Slate has an article on the real world effects of ending net neutrality. Apparently the BBC is offering a peer-to-peer style iPlayer for accessing thousands of hours of BBC video. ISPs want to charge a fee because they think their networks will be swamped. Farhad Manjoo shoots this down quite effectively:
You may have a hard time seeing the naked gall in this offer. Hey, you might say, if the BBC wants to offer video, why shouldn't it pay ISPs for network space it uses?
Easy answer: Because customers already paid for that space!
Check out Tiscali's home page. Right there in big, inviting type, you see an offer for "unlimited" broadband service for just 8 pounds a month.
Practically speaking, this may mean that ISPs may eventually move back to usage charge based models. I'm okay with that. I tend to think of net access as
In other news, I'm actually generating a bit of a backlog of starred Google reader items. (Starring is my new technique for noting articles I want to share/post about). The delay occurs because I'm trying to save some effort for when I have an actual blog. Main obstacle to that is thinking of the name.
I'm pondering some combination of data, quantitative, rabbits, turtles, wonk, liberal, or the like. When I think a bit more about it I'll probably have a poll to see if any of them go over better than just using my name. However, I doubt that will happen until after SandwichCon.
Happily the work situation is pretty settled for the moment. I'm still on a rather rough draft of our next deliverable, but my boss likes it so I'm not stressed.
In personal news, went to a wedding of a friend of kamalloy on Saturday and a crab-fest on Sunday. Both went pretty well, although Map Quest related navigational problems marred the latter. Also, one person being intentionally vague about their work made me wonder again if the intelligence community is really the best bet for me. I enjoy analysis but I'm an extrovert and I tend to do some of my best thinking when I have someone handy to call me on B.S. That said, as a work party I went to Saturday night reminded me, such B.S. calling works best with friends and not just colleagues. Not that the colleagues were being jerks about it, it was just a bit harder to communicate. That said, I tend to make friends with most of the people I work with, so that substantially mitigates the problem.