ISPs' arguments against net neutrality are bullshit. Here's why

Paying more for using more bandwidth solves nothing.

It might sound like it makes sense to make people who use the most bandwidth pay more for that use, but the fact is that it accomplishes nothing and solves no problems. 

Imagine a toll road that charges by the month. The people running that road decide to pin an extra charge on people who use it more. But they don’t add any more lanes. Everything’s working just like it was before, with the only exception being some people are paying more.

This is what ISPs are doing by charging more for bandwidth. Unless you build a separate network for the high-data streams, you’re essentially charging more to do nothing — well, nothing but intentionally throttling that traffic and slowing it down. It doesn’t solve any problems.

The internet is not a big truck nor a series of tubes.

The internet is a cloud. When you point your browser to a website, it’s not like making a phone call where there’s a direct line between you and the site. That sort of network is called “peer-to-peer.” The internet is a cloud network, where the first server to respond to your request is connected. When you go to a website, that data is actually carried through a series of servers that all share the load. Your ISP is only doing a fraction of the work, yet they claim they’re doing all of it and demand to be compensated for it. Most of that Netflix movie is carried across servers that have nothing to do with your ISP.

Worse, if the ISP can charge for traffic on its server, then every other server can demand a cut of the action as well. With somewhere in the neighborhood of a dozen or more servers negotiating each internet request, this could make the internet unusable — or, at least, unaffordable for all but the most wealthy users.

For some it’s not about bandwidth, it’s about eliminating competition.

Comcast got Netflix to raise its subscription rates through what’s essentially blackmail. They slowed down data coming from Netflix, then demanded Netflix pay a special fee for unhampered traffic. Netflix had to raise consumer’s rates to do so, which was the point all along. Netflix competes with Comcast’s cable subscription for viewers. Now the competition has been undercut.

Don’t believe cable company and ISP propaganda. Ending net neutrality is bad for consumers, bad for innovation, and completely unnecessary.

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30 Day Animated Feature Challenge
Day 22: your favorite ending

Oh God, why did I even make that a choice? Part of the reason this is late is because I had SO much trouble trying to narrow it down because TOO MANY HAPPY ENDING FEELS

…but in the end I realized that the ending of The Princess and the Frog gives me ALL THE FUZZIES. Okay, yes, it’s a bittersweet ending (which they’re only too happy to drive home) but GAH I just feel so uplifted after everything.

…I’m pretty sure most of my followers are not surprised at all by this.

sorry not sorry

Students who take up a lot of space caring about the subject

Anonymous asked:

I’m a teaching assistant for a medium-large class (~80 students) at a university. One student has a habit of interrupting me or the professor when we are lecturing, which can be very disruptive. Sometimes we have to cut him off while he is speaking, which feels rude, but we have limited time to teach. He’ll also monopolize class discussions. He’s often insightful and on-point, but I want to get other students’ input too! I don’t know what to do! And I don’t want to hurt his feelings! Help?

realsocialskills said:

This sounds like a student who means well, so I’m going to answer this question with the assumption that he isn’t a jerk and isn’t taking up all the space on purpose. Some students do not mean well derail things for different reasons, but that doesn’t sound like what you’re dealing with here.

Here are my thoughts on how to deal with well-meaning students who take up too much space: 

Make time outside of class to talk to them:

  • When students are really into your subject and monopolize class time, it’s generally not because they want to shut everyone else down
  • It’s usually because they’re really into the subject and passionate about exploring the particular questions that are interesting to them
  • That’s a beautiful thing, and there needs to be space for it, but it can’t take over the whole class

  • When students derail class to discuss the questions they’re interested in, it can work well to say something like “That’s a great question, but we need to get through some other things now. Let’s talk about that during office hours.”
  • This demonstrates that you respect them and their questions and dedication to the subject, and that you will make room for it but need to make sure that the things that need to happen in class time happen
  • That only works if you mean it and follow through, though

There also might be a cultural issue. Norms about interrupting are highly culturally dependent:

