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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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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

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So you think the cloud is Safe?

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Wearable computers challenge human rights

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‘I’m literally shaking’: White man’s Tinder profile picture shows him arresting Black man

young woman on porch (l&r) woman over background of man arresting another man with caption "Greg 36" (c)

A TikToker says that she discovered a white man's Tinder profile that shows him arresting a Black man while wearing a bulletproof vest and leading him into a car.

Jamila Bell (@_iamjamila) posted the TikTok showing the man's Tinder profile on Thursday. The video shows the 36-year-old man, who is white and named Greg, looking at the camera while wearing a bulletproof vest and American flag baseball hat. He holds the handcuffs of a Black man he is escorting into a vehicle.

"I'm literally shaking," Bell says in the TikTok. "Why the fuck would he post this?"

On Wednesday, Bell's video had almost 30,000 views.

@_iamjamila #greenscreen ♬ original sound - jamila bell

In an email to the Daily Dot, a spokesperson for Tinder said that they were unable to locate Greg’s profile by searching for the photo, so he may have removed the image.

“We encourage users to report any behavior that does not fall in line with our Community Guidelines directly to our Customer Service team in the app," the spokesperson said.

Commenters on Bell's video were taken aback.

"Who took that picture? Did he ask them like 'hold on get this for me real quick,'" @menacedessidc commented.

"What in the Plantation is going on here?" @youknow_t wrote.

"Red flag all over," @gucc1l3xxx wrote.

Others said that Greg's profile picture implied that he supports police violence against Black people.

"Greg looked through his camera roll for the best reflection of who he is as a person," @sebbiesss wrote.

"They be proud af, unashamed," @dnajwa.davielleee commented. "They love it."

"Its a clear message to HIS people and his type of woman," @pilarnole_ commented.

The Daily Dot reached out to Bell and Tinder via email.

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‘The argument made the coffee 10x better’: Dunkin’ workers fight with each other while customer tries to get coffee in drive-thru

woman in car getting dunkin donuts with caption "not the dunkin employees straight beefing the entire time i'm trying to get my coffee"

TikToker Brieana Banks is self-admittedly "obsessed" with butter pecan coffee from Dunkin'. Presumably, she's had a lot of them, so she can probably discern when one is made to her liking or not.

And according to her now-viral TikTok featuring herself in the drive-thru at Dunkin', argumentative employees result in better-tasting beverages.

Read more on Dunkin' here.

@brieanabanks the argument made the coffee 10x better. the obsession with dunkins butter pecan continues. i owe @emcmacdonald my life #coffeetok #coffeeorder #dunkindonuts #dunkinworker #dunkinorder #butterpecanicedcoffee #coffeereview ♬ original sound - brieana banks

"Not the dunkin employees straight beefing the entire time I'm trying to get my coffee," Banks, who has 60,000 followers, wrote in the text overlay of the video, which features workers in the store arguing off-camera and was viewed 120,000 times.

In the video, one of the workers says, "Suck it up, butter cup."

"So then leave," the other says.

"All right, I gotta piss," a worker says before Brieana asks for another straw.

"I'm sorry," the employee says to her, to which Brieana assures them that "that's OK."

"You're sorry?" the other worker says off-camera.

Brieana goes on to review the cake batter ice latte with almond milk, which she gives a four out of 10. She also ordered her "go to" beverage just in case: a "small cold brew, [with] 2 pumps of butter pecan, 1 cream." After taking a sip, the TikToker says, "She's my pride and joy. She never misses."

"The argument made the coffee 10x better. the obsession with dunkins butter pecan continues," she captioned the clip.

Commenters on the post were entertained by Brieana's calm demeanor during the heated exchange between the two workers. Some remarked on how awkward it must be to sit there and wait for an order while employees argue.

Others couldn't help but find the entire situation funny and intriguing, expressing that they wanted to know more about the fight. And then there were those who commended the workers for keeping their cool when it came to communicating with Brieana, keeping whatever ire they had directed only at one another.

"'I’m sorry' …'you’re sorry?' Lmaoo girl that argument sounded juicy," one said.

