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From a network architecture standpoint, fast lanes aren’t that useful if you’re managing your network effectively. From a marketing perspective, however, they might be quite useful as a way to sell “premium” access to content providers.
This creates two fundamental problems. Allowing fast lanes gives ISPs a perverse incentive to boost revenues by allowing their networks to congest. It also gives them outsize power to pick winners and losers on the Internet. Those who can’t pay for fast lanes will suffer, entrenching incumbents while undermining the innovative power of the Internet. While the largest ISPs have said they’re not interested in creating fast lanes, one need only look at how they have sought to monetize their network interconnection points to get a glimpse of the future.
It is at these points — where our traffic enters an ISPs network — where Netflix and others have been forced to pay Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and Time Warner access fees to reach our mutual customers. Without those payments, ISPs allowed these connection points to congest, resulting in a poor video streaming experience for Netflix users on those networks. While Netflix was able to meet the demand for payments, we continue to believe this practice stands in contrast to an open Internet and all its promise.
Right now, there are no paid fast lanes on the Internet. That’s a good thing. A large part of the debate about net neutrality is focused on ensuring it stays that way. If ISPs are allowed to sell fast lanes, competition for various Internet sites and services will become less about the value of what’s offered and more about who can pay the most to deliver it faster. It would be the very opposite environment than the one the Internet created.
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So far, smartwatches have existed fundamentally as extensions of your phone their primary value is in alleviating the need to pull your phone out of your pocket every time anything happens. But Timex’s new IronMan One GPS+ is designed to let you forget your phone at home: with a 3G radio inside and a number of built-in communication tools, it’s a fully independent device.
The $399.95 One GPS+ looks a lot like Timex just strapped a chunky, ugly computer on your wrist. It has an always-on Mirasol display just like the Qualcomm Toq, and an icon-based homescreen. Timex says it’s every bit as rugged and water-resistant (up to 50m) as its other IronMan models. In every other way, though, it’s nothing like anything Timex has done before. It…0
Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets is Florian Habicht’s documentary about Pulp‘s 2012 hometown show in Sheffield, England. Today, Oscilloscope Laboratories has announced a series of U.S. screenings.
Tonight, Jarvis Cocker and Habicht are set to appear at the Los Angeles screening, and on Thursday in Brooklyn, Cocker will judge a Pulp karaoke contest at a screening. Find the dates and a new trailer for the film below; that’s a new poster for the movie up there.
Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets:
08-05 Los Angeles, CA – Ace Hotel *#
08-06 New York, NY – Film Society of Lincoln Center #
08-07 Brooklyn, NY – Rooftop Films *^
11-19 Boston, MA – Brattle Theatre
11-19 Washington, DC – Angelika Pop-Up
11-19 Fairfax, VA – Angelika Mosaic
11-19 Detroit, MI – Cinema Detroit
11-19 Columbus, OH – Gateway Film Center
11-19 Seattle, WA – Grand Illusion
11-19 Portland, OR – Hollywood Theatre
11-19 Dallas, TX – Angelika Dallas
11-19 Plano, TX – Angelika Plano
11-19 San Diego, CA – Reading Gaslamp
11-19 San Diego, CA – Reading Town Square
11-19 Sacramento, CA – Reading Tower
11-19 Honolulu, HI – Reading Kahala
11-26 Los Angeles, CA – Cinefamily
* with Jarvis Cocker
# with director Florian Habicht
^ with Pulp karaoke
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During his set at Poland’s OFF Festival, Mike Hadreas shared two new Perfume Genius tracks from his upcoming LP Too Bright. Below, watch him perform “I Decline” (at the beginning of the video) and “My Body” (at the 10:00 mark) via Stereogum.
One of the most trusted companies on the internet has been owned by a teen.
We learned this morning that Paypal’s two-factor authentication setup has a fairly major hole in it, detailed here. The researcher who found it, a 17-year-old who has done impressive work spotting vulnerabilities in Australian government sites, first reported the bug to Paypal back in June, but after two months of radio silence, he went public.0
In the clip, Rocky discusses his burgeoning stardom, the first raps he ever wrote, and Rihanna, who also makes a cameo. “I know I’m here for a purpose,” he says. “That purpose is to create art. If I get recognition for it, that’s a blessing.” His mother and sister are also in the documentary, and attest to his potential from a young age.
