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anonymous asked:

How does one go about keeping net neutrality in place? And why exactly is this a thing that needs to be done?

This question is terrific because it hits right at the heart of the problem, which is that nothing needs to be done to keep net neutrality rules in place. Most people really like net neutrality when you poll them about it — even the cable company lobbying group has released polling that shows that. So right now net neutrality is the law, and to undo it, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has to show “substantial proof” that the market for internet access has changed enough to justify a change — otherwise he’ll lose a court battle. So he’s spending millions of dollars trying to develop that proof, and he’ll spend millions more fighting the inevitable lawsuit. All to change a law most people like!

Really all the government has to do to protect net neutrality is leave well enough alone. Which, you might note, is generally a conservative policy strategy.

As for why’d you want to keep net neutrality rules in place instead of spending a bunch of money and time in court to change them, well, there are a few reasons: first, it’s better for everyone if rules and regulations stay the same over time, so companies can plan and innovate around them. Second, I do think it’s important that we think about internet access as a utility to which all Americans need access, which is an important conceptual part of the current net neutrality framework. The digital divide is very real: there are real kids in America today who can’t get access to educational materials because of strict data caps and real people who can’t gain new skills or apply for new kinds of jobs because they don’t have broadband access.

Since I write about consumer tech products, I think the most important reason to keep net neutrality laws on the books is that they prevents internet service providers from screwing with the apps and services that we all rely on every day.

I just wrote a whole essay and video about this, but the main thing is that over half of Americans only have one choice of broadband provider, and 89 percent of Americans only have two choices. That lack of competition means ISPs have a lot of incentives and wiggle room to screw you over, because you can’t run to a competitor. Net neutrality rules recognize that lack of competition and make it illegal to mess with your connection.

The internet is one of the few level playing grounds left in the United States. It let startups like Netflix and Amazon compete with Blockbuster and Walmart and become giants all on their own. Take away net neutrality, and the only companies that will survive will be the ones that can afford the inevitable taxes the ISPs will throw up — taxes they’ve already tried to throw up in various shady ways.

This day of action is symbolically necessary because the FCC majority has stated their intent to get rid of net neutrality as we know it.

In 2015, the FCC adopted strong net neutrality rules aimed at putting you in the driver’s seat when it comes to choosing what legal content to access online. Not your broadband provider – you. We did this by using Title II of the Communications Act, the only authority that courts have said is sufficient to protect net neutrality, to adopt rules prohibiting blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization of internet content. Let me say that again in simpler terms: The court upheld the FCC’s net neutrality rules. We are currently operating under the strongest legal framework that will ensure and preserve a fast, fair and open Internet.

Now the new FCC majority wants to get rid of Title II authority for broadband, which means getting rid of net neutrality rules and the only source of authority that the courts have found to be sufficient and legally sustainable. We need to remind them of what the court ruled. We need to make them think twice about going forward with a plan that the court has twice ruled against. So file your comment, call your federal Representative and Senators and tell them what you think and remind them of what the court has upheld. While you may be one voice, together we are a powerful chorus.

Net neutrality has been one of the guiding principles of the Internet since it was created. It’s what makes it possible for startups to challenge established players, and for disruptive technologies to change how we pay for things, communicate with each other, share stuff, etc. Without net neutrality, the Internet would be more centralized and far less dynamic. Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon have the technical means to interfere with this whole dynamic by slowing down or blocking websites and charging small players special fees to compete with big players. They realize how valuable it is to have an open, fair playing field on the Internet and they want to use their gatekeeper position to make more money. If this happens, cable companies would get to choose what you can see and do on online, and the Internet will start to feel more like cable television.


Dorze village. One of the most fascinating costumes found in south ethiopia is the ability of Dorze people to create a bread-like staple from what is know as false banana trees (“Enset”). They consume the false banana bread with honey and a bit a chilli. Their relationship with the false banana trees is of great importance, as they use every part of it (leafs, stems ,roots) for making different kinds of products. 

Click here to see my Dorze Village video.

Global Update - March 2016

Hi LoliRockers !

It’s time for a little update on… many things.

First of all, production of season 2 :

It’s progressing, slowly but surely. Our teams, both in France and Malaysia (Inspidea) are working hard to make the best show they can.

If possible, I’ll try to tease you from time to time about it… Anyway, you’ll see more of our princesses very soon !

Second, who’s behind this blog ?

Surprisingly, this question seems to matter for a lot of you. I receive a lot of question about “Who updates it ?” and more specifically, “Is it director Vandestoc ?? And can we consider it’s Jean-Louis Vandestoc’s official blog ?”.

Well, no. It’s not Jean-Louis’ official tumblr, and he’s not the one writing here either. He reads and helps me from time to time though, but he’s very busy with season 2 right now.

I’m one of the supervising producers of the show and I work very closely with Jean-Louis, ever since I joined the team at the beginning of the production. Just call me “Production Guy” or whatever. No need for more. I like my privacy. ;)

Third, what’s next ?

