If you think you're seeing more stories about people being jerks or otherwise getting up to criminal mischief online, you'd be right. But it's not because it's happening more often, it's because more people are taking a stand against it.Read More
The Lost Internet: Something has survived.
Friends, the Internet is forever. Lest everyone forget that one, simple tenet we live our digital lives by, we've compiled a list for you of some of the best vintage websites that you can actually still browse. Sure, you can find lots of old nostalgic sites on the web archive, but these relics actually still exist in the wild.Read More
Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat would much rather talk about the awesome things Whovians do than the negativity of online fandom.Read More
Last week, Jezebel published a lengthy open letter about their recent battles with anonymous trolls who were empowered by the site's Kinja comment system to leave upsetting images of violent pornography on posts, and parent company Gawker Media's refusal to take the matter seriously. Today, the site announced that their pleas have finally been addressed.Read More
For all the times I've complained about the terrible internet comments I have to deal with on a daily basis, there's always one person who says "Just don't read the comments." To which I reply: "IT'S MY JOB!" But is it? A new piece on Jezebel highlights the serious issue of online harassment for those specifically working in online media, and Gawker's unwillingness to do anything about it.Read More
I need to go take a scalding hot shower now.
OOF. Awful. And any and all words connoting soul-crushing despair. In a post on Reddit, a woman who goes by the handle whatanasssss recounts how she found out her husband of six years is a "really fucking nasty" troll who preys on people on Reddit and Tumblr. And that's just the start. Warning for some foul (troll-like) language below.Read More
"strong women bullshit"
Real comments posted on the internet, dramatized by people who didn't write them. Some strong language included.Read More
You definitely want it, you just don't know it yet.
Facebook might just take over the planet. This afternoon, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Mark Zuckerberg revealed an ambitious plan to bring free internet access to everyone around the world. The access he wants to provide includes basic stuff, like the weather, messaging, and of course, Facebook, because what is the Internet without it?Read More
And I have opinions about it.
The Internet seems to be loving these images of senior citizens dressed as characters from their favorite movies, and we are too. But why is the series so appealing?Read More
Hold on, Internet. Maybe don't freak out yet.
Reddit announced an update to their user agreement yesterday. The announcement itself focused on making the agreement easier to read and understand, which is certainly a welcome change, but we noticed something else. Reddit now says they can use your content any way they see fit, even commercially.Read More
The world would fall into chaos if the Internet were in the wrong hands, so you'd better buy it and keep it safe.
Sometimes you come across something online you never even knew you wanted -- like The Internet itself. This replica of "The Internet" as seen in The IT Crowd is now available on Etsy. Sure, it may just be a plastic box with a light on it, but for fans of the show it could make a great addition to your desk.Read More
But let's be real, I'm never actually going to leave.
Tumblr and I have been through a lot together. I first got mine about four years ago, back when Tumblarity was still a thing and people actually respected David Karp as a person, and I’ve hated it and loved it in equal amounts ever since. At this point I’ve started to experience something not unlike highway amnesia when it comes to the now ubiquitous blogging platform — I’ll open Google Chrome while trying to show my roommate a Youtube video on, you know, Youtube, and all of a sudden I’ll find myself three pages deep into my dashboard with no idea what just happened. But the more time I spend on the website, the more I tell myself that I really need to give it up and find some new social media hangout, because the sheer amount of changes they’ve made to the site and the way that they’ve handled every single one send me into a mini rage spiral every time I think about them. I can feel my teeth grinding right now, guys.Read More
Ron Paul Loses Disputes Over RonPaul.com and RonPaul.org, Found Guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking
Crotchety old man confused by Internet, film at 11.
Ron Paul just can't win when it comes to the Internet, and really, it's his fault in the first place. First he asked the UN, an organization he notoriously does not like, to take the domain RonPaul.com from the huge supporter base that runs it so that he can have it. Now not only has the UN ruled in favor of those supporters, but they've also found Paul guilty of reverse domain name hijacking. Sucks to be you, Ron.Read More
Remember when we previously reported about Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth's Twitter comments about the "always-on" complaints in regards to the next-gen Xbox? Specifically, remember when Microsoft officially apologized for Orth's comments without actually talking about whether the next Xbox will even have an "always-on" feature? Well, Adam Orth certainly remembers, as he's now apparently no longer at Microsoft.Read More
Anti-Piracy outfits and world governments have been making huge strides in taking down some of the internet's biggest pirating networks, but it doesn't seem like the world's copyright-holders have noticed. According to TorrentFreak, Google still gets loads of DMCA takedown requests for famously deceased file-sharing sites like MegaUpload, Demonoid, and BTJunkie from some of the world's largest entertainment companies.Read More
We've been hearing about Iran wanting to disconnect from the lawless pit of sins that is the Internet for a while, but it never seemed like it was going to happen. Empty threats, we thought. They wouldn't want to lose Lolcats, we said. Well, now we have reports saying Iran is planning on moving its key ministries from the Internet come September, and house them in its very own intranet.Read More
I feel like someone is probably thinking up this channel right now, except without the sense of humor. And more ads than humanly possible. (Also: the Craig's List show would be worth its own channel, and I'm torn on the use of a Bob Ross-type character for 4chan.) (CollegeHumor via Geeks Are Sexy)Read More
Facebook says it has been grappling with how to handle the ghosts in its machine but acknowledges that it has not found a good solution. “It’s a very sensitive topic,” said Meredith Chin, a company spokeswoman, “and, of course, seeing deceased friends pop up can be painful.” Given the site’s size, “and people passing away every day, we’re never going to be perfect at catching it,” she added.This phenomenon is not limited to baby boomers and older. Reading the article became quite eerie when I suddenly remembered that I also have a deceased Facebook friend. Facebook does have a method of dealing with profiles of those who have died, though it needs improving. Read More