Others said that the butter pecan coffee must've tasted so good because "they didn't make it with love." Brieana agreed, saying, "They made it with ANGER."

Since the onset of the pandemic in 2020, many industries were adversely affected, chief among them, food service and restaurants. Chicago Business reported that "95% of restaurant workers experienced a shift in their job status," which contributed to significant levels of stress associated with restaurant work.

While much has been written about a labor shortage, hourly jobs in the restaurant industry are seeing some of the greatest difficulties in filling employment spots. Some business owners are reportedly taking additional steps in order to ensure that they retain valuable staff members by not only increasing wages but by offering other support tools through their place of employment. In one example, Frank Bonanno, owner of French 75, a Denver-based restaurant, reportedly hired a full-time therapist in order to help employees discuss their mental health.

The Daily Dot reached out to Dunkin' via email and Brieana via TikTok comment.

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‘Do you think he’s ok’: Photo showing frog frozen in ice cream container goes viral

frog in ice cream container

This story includes graphic content pertaining to animals.

Recently, a Facebook post showing what appeared to be a frog frozen in a tub of ice cream went viral, sparking disgust and debate across the internet.

It’s difficult to verify who first posted the photo, though it appears one of the earliest iterations came from a Facebook account under the name of Tracy Wiemelt Holtman. In this version, Tracy claims to have purchased the ice cream herself from a local Hy-Vee.

The post was quickly screenshotted and shared, with one screenshot on Twitter amazing over 420,000 likes.

Tracy speculated in the post that the Blue Bunny ice cream must have come from the factory with the frog inside as it was sealed. She also said she planned on attempting to return the ice cream.

While Snopes claimed it could not verify who first posted the image, Tracy is a likely candidate. Many reposts keep her phrasing verbatim, which includes a reference to someone named “Morgan.” In other Facebook posts, Tracy tags a woman named Morgan, who appears to be her daughter. 

The post has since been deleted from Tracy’s Facebook page.

In response to the Daily Dot's inquiry, Blue Bunny’s parent company, Wells Enterprises, acknowledged "the product in question is made by Wells Enterprises” and “confirmed this could not have occurred during our manufacturing process, but instead would have taken place after the product left our facility.”

A representative for Wells Enterprises added that the company investigated the incident and reached out to the "affected customer."

"Product safety is our top priority at Wells, and we consistently achieve the highest quality standards in our facilities and in our manufacturing processes. We have robust quality systems in place, and constantly evaluate our standards and processes to prevent anything like this from happening," they said.

Many Twitter sleuths made similar claims.

Furthermore, other users on Twitter claimed that, if the frog had actually jumped in during the manufacturing process, there would be signs of a struggle and the frog would have left a deeper impression in the ice cream.

Regardless of the authenticity of the image, users on Twitter were quick to share their disgust as well as their concern for the frog.


“That’s enough internet for the day,” another added.

Others made jokes at the frog’s expense.

“Rocky Toad?” a user shared, riffing on the ice cream flavor rocky road.

“Do you think hes okay,” a second asked.

We’ve reached out to Tracy via Facebook direct message.

The post ‘Do you think he’s ok’: Photo showing frog frozen in ice cream container goes viral appeared first on The Daily Dot.

Newsletter: Server calls out her ‘worst table ever’

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Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Andrew here. Welcome to today's edition of Internet Insider.

Our top stories today include backlash Starbucks is facing, a viral video where a server details her "worst table ever," a deep dive into the new Q posts, and more. 

Plus, our Senior Culture Reporter Audra writes about Peacock's promotion strategy in her weekly "Now Streaming" column. 

Let's get into the news. 

— A.W. 

