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  • jimmy 9:36 pm on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Stephen Colbert completely broke character on Friday testifying before the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law:

    “I like talking about people who don’t have any power. It seemed like one of the least powerful people in the United States are migrant workers who come and do our work but don’t have any rights as a result. And yet we still invite them to come here and at the same time ask them to leave. That’s an interesting contradiction to me. And whatever you do for the least of my brothers — and these seem like the least of our brothers right now. A lot of people are least brothers right now because the economy is so hard. I don’t want to take anyone’s hardship away from them or diminish anything like that. But migrant workers suffer and have no rights.”

    Amazing.

     
  • jimmy 3:28 am on August 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Over 11 pages of Tea Party activists/groups signed this letter and not one person caught the huge factual inaccuracy in the fourth paragraph? The one about 1994 being “before the Internet was ever conceived”? Even if whoever actually wrote this letter doesn’t know the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web (I don’t personally think the average non-geek needs to know the difference, however when we’re talking about Internet policy you damn well should know the difference) and was sourcing the date that Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the WWW, the citation of 1994 is still not correct, as “before the [WWW] was ever conceived” would be 1988 at the latest. But assuming they DID know the difference between Internet and WWW, it seems they didn’t take the time to quickly use the Google to find out a quick history of the Internet. Or, if they prefer, they could look it up on Conservapedia, which tells us that TCP/IP (basically what makes the Internet run) was invented in the 1970s, about 2 decades before 1994.

    On a side note, Conservapedia’s article on the Internet mentions Al Gore’s famous slip-up and explains why he said what he said: in 1991 he sponsored a bill that helped fund many computer projects, including the Internet and the first graphical web browser. I mention this because the aforementioned letter starts out “Over the past 25 years, the Internet has flourished in large part due to the extremely limited role that government has played.”

    Now, interpretations of “extremely limited” will vary, but I’d say the Congressional Act that Wikipedia credits with “building the Information Superhighway”, was lauded by then-president Bush and caused Marc Andreessen (a co-creator of the aforementioned web browser and now a private venture capitalist involved with Digg, Twitter, Facebook and Skype) to comment “If it had been left to private industry, it wouldn’t have happened, at least, not until years later” doesn’t really count as “extremely limited” in any way, shape or form.

    That bill was in 1991. Last I checked, 1991 was 19 years ago, which is less than 25 years ago.

    Get your numbers right, Tea Party, and we might be able to talk about “so-called ‘Net Neutrality’ regulations,” but until then leave the Internet policy debates to people who actually understand it. Or know how to use Conservapedia.

    OK, one last thing: dig into the history of ICANN and you can see the hand of the government all through it. It’s pretty technical and it’s hard to follow some of the different trails, but it’s clear that the US government has had a hand in Internet policy ever since the beginning, and still does.

     
  • jimmy 9:38 am on August 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Gizmodo recently ran a funny piece about some of the biggest Wikipedia “edit wars,” and it’s funny and I have opinions about half of them and everything, but the one that really got me was the one about if Tropical Storm Zeta (2005) should be included on the 2005 Hurricane Season page or the 2006 Hurricane Season page. Apparently 3254 messages back-and-forth were wasted when somebody could have just referred to the last National Hurricane Center advisory on the storm, and I quote (and I believe I thought this was so funny that I quoted it on my LiveJournal back at the time!) from 4pm January 6, 2006 Forecast Discussion (bold mine): “UNLESS ZETA SOMEHOW MAKES AN UNLIKELY MIRACLE COMEBACK…THIS IS THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER SIGNING OFF FOR 2005… FINALLY.”

    I don’t know if I’d be more concerned about those 3254 discussion posts knowing that somebody DID point this out or if somebody DIDN’T.

     
  • jimmy 1:56 am on August 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    And from the “I’m kinda famous” department, I just discovered that CNN Tech anonymously quoted me in an article about the new cheaper Amazon Kindle. That’s pretty cool.

     
  • jimmy 10:17 pm on May 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Help me out here. Am I just being silly, or is it really weird that, despite the fact that they both generally have the same information, the BBC News story about the Gulf Oil Spill is presented in a completely different way from the CNN story. Observe:

    Third major story on BBC News, the fact that the oil is in the Loop Current leading the headline.

    On CNN: 5th story down the list of “recent news,” after no less than 5 stories about the primary elections yesterday and with a headline that’s kinda weak (“Where is the gulf oil spill headed”? You mean, BESIDES the Loop Current and the History Books?).

    Once you get into the stories, too, this difference continues: CNN’s headline tells us that the tar balls found in Key West are not from the oil spill (subtext: nothing to worry about, go back to your SUV now!). Lots of warm and fuzzies there. Only in the 6th paragraph do we get to the part about the oil being dragged towards Key West, Cuba and the entire East Coast (after I’m guessing a fair percentage of readers have stopped skimming and have moved on to the video about the Hooters employee asked to lose weight [#2 right now on CNN, just after the article about the Wall Street Reform bill]) while the BBC’s article headline is a more, um, forward “Gulf oil now in powerful Loop Current, scientists say”. Oh um, yeah, sounds like a good thing to report, don’t you think, CNN?

    OK. I’ve said my piece, what do you think?

     
  • jimmy 6:56 am on May 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    “Since the 1950s the pursuit of profit has forced 8000 miles of marshes to yield to man-made canals, essentially to make oil exploration and shipping easier. It’s estimated that the state of Louisiana loses 25 square miles of wetlands every year. If we were losing that much land to another country, we would be at war. America has a choice to make about the state of Louisiana: is Louisiana part of our country or isn’t it? Because if Louisiana is part of America, than the America people and the American government have to begin to defend Louisiana against American greed.” -Rachel Maddow, May 3, 2010, Venice, Louisiana.

    Her entire 2-minute show-ending speech is pretty epic. Watch it.

     
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