  • In some cultures, the way you demonstrate that you’re respecting someone and paying attention is to take turns talking, and wait for the other person to indicate that it is now your turn. 
  • In other cultures, the way you demonstrate that you’re respecting someone and paying attention is by interrupting in on-topic ways and expecting that they will also interrupt you. 
  • It can be really frustrating to negotiate conversation with people who have radically different assumptions about how to pay attention
  • It might be that your student thinks that they are doing what they’re supposed to do, and that there’s confused with lack of response and interruption
  • If that is the problem, it might help to make expectations clearer. If the cultural divide is that wide, dropping hints and relying on politeness won’t help, but being explicit might:
  • For instance, by saying when they interrupt something like “I’ll take questions at the end”, or “Let Bob finish his point first”.
  • This demonstrates that you respect him and his interest, but that you aren’t going to allow it to take up al of the space

It’s also possible that he finds it difficult to follow what is going on:

  • I’m not sure how to describe this, but I know that I find it easy to pay attention to conversations and nearly impossible to pay attention to lectures
  • For me, the things that make it possible to pay attention to lectures are asking a lot of questions, using a strategy like collaborative note taking , or writing notes that are as much running commentary as they are taking down information.
  • He might be asking a lot of questions in order to follow what is going on
  • I’m not sure how you’d go about assessing or responding to that. I am mentioning it as a possible problem in hopes that someone else will have suggestions about what teachers can do if they suspect that a college student is having that kind of problem

No matter how you approach the situation, it’s possible that it might hurt your student’s feelings to realize that he takes up a lot of space and that it bothers people. This is not something you have complete control over. Facing up to problems like that can be painful. You shouldn’t avoid getting your class back on track in order to protect him from that kind of pain.

You should treat him and his interest in your subject with respect, and help him find ways to pursue it seriously without taking up all of the space during class. You’re probably in a position to do that. You’re not in a position to manage his emotional life.

We’re from different worlds. Maybe they’re separate for a reason.

Or, the one where Jane Foster is going to bring Asgard to its knees with science.

News on Magnetic Monopoles

Physicists have produced a synthetic Dirac Monopole from spinor Bose-Einstein condensate for the first time ever. After hundreds of years (literally) of searching for the theoretical monopole it has finally been confirmed to exist. 

Essentially all a monopole is is a magnet that only pulls OR pushes, instead of the usual pull from one side and push from the other. Normal dipole magnets will still have two poles even when cut in half - 

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Which is why many people thought the elusive monopole to be non-existent. 

The existence of the monopole could explain the quantisation of electric charge, as well as other problems faced by physicists in the past.

http://thephysicsbitch.tumblr.com/  promised to make a post about it sometime today, she could explain it in far better quality than I. I’ll almost definitely reblog it, but in case i forget, go follow her. or, you know, go follow her cause physics!

The thing that kills me about people being upset with the latest surge of BPD awareness posts is that they neglect to acknowledge that the people creating and maintaining these conversations are, by and large, people with BPD.

The reason we talk about BPD so often is because if we don’t, no one else will respectfully. For so long, BPD resources have been monopolized by NT people insisting that borderlines are abusive monsters.

A few weeks of ‘hey, maybe we should learn a little about borderlines?’ on tumblr can’t possibly counteract the ingrained ableism (and, since BPD is such a gendered and racialized diagnosis, misogyny and racism) against borderlines in society at large.

And talking about BPD (which a lot of us do, because, you know, no one else will) does not take anything away from other PDs and mental illnesses. We’re not stealing attention or awareness away from other people by talking about it. 

Quantum cloud simulates magnetic monopole

Cold atoms provide evidence for Paul Dirac’s 83-year-old theory.

Physicists have created and photographed an isolated north pole — a monopole — in a simulated magnetic field, bringing to life a thought experiment that first predicted the existence of actual magnetic monopoles more than 80 years ago.

In nature, north and south magnetic poles always go hand in hand. Cutting a bar magnet in half just creates two magnets, each of which still has two poles, rather than creating separate north and south poles on each half. Yet their electrostatic cousins, positive and negative charges, exist independently. In 1931, British physicist Paul Dirac theorized that if magnetic monopoles did exist, it would not only address this seeming imbalance, but would also explain why charge exists in discrete packages: multiples of the charge of a single electron.

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it really is a sad day when you realize your favorite writer on your favorite show always thought the same thing and wanted the same thing for your two favorite characters as you did

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