<ul> <li><p><a href="http://blog.ianbicking.org/2010/08/18/net-neutrality-forcing-companies-to-pay-attention-to-their-networks/">Net Neutrality: forcing companies to pay attention to their networks. <cite>Ian Bicking: a blog</cite> (2010-08-18)</a>. I absolutely reject any proposal that Net Neturality ought to be enforced through government regulations; but this is as good a short explanation as I've read of why it <b>is</b> a good ideal for us to insist on, non-coercively, as a basic requirement for acceptable service from a network operator. <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Wednesday 2010-08-18.)</em></p></li> <li><p><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radleybalko/~3/kztcxEqy0kE/">“Guys in Jail Are Going To Rape You” Radley Balko, <cite>The Agitator</cite> (2010-08-18)</a>. <q>An undercover New York City cop threatens a man taking cell phone video with arrest for being disrespectful. He then explains that an arrest means a weekend in jail, where he’ll probably be raped. The confrontation appears to have occurred during an undercover bust of a suspected “illegal social club,”...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Wednesday 2010-08-18.)</em></p></li> <li><p><a href="http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2010/08/contradiction-of-conservative-continued.html">The Contradiction of a Conservative, continued. Sheldon Richman, <cite>Free Association</cite> (2010-08-18)</a>. <q>News Corp. (Murdoch, WSJ, Fox) gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association because the company "has always believed in the power of free markets and in organizations like the RGA, which have a pro-business agenda...."Not only are those not the same things, they are in conflict with each other....</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2010-08-20.)</em></p></li>
<p><a href="http://www.snellspace.com/wp/2010/05/dude-wheres-my-data-the-sequel/">Dude, Where’s My Data? (The Sequel) <cite>snellspace.com</cite> (2010-05-12)</a>:</p><blockquote><q>DeWitt Clinton: “I have my music collection stored on a file server, and I’d like to be able to play it remotely via my Android device. Local network only is fine.” Storing personal stuff on home networks is cumbersome and annoying. I have pictures, movies, music, and many other types...</q></blockquote>
Technological civilization is awesome. But it’s not awesome enough yet The fact that Dropbox’s remote servers are currently easier to work with than a server 3 feet away from where I’m sitting is one of the unremarked scandals of computing.
As Snell says, “The fundamental technologies to make all this happen already exist. Someone just needs to make it happen.” Please.