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  2. What is Net Neutrality?

    Some background info: In the US, the congress will vote to repeal net neutrality in December, after Thanksgiving day and Black Friday. The proposition has been lingering for a while and it has been rejected a few times in the past under different names and forms. This proposition has outraged many people online so naturally you have heard about it. --- Net Neutrality is what is preventing this from taking place. Customers would have to pay for more for their already (and in certain areas, sloppy) expensive internet access as the ISPs could attempt to excuse "but premium costs extra" kind of bullshit, on top of the basic fee for getting a mere husk of internet access at crawling speeds. I may be pessimistic about this but I can definitely see it as a frightening possibility and knowing human greed, a very real and likely possibility too. When the ISPs have a stranglehold over their customers, they can do whatever they like (which are VERY unlikely to be in the favor of a customer), especially if there were no federal level regulations treating internet access like the utility it is. Now the forces of true capitalism in US could prevent this from happening as customers could juts flock to a rivaling ISP but the fact of the matter is, most places in US only have one competitive local ISP to "choose" from. When it comes to ISPs, US is dominated by a select few monopolies. --- Not only this, if Net Neutrality were to be repealed, the ISPs could attempt to throttle, if not downright censor or block sites and companies they disagree with, rival with or sites that haven't paid egrogeous sums of money into fat pockets of ISP shareholders, just because the ISPs can now ask for it. Needless to say, that is a SERIOUS threat to the freedom of the internet. Internet is not meant to be controlled. It'd sad to see one of largest inventions/experiments in the history of humankind to be hijacked by politicans and corporations. While I am here, the US citizens can call and message their senator in hopes of turning their head around and voting against the repeal for net neutrality And for everyone, you can sign petition here for free https://www.change.org/p/save-net-neutrality-netneutrality
  3. I mean, we don't discourage or restrict people from chewing out someone else for a post, as long as it doesn't devolve into personal attacks, as it is. Having a negative quick-reaction just simplifies the process for people who either can't be arsed to type out a response, or don't want to clutter up the thread. As for the people saying "But that fosters a negative attitude": You do know where you're at, right? I mean, we have entire threads centered around shit-talking people. I don't see how this contradicts existing forum culture.
  4. What is Net Neutrality?

    I am the internet.
  5. I don't think it's okay to make 'disagree' synonymous with 'dislike'. You might as well add both if you want to implement this. You should also figure out how it would react with the reputation part of the site. My only fear here is that adding a dislike button might discourage users from posting, though they probably wouldn't have posted anyway.
  6. This but for Lucy's post.
  7. What are you listening to right now?

    This is all I now listen to apparently.
  8. What is Net Neutrality?

    True, but ISPs could still provide preferential treatment for certain companies/sites in the future if they aren't already. The obvious solution for regular people is to simply stop their patronage of media companies like Disney to weaken them but that obviously won't happen. At this point in the US I'm not sure that even that would work; eg Netflix has seen negative cash flow since 2014 which has been getting worse over time but they're still operating. https://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/nflx/financials/cash-flow Similar circumstances for other media companies like SNAP and Twitter.
  9. What is Net Neutrality?

    Net Neutrality as a principle is the idea that ISPs must treat all traffic equally. Legally, in the US it seems to have been a reclassification of internet services. I'm not sure what all the hullabaloo is though because it has only been a thing since the last quarter of 2014. It was never an actual "law" anyway, more just an arbitrary reclassification by unelected officials. Funny how people only complain about that aspect when those unelected officials are doing things they don't like. IMO it's just more of the typical hyperventilating and doomsaying -- besides, the twenty years of internet before the ruling didn't have the dumb shit people are screeching about...
  10. I currently hear alot of people talk about it. Can someone explain it for me.
  11. Yesterday
  12. What are you listening to right now?

    Def song of the month for me. My god. This sounds like if Justice rapped or something.
  13. My Favorite!

    I'm not a big fan of any form of dance, so I'd have to go with the Haka. Not specifically 'Kama Te' as performed by the New Zealand All Blacks, but Haka in general, as performed by many different Polynesian peoples. There's just so much passion in it. What's your favourite cloud formation? If you're not sure, check out the International Cloud Atlas: https://cloudatlas.wmo.int/home.html
  14. I dislike your post with effort.
  15. Can we get a "hypocrisy" button too, while we're at it?
  16. okay ;-; See tho Zara gets the idea :3
  17. In my experience dislike buttons do nothing but start shit. If you want to start some shit, then you better make a post and put some effort into it. Dislike buttons are just a lazy way of being an ass.
  18. The Vending Machine Game: Phoenix'd version

    Out comes a drunk and bitter 40-year-old version of you in a McDonalds uniform. Argh! No, that's too mean! Out comes you as a rockstar standing on a huge pile of gold snorting pure rainbow dust off a unicorn's hoof. In goes a lettuce leaf with a slug on it.
  19. Watcha Playing, Phoenix?

    Borderlands. Still lots of Borderlands. With a little Minecraft: Bedrock Edition thrown in for variety
  20. Things that you love! v2

    Just now getting around to playing Axiom Verge. It's pretty cool Metroidy goodness.
  21. Watcha Playing, Phoenix?

    The real ass, SERIOUS guns are what kills me in this game. lmao Got this weeb doggo girl and then you just get the next level Modern Warfare heavy ordinance.
  22. Last week
  23. Watcha Playing, Phoenix?

    ...so apparently missile frigates (classed as M7M ingame) in X3 are absofuckinglutely broken as shit. I mean, everyone always said they were, but I didn't realize to what extent. If kept supplied with enough missiles, a single M7M can delete an entire sector -- including QRF destroyer battlegroups and stations. So I bought one and named it "Ctrl+Z".
  24. I got fired!

    Look how purple the mixer I bought with some of severence package is!
  25. Things that you hate! v2

    Recurring DNS errors that make me think Peenixed died. I should probably get on the discord or something.
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