Directed by VICE’s David Laven, the documentary is also set to feature cameos from Drake, Danny Brown, Kathy Griffin, Snoop Dogg, Macklemore, Jeremy Scott, and others. SVDDXNLY features unreleased music from Rocky’s in-the-works album of instrumentals, Beauty & The Beast: Slowed Down Sessions (Chapter 1).
Watch A$AP Rocky on Pitchfork.tv’s “Selector”:
Azealia Banks‘ first post-Universal single, “Heavy Metal and Reflective”, now has a video. Directed by Rob Soucy and Nick Ace, the clip features Azealia escaping a kidnapping, then leading a biker gang through a desert landscape. Shades of Mad Max.
As you might have noticed, Arcade Fire have covered a region-specific song in every city they’ve visited on their current tour. They’ve covered Jane’s Addiction in Los Angeles, the Smiths in London, R.E.M. in Atlanta, and so forth. At last night’s show in Santa Barbara, California, they played Dead Kennedys‘ “California Über Alles”, which was written about current California governor Jerry Brown. (He was governor in 1979, when the song was written, and he’s also the governor today. It’s a long story.) Watch a video below, via Consequence of Sound.
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Following 2011’s Demolished Thoughts and the end of Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore will release a new solo album on Matador. It’s titled The Best Day. According to a post on Sonic Youth’s website, it features collaborations with Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine bassist Debbie Googe, and London-based musician James Sedwards. (The release date of September 23 reported on Sonic Youth’s website is incorrect. The Best Day does not currently have an announced release date.)
A few songs on The Best Day feature Samara Lubelski, John Moloney (Sunburned Hand of the Man), and Keith Wood (Hush Arbors) from Moore’s band Chelsea Light Moving.
The post also describes the record as “Sweet, deadly and furthering the wild style TM exhibited all through Sonic Youth and beyond.” In a live clip from Portugal, below, Moore plays some of the new songs with Shelley and Sedwards. He also says the record is dedicated to his mother.
Meanwhile, Moore, Shelley, Googe, and Sedwards will tour Europe this summer and North America this fall under the name Thurston Moore Band.
08-06 London, England – Cafe Oto *
08-07 London, England – Cafe Oto ^
08-15 Kiewit-Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop
08-16 Hamburg, Germany – Dockville Festival
08-17 Berlin, Germany – Lido
08-18 Bielefeld, Germany – Forum
08-19 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ocii
08-21 Paredes De Coura, Portugal – Paredes De Coura Festival
08-23 Pully-Lausanne, Switzerland – For Noise Festival
08-24 Paris, France – Paris Rock en Seine
08-29 Birmingham, England – Moseley Folk Fest !
09-04-05 Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival
09-07 Toronto, Ontario – Riot Fest
09-12 Victoria, British Columbia – Rifflandia
09-14 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest
09-20 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Book Festival ~
10-03 Vancouver, British Columbia – Biltmore Cabaret #
10-04 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s #
10-07 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall #
10-08 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Atrium #
10-10 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex #
10-11 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
* with John Edwards & Adam Go??biewski
^ with Caspar Brotzmann
! with 12 String Performance
~ with Reading
# with Sebadoh
Watch Thurston Moore perform “Benediction” at Pitchfork Music Festival 2012:
Little Dragon have expanded their tour with a host of October dates in North America and November dates in Britain. Check out the band’s itinerary below. Additionally, they’ve shared Mikky Ekko‘s remix of Nabuma Rubberband cut “Pretty Girls”; stream it above. It’s a pretty significant rework.
