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Net Neutrality: “It will inevitably happen, the question is, what will the price be?”

Net neutrality debate sets stage for next fight over usage pricing

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The debate over net neutrality that has flared up Monday is already having some analysts looking to the next fight — over usage-based pricing.

That would mean that consumers who want to be able to stream more Netflix than their neighbor, will have to pay more to do so. This approach is similar to that of cell phone data providers. Comcast CMCSA, has taken a step in this direction with caps on usage.

13 votes

Content Moderators: The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed

- A fascinating article from Wired. Me and the moderators here have seen only a tiny fraction of this, but with an open registration policy, it is relentless. Comments welcome.

BY ADRIAN CHEN   10.23.14   Wired

The campuses of the tech industry are famous for their lavish cafeterias, cushy shuttles, and on-site laundry services. But on a muggy February afternoon, some of these companies’ most important work is being done 7,000 miles away, on the second floor of a former elementary school at the end of a row of auto mechanics’ stalls in Bacoor, a gritty Filipino town 13 miles southwest of Manila. When I climb the building’s narrow stairwell, I need to press against the wall to slide by workers heading down for a smoke break. Up one flight, a drowsy security guard staffs what passes for a front desk: a wooden table in a dark hallway overflowing with file folders.

Past the guard, in a large room packed with workers manning PCs on long tables, I meet Michael Baybayan, an enthusiastic 21-year-old with a jaunty pouf of reddish-brown hair. If the space does not resemble a typical startup’s office, the image on Baybayan’s screen does not resemble typical startup work: It appears to show a super-close-up photo of a two-pronged dildo wedged in a vagina. I say appears because I can barely begin to make sense of the image, a baseball-card-sized abstraction of flesh and translucent pink plastic, before he disappears it with a casual flick of his mouse.

Baybayan is part of a massive labor force that handles “content moderation”—the removal of offensive material—for US social-networking sites. As social media connects more people more intimately than ever before, companies have been confronted with the Grandma Problem: Now that grandparents routinely use services like Facebook to connect with their kids and grandkids, they are potentially exposed to the Internet’s panoply of jerks, racists, creeps, criminals, and bullies. They won’t continue to log on if they find their family photos sandwiched between a gruesome Russian highway accident and a hardcore porn video. Social media’s growth into a multibillion-dollar industry, and its lasting mainstream appeal, has depended in large part on companies’ ability to police the borders of their user-generated content—to ensure that Grandma never has to see images like the one Baybayan just nuked.

“EVERYBODY HITS THE WALL. YOU JUST THINK, ‘HOLY SHIT, WHAT AM I SPENDING MY DAY DOING?’”

So companies like Facebook and Twitter rely on an army of workers employed to soak up the worst of humanity in order to protect the rest of us.

20 votes

Father of 5 defends family and kills felon during home invasion.

John McCormick was home with his wife and five children when the suspect, who was armed with a 9mm handgun and had his face covered with a bandanna, walked in through an unlocked door at about 9 a.m. The suspect then demanded cash and other valuables, according to reports

http://www.guns.com/2014/11/07/father-of-five-with-a-45-fata...

4 votes

End Partisanship Files Appeal in NJ Lawsuit Seeking Equal Voter Rights

Last week, the coalition End Partisanship filed an appellant brief with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in New Jersey, regarding a lawsuit they originally filled in March, which challenged the constitutionality of the state’s current requirements for primary elections.

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Holder: Fast and Furious Critics Can ‘Kiss My Ass’

Newly released emails show Attorney General Eric Holder said that Justice Department prosecutors who were critical of the department’s handling of the fallout of the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal could ‘kiss my ass.’

http://www.jammiewf.com/2014/holder-fast-and-furious-critics...

2 votes

Drunk teacher ‘wet himself’ during class in front of students

“So this guy got wasted and assaulted a student, yet was not arrested? So much for school safety,” Jake Hobart wrote. “Looks like they need to pay more attention to their staff instead of harassing kids who draw stick figures with guns.”

http://eagnews.org/report-drunk-teacher-wet-himself-in-front...

20 votes

Obama Calls For Free and Open Internet: As Public Utility?!

The Obama Administration continues to speak in Newspeak as Obama calls for a 'free and open' internet and for the internet to be a public utility at the same time.
www.drudgereport.com

"That is why today, I am asking the Federal Communications Commission to answer the call of almost 4 million public comments, and implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality," President Obama said in the statement.

http://www.cnet.com/news/president-obama-calls-on-fcc-to-kee...