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BACKLASH: In the wake of the Roe v. Wade reversal, Starbucks joined many other companies and recently announced a new abortion policy to help employees seek out healthcare—unless they are part of a unionized store. That carveout for union shops was not met well online. Check out our full report on the backlash online here

'WORST TABLE EVER': A TikToker's series of videos chronicling her "worst table ever" as a server has garnered more than 1.5 million views. In the videos, she details her experience with a family that insisted on purchasing alcohol for her daughter, who forgot her ID. Of course, the family didn't leave a tip

CONSPIRACY: The person claiming to be "Q," the mysterious person at the center of the QAnon conspiracy theory returned with a series of "drops" this weekend, the first communications that have been posted on 8kun in a year-and-a-half. Our conspiracy theory expert and contributing writer Mike Rothschild breaks it all down here

WRECKED: Imagine getting owned by a lake. The president of a right-wing activist group doesn't have to imagine: Tom Fitton, of Judicial Watch, recently experienced first hand what it's like to lose a war of words with a body of water, or more specifically the Lake Superior Twitter account


As you know, we're calling the next few months at the Daily Dot the "Summer of Scoops" as we dig around the internet for the most pressing stories. As part of that, I thought it would be fun to give you a peek into the reporting process.

Over the weekend, the Passionfruit team attended VidCon and saw the inside scoop into the creator space, from businesses to influencers to fans. Below, Passionfruit Editor Daysia Tolentino details some of the wackiest things that happened:

VidCon—where to begin? I've never been before this year, but from what I gather, it's always a little bit chaotic. Perhaps, then, it was unsurprising when that on the first day of events a fire alarm caused the convention center to briefly evacuate amid some ongoing panels. There was a rumor that the fans of the infamous Dream SMP had pulled it for the meme, but that doesn't appear to be true.

Another bizarre moment from the weekend? The presence of James Charles, the beauty influencer who has been accused of "grooming" in recent years. While he did not appear at the official events, he was at the fun after parties including the Instagram Night Out and Amazon Prime ones. So... what does cancel culture actually do again?

Finally, while it was nice to feel a bit normal after such isolating times—most people were not wearing masks and it was nice to see faces for once—attendees were reminded that the pandemic is not quite over, as VidCon co-founder Hank Green had to cancel his Sunday engagements due to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. Luckily, he seems OK aside from a few symptoms. He's not the only one who got sick though, as drama YouTuber KeemStar reported the event was a super spreader.



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Peacock is making some great comedy—if you can find it

Is Peacock’s promotional strategy for original shows just to let the people tweet

There’s been some discourse about whether the NBC streamer is doing enough to promote its shows, and while I get emails about upcoming titles, I have found myself watching Peacock shows almost solely because of Twitter word of mouth

Would It Kill You to Laugh?, the new hour special from Kate Berlant and John Early, is an example of the kind of comedy Peacock and other streamers need more of.

Hulu apparently passed on an earlier pilot Berlant and Early pitched because it was too weird, though the success of Netflix’s I Think You Should Leave (which Berlant and Early both appear in) opened up what “weird” comedy can be and who it’s for

The special debuted on Friday; the official Peacock Twitter account made no mention of it. It tweeted about the new Downton Abbey film instead.

Like writer and director April Wolfe, I did not know until this weekend that Peacock’s Killing It is about Burmese python hunters in the Florida Everglades and stars Craig Robinson, as well as many other great comedic performers.

I blew through season 1 and it’s now one of my favorite shows of 2022. Girls5Eva is another Peacock original that didn’t get much promo but certainly has a vocal fanbase. Peacock did promote Joe vs. Carole, a show that didn’t need to exist, and that no one is talking about now. 

The Office was Peacock’s big carrot to dangle when it launched in 2020, and it has anchor shows like SNL. But you can find plenty of people tweeting at Peacock to promote or un-cancel its original shows, and its lack of promotion has become a meme

To be fair, people have also called out Netflix for underpromoting shows.

Peacock clocked 13 million paid subscribers at the beginning of 2022, and 28 million active accounts, a noticeable increase from the end of 2021.

That’s not great, compared to Netflix or Disney+, but then Netflix is not doing so well. Unfortunately, Peacock seems to be following its spending strategy

 — Audra Schroeder

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Here are some key dispatches from across the 'net. 

A woman shared her experience renting an Airbnb that allegedly had no windows, calling it a "lesson learned" in a viral video. 