08-07 Helsinki, Finland – Flow Festival
08-08 Oslo, Norway – Oya Festival
08-09 Gothenburg, Sweden – Way Out West
08-16 Tokyo, Japan – Summersonic
08-22 Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre *
08-23 Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest
08-27 Vancouver, British Columbia – Vogue *
08-28 Seattle, WA – The Showbox *
08-30 Chicago, IL – North Coast Festival
08-31 Austin, TX – Moody Theatre (Austin City Limits Live) ^
10-08 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
10-11 Mexico City, Mexico – Corona Capital Festival
10-13 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer #
10-15 Washington, DC – Echostage #
10-16 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom #
10-17 Columbus, OH – Newport #
10-19 St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room #
10-21 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre #
10-22 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex #
10-24 Oakland, CA – Fox #
11-17 Brighton, England – Corn Exchange
11-18 Birmingham, England – The Institute
11-19 Bristol, England – O2 Academy
11-21 Leeds, England – Metropolitan University
11-22 Manchester, England – Albert Hall
11-23 Glasgow, Scotland – O2 ABC
11-27 London, England – O2 Academy Brixton
11-29 Oxford, England – O2 Academy
* with Dâm-Funk
# with Shy Girls
^ with Octopus Project
Watch Little Dragon’s video for “Pretty Girls”:
The New York indie pop band formerly known as Twin Sister recently resurfaced as Mr Twin Sister. Now, they’ve announced their new album. The self-titled follow-up to 2011’s In Heaven arrives September 23 digitally and physically in the U.S. and September 22 digitally and October 6 physically in the UK and Europe via Twin Group/Infinite Best. That’s the cover art, above. Additionally, the band has also shared “Blush”; it follows previously-shared cut “Out of the Dark”. Listen to it above, and below, check out the tracklist.
Mixed and produced by the band alongside Jon Low (the National, the War on Drugs), the new record features contributions from members of Ava Luna on many tracks.
Mr Twin Sister will play album release shows at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg on October 3 and 4. (Those shows were moved from September.)
Mr Twin Sister:
02 Rude Boy
03 In the House of Yes
05 Out of the Dark
06 Twelve Angels
08 Crime Scene
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Listen to Easy Rider, the New Single from Action Bronson
When I was little, I used to sit with my fingers quivering over the REC and PLAY buttons, ready to record the latest joint by whoever, just so I could rock it on my walkman later. It was a long time ago so who gave a shit if it sounded like poo; I just wanted to have it and know the words before my other homies did. Nowaways, everything’s being recorded, so a dub off of the radio isn’t really all that special, and more annoying than anything.
Today, Action Bronson dropped his first single from Mr. Wonderful, Easy Rider, with an unceremonious release to radio, prompting the internets to go buckwild and post every grade-B, sub-par dub of the track ever to be played out of a tin can. Noisey won’t play you like that though. Here’s that real real real version, that professional shit. Because we love you and you deserve only the best.
Get it at iTunes.
Seminal shoegazers Medicine have announced the follow up album to last year’s To the Happy Few, which is their second since reuniting in 2013. It’s called Home Everywhere, and it’s out October 28 via Captured Tracks. They’ve also shared the lead single, “Turning”, which you can listen to below.
Who Stole the Four Hour Workday?
Alex is a busy man. The 36-year-old husband and father of three commutes each day to his full-time job at a large telecom company in Denver, the city he moved to from his native Peru in 2003. At night, he has classes or homework for the bachelor’s in social science he is pursuing at a nearby university. With or without an alarm, he wakes up at 5 AM every day, and it’s only then, after eating breakfast and glancing at the newspaper, that he has a chance to serve in his capacity as the sole US organizer and webmaster of the Global Campaign for the 4 Hour Work-Day.
I’ve been trying to contact other organizations, he says, though, ironically, I don’t have time.
But Alex has big plans. By the end of the decade he envisions a really crazy movement with chapters around the world orchestrating the requisite work stoppage.
A century ago, such an undertaking would have seemed less obviously doomed. For decades the US labor movement had already been filling the streets with hundreds of thousands of workers demanding an eight-hour workday. This was just one more step in the gradual reduction of working hours that was expected to continue forever. Before the Civil War, workers like the factory women of Lowell, Massachusetts, had fought for a reduction to ten hours from 12 or more. Later, when the Great Depression hit, unions called for shorter hours to spread out the reduced workload and prevent layoffs; big companies like Kellogg’s followed suit voluntarily. But in the wake of World War II, the eight-hour grind stuck, and today most workers end up doing more than that.
The United States now leads the pack of the wealthiest countries in annual working hours. US workers put in as many as 300 more hours a year than their counterparts in Western Europe, largely thanks to the lack of paid leave. (The Germans work far less than we do, while the Greeks work considerably more.) Average worker productivity has doubled a couple of times since 1950, but income has stagnatedunless you’re just looking at the rich, who’ve become a great deal richer. The value from that extra productivity, after all, has to go somewhere.
