Why does the internet feel so fundamentally broken? Ev Williams, the co-founder of Twitter, Medium and Blogger, gave his two cents while peaking with CNN Money.
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"Was The Morningside Post website hacked?" a friend asked me. The site, which I once co-edited, seemed to have died, and returned as a zombie version of itself. About five months ago, my successors at TMP — the student-run news publication at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs — accidentally allowed their site's web domain registration to lapse. A mysterious new owner snapped the site up, cloned its content, and transformed it all into sloppy, spammy garbage.
It started back in 1998 as an April Fool's Day gag. Written up by Larry Masinter of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), error code 418 — "I'm a teapot" — was nothing more than a poke at the "many bad HTTP extensions that had been proposed". Despite its existence as a joke, a number of major software projects, including Node.js, ASP.NET and Google's Go language, implemented it as an Easter egg. A recent attempt to excise the fictitious code from these projects ended up doing the opposite, cementing it as a "reserved" error by the IETF.
As Russia transitions into an internet dystopia, it appears that Snapchat has been dragged right in. Today, Snapchat's parent company Snap was registered as an "information distribution organiser". And by 1 July 2018, an amended law will require "information distribution organisers" to store months of user data, and make it available for the Russian law enforcement upon request.
In the same hotel where Alexander Graham Bell once demoed coast-to-coast telephone calls, Microsoft will announce plans for a new white space internet service today. This ludicrous technology sends broadband internet wirelessly over the unused channels of the television spectrum. It's also ingenious.
Most of us would be bereft without Wi-Fi but give a little thought to the technology that beams us the internet. The device we pay so little attention to is called a router. Its main role is to connect networks and send and receive data from an internet provider.
But many routers aren’t particularly secure.
Whether it's a cyclone or a thunderstorm or 260km/h winds, sometimes your power goes out and takes your internet with you. Any way you look at it, when the internet is down your life is effectively on hold until it's back up again.
There's a memorable gag from the (unfortunately revived) Arrested Development that goes like this: A character sees a brown paper bag labelled "dead dove, do not eat," opens the bag anyway, reacts in disgust, and then remarks, "I don't know what I expected." It's a pretty good approximation of how the bone hurting juice anti-meme that exploded in popularity over the weekend functions.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ latest figures on internet activity in Australia show a huge jump in the number of people with advertised speeds of greater than 24 Mbps (that’s megabits per second, a measure of data transfer speed).