A woman recently went viral after claiming that her insurance company refused to speak to her without first speaking to her husband, despite the fact that she was the primary insured

'Another reason why I got a second job," one teacher commented in a video where she opened up about disappointing pay after getting her Master's Degree

A worker accidentally accepted a fake $20 bill that said "in copy we trust" and "copy money" on it. In a video, the worker speculated whether or not they would be fired for accepting it.  

 When you think of the early days of the internet, what does that look like to you? In “The Lost History of the Internet” the Daily Dot explores the online communities and events that shaped us. 

A TikToker says the Heritage Farms chicken breasts that she purchased was two pounds less than what was labeled—and what she paid for. 

Get your fix for all things wizardry with the best magic movies that aren’t Fantastic Beasts.

An Instacart driver sparked a debate on TikTok after saying she was "so mad at" herself for accepting an order with no tip

Our team of reporters at Passionfruit, the Daily Dot's weekly creator economy newsletter, were at VidCon. You can check out all their coverage here. If you want more stories like that, subscribe to the newsletter

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In a viral video, a TikToker showed her computer screen at work that was playing a fake Windows update screen on YouTube for an hour. The video has more than 700,000 views, with many people asking her what prompted her to do that

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‘Reservations mean nothing’: Worker offers Enterprise customer Chevy Malibu when she allegedly reserved an SUV

Man working holding phone to ear speaking caption "Why I hate my job Pt. 2" (l) man speaking into phone working making sarcastic face caption "Why I hate my job Pt. 2.5" (c) man speaking into phone working shocked expression caption "Why I hate my job Pt. 3" (r)

A customer service worker who claims to work at an Enterprise Rent-A-Car location gave insight into how reservations work—or don't work—for rental car companies.

As part of a three-part TikTok series entitled "Why I hate my job," the user, @yourmomsfriendfromwork, filmed a phone call he had with a client, as he reluctantly had to offer her a Chevy Malibu despite her claim that the company promised to reserve her an SUV. "Love what you do and never work another day of your life," he joked in the video description.

@yourmomsfriendfromwork Love what you do and never work another day of your life!! #fyp #fy #foryou #foryourpage #customerservice #enterpriserentacar ♬ original sound - YMFFW

When asked by the customer for a standard SUV, he says, "The only issue is, as of this moment, I don't have one. I have a minivan, or I have a full-size car. And then I can send a full-size car, something like a Chevy Malibu or Nissan Altima."

The customer responds by saying she was promised an SUV. "The reason that I'm picking it up today is yesterday afternoon, when I was supposed to pick it up, they gave me the same song and dance, and they said we will have an SUV for you tomorrow morning," she says on the other end of the phone call.

While some commenters found the situation amusing, calling the customer a "Karen," others were more sympathetic.

"Probably ain’t your fault, but she’s no Karen… People rely on what they are told by a company," one commenter said.

"If you could make an SUV magically appear, you’d be in a different career field," another joked.

The worker later responded to commenters, saying, "I don’t disagree [that the customer has a point] I just have no control over the process of how a 30 billion dollar company works."

The worker also seemingly confirmed that "reservations mean nothing."

"I learned the hard way reservations mean nothing," one viewer commented, to which @yourmomsfriendfromwork replied: "Nunca" (which means "never" in Spanish).

@yourmomsfriendfromwork and Enterprise Rent-a-Car's Corporate Communications team did not immediately respond to the Daily Dot's request for comment via email.

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Comment was by RichardtheRaelian on June 23, 2022 at 1:31am

Hi! Being online on the internet feels like meditation.

Comment was by Chris on August 21, 2019 at 4:48am

Libraries, Electricity,  telephones, the Internet, TV, Radio, Mail (postal service)  seems to me should be a public resource as should education facilities as opposed to private entities.

Having written that if these were public instutions then the public would be able to influence the institutions as opposed to private (for profit) institutions.

Comment was by Chris on August 15, 2019 at 4:11am

May be interesting to some.

May be of interest to some about robo calls. July 17, 2019 Senate Hearing on Combating Robocall See more
Comment was by Chris on August 9, 2019 at 6:50am


Wrong. Your links are nonsense.

Comment was by Chris on August 8, 2019 at 6:30am


As you may know to promote infrustructure  takes individuals support.

It upsets me that some don't know know much about economonimic therory.

