When AOL first launched its instant messaging service (AIM) in the mid-90’s, the platform had the feeling of a ghost town.
According to former CEO Steve Case, it wasn’t until the addition of the experience-redefining feature of the buddy list, which alerted users to which of their friends were available to chat, that AIM felt like a community full of people eager to interact.
Tech project by #lulzlab that provides internet-free digital data transmission through radio waves - video embedded below:
Airchat is a free communication tool, free as in ‘free beer’ and free as in ‘Jeremy Hammond must be freed’. It doesn’t need the internet infrastructure, nor does it need a cellphone network, instead it relies on any available radio link (or any device capable of transmitting audio - we even made a prototype working with light/laser based transmissions).
This project was conceived not only from our lessons learned in the Egyptian, Libyan and Syrian revolutions, but also from the experience of OccupyWallStreet and Plaza del Sol. We have considered the availability of extremely cheap modern radio devices (like those handhelds produced in China), to start thinking about new ways in which people can free themselves from expensive, commercial, government controlled and highly surveilled infrastructure.
AirChat is not only our modest draft or proposal for such a dream, but it is a working PoC you can use today. we hope you will enjoy it and we also hope that you too will be able to feel the beauty of free communications, free communications as in ‘free beer’ and free communications as in ‘free yourself and your people forever’.
Since Comcast is charging sites and services just to access to their customers, sites and services should start refusing to to serve Comcast’s customers. Instead, show Comcast users a banner that lets them know why they won’t get access to that service or site:
We’re sorry, but this service/site is no longer available for Comcast subscribers.
As a company, we’ve spent considerable time, energy, and money building out the infrastructure to ensure all our customers get quick and easy access to our content. Despite this infrastructure, Comcast has decided to begin charging an additional “customer access” fee to ensure our service/site can reach Comcast subscribers without being artificially deteriorated.
That Comcast is willing to deliberately provide a poorer overall internet experience for their own paying customers is unfortunate, and a business tactic that we simply cannot support. While we don’t enjoy having to make these kinds of decisions, we would rather provide no service to Comcast subscribers than be forced to choose between providing poor service and raising our rates.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. If you would like to reach this site/service in the future, please let Comcast know.
I figure a couple dozen times of seeing this and people will get the hint. Sure, it’ll be a short-term financial hit for each of the companies, but the long-term financial hit of paying Comcast’s extortion racket will be a hundred-fold higher.
Today in Internet history: YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim uploaded the first video “Me at the zoo” to the website on April 23, 2005, at 8:27 p.m, according to the description of the video, which now boasts more than 14 million views.
For the distribution of his latest film, In Your Eyes, Joss Whedon has taken a page from Beyonce’s "surprise digital release" playbook. After the film made its world premiere Sunday night at New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival, Whedon and the film’s crew have made In Your Eyes available for a $5, 72-hour rental at Vimeo On Demand.
"It’s exciting for us because it means we get to explore yet another new form of distribution – and we get $5…"
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