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Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:16:13 +0100

Quoting +Kevin C. manually because +Google+ still won't let you reshare posts that reshare other posts:Imagine instead of waiting 3 months for a grand jury to try and make sense of dozens of conflicting statements, we'd immediately had video that showed what happened between Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson? "Lawful enforcement of police having to wear cameras at all times while on duty. This has been attempted before with major success. In Rialto, California, in its first year of being implemented, “the number of complaints filed against officers fell by 88 percent” and the “Use of force by officers fell by almost 60 percent over the same period.”"

Original Post from B.J. Murphy:

The truth of what happened between Michael Brown and Darren Wilson will forever be lost because the majority of police in this country are left unchecked and un-watched. As a result, chaos ensues in ‪#‎Ferguson‬.

As you're demanding ‪#‎Justice4MikeBrown‬, be sure to also demand for sousveillance laws to ensure that truth is maintained in the future!

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:53:58 +0100

An Open Letter to FCC Commissioner Clyburn

Dear Commissioner Clyburn:

I was disappointed to hear that your support of real Title II net neutrality seems to be wavering. As a web developer, this issue hits closer to home for me than most: if cable companies are given free rein to charge however they want, the costs of maintaining functional websites will skyrocket. This will push even basic websites outside the reach of many small businesses, limiting their ability to reach potential customers. This will harm both the small businesses that can no longer afford websites and those of us who earn our livelihoods by helping those small businesses build and maintain their websites.

Of course, this issue affects everyone, not just those of us in the industry. I hope you realize that all American people deserve the same unfettered, uncensored access to the Internet that people throughout most of the rest of the developed world receive. Not only is it a human rights issue, but it's also absolutely essential if America wants to remain competitive in the world market. And the big cable companies will never let that happen if you give them a choice, because their sole priority will always be maximizing their own profit, no matter the cost to the rest of the country you serve.

With the issue of Title II net neutrality, it's more important than ever that the government serves the interests of the people for once, instead of the interests of wealthy corporations that only care about getting wealthier.

Please, if you genuinely care about this country, the only answer is Title II.


The above is a copy of the email I just sent to FCC Commissioner Clyburn. Please also read the following announcement from Fight For The Future's Holmes Wilson to learn why it's important that you write your own letter to Commissioner Clyburn at as soon as possible:

"This is really frustrating. FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is doing a reddit AMA (ask me anything) right now, and it seems like she’s dodging questions and backpedaling on her previously staunch support for real Title II net neutrality.

"This is a bad sign. The FCC decided this morning to delay their net neutrality decision, and Commissioner Clyburn’s comments are very concerning. She needs to hear from the Internet public right away. There is overwhelming public consensus calling for Title II net neutrality, this is not the time for her to be hiding behind vague answers and repeating Cable talking points.

"Will you send her a personal email? Here’s her address:

"Please be polite, but firm, and tell her you were disappointed to see her wavering on net neutrality during her reddit AMA. Ask her to do everything in her power to ensure that the FCC votes on Title II net neutrality in January.

"These personal emails really make a difference and they do really go through to her email, which makes it much more impactful than just signing a petition."

#politics #netneutrality  

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:52:21 +0100

Just got the Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade on my Nexus 5. So far, went mostly smoothly. Will comment further after I've had time to mess around with it.

#android #androidlollipop #tech

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:02:10 +0100

With the latest Material Design update to their Android mobile apps, Google gives us a huge bright red bar in Gmail to match the one in Google+. I'm so glad they're taking color psychology into account, because the world really doesn't have enough angry emails or social media posts.

#sarcasm #gmail #Google #tech #materialdesign

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 03:03:03 +0100

This explanation for why Inbox was split off from Gmail certainly fits well with my experience comparing the apps: If, like me, you typically get a handful of emails per day, that are mostly promotions/updates that get glanced at and deleted, Gmail works great, while the features of Inbox are mostly useless, and in some cases even get in the way. However, if you're the kind of person who gets hundreds of emails a day and needs help sorting and managing them, Inbox may be worth a look.

#gmail #googleinbox  

Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:15:24 +0100

Original Post from Ōctavian Athenis Lōkī:

Better than the "original" ten commandments 

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19:53:54 +0100

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:44:03 +0100

Stupid always wins.

Because you just can't beat its sheer numbers.

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 06:39:41 +0100

The Oatmeal explains what net neutrality actually is to Senator Cruz... #tech #netneutrality #comics  

Original Post from Yonatan Zunger:

Net Neutrality is a key to having an open Internet. Without it, telecom companies have the power to decide who is and isn't allowed to have a business online. (Hint: if you compete with them, the answer is "no." Hint #2: if your business is successful, expect them to ask you for a "tax" for the answer to be yes. Hint #3: expect that tax to be a significant percentage of your income.) They also get the power to do far more sinister things -- like read and modify the web pages you see in order to insert anything from tracking to ads, or even hijack your traffic outright.

Net Neutrality isn't "Obamacare for the Internet," as Senator Cruz seems to think. It's making sure that a handful of the most unpleasant bastards in the country don't have veto power over your ability to start a business or take your business to whomever you please. 

Fortunately, +Matthew Inman has a great explanation of what Net Neutrality actually means.

It's really about crab tacos.

(Incidentally, I was very glad to hear Obama's statement about it earlier today. "Reclassification" is a technical term, but it basically means that cable companies have to treat everyone's traffic the same, and aren't allowed to boost their friends and harm their enemies. It's the regulatory banhammer that the cable companies were being threatened with if they didn't actually regulate their own behavior the way they said they would -- which, in the Netflix incident, they decidedly didn't.)