- Mom: What are you guys doing
- Me, my wife and my sister: Surfing the internet
- Mom: What were you kids doing before the internet was invented?
- Me: Waiting for the internet
Is the retention of in-depth knowledge still necessary in today’s world? Do we need to rethink the definition and the importance of “intelligence”?
One can argue that given the endless amounts of information that can instantly be accessed via the internet, one no longer needs to retain any real knowledge outside of how to access that information with efficiency and applicable specificity.
More on net neutrality
» SFB says: I don’t know about you, but when I say “local monopoly,” I mean the fact that many cities only have one internet provider, which means those providers can hold an inordinate amount of control on how we use our connection. The result is that those internet providers can do stuff like this. Which is, in fact, an existent problem. What’s net neutrality? It’s when corporate entities can’t do stuff like that. — Ernie @ SFB
ISPs aren’t monopolies though as they have competitors. If Time Warner throttles my internet speed or blocks my access to a webpage I can switch over to Comcast. And while buffering is definitely annoying it’s hardly sufficient justification for the use of government force to mandate how companies distribute their bandwidth.
And most of the ISPs incentives to throttle internet speed comes from government threats associated with file-sharing (another victimless crime that really gets at the bankrollers of the politicians calling for net neutrality).
Most ISPs actually are regional monopolies thanks to city / county governments, though.
It probably also has something to do with limited access to infrastructure, like cable and telephone lines as well as easements on properties to run such infrastructure.
ISPs don’t have such a strong monopoly anymore since wireless, mobile and satellite wifi (and mifi) access has taken off.
it’s best to keep the government out of the internet in anyway we can. Companies will always figure out a way to compete with one another but none of us can compete with government, the ultimate monopoly.
But they’re just “bloggers”, right?
The future of media has been here for a while. You’re either adapting or you’re dying a slow and much deserved death
megal0dan asked: What if there was a new eBay like auction site that only took payments in bitcoins? Like the Silk Road except for legal things instead of drugs. Surely people would use it because there'd be no shitty 3.5% PayPal charge. You'd have to get around the fluctuating bitcoin price but you could maybe do that by bidding in dollars and then at the end you'd send whatever the equivalent worth was in bitcoins instead. What do you think?
I think what is more likely to happen is that Amazon and eBay just accept bitcoin.
Also, a site that functions with bitcoins being a primary or major form of payment would still take a fee because there are still costs in running a site and processing transactions and payments.
I think Etsy already takes bitcoins and Etsy is like an arts & crafts version of ebay.
While Googling more info on BitCoins I came across this word; Technotarians. Technotarians means ‘technological libertarians’. I found this word while reading on Launch and here’s what they had to say:
We made this term up to describe the “good people” of the internet who believe in the fundamental rights of individuals to be free, have free speech, fight hypocrisy and stand behind logic, technology and science over religion, political structure and tradition. These are the people who build and support things like Wikileaks, Anonymous, Linux and Wikipedia. They think that people can, and should, govern themselves. They are against external forms of control such as DRM, laws that are bought and sold by lobbyists, and religions like Scientology. They include splinter groups that enforce these ideals in the form of hacktivism, such as the takedown of the Sony Playstation Network after Sony tried to prosecute a hacker for unlocking its console.
I’m now going to incorporate this into my lexicon and I think y’all should do the same.
at what point will college wither away?
As soon as businesses start to accept internet/youtube based training as the norm.
"And where did you study economics?"
"Check my youtube history. I have 11,000 hours of viewed videos."