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So if you have been following Star Wars for the last few months, you know they recently re-re-released a new version on Blu-ray disk and George Lucas spared no butchery of the original three films in this new digital format to which you can just google information on that (hint it’s endless).

Anyways in a segment of the internet far far away, The Angry Zen Master stumbled upon what’s basically a fan piloted X-Wing to the current George Lucas’s Death Star. They came up with Star Wars Uncut. So what did they do? The film was segmented into 15 seconds snippits, aspiring directors and actors too a part, and that part was re-assembled with others to create the full length film.

The best part? Every scene is different and enjoyable. It’s a fantastic method to have people express their vision and have that vision part of a tapestry. For the lazy, I’m posting the video below.

Take your time with it. Watch, enjoy, laugh, cry. It’s all good, because it’s all Star Wars.

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I had started writing a rant about the Web Blackout vs SOPA / PIPA bills, but thinking things over the bills are going to fail but not as a result of Blacking out the web. I think the entire idea stands as a ‘this is how shitty things can get’ but as usual it won’t get that shitty because there’s one person at the top paying attention. And it’s not because people were moderately inconvenienced today.

Anyways if you want some lulz from this I highly suggest checking out @herpderpedia and read all the fail that has resulted.

P.S. I’ll probably re-organize my thoughts and write them up for some more shits and giggles when the full fallout from today happens.

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So late last week another good buddy of mine decided to act in the great wisdom of Dolemite and Rudy Ray Moore formed himself a little blog entitled ‘Bitch Are You For Real!!!!‘ which is going to basically consist of his man ramblings about women and such. Already he’s tackled the subject of booty shorts and his extreme dislike of them on some women.

Not 100% sure why he choose to start (prolly because he’s super bored of sitting around at his day job) and in hater fashion will keep letting the hate flow as if the Guild would have nothing less. So if you have a bit of time check it out. If you enjoy my infrequent Hate Mondays then you really should check it out.

Bitch Are You For Real!!!! I tip my hat to you and good ramblings.

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, the internet has been experiencing a sever rash of hacking incidents. That’s not to say that the internet isn’t being hacked or breached in some capacity everyday somewhere for some reason, but this is beginning to be come excessive. And if anyone hates something in excess it’s the government.

Now this is could be something where there actually isn’t more hacks being done, but a case where they’re being reported with more frequency due to the high-profile targets being hit. Yet either way, it’s still doesn’t help when the hacking groups step up their game and actively announce their intentions, have a live twitter feed, post press releases about their activities as well as video updates and shit. You know who else sort of does that shit? Terrorist groups.

Congrats Anon, LulzSec, Anti-Sec, ect. Your efforts only seek to fuck over the better (and good) hackers, petty hackers and will force many governments hands on the following:

  • Heavier Internet security Laws
  • A form of Digital Terrorism legislation with guidelines for prosecution
  • Erosion of Net Neutrality
  • Increased internet monitoring
  • Decreased freedoms an liberties on the internet (A China like internet in the West)
  • Mass suspicion

Congrats dip-shits. You are single-handedly ruining the internet of tomorrow with shitty pranks today. You’re dumb ass activities act as a justification of bills like C-51 in Canada which is this massive Crime bill and legislation that had little provisions in it which outline things like Internet Service providers obligation to store all the e-mails people send out for the sole purpose of the government using them for investigations and accessing them without a warrant. Awesome. Welcome back 1984.

Realistically, this shit needs to stop. It’s not as if you’re fighting for any great cause. And given that this is the internet, anyone and everyone typically just makes claims they are someone else anonymously so it’s a fair call to say that when the next big hack has some serious implications and does a lot of damage, all done in your hacking groups name, have fun like Anon did trying to disprove it was your people who dun fucked up.

Hacking can be a good form of getting some internet awareness out there on the net to important issues or things which are factually wrong, but the levels it’s being taken to for the past few months is more of an indication that this is all being done without considerations for the ramifications or consideration for the consequences or the future of things to come. Stop being narrow sighted. Stop ruining the internet for everyone.

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Why look, it’s Stephen Harper with a Kitten!

Why is he doing this?

Rejoice Canada, its the man who holds the 3rd Highest office in Canada, holding a Kitten.

Don’t forget to vote in Canada. If all goes well, then we get to have more pictures like this.

