I apologize for linking to BoingBoing posts all the time. This is the last one this week I promise. Via BoingBoing, David Isenberg of “Stupid Network” fame wrote a Dr. Seuss style poem explaining Network Neutrality. I can’t think of a better way to illustrate a confusing and arcane subject …except possibly a Youtube Video?

Now the law has a flaw, or so they say
So the telcos send our data to NSA
As if we’re all Osama and we might get away

There’s also a podcast (link to mp3)

Technorati Tags: video, Network Neutrality, Net Neutrality, YouTube, video

May 10, 2006 Posted by | Internet, Internet Speed, net neutrality, technology, video, youtube | Leave a comment

old news, but…

I just read that Star Wars Kid, Ghyslain Raza, has settled a lawsuit with a group of youth who posted a historic video on the Internet. The video, which depicts Raza “training” for battle in a school tv studio spread like wildfire, and we all know what happened next.

April 18, 2006 Posted by | Culture, Humor, Society, technology, video, youtube | Leave a comment

How to break the back of the Internet

Strange and gifted, fifty-eight year old author Bruce Kushnick of Teletruth.org made some startling prognostications about the future of the Internet. At a conference held in DC called Freedom to Connect, Kushnick railed against the Bells for scrapping the deployments of numerous fiber optic Internet infrastuctures around the country even though they promised a highspeed network. Notes of his talk are posted on DanaBlankenhorn.com. These are frightening in their implications, given the recent defeat of an amendment [via] to The Telecommunications Act that would have prevented the Bell(s) from commodotizing bandwidth on the Internet’s network backbone. It suggests that some time in the near future, The Bells will be making an already slow Internet even slower for those content creators who cannot afford to utilize their HOV lane on the information superhighway. Reminds me of the bit by comedian Patton Oswald describing the end of the world.

F—ing volcanoes spewed menstrual blood into the sky and it formed into Avril Lavigne’s face and she recited the ‘Good Will Hunting’ screenplay and the words turned into sentient razors that bored into your flesh, and George Bush was president, and mediocrity held sway! [via]

Full Disclosure: I am a volunteer for Teletruth.org

Technorati Tags: Net Neutrality Broadband

April 9, 2006 Posted by | Authors, Bruce Kushnick, Internet Speed, net neutrality | 8 Comments

Music — The Kleptones — 24Hours

There’s a particularly good mashup album available for download and I presume it’ll be “all the rage” among “the kids.” The group is called The Kleptones and the double album is called 24 Hours. The music includes artists from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Pop, Rock, Alt, Punk, Downtempo, Industrial, techno, rap, hip-hop, R&B, Motown, lots of sampling. No matter who you are, you’ll like at least one song. They’ve also got a decent music video on Youtube.[via]

March 27, 2006 Posted by | IP, Mashups, mp3s, music, novelty, technology, video, youtube | 1 Comment

You know I love technology

Today, the Internet is popping with cool shit. To quote Homer Simpson, “I feel like a kid in some kind of store.”

First, this news item [via] my favorite raker of muck or should I say drudge.

A Japanese-led research team said it had made a seeing, hearing and smelling robot that can carry human beings and is aimed at helping care for the country’s growing number of elderly.

I am pretty ambivalent about the idea of having cyborgs take care of the convalescents in my life. I would have to try one out for a while. If the robot does a good job of taking care of me, and doesn’t run amuck ala Katamari Damacy then I will trust he/she/it with my loved ones. Seriously though, what if you had the option of trying out a nursing home before consigning a family member to one? Would you? Maybe it should be required.

Now over to Ireland, where the marketing wizards at Guiness & Co. have developed this device called the Guinness Surger which will revolutionize life as we know it. The Guinness Surger transforms a crappy can of guiness into a beautiful, delicious, heady pint. I tried to understand how this thing works, but the science is lost on me [via]. Now if only it were powered by USB. Then, typaing thsi bolg woiuold be much mcuch eassier..

March 15, 2006 Posted by | Beer, eldercare, Japan, novelty, Robots, technology | 1 Comment