BROADBAND PROVIDERS WANT TO LEGALLY MAKE BROADBAND SLOWER, SUCKIER.
This isn't news to anyone who follows our posts. US Broadband is slower than many other countries, and our broadband providers want it to stay that way. They're pushing for standards in the FCC's definition of "broadband" that are over 350 times slower than Japan's speeds.
Comcast, for example, argued for the definition of "basic" broadband to be a paltry 0.256 Mbps downstream and upstream. Verizon aimed for 0.768 Mbps downstream and 0.200 Mbps upstream. Japan's rate? 92.8 Mbps. Korea has 80.8 Mbps and France offers 51 Mbps.
So what it all boils down to is this: these companies want stimulus funds, (sans Verizon, who are not seeking stimulus funds and are ok with sucking on their own dime...great thanks Verizion...) but they don't want to, you know, improve their services with these funds. Instead, they want money for continuing to rank near the bottom of internet speeds offered by major industrialized nations. Here's hoping the FCC sees through their complete bullshit and forces them to raise the bar if they're getting any taxpayer money.
GARDENS CAN GO UP TOO
We've always been supportive of moss walls in homes. They clean your homes air, they cool the temperature in the home, and they look badass. Now designer Patrick Blanc has taken that one step further and decided the outside of buildings can be functional too. He has put a 12,000 plant garden onto the Athenaeum Hotel in London.
Blanc uses a kind of techno-trellis as the underlying structure: A plastic-coated aluminum frame is fastened to the wall and covered with synthetic felt into which plant roots can burrow. A custom irrigation system keeps the felt moist with a fertilizer solution modeled after the rainwater that trickles through forest canopies.
But plants for this vertical landscape must be chosen with care. Because the walls are so high, conditions vary widely. The shade at ground level is perfect for rare Asian nettles; on the brighter upper stories, plants that usually cling to windblown cliff faces brave the blustery British breezes.
NEW OKAMI COMING TO THE DS!
Its called Okamiden and even though it'll be on the DS, we hope for badassness and here is a pic of some screens.
...no one said these bits would be life changing >_<
SPACE IN 3D!...wait...isnt it already in 3D?
as one of the vpar's goals is to maintain the space/time continuum, this naturally interests us. A video discussing the science behind the hubble space telescope and the images it has taken, and how they were used to create a 3d "map" of space thus far. Yes it sounds boring but its interesting as fuck. you WILL feel insignificant.
MAURICE SENDAK FINDS SOULMATE IN SPIKE JONZE
Who isn't excited about the Where the Wild Things Are movie? If you're not then Mr. Sendak may change your mind. Here's an extended interview shown in theaters of Maurice Sendak giving his blessing.
there was going to be a political piece in here. But it was just too depressing so fuck that today.