ICANN Needs to Stop Laying Down Freedoms and Start Laying Down the Law

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Oh No The Internet is Broken!!!

I never thought I would ever even think these words:

Something in America is TOO Free!

I hate to say it, but it’s true. That “something” is the Internet. The world wide web is a place of a lot of chaos. The anonymity breeds negative emotions and fuels our urges to be bad without any sense of consequence. In less than five minutes, you can create a completely anonymous profile on a random website and commit typographical hate-crimes without any worry that a badge will show up at your door. The worst part, is that no one is trying to do anything about it. The latest example of this is coming from ICANN.

The link above basically says that ICANN, in all of it’s brilliance, decided to open up top-level domain names so that companies can make litterally anything take the place of “.com”. Now companies will have website names like http://drink.coke and http://ilike.cheese and http://buy.menon and http://pepsi.generation . Dot com is going to become a thing of the past. Soon we will all be nostalgic about the times when we could locate the website of a company by simply thinking of the name and adding a “.com” to the end. What a wasted oportunity.Doesn’t seem so bad to you yet, huh? Well what are you going to think when somebody in the porn industry decides to make a website address called http://freeporn.4kids ? Or maybe we will get lucky and someone will create http://sexwith.children ! This idea is starting to sound stupider by the minute right?

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Lay Down The Law!

This also has me concerned about people who have trouble using the internet to begin with. Your parents think the Internet is a confusing thing now with putting a www in front of things and all the .com’s; Now they have to reach through their already strained memory to remember that it’s not http://www.coupons.com, but now it’s iwannaclip.coupons. This is one area where creativity should not be allowed.

What should they have done?
They should have made top-level domains a way of catagorizing websites and laying a foundation for Internet Regulations. ICANN should have created a submission process to suggest new top level domain catagories and then created laws surrounding those domains. For example:
  • Yes, there should be a “.xxx” top level domain, but by law if you are considered a porn site you should be required to have that as your only domain. “.porn” “.pron” “.pr0n” “.adult” “.xrated”
  • “.com” You can only hold this as a domain name if you are selling something on your website. “.buy”
  • “.kid” Any website with this domain name should have content that has been approved child safe. “.children” “.4kids” “.family”
This would allow us to stop companies from “cybersquatting” because they would have to lease the right to use the top level domain name. Also, it would bring in extra income from enforcing fines to companies that broke the laws. Parents could rest easy that their child will not be exposed to any adult content when their filter is set to only allow “.kid” domain names. I am very surprised and disappointed that ICANN did not think of this. 

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The World Ends Dec 21st 2012

I’m not looking forward to the future of the internet if this is how they are going to handle it. This decision is only going to make the lack of policing on the internet worse and probably spiral it into a circle of chaos that no one will enjoy. Maybe the world ending in 2012 is just a metaphor like on Donnie Darko. Just like he lost the love of his life, so shall we lose our precious precious internet. 

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Saving the Earth One Test Page at a Time

As a computer technician I am called to many problems surrounding PCs and their peripherals. On many occasions I come into conflict with a printer. When ever I deal with one of these horrible contraptions, I am always faced with an ethical dilemma. How many test pages can I print before I should start feeling guilty.

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I Speak for the trees.

It never fails. Every time I get a phone call about a printer problem I end up walking away with at least one page of completely useless information that just gets thrown away or recycled. The printer test page is a necessary evil which makes me feel like I have the carbon footprint of a coal-burning factory. It has always been very convenient too that every page has network information on it to keep me from giving it to the local library for scrap paper. Something needs to be done to stop this needless waste of perfectly good paper and it needs to be done by the operating system and printer companies!

The only suggestion that I have been able to come up with, involves changing the signal that is sent to the printer when the test page is requested. Upon arriving at the printer, the signal would be recognized and would trigger an audible tone for every page supposed to be printed. A display might work as well, but printers are sometimes located in separate rooms from the computers we are sitting at. You could also send the pages through the printer with the ink being disabled. I wouldn’t mind if I had to load the blank pages back into the printer. Just as long as I don’t have to throw them away.

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Fix it!

That is just one suggestion, but maybe there is a better way. All I know is, we don’t want to end up with our forests being reduced to a single stump with the word “Unless” carved in it because of something this stupid.

America, I Want You!… Back.

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What happened to the spirit of America and good old-fashioned propaganda?

