Not-so-Casual Fridays: Net Neutrality

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Usually I use this post to give you guys a glimpse at my life and wind down from a particularly hard week. unfortunately this week I find no solace in that and I find myself breaking the self-imposed taboo on political content on this blog. But, I assure you that the issue I fight for is of the gravest of import to warrant the break in character. I speak of course of Net Neutrality

What is Net Neutrality?

Net Neutrality is the cornerstone of an open internet in the United States. Under federal law, at least for the moment, the average person cannot be told which sites to visit nor are we hounded by advertisements where ever we go. Furthermore, under its protection as a Title II utility we are allowed to view whatever we wish regardless of our Internet Service Provider (ISP) or package. Thus, we are granted the freedom to stream or otherwise exchange information as we see fit. Indeed the very freedom of information itself is what I’m fighting for.

The FCC MUST be Stopped

This motion is being imposed by the Federal Communications Commission under the leadership of Ajit V. Pai.  While this is normally the proper governmental body to regulate and oversee the internet I seriously doubt the legitimacy  of Pais claim that rolling back Net Neutrality would lead to a faster, safer internet for small businesses and consumers.  In fact, Mr. Pai  did a pathetic job of defending this regulatory shift on  a recent episode of PBS’s News Hour  the transcrpt of which can be read here .

 

  • William Brangham:

    One of the issues here is whether or not we treat broadband like a utility. And if it’s treated like a utility, the requirement is that you as the provider are not allowed to put your finger on the scale and slow one person down or speed somebody else up.

    And I just want to pose a hypothetical to you.

 

Ajit Pai:

Sure.

 

William Brangham:

Let’s just say Comcast created a new TV series, and it just so happened that that competed with a Netflix series very similarly.

If these rules go away, how is there not an incredible incentive for Comcast to slow Netflix down coming into my house and make their video, the Comcast video, very robust?

 

Ajit Pai:

So, under that hypothetical, one of the things that’s important to remember is that it is a hypothetical.

And we don’t see evidence of that happening in the marketplace on a widespread level.

 

Reading that, I Immediately got a sense of how evasive Pai was in answering hypothetical questions like the one above. This outright evasion of a well thought out question  points to some motive of which we are unaware.  In my opinion, he is selling this snake oil  to the people thinking his policy can be sugar-coated. He’s a man making a pitch and it is clearly one even his own commissioners will not buy.  This is best exemplified by commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel in her open letter to the LA Times that urged us to ““Tell them they can’t take away internet openness without a fight.” She is apparently one of many opposing Pai from within.

“There is something not right about a few unelected FCC officials making such vast determinations about the future of the internet. I’m not alone in thinking this.”

FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel via Huffpost

Even exiting the FCC and looking over the businesses in direct opposition to the current policy it is obvious that the elimination of Net Neutrality would only serve their interests. Comcast, AT&T, and Verizion are all large telecommunications corporations who stand to gain by plugging their services over what would be a “slower competitor for reasons I will mention later. Remember that these companies, Comcast, suffer from horrid customer service and are currently taking large subscriber bases (See below).  Yet Pai’s FCC would have the aforementioned companies essentially help regulate.and control this new internet. I am no economist to be sure but it seems that this roll back is a product of the same collusion, price control, and monopolization Title II was meant to defend against.

Change in Cable Subscriptions (November 2017)

Companies Change in Cable Subscribers
Altice USA -37,000
AT&T -351,000*
Charter -90,000
Comcast -34,000
Verizon -15,000

Statistics provided by Fortune Magazine

What this Loss Would Mean:

Imagine if you will you’re visiting a website here in the US. It could be mine or any other, but instead of a hompage your met with’ We’re sorry, but you require our All-access to view this site.’ If we allow the Net Neutrality roll-back to take place messages like that will becom commonplace. In addition yheir will likely be speed-throttling  and slowdon for many sites we love such as Google, Youtube, and even WordPress itself.  It would generally lead us down the path to a slower, more limited browsing experience that may well hinder consumer use and the growth of small bussiness sites as a whole.It would, in a sence, bind the internet in the same red tape as any other medium of communication.

What YOU Can Do:

I advise anyone who wants to fight fo Net Neutrality to visit advocacy websites such as  change.org or https://www.battleforthenet.com and lets let representatives know. how you feek We have until December 14th to save this great freedom we share. If you are not a Us citizen, I implore you to share and blog this oist in the hopes of reaching others. I thank you for your help and your time.  Have a good Friday.

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Site Layout Change

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Temporary Hiatus Due to Hurricane Irma

Hi guys,

Sorry for the lack of updates lately.  But if you have been keeping up with your weather of late you will have , no doubt, heard of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  Surficive to say I live in close proximity to th affected areas of thes storms.  At current Irma is making secondary landfall not too far from my location.  As such I am being made to hunker down in my home until it passes.

Unfortunately,  this means a lack of content until then.  For my reader in the path of the storm I urge you to seek shelter.  A catagory 4 storm is hardly the sort of thing you would want to be stuck in.  Fot those who have already felt Irma’s fury I pray you’re safe.  I will be here once the storm passes and I hope to see you safe and sound afterwared

Thanks for understanding

-Phoenix

URGENT News: Site Compromised

I have recently been informed of someone else posting under my account.  Please note that the latest casual Fridays post was not mine.  While it used my graphics it was not written by me.  I hjave not yet seen the Death Note movie.  Whomever decided to crack my account placed tthis scathimg piece for seemingly no reason.    Thankfully I have reported the hack and change my password since then.

Amv of the Week

Alright folks I feel like I need to clear the air on this paicular segment.  AMV of the week was a wash.  I don’t enjoy removing features but I feel this one was ill-timed and poorly maintained.  I owe you guys better content than that,  In-keeping with that qualiy standard I will be removing the feature outright until it can be relaunched with new features.  Thank you for understanding.

Casual Fridays: Fate/Grand Order

Hi guys, its friday again and that means I get to kick off my shoes and share another tidbit of my life outside the realm of anime.  Though I suppose today’s topic is related to anime  in i quite a few respects.  Today I want to tell you guys about the mobile game Fate/Grand Order.  For thode of you who are not in the knoew the Fate franchise is one of my favorite long-running properties in anime.  So of course when the a mobile game under the Fate banner I had to check it out..

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The Story

The story is one you might expect rom the if you have watched  any incarnation of Fate over the years.  Another Holy Grail War has broken out, this time spanning history.  Your job as a member of the mage oganization Chaldea you are tasked with saving humanity  by intervening in each lesser grail war as a Master.  Along the way you meet a cast of unique characters that come from almost every title in Fate’s long run.  All of it is wrapped neatly of a visual novel as an homage the begining of the series.

Servants

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What kind of Grail War would Grand Order be without a great set of servants?  Assuredly Grand Order doe not disappoint in the slightest.  Be they kings or fictional hero they are likely to be in the lineup.  You’d better carry a rabbits foot though because most iconic servants like Emiya and Artoria are behind a rarity wall.  While it iis no surprise the 1% drop rate for 5-star servants makes you really earn an iconic warrior.  Worse yet, the game works on a random Gotcha

My Thoughts

To be honest I love this game, but its not for everyone.  If you dont have patience or spend materials too fast in games Fate/GO will penalize you for it.  That being said, it is a fun ride for what little we have right now.  At the time of this post We have the tutorial and the first two stories with the Oceanose chapter slated for October. which bums me out but I can wait.  If you want to have me on your friend list my code is 026, 333,819.