I asked in a previous post what you guys would like for the next ones. Here’s the new guidelines we’ll follow :

From now :

  • I’ll continue to post pre-production artworks and concept art, not worry about that. Including compilations regarding specific characters or locations.
  • I noted the request for more ephedian stuff : the magic, kingdoms, background, lore, and such. It’ll require a lot of work to prepare those, but I’ll do my best. ;)
  • Also noted you like to know how we lived this production, I’ll dig for more team’s post-it, production stories, and such.
  • I’m preparing a “F.A.Q” section, for… well, obviously, the frequently asked questions, and also in Index section to make the navigation to old posts easier. (Don’t forget the Archive page, it helps a  lot !)

Changes :

  • Until now, I posted materials episode by episode, in the order of production, mixing designs, stories, animatics and such. Unfortunately, I won’t have the time to do so for the rest of the series from now on. So I’ll just focus on the most important things, starting with what you guys ask for first instead.
  • The animatics and behind-the-scenes on youtube are liked, but they take a LOT of time to prepare… For now, I’ll have to focus on the other things listed above. The videos will be back later, don’t worry. I’ll also focus on our best scenes from now on, instead of posting entire part of every episode

And that’s all for now ! ;)

Progress Report: Continued Product Focus

By Jay Rossiter, SVP, Cloud Platform Group

At Yahoo, focus is an important part of accomplishing our mission: to make the world’s daily habits more entertaining and inspiring. To achieve this focus, we have sunset more than 60 products and services over the past two years, and redirected those resources toward products that our users care most about and are aligned with our vision. With even more smart, innovative Yahoos focused on our core products - search, communications, digital magazines, and video - we can deliver the best for our users.

Last quarter, we gave an overview of our progress. Today, we want to continue to communicate some product changes that affect our users:

  • Yahoo Education: As we take a close look at our offerings, we identify areas outside of our core experiences where users’ needs are already well served by alternative online resources. For this reason, on September 30, we will close Yahoo Education, a site designed to connect users with education providers and content.

  • Qwiki: Many times, we find a technology can be best utilized through integration. On November 1, we will shut down the Qwiki app, which automatically created short movies based on events from a user’s camera roll. The Qwiki team will continue to innovate on new digital media experiences for Yahoo users. To download content you’ve created with Qwiki, visit

  • Directory: Yahoo was started nearly 20 years ago as a directory of websites that helped users explore the Internet. While we are still committed to connecting users with the information they’re passionate about, our business has evolved and at the end of 2014 (December 31), we will retire the Yahoo Directory. Advertisers will be upgraded to a new service; more details to be communicated directly.

OBTumblr is THRILLED to announce a brand new special, Orphan Black: The #Cloneversation! 

Mark your calendars - the special will premiere on Saturday, April 12 at 8/7c on BBC AMERICA. The show will be hosted by Wil Wheaton (wilwheaton) and the one-hour special will cover all-things awesome in Season One and offer an exclusive look at the making of Season Two.

Of course an Orphan Black special wouldn’t really be SPECIAL without #CloneClub. We want to feature YOUR artwork and video in the show! That’s right - you or your art could be featured on TV.

There’s TWO WAYS to be a part of the special:

ART SUBMISSIONS. You can submit your Orphan Black fan work. You guys are incredible and we want to use Orphan Black: The #Cloneversation to celebrate all of the fantastic work you’ve been making for the past year. Click HERE to visit to submit.

VIDEO SUBMISSIONS. We want you to create Orphan Black videos letting us know your thoughts and feels about the show, Season 2 and about all of the beautiful things that happen in #CloneClub!

*Tell everyone what you love most about Orphan Black.
*Talk about who your favorite clone is and why you relate to them.
*Show everyone your best Felix impression, by quoting your fave Fee lines from Season One or, make up something new!
*Tell us your favorite thing about #CloneClub.
*Share your craziest theories for Season Two. What do you hope will happen?

Click HERE to visit to upload your video.

SOME VIDEO DOs: Make sure we can hear and see you. Be as creative as you can be - you could make an animation or an original song! Let your personality and individuality shine.

SOME VIDEO DON’Ts: Lose the jams (no music.) Logos are lame (don’t wear stuff with massive logos.) Watch your mouth (go easy on the profanity.) 

To be considered, you must submit your art and videos through, but you can share anything you make on Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Vine, or any other platform for everyone to see.

DUE DATE: Please submit all your video and art entries by Tuesday, March 25 at 6PM/5c in order to be considered to be featured on the show. (You could also make Orphan Black videos and art for the rest of time and we would be very happy about that.)

FINE PRINT: (Click here to read it all.)

You must be 18 years old to participate. We really wish we could open this up to everybody, but unfortunately we can’t. Your submissions must also be in by March 25 at 6PM EDT. 

You should also be aware that BBC America and Temple Street Production will be contacting you directly if your art or video is selected for the special and you will be required to sign and return the production’s standard consent and release form. Please make sure the email address you use for the submission form is correct and you check it frequently - we’d really hate it if we couldn’t use something because we couldn’t get in touch with you.

We can’t wait to see what you create, #CloneClub! To us here at the Orphan Black Tumblr, the most important part of Orphan Black is you guys. It’s your art, gifs, cosplay, meetups, puns, your love for sugary products. It’s how you help each other learn binary code, all of your conversations with each other, and how you’ve made so many of your friends and family excited enough to join us on the trip.