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Understanding Verizon v. FCC

The DC Circuit yesterday dismissed the appeals of the FCC Net Neutrality order filed by Verizon and MetroPCS on the grounds that they were filed prematurely – no appeal can be taken until the order is published in the Federal Register, an event that has not yet occurred. It would be a mistake to regard [...]

The Future History of Net Neutrality

While working on a non-DigSoc project, I ran across this statement from the Association of American Railroads: The U.S. rail model is of “vertical integration,” in which a railroad generally both owns the track and operates trains over that track. The efficient U.S. model has resulted in huge productivity gains, sharply lower average rail rates, [...]

Facing the Truth, We All Love Walled Gardens

There was a recent article by Sam Biddle called “Facebook is AOLifying the Internet – and That Sucks”. It’s a pretty accurate take on what Facebook has become over the last few years as it considers many of the new features that Facebook has both developed and ripped off. The article itself was probably a slight ripoff of one that John C. Dvorak had produced some months earlier, “Facebook is the New AOL,” that was essentially in the same vein.

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[ | 5 Apr 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Understanding Verizon v. FCC

The DC Circuit yesterday dismissed the appeals of the FCC Net Neutrality order filed by Verizon and MetroPCS on the grounds that they were filed prematurely – no appeal can be taken until the order is published in the Federal Register, an event that has not yet occurred. It would be a mistake to regard [...]

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[ | 4 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]
So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish…

Nick R. Brown takes his leave from Digital Society.

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[ | 4 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]
Medical Innovation: How Not To

[O]nly the whinging culture of the liberal state could take one of the greatest opportunities ever presented to humanity – the astonishing progress in medicine and biology – and convert it into a cause for complaint and despair while at the same time taking one of the best-known issues in institution building — the over-use of a commons — and see it as an intractable problem beyond society’s capacity to address.

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[ | 1 Apr 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
George Ou moving to High Tech Forum

As of today, April 1 2011, I am leaving Digital Society and moving to High Tech Forum. I would like to thank Jon Henke for this great opportunity to work with him and the rest of my Digital Society colleagues including Mike Turk, Nick Brown, James Delong, Brett Swanson, and Steve Effros.  It’s been a [...]

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[ | 31 Mar 2011 | One Comment | ]
Berners-Lee & Wu’s Internet is Free of Choice & Innovation

Tim Berners-Lee has declared that content should be free and open to all Internet users and that any variation is a violation of the principle of network neutrality. The sentiment is quite different than his explanation of net neutrality some years back.

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[ | 30 Mar 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
The Future History of Net Neutrality

While working on a non-DigSoc project, I ran across this statement from the Association of American Railroads: The U.S. rail model is of “vertical integration,” in which a railroad generally both owns the track and operates trains over that track. The efficient U.S. model has resulted in huge productivity gains, sharply lower average rail rates, [...]

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[ | 29 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]
New Netflix settings manage bandwidth caps

Netflix has added some manual control features to the quality of Netflix video streams for Canadian customers who want to stay within their usage caps.  To see how this might apply to some US broadband plans with 250 GB or 150 GB usage caps, I’ve generated the following table for daily and monthly allowances. The [...]

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[ | 29 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]
Tawkon iPhone app shows the benefit of living near cell towers

A company trying to sell products by scaring the public isn’t anything new, but this time there is the possibility of something good that may come of it.  Tawkon has released an unauthorized “radiation” application for jailbroken iPhones.  I’ve spent much time debunking the use of the term “radiation” in the context of wireless radio communications, but [...]

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[ | 28 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]
Intel launches 25 nanometer era with new SSDs

Intel launched their new 320 series line of Solid State Storage (SSD) 2.5 inch drives built on the latest 25 nanometer (nm) manufacturing process (Intel Press Release).  The new SSD drives bring double the capacity, double the sequential write speeds to 220 megabytes per second (MB/sec), and lower prices per GB. Note that the sequential [...]

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[ | 28 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]
Gamestop Rolls On In Down Economy

GameStop, the video game retailer, has recently released their fiscal year 2010 report and business is a boomin’! The company announced a record sales year in the neighborhood of $9.47 billion.

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