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The Open Internet teaches net neutrality to everyone

I feel strongly about net neutrality -- and you may have some solid opinions about it, too. But what about your mother or your grandfather? Do they care enough about net neutrality to make a stand, or even understand what the fuss is all about? The Open Internet is a nice little website that strives to explain the topic with very little text, and lovely vector graphics. It flows from top to...

Web Classic: A Softer World is a web "comic" with a kick

(This is another "Classics" post, so to those of you who wish to make snarky comments like "oh wow, ever heard of Dilbert.com?" -- relax, I know you're super-cool and that you've already known the site for ages. I'm so proud of you!) And for the rest of the world: A Softer World is one of the best online "comics" I know. It's always the same, and always different; it's always three low-fidelity...

Unamerican.com is one of the best sources for snarky slogans

This is an "online culture" type of post. I'm just giving you a heads up here, so you don't say I'm being political. It also contains some cuss words. You've been warned. Unamerican.com is one of the first websites that I ever thought of as "cool." I think that was back in 1999, or perhaps it was even earlier than that. It's now over a decade later, and Unamerican still seems to be going strong....

Firefox & Facebook Friday Five!

There's slim pickings from the Mozilla camp this week. Other than the release of Lorentz (3.6.4) (out of process plugins!!), there's really nothing Firefoxy to report on. Instead, we're going to roll the Firefox column into another topic starting with the letter 'F': Facebook. Still, hang in there: I'm going to do my best to dredge up some useful and interesting bits for Firefox. There's even a...

Digital Economy Bill set to pass into UK law: watch out, hapless home owners!

In what can only be described as a bunch of witless, whipped cronies dabbling in shit they really have no clue about, the dying United Kingdom parliament is about to pass the Digital Economy Bill into law. Ostensibly, the new law is about protecting intellectual property owners -- but ultimately, the Digital Economy Bill will simply make it easier to identify and prosecute British citizens. ...

ImmorTall is a haunting, disturbing, Flash "game"

Here's a Flash "game" which I'm not going to tag as a time-waster. Not because it's work-related, but because if this is what you do "for fun", your life is not a fun place. Just saying. ImmorTall casts you as a vaguely anime-eqsue blobby-looking massive alien. There's a haunting (and deeply irritating) soundtrack, consisting mainly of discordant guitar chords plucked really slowly. Your job...

Welcome to Google, Kansas. No, it's not a new office... it's a town

As the last few vestiges of sanity left the rocky outcrops of Mayor Bill Bunten's brain, he decreed: "Let our fair city (formerly known as Topeka) henceforth be known by the mad moniker GOOGLE, KANSAS!!" Just kidding; he didn't say that exactly (probably). But Topeka is going to be called Google, for the entire month of March. Why? you ask -- or cry, or wail -- well, it's obvious if you...

The White House supports Google against China

It's the story that keeps getting crazier and crazier! First Google -- a corporation! -- sticks a finger up at an entire country (the largest in the world), then it comes to light that China has been operating a vast malware-distributing espionage botnet -- and now the White House publicly comes out in favor of Google! That the American government is stepping in can only mean that the...

Be a member of Parliament for the week in a new UK video game

Just to clarify, a member of the UK Parliament is equivalent to a representative in the US House of Representatives. This is a game then about being a politician -- for a week! In MP For A Week you are tasked with all of the usual tasks of an active politician, ranging from interesting to menial. At the start, though it's not very clear, you need to pick a constituency, a political party...

Did the FTC just mention something about blogging?

So that we're not the only single blog in the known universe and beyond who misses the chance to comment on the FTC's boneheaded guidelines requiring bloggers, celebs, reviewers and others -- basically anyone who you might read online -- to disclose any "material relationship" with companies they review. I tend to look at everything in terms of Pros and Cons. Here's the list I came up with. ...

With two weeks to go, the 5 best places to follow presidential polls

If you haven't been following the U.S. presidential election, now is a good time to start. With two weeks to go, pundits everywhere are wondering whether Barack Obama's lead over John McCain will hold up. Whether you're a Democrat, a Republican, or none of the above, there are plenty of sites you can bookmark to keep up with the latest polling data. Here are some of my favorites: 1....

Political Streams: Microsoft Live Labs web site tracks political dialog

Micorosft has launched a new web site that tracks popular political news stories and blog posts. Political Streams works a bit like a news aggregation service like Techmeme. But the layout is unique. Items are listed either in the News or Blogs category based on the source. Scrolling over those colorful bars brings up the number of blogs or news sites writing about the main item. There's also...

Keep up with election coverage via podcast - Download Pod

If you're as busy as rest of us, you may not have time to catch all the latest presidential election details on the evening news. Fortunately, you can still keep up by listening to a few really excellent podcasts while you're commuting or working out. [Note: All links open in iTunes.] Listen to selected speeches from the Democratic National Convention in a podcast series put together by the DNC....

PA governor is about as tech literate as John McCain

John McCain has gotten a lot of flack recently for his lack of tech savvy. McCain doesn't use email, the web, or a computer. But it turns out he's not the only high ranking politician who prefers a fax machine to email. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has a cellphone and recently learned to send text messages - but has never sent an email. The article...

Ameritocracy: fact-checking for the masses

Have you ever heard a public figure make a claim that seems a bit preposterous? In the year of a U.S. presidential election, more people are going to be scrutinizing candidates -- and political bloggers -- and wondering if what they're saying is true, exaggerated, or just completely made up. That's where Ameritocracy comes in. You can add a quote, and Ameritocracy users will rate its accuracy and...