July 11, 2006

Sen. Ted Stevens, net know-nothing

Ted Stevens, (R-Alaska), in addition to being a sputtering loon most of the time and the king of pork spending, is the guy who has enormous power over the future of the internet and whether service providers (the corporations such as AT&T and Verizon who own the on-ramps to the information superhighway) are allowed to charge us to view popular sites which utilize a lot of bandwidth. (The "net neutrality" issue).

If you've always thought the internet was a big truck (and who didn't?), you're wrong.

Turns out it's a series of tangled up tubes.

Listen, learn, and be inspired by Stevesn's firm grasp of internet technology. (and bust a move if ya want.)

(thanks to Crooks & Liars)


At 7/12/2006 12:16 AM, Blogger Scott said...

The scariest part... this guy is forth in line for the Presidency.

At 7/12/2006 4:01 PM, Blogger DookOfURL said...

Stevens has a long way to go if he wants to dethrone KKKBobby Byrd as King of

"Sheets" Byrd is the poster child (octogenarian?) for term limits in Congress.

At 7/12/2006 7:38 PM, Blogger tiz said...

It must be nice to have a bottled-up GOP talking point for everything that's mentioned here. Since we're talking about things computer, let me explain you in a small, incomplete perl script:

if (/pork/) { say("KKKByrd"); } else { &make_fun_of_lane_evans(); }

Now, please explain to me how your party's position on throwing out net neutrality benefits anyone except the big net providers that own and run backbone networks. If you're against NN I hope you don't have anything like Vonage or do anything like read blogs on blogger (because google and everything it owns will be the first to suffer). I'm not saying they'll fall off the face of the earth, but I guarantee you they'll be much, much slower unless the site you're going to (or their provider) has kicked back these guys (note that 3 of the top 4 are telcos - bye bye vonage).

Basically you have an old fart like Stevens who probably can't work a cell phone scratching the back of what used to be AT&T (including the current AT&T) at the expense of new money companies (google, yahoo, ebay, etc) that he probably doesn't know exist. Supressing/crippling newer technology at the behest of folks who profitted with the old technology never works (just ask the recording industry).

Guess there'll be a market for satellite internet that uses canadian backbones now. google.ca here I come.

At 7/13/2006 11:39 AM, Blogger DookOfURL said...

tiz, it's hilarious how you and most others here immediately brand anyone who disagrees with them as "Republicans" or "conservatives". Heck, everyone to the right of Noam Chomsky is a "conservative" to you.

Please try to refrain from shoving other people in your neat, tidy, stereotyped boxes.

For the record, in my view both Sheets Byrd and Bridge-to-Nowhere Stevens should be drummed out of Congress and replaced by people who know what the hell is going on. Oh, BTW, are you saying Sheets is more tech savy than Stevens?

As for "net neutrality" I understood it to be a bipartisan issue, not just a Republican issue. For the record and for the bazillionth time, I don't have a "my" party, unless you consider POBTH a political party.

As to your "incomplete perl script" thingy, I must be as ignorant as Sheets and Ted, because I have no idea what your point is.


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