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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Ask a Ninja on net neutrality

Many of you will have seen this already. But even if you have, you should really pop over to the site for some earlier episodes.

I am Ninja!
He is Ninja!
She is Ninja too!

And I think we might want some of these guys, too:

That's Lordi, winners of the Eurovision song contest.

First they shocked many of their countrymen with gruesome masks, jets of flame and a chain-wielding singer - then controversial Finnish hard-rock band Lordi went on to win one of the world's biggest music contests.

After 24 countries took to the stage in the 51st Eurovision show late Saturday in Athens, European viewers voted for Lordi's Hard Rock Hallelujah in a radical departure from the catchy pop tunes, folk songs and emotional ballads usually associated with Eurovision.

via Sadly, No!


  • At 3:03 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    The best part was that all weekend NY1 kept rebroadcasting this one silly interview with Lordi sunning themselves in some hotel patio in full regalia, saying things like "what's wrong with being a monster?"

    I was really hungover Sunday, so I saw it about 7 times. With each repetition it became so much better.

  • At 3:11 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Btw, here's an argument against net neutrality.

    There's a lot of free market sputtering. The only substantive critique goes as follows:

    Under a law like this--variations are floating around both houses of Congress--the country could look forward to years of litigation about the extent and nature of the rules. When the dust settled we'd have a new set of regulations that could span the range of possible activities on the Net. What's more, the rules aren't likely to stop with the phone and cable companies that have Mr. Markey and his friends at Moveon.org so exercised.

    Non-discrimination cases could well be brought against Net neutrality backers like Google--say, for placing a competitor too low in their search results.

  • At 6:35 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    You can't seriously think I'm going to go read any argument from the Wall Street Journal opinion page, can you?

    Net neutrality is the current state of the law, and has been since the beginning of the internet. An FCC decision a year ago opened the door for telcos to start charging preferential rates. Lawsuits haven't been a problem with the internet until now, and the telcos are just trying to muddy the issue with crappy anti-regulation arguments like these.

    Come on, you know better.

  • At 6:47 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    See here for answers to some of the telco-paid-for talking points you excerpted.

  • At 7:48 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    I was just trying to be evenhanded...

  • At 1:33 AM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    I guess what I'm saying is, evenhanded is ok when you're dealing with genuine differences of opinion. But people across the political spectrum who pay attention to this one agree that neutrality is vitally important to the future of the internet. Even psycho Jim Sensenbrenner and the Christian Coalition have both signed up on the side of the angels here. All the talking points on the other side are industry propaganda. Not something we should dignify with real consideration.

  • At 1:18 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Fair enough. As I said before, I haven't been following this very closely, because I trust that the armies of cyber-geeks would never ever imperil their beloved internets.

    But you're right, in a moment of weakness (or, really, hurrying) I was doing a bit of unwarranted he-said-she-said. Almost worthy of the NYT's coverage of evolution -- excuse me, the evolution/ID debate.


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