My thoughts are that the Internet, wires connecting it should be considered a Public Utility.

It should be well known that the Internet, and the internet was developed as a public agengy. 

Pre Mosaic-- IP.

The same with the electrical grid.

Comment was by Chris on August 8, 2019 at 6:09am

Comment by Stephen on November 3, 2015 at 5:58am

Chris I'm constantly surprised that California of all places is as slow as it appears to be. I've noticed that most of your phone lines are overhead and not buried underground and I read somewhere that overhead cables are hard to convert to fibre optics. You can understand it in the more rural areas but from what ive seen even in your cities they are laid out above ground

Hello Stephen,

Laid above and below ground - or even on tower cells.

Donno if you have a cell phone - most people I know who use cell phones have terrible connections.

Above ground fiber was recently ran to the pole infront of my house.

Don't understand - thought do understand why the road was repaved without  doing it to make it more safe  and effieient - even thought the cost may have been higher at the beginning.


That's another subject though.

Comment was by Chris on August 2, 2019 at 3:16am

On Big Networks.

Interesting commentary.

Comment was by Chris on August 2, 2019 at 3:09am

May be of interest to some.

Tulsi Gabbard, Democratic Presidential Candidate, Sues Google for $...

In her lawsuit, Tulsi Gabbard asserts that Google muffled her free speech rights when it briefly suspended her ad account after the Democratic debate in June.CreditCreditDoug Mills/The New York Times.

  • July 25, 2019

Representative Tulsi Gabbard, the long-shot presidential candidate from Hawaii, said in a federal lawsuit that Google infringed on her free speech when it briefly suspended her campaign’s advertising account after the first Democratic debate in June.

The lawsuit, filed on Thursday in a federal court in Los Angeles, is believed to be the first time a presidential candidate has sued a major technology firm.

In a twist that reflects Ms. Gabbard’s unorthodox political views, the claim that her speech was stifled by Google is similar to complaints made over the last year in Republican circles. Few Democrats have raised similar concerns.

Big tech companies like Google are getting increasing scrutiny by lawmakers and regulators around the world for a wide variety of issues, including their influence on political debate, their handling of consumer data, and the aggressive way they compete with smaller companies.

A day before the Gabbard lawsuit was filed, Facebook said the Federal Trade Commission had opened a formal antitrust investigation into its business practices. Earlier in the day, the F.T.C. announced that Facebook was fined a record $5 billion for deceiving users about their ability to control the privacy of their personal data.

Tulsi Now Inc., the campaign committee for Ms. Gabbard, said Google suspended the campaign’s advertising account for six hours on June 27 and June 28, obstructing its ability to raise money and spread her message to potential voters.

After the first Democratic debate, Ms. Gabbard was briefly the most searched-for candidate on Google. Her campaign wanted to capitalize on the attention she was receiving by buying ads that would have placed its website at the top of search results for her name.

More in the first link.

Comment was by Chris on July 29, 2019 at 9:59pm

Aaron Swatz full movie.  Maybe it should be in the Doccumentaries group, the medical group, or a political group.

Comment was by Chris on July 27, 2019 at 5:48am

Democrat Tulsi Gabbard sues Google over suspension of ad account

The lawsuit adds to a chorus of bipartisan complaints against Google over the power it has accumulated.

Google spokeswoman Riva Sciuto said that an automated system triggered the suspension.

“We have automated systems that flag unusual activity on all advertiser accounts — including large spending changes — in order to prevent fraud and protect our customers,” Sciuto said in a statement.

“In this case, our system triggered a suspension and the account was reinstated shortly thereafter. We are proud to offer ad products that help campaigns connect directly with voters, and we do so without bias toward any party or political ideology.”

The company has the largest share of the worldwide digital ad market, with 31 percent of all digital ad revenue, according to research firm eMarketer. Google’s grip on ads related to searches is even tighter, with 61 percent of the market worldwide.

Democratic and Republican politicians have shown growing frustration with the power of social media companies and Silicon Valley generally. In 2017, Twitter blocked an abortion-related video ad from Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., before reversing itself and allowing it.

More in the above link.


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