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November 16, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 16, 2013

On Thursday, a guy fell out of a private plane near Miami. (The pilot suggested his passenger opened the door and fell out. Yikes.) Today, they appear to have found the body. Crazy story.

Should the entire internet be encrypted? In the wake of the NSA scandal, a bunch of the network’s architects are discussing that idea.

In a move that grants legitimacy to the mainstream use of 3D printers, Microsoft just launched a 3D printing app of its own.

The Democratic machine is already working on its plan for Hillary 2016.

They make wine for cats now.

18:19 // 8 months ago
October 21, 2013
13:30 // 9 months ago
September 6, 2013
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Here’s a map of the best and worst internet connections in the U.S. If you live in Washington State, please torrent a little extra for the rest of us.

This is either outdated or bogus in general, I live way up a mountain in Colorado and we have 100mbps cable. Which usually ends up being more like 80 in practice but still.
The fact that the highest bucket is 29mbps tells me probably ‘outdated’.  DOCSIS 3 is a thing that exists now!

It’s an average. Key word relative:

Where can we find these two Americas? The map above shows relative download speeds (by congressional district*) across the contiguous U.S., based on January through July data from over 5,600 cities and towns represented in Ookla’s Net Index. Blue means a faster download speed than the national average of 18.2 Mbps, while red means a slower download speed.

Just because you have faster download speeds doesn’t mean your neighbors do.

etherati:

shortformblog:

Here’s a map of the best and worst internet connections in the U.S. If you live in Washington State, please torrent a little extra for the rest of us.

This is either outdated or bogus in general, I live way up a mountain in Colorado and we have 100mbps cable. Which usually ends up being more like 80 in practice but still.

The fact that the highest bucket is 29mbps tells me probably ‘outdated’.  DOCSIS 3 is a thing that exists now!

It’s an average. Key word relative:

Where can we find these two Americas? The map above shows relative download speeds (by congressional district*) across the contiguous U.S., based on January through July data from over 5,600 cities and towns represented in Ookla’s Net Index. Blue means a faster download speed than the national average of 18.2 Mbps, while red means a slower download speed.

Just because you have faster download speeds doesn’t mean your neighbors do.

19:19 // 10 months ago
September 1, 2013
12:37 // 10 months ago
August 29, 2013
I’ve never seen the internet in person. I was locked up in 1997. CDs were a big deal. I knew the internet was called the information superhighway for a reason, but I had no idea how connected society really is through the internet. … If you had asked me what a URL was, I would have just looked at you. —Tommy Winfrey, 35, serving 25 years to life; entered prison in 1997
The Internet Explained By Prisoners Who Have Never Seen It - BuzzFeed (via brooklynmutt)

What seems essential to so many people outside is a purely abstract thing inside.

(via brooklynmutt)

14:00 // 10 months ago
August 16, 2013
18 years ago today, Internet Explorer first saw the light of day. Here’s version 1.0 of the app everyone used to surf the internet by default for way too long. Click to see the evolution.

18 years ago today, Internet Explorer first saw the light of day. Here’s version 1.0 of the app everyone used to surf the internet by default for way too long. Click to see the evolution.

12:15 // 11 months ago
May 9, 2013
Everything you need to know about the changing nature of the internet, in two corresponding graphs comparing the subscriber counts of AOL and Netflix. (via SplatF)

Everything you need to know about the changing nature of the internet, in two corresponding graphs comparing the subscriber counts of AOL and Netflix. (via SplatF)

12:49 // 1 year ago
April 16, 2013

Targeted cyberattacks rise, while spam declines

  • 42%increase in targeted cyberattacks last year according to Symantec, an average of about 116 per day, facilitating a rise in data theft at the expense of small businesses. Spam, however, is on the decline, with a 6% drop from 2011 to 2012, though it still accounts for a whopping 69% of all email sent. source
20:44 // 1 year ago
March 26, 2013

Here’s what the internet looked like in 1995, according to an episode of the PBS show Computer Chronicles. You don’t even have to watch the whole thing if you don’t want. It’s worth it to see the still-active host, Stewart Cheifet, talk about logging on to “your favorite newsgroups” while sitting in a coffee shop with a giant desktop computer in front of him. At least he knew what he was talking about, unlike Bryant Gumbel(ht Mental Floss)

22:31 // 1 year ago
February 28, 2013
18:54 // 1 year ago