It used to be common sense that advances in technology would bring more leisure time. If every man and woman would work for four hours each day on something useful, Benjamin Franklin assumed, that labor would produce sufficient to procure all the necessaries and comforts of life. Science fiction has tended to consider a future with shorter hours to be all but an axiom. Edward Bellamy’s 1888 best seller Looking Backward describes a year 2000 in which people do their jobs for about four to eight hours, with less attractive tasks requiring less time. In the universe of Star Trek, work is done for personal development, not material necessity. In Wall-E, robots do everything, and humans have become inert blobs lying on levitating sofas.0
Video game levels are dangerous: Mario has to deal with lava-spewing pits, while Solid Snake slips through heavily guarded enemy buildings in Metal Gear Solid. Metrico for the PS Vita, on the other hand, puts you in a world made of something much more mundane: infographics. The game asks you to navigate puzzles made of bar graphs and pie charts. It’s not the most obvious inspiration for a game, but it works. “It is all about communication in composition,” Geert Nellen, one-third of Dutch game studio Digital Dreams, says of infographic design, “which makes it perfect for games.” And despite its seemingly strange concept, Metrico is an impossibly stylish and uniquely challenging experience.
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Photo by Ebru Yildiz
The Range was one of the many artists at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival, which took place at Union Park in Chicago July 18-20. Below, watch video of him performing “Jamie” and “Metal Swing”, from his latest album Nonfiction.Read our Rising feature on the Range, and check out photos from the fest here. Watch more videos from Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 here.
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Can you make a 3D-printed saxophone that’s a fraction as heavy as a “normal” one but sounds, to the untrained ear, virtually the same? Yes. I mean, you probably couldn’t, but luthier Olaf Diegel has done exactly that. Diegel took a break from making high-end 3D-printed guitars and tried his hand at the complex key structure of an alto saxophone, producing a prototype that’s made almost entirely of printed plastic. It requires a bigger, better printer than most consumers will ever own, and Diegel’s still working on integrating 3D-printed springs instead of metal ones. As he admits, there are already plastic injection-molded saxophones. But that doesn’t make this anything less than an impressive feat, and it opens up a world of new design…1 karma points
Jan Dawson at Jackdaw Research has a great post about Samsung up today, arguing that the company’s future rests on turning around the struggling mobile division. It’s an interesting argument, but this insane chart in the middle is the real story: there isn’t a single consumer electronics company or major division that’s posted above a 10 percent operating margin for the past two years. Everyone’s fighting for scraps in a crowded market that’s getting even tighter as more and more individual devices get rolled up into mobile phones.
Meanwhile, Apple’s operating margin has averaged around 30 percent for the past two years, falling to a low of 27 percent in Q2 2013 and most recently coming in at 28.84 percent.0
Lollapalooza photo by David Sampson
Ben Lenet, 29, allegedly suffered an unprompted biting attack by an unidentified assailant on Friday night during Arctic Monkeys’ set at Lollapalooza, The Chicago Sun-Times reports. Lenet initially posted an account of the attack to Reddit, while asking for help identifying his attacker.“The mood of the crowd is really happy and a nice departure from the normal drunken debauchery,” he wrote. “Suddenly, I turn around and some guy none of us have ever seen or spoken to, without warning, body slams my friend and begins using his hands to choke him.”
Lenet and his friends began to fight back, but when Lenet attempted to pull the attacker off, he was bitten on his right arm “for a good 5 seconds.” As he told the Sun-Times, “He’s not biting me. He’s clearly trying to bite through me.” Lenet posted photos of his arm injury here.
After taking 10-15 blows to the head, the attacker then walked away without being noticeably affected. According to the Chicago police, he may have been on bath salts or PCP. “I don’t know of a UFC fighter who could’ve taken that punishment and just walked away,” Lenet told the Sun-Times. Writing on Reddit, he also said, “No one stopped him because everyone was shocked by the hole in my arm and I don’t think anyone had much interest in trying to apprehend the dude who just took 10 punches and a punt to the face from three big dudes….and walked away.”
Lenet was then treated at the on-site medical tent. Because the bite broke the skin, he may have been exposed to hepatitis or HIV, and was subsequently placed on an anti-HIV cocktail. He did not return to the festival on Saturday or Sunday, and said it’s unlikely he’ll go in the future.
Lerner described his assailant as “between 5’7 and 5’11, dark skin (maybe Hispanic, but not black), 170-210 pounds.” The police said that no one is being held in custody in conjunction with the attack.
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