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Internet War update

And the battle against ‘User Based Billing’ continues because honestly, nothing else is happening anywhere in Canada aside from a mild case of snow and cold. Since the government announced they would do something about what was going on, the entire debate / process / fight has gone into this weird grey area. What happened was that the government said the CRTC had to stop what they did or they would do it for them. So basically it’s going to end, but when and how is an entire other process.

From this I hope you see and understand why I wasn’t very happy when the government choose to step in and do something. Oh don’t get me wrong, they’ve done something, but absolutely nothing has really happened aside from a 60 day review by the CRTC over the thing they decided on. Basically UBB is in limbo for up to 60 days. Realistically, the citizen opposition feels it’s done something / won, the government feels it did a good thing for the citizens, Bell probably doesn’t give too much of a fuck until the review is over, and the CRTC just has actual work to do and prove.

Canada for the moment lives in a state of internet limbo. We probably won’t have UBB, but for the time being, all the news is really looking into the shady unfair practices that the internet telecoms are doing. Yeah the math is being exposed and some more people are calling out the bullshit that the big ISPs are trying to push on the people and smaller companies, which is good, but this is just a stall tactic and until some pro competition ruling is passed or what not, things really can’t get better.

Again, realistically this entire debate and argument can be won with simple logic and reason, like most arguments. For fun, I did the calculations about how much of a drain I can put on to Bells service.

I have a 4.5MB down and .65MB up connection. That means every second I get about a peak download rate of 480kb/s using lets say uTorrent to get a demo. In about a minute I can download 28.8MB of data, and in an hour 1.73GB. So given that, over 24 hours I can download up to 41.52GB and in 30 day span 1.246TB of data. On the flip side I can upload 168.5 GB per month or 5.62GB a day.

Wow, that’s a lot of potential data I’m using! As of my writing this now (Feb 9, 6:00pm) my pc has downloaded approx 8.4GB and uploaded 22.1GB  in a 5 day period. I shit you not, I’ve uploaded four times as much as I’ve downloaded on a connection speed that is 1/7th as fast as my download speed. My pc stats can’t always be trusted so looking at my ISPs tracking date to date: 32GB down, 26GB up total in 9 days: 58.53GB or 337MB / hour for this month.

Granted some of that is downloads from my PS3 and realistically the upload number is a little odd in comparison to what’s being tracked by my ISP, however the point I’d like to make is that the amount of ‘internet stress’ I create is actually very minimal given my connection speed. I’m sure the guy with a 26MB connection that resulted in my internet being cut is doing a lot more uploading and downloading than myself so I fail to understand why Bell could potentially bitch about me. Hell, even at my peak of 250GB in a month (148GB down / 102GB up) I was only averaging 347MB/ hour which is not that far off from now (however to be fair, I’ve been getting my downloads in before the rules change).

All and all if the cap was a reasonable 250 or 200 GB per month, I’d be a pig in mud because I typically don’t download this hard and have an average of 115GB a month (upload and download). Call my downloading illegal if you feel you’d like to, but can you prove that? Am I hogging all the internets? Is that something you can prove? Remember I only average about 340MB an hour over my 1.73GB/hour theoretical max. So maybe 3 times out of the year you can call me a heavy user, but clearly the math behind it proves my usage isn’t that heavy as the math has proven. So if you shove that argument out-of-the-way, you can actually get to some brass tacks about what’s actually at the core of the demands to bill people on usage and I hope that happens more than all this new red tape.

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So today, war came to my front door. I had seen it walking around the neighbourhood and expected as much, but I really had not known how I was going to deal with it. I don’t particularly like going to war with anything without actually knowing what I’d be fighting over or the way I would have to fight. I even take into consideration what I want in the end and what is it even going to do for me. This time I wasn’t given many options or much time, but it is here, I have lost my unlimited bandwidth usage for my internet and this is unacceptable.

I could do without unlimited, I mean there’s not much I can nab off the net that really needs it. What’s at the core route of this is that some companies (Bell Canada aka BCE Inc.) Feel that it is costing them way too much money and no one’s buying their piss poor TV services since you know, everything sort of changed over to internet based on demand TV and the like. So the bitched to the national regulator (the same ones who made a ruling over Money for Nothing by Dire Straits, like 20 years after the song came out) who felt it was fair that Bell could charge the smaller ISPs more money for what bandwidth they use probably on a per subscriber basis. So in turn all these Sub ISPs now have to charge their subscribers to keep them from going over or to compensate the company if the user goes over.