As just about any other growing child, I spent most of my childhood learning about the world I lived in. I learned about the history of my home in Alaska, the Iditarod, the gold rush, the pipeline, the Exxon oil spill. Most importantly though I learned about history in the United states. I learned about the unity this great country had back in the day. I learned that when there was a problem, all of the people in our great nation would get together and fix it. Germany is taking over the world you say? Nazis are BAD, spread the word! Japan Bombed our beautiful Hawaii? Scientists, we need some bigger bombs! The war effort needs soldiers? Men, We need volunteers! The War effort needs steel? Corporations, use something else for now please! The US Needs Jobs? Businesses, Expand!

Just about every problem that the US has faced in the past has been done so by banding the people in the country together with notions of teamwork and unity. I remember hearing tales of American propaganda and thinking “Wow! It was un-American to not like Babe Ruth!” In fact, it was un-American not to like anything American What?! You don’t like Baseball? COMMUNIST!!!

These days you don’t see that commitment to the country. These days we are too afraid of the word “God” to say the damn pledge of allegiance These days we are too worried about the president’s personal life that we forget that he was put in to office BY US to run this country. We also forget that it is a big job and we have to help him. If the president doesn’t hear our voice he cant pick what is in our best interest. These days we are too busy complaining about the people in our political office and the choices they make to realize that WE PUT THEM THERE! These days people have forgotten that America was established as a sanctuary for people who felt oppressed by their old country and wanted to live free to state their minds, worship the god they want, defend themselves if necessary, choose who would make the big decisions, and to be treated fairly regardless of what they looked like or how much money they had. These days people are actually more worried about the color of the people and not the color of their ideas.

Needless to say, I want this to change and I think that it is un-American not to want it. I want to see good old-fashioned American propaganda posted on the walls at random. I want to hear that if you don’t like American football than you are not a true American I want to hear kids shout out to the news that they want to grow up to be the president! I want to see Basketball players who tell the cameras “America, that half-court shot was for you!” I want it to be un-American to be fat (even though I am overweight myself) I want it to be patriotic to be healthy. I want it to be patriotic to help others and I want it to be patriotic to hold a job. I want to see the red white and blue blooded Americans again.

I want the rest of the world to see that We are not just a country of overspending capitalists. I want them to see that we are a team. I want them to realize that if they mess with one part of us, they mess with all of us.

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Does anyone doubt that we need this? Really? I can prove it to you that we need it more than ever. It has been over 9 years since the World Trade Center Towers Fell. When that happened we started strong and then fell short. I remember when there were talks about what we were going to with Ground zero. I remember when someone came on the news and said “Don’t worry America The Terrorist want to cause terror and we are not going to let that happen. We are going throw this back in their faces. We are going build something on ground zero that will make those terrorists have to refund every virgin they think they are getting. We are going to make them doubt their beliefs with our new New York skyline!” I remember seeing lots of professional designs for new buildings that would replace the Towers. Every one of them was designed by a patriot who put his heart and soul and grief in to making a testament to the people who lost their lives in that building. What happened to all those designs? I remember a plan to put two giant spotlights on the sights of the towers for placeholders so that two towers of light would pierce the nighttime New York City Skyline. Are those lights even there? I remember the coolest building design that they had was one that combined the two towers in to one and it rose to 1776 feet in the air. I thought “Awesome. A building who’s height represents the year we became a country. That will show those damn Terrorists!” Where did that building go? Then I heard of a museum that would not only feature artifacts from the Towers, but it would also be made partially from the remains at ground zero. I thought “Okay, that would be kind of cool. A Tribute to the people who died and a building on the site. That would work even though it’s not as grand as I was hoping.” Then I heard about that Church that they wanted to put in and I was embarrassed Really? You want to put a church there that houses the same religion as the people who cleared the space to begin with? That is like a bully punching you in the arm for you hand over your lunch so you have your mom put better food in there in case he doesn’t prefer tuna. The last idea I heard was a total “just put something there” move. Two community pools! That’s it! That’s all! Those who lost their lives deserve better.

If funding is the issue than we should be EASILY able to over come that! How? With good old-fashioned patriotism! Send a message out to everybody “Donate to the cause! And tell a friend to donate too!” Have companies put an extra blurb in their commercials or theme them to the cause! Put an option in my car insurance to donate a dollar a month to the new World Trade Center Project! Put those coin tins at the end of grocery store checkout counters! Take a Million out of that $380 Million Dollar Lottery and send it to the cause. We won’t miss it. Make Porn cause an extra cent a minute! I don’t care what we do! Let’s just do it. That Gaping hole in New York is making the terrorists more confident that what they do is effective.

Lets stop worrying about our privacy being violated by airport security that we asked for and start worrying about the state of our country’s unity. Stand up for your country! Love the place you live in! Love what it stands for and for your country’s sake, SHOW IT!!!