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The internet is both a telecommunication medium and a culture. We have embraced it because of its immediacy, its pervasiveness and its usefulness.

Even though for most of us its workings is equivalent to magic and it's enough to know that it's very 'complicated and technical,' it has become an intricate part of our life.

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The Internet

This is a partial portrait of the Internet. Imagine that at the tip of each branch there is one or multiple human brains operating and that each one of these terminals can be instantly connected to any other, anywhere.

If we could map this image to the surface of the Earth it would make it even more obvious that this network of networks is like a new organ that has been grafted onto the biosphere.

Partial map of the Internet based on the January 15, 2005 data found on Each line is drawn between two nodes, representing two IP addresses. The length of the lines are indicative of the delay between those two nodes. This graph represents less than 30% of the Class C networks reachable by the data collection program in early 2005. Lines are color-coded according to their corresponding RFC 1918 allocation as follows:

Dark blue: net, ca, us
Green: com, org
Red: mil, gov, edu
Yellow: jp, cn, tw, au, de
Magenta: uk, it, pl, fr
Gold: br, kr, nl
White: unknown

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Discussion Forum

The NSA may have won a round but are losing the war!

Started by Davy. Last reply by Chris Oct 13, 2013. 1 Reply

THE CORE INTERNET INSTITUTIONS ABANDON THE US GOVERNMENTIn Montevideo, Uruguay this week, the Directors of all the major Internet organizations – ICANN, the Internet Engineering Task Force, the…Continue

Tags: China, internet, governance, Brazil, Russia

So you think the cloud is Safe?

Started by Davy. Last reply by Chris Sep 26, 2013. 12 Replies

In the digital age, your files and memories are not truly yours any more. They belong to the cloudKYLE GOODWIN wants his stuff back. One day, he decided to set up a company in Ohio to …Continue

Tags: data, storage, computing, Cloud


Started by doone. Last reply by Neal Sep 5, 2013. 2 Replies

ARE WE SMARTER YET? HOW COLLEGES ARE MISUSING THE INTERNETby Akim ReinhardtWe should all probably be a lot smarter…Continue


Wearable computers challenge human rights

Started by Davy Jul 24, 2013. 0 Replies

The thoughtless adoption of new technologies seduces us into providing more of our personal selves without any concerns for the protection of our personal data, argues Katina Michael an associate…Continue

Tags: sensors, information, technology, computers, rights

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Comment by Chris on Monday

A telco tech came out today and said that because I'm at the ragged edge of the line I should decrease the speed of the internet service. He said  it should help the internet instability and prevent my telephone line from randomly disconnecting.

He suggested dropping from a 18 MB line to a 6 MB line, saying I should still be able to receive the Roku TV feed and it may eliminiate the random telephone dropouts and internet errors.

I'll give it a try it may help with some of the strange 4000 character limit errors and other problems I experience on A/U.

Comment by doone on October 26, 2016 at 5:49am

That is a good point, Chris. Cell phone usage is also exploding exponenttially - according to some graphs internet usage in Kenya for example has increased from 3 to 40 from 2005 to 2013. I must be up at least t 70 now based on the trend line.

Comment by Chris on October 26, 2016 at 5:42am

Some of the figures posted on the PEW forum may not be accurate because people in internet developing areas use internet cafe's and share, or rent cell phones to gain internet access.

Not only that along with electricity, water, health care so does internet, and communications access tend to change over time with socio-economic and political fluxuations.

Comment by doone on October 23, 2016 at 7:49pm

Two-thirds worldwide use the internet, but fewer do in Africa and South Asia

Comment by doone on October 23, 2016 at 11:25am

Sobre la evolución digital

Comment by Chris on September 16, 2016 at 6:36am

The following shows how much data, security breaches and identity theft is from people who willingly provide information to the theives.

Comment by Chris on September 16, 2016 at 6:28am

Cyber crime continues to run rampant. I reported the following to the local police after looking at the FBI cyber crime unit who referred me to the local police department.  A local officer will assist me so they can catch the criminal who used the fake address

Puk Kin Chan <>

From Mr. Hou Weidong
Bank of Communications Hong Kong
Dear Mr Chris XXX...

I am Mr. Hou Weidong, Chief information officer, Bank of Communications. I received your response to my brief message, and I wish to apologize for any inconveniences. I am getting in touch with you regarding the estate of a deceased client with similar last name as yours and an investment placed under our banks management 12 years ago.
I am sure you will wonder where I got your contact details, a search on the yellow page with your last name gave some results and I selected you from the lot.
I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail confidential and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this mail. I contact you independently and no one is informed of this communication. In 2005, the subject matter, Mr. Mark XXX... made a deposit of Forty Five Million, Two Hundred and Seventy Five Thousand Dollars ($ 45,275,000.00) only in my branch, a number of notices were sent to him two years later for not operating the account and we later discovered that Mr . Mark XXX... had died in a plane crash
The good thing is that late Mark XXX... did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper work of his bank deposit. What bothers me most is according to the laws of my country at the expiration of 12 years the funds will be revert to the ownership of the Hong Kong Government if nobody comes for the funds, Against this scenery, I have all the information needed to claim these funds and I want you to act as the next of kin to the deposit since you have the same last name as his. There is no risk involved in this matter as I hold the key to the funds and we are going to adopt a legitimate method as I will have all paper works to make you the next of kin to the funds when you provide your correct details. I want you to know that you will be entitled to 40% of the entire funds while I get 60% as the originator of the deal. Get back to me for more information.

 Please provide me the following details below at once so that I can arrange the necessary paper works in your names and send you copies.

1. Your Full names
2. Complete Address:
3. Telephone Number:
4. Age:
5. Sex:
6. Occupation:

Hou Weidong

Comment by Chris on November 10, 2015 at 5:46pm

The AT&T tech replaced the line filters. Maybe that'll fix thew noisy line and drop-outs. I doubt it.

Do any A/U members use VPN's?

On another subject VPN and the internet.


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Comment by Chris on November 8, 2015 at 6:45pm

This is a cross post  from

Piece of Shit AT&T Connection

Maybe this 94 KB image of the broken speed test will post. The others images of this sweep I tried to post haven't worked. I think it may be a result of noise on the line.

While  working on this problem the telco, blames  it on internal lines, computer problems, or the need to buy a new computer. 

I'm guessing  with the value of quarterly stock profits CEO's don't give a shit about customer service, as long as they can keep them quiet - buying new computers and upgrading software as a method to diveret the problem from the terrible service provided.

Comment by Chris on November 4, 2015 at 7:02am

With all of my complaints, I wonder how my neighbors deal - probably with terrible cell phone service.


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