In another statement, Obama said:

"An open Internet is essential to the American economy, and increasingly to our very way of life. By lowering the cost of launching a new idea, igniting new political movements, and bringing communities closer together, it has been one of the most significant democratizing influences the world has ever known.

25 votes

Politico: Rand's Grand Plan

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has made key decisions about how to launch his presidential campaign for the 2016 Republican nomination, including a plan to headquarter his effort in Louisville and opting to run for re-election to the Senate at the same time he moves forward with the national race.

Coming off a midterm campaign blitz in 35 states, Paul has summoned a few dozen advisers – a mix of veterans of his father Ron Paul’s insurgent campaigns and more mainstream GOP leaders — for a closed-door summit at a Washington hotel on Wednesday to discuss his future plans.

15 votes

Save Our Swiss Gold Update

As we warned in Save our Swiss Gold - The Battle Ahead, Swiss National Banks, Swiss politicians and the media will work together to stop the November 30 Swiss Ballot initiative
Save Our Swiss Gold that would require the Swiss National Bank (SNB) to:

◾ hold at least 20% of its reserves in gold;

◾ repatriate its gold; and

◾ ban selling any more.

22 votes

Don't Tread On WA State firearms folks! Gates anti-firearms, word on street is, "We Will NOT Comply"! Mark calendar, Dec 13th!

November 8, 2014 by Roberta (http://thereaganwing.wordpress.com/2014/11/08/we-will-not-co...)

News release: 11/07/14. Washington State.

We STandTO: All media organizations and groups.

FROM: Gavin Seim, lead organizer of the “I WILL NOT Comply Rally”.

6 votes

Kentucky GOP looks at switching to a caucus system just for Rand Paul

Hot Air
November 6, 2014

Although the prospect has been raised in the past, if you haven’t heard about it yet this story may surprise you. It’s no secret that Rand Paul is seriously considering a run for the presidency in 2016. But he is also up for reelection to the Senate in the same year. This presents a bit of a problem, since the Bluegrass State has some fairly restrictive election laws. One of these states that, no candidate’s name shall appear on any voting machine or absentee ballot more than once except in certain special circumstances. That means that if Paul is making a serious run at the White House and wants to be on the ballot in his home state, he would have to forgo his bid for a second term as Senator. But if he loses the nomination, then he’s pretty much out of a job. What to do?

17 votes

Dish Network could drop CNN from lineup for good

Dish Network could drop CNN from lineup for good

Oh, how the mighty have fallen!

Good riddance CNN, no tears will be shed for you.

Dish Network is prepared to permanently unplug a pillar of cable television — CNN, the pioneering 24-hour news network whose fortunes have faded.

"Twenty years ago, CNN was a must-have channel, but it's not a top 10 network anymore ... unless they find the plane, the Malaysian plane," Ergen said on a conference call, making a jab at CNN's seemingly round-the-clock coverage last spring of missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.

CNN Death Spiral: Special Report

2 votes

"Fair Phyllis"

This post may or may not inspire or frighten. The first time I heard of Castrato's I was in first year music theory in community college. Our teacher, one of the best I've ever had, would play songs for us to follow in our theory guides/texts. The first time I heard this song, I became interested in Falsetto, which Castrato's did not express in song, due to their genitalia being dismembered.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE_7aqtgquo

Link to what a Castrato was:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castrato

Peace and Love always.

12 votes

How Repetition Enchants the Brain and the Psychology of Why We Love It in Music

“The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism,” Haruki Murakami reflected on the power of a daily routine. “Rhythm is one of the most powerful of pleasures, and when we feel a pleasurable rhythm we hope it will continue,” Mary Oliver wrote about the secret of great poetry, adding: “When it does, it grows sweeter.” But nowhere does rhythmic repetition mesmerize us more powerfully than in music, with its singular way of enchanting the brain.

How and why this happens is precisely what cognitive scientist Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, director of the Music Cognition Lab at the University of Arkansas, explores in On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind. This illuminating short animation from TED Ed, based on Margulis’s work, explains the psychology of the “mere exposure effect,” which makes things grow sweeter simply as they become familiar — a parallel manifestation of the same psychological phenomenon that causes us to rate familiar statements as more likely to be true than unfamiliar ones.

6 votes

Aurora Borealis Alert!

CME impact expected possibly overnight. If you have clear skies and live at higher latitudes, keep an eye on the sky, you might get a treat!
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wsa-enlil/

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