So my Unlimited plan now comes down to being only 25GB of uploading and downloading (that’s basically 1/4 of what I do monthly now) and this is on top of my already ‘slow’ connection speed that’s 4.5Mb down and .7Mb up. Effectively I now have to choose which sites I visit, make sure I don’t watch too many videos online, or go to image heavy websites.

How is that for restriction of freedoms? ‘Oh but you could pay the charges for going over the limit’ you say? You know how much it costs me per GB of bandwidth? $2 + tax. Let me put it this way; it’s like being told you can buy a loaf of bread for the month, but every additional slice you need to make food is going to cost you. And yes, the internet has unfortunately become somewhat of a necessity for the work I do, plan to do and the gaming I do. I don’t feel it’s something that I should be limited and regulated for how much I am using. I don’t think I should have to try to steer clear of bandwidth heavy sites because it could cost me in the end. Realistically it would not be such a bad thing if the cap was not so low and that’s what I have problems with.

I was even considering switching providers, but here’s the bullshit I got from them today:

A chat representative will be with you in about 0 minute(s). Thank you for waiting.
Chat representative Danielle has joined the session and is ready to help. To start, please provide your name and home phone number.

You: Greetings
Danielle: Hello, thanks for visiting bell.ca. How can I help you today?
Danielle: Hi
You: I would like to know about what would be the cheapest plan, with the least amount of downloading restrictions
You: I noticed the Fibe 12 very expensive
Danielle: May I please know which services you currently have with Bell?
You: None
Danielle: Name of your province?
You: Ontario
Danielle: Bell internet Fibe 12 is for $36.95/month + modem rent is $3.95/month + taxes.
Danielle: You can get the speed of up to 12 mbps and the usage of 50 GB/month.
You: I have a modem. no home phone
Danielle: I am sorry you have to go with new modem.
You: why would I?
Danielle: It is Bell’s policy.
You: Okay…. Can I sell the modem back to bell and use my own?
Danielle: You may sell it in near by stores
Danielle: Because via online we don’t do trading.
You: and that would void the $4 modem rentl?
Danielle: Yes :)
You: okay, good to know. now. Since I don’t have satellite TV and it wouldn’t be in a bundle, what would the actual charges every month for the Fibe6 be?
You: and is there anyway that I could get a better cap than 25GB a month?
You: becuase I do a lot of online gaming and downloading of games which tend to be rather large
Danielle: There is no contract for Bell high speed internet.
Danielle: There is a one time activation fee that is $29.95 for internet customers that would be waived off for Bell TV customers.
Danielle: Using DSL service you can connect 4 wired and 10 wireless computers.
Danielle: If you wish you can add 40 GB for $5, 80 GB for $10, 120 GB for $15.
You: so I would be paying approx $47 for 120 GB a month BEFORE taxes?
Danielle: Yes.
You: That’s not a very economical plan in comparison to the one I currently have.
Danielle: I am sorry about that.
Danielle: Is there anything else I can help you with today?
You: Wait, you’re basically giving up?
You: there’s nothing else that can be done?
Danielle: I am sorry no.
You: I see then. Well thank you for your time.

I was nearly dumbfounded by what I was told. They couldn’t do anything better to GET A NEW CUSTOMER. I understand there is not always that much flexibility, but like throw me a bone. I tried the other large provider in on this scam, Rogers Telecommunications, but I ran into some problems with them as well aptly illustrated in two images I screen capped.

 

What you're not seeing, which should be there, is the Internet packages they offer.

 

Oh ha ha... I have to download a chat program do I? To use what little bandwidth I have to see if I can get more?

So see what kind of dicking around I have to put up with. 3 years ago I wouldn’t have cared, but given that I upload an assload of art, browse youtube like the dickens each week to find music videos to write about, the e-mails I send to get a better paying job and a career are all now going to have to be downsized, measured and weighed as to make as minimal an impact on how much internet I’m using per month as to not be charged for more.

But I have not done nothing. Earlier today I found out to whom the CRTC basically has to answer to in the government and wrote him a nice letter which explains how the move on the CRTCs side was not in the best interests of people or regulation as to which they are to work for. I mean if they can get a song and music video banned from an entire country to appease one person, I’m sure they can turn around and flip the bird to the internet oligopoly that resides in Canada. I know it’s not dire yet, but I’m sure internet plans in China are way better than what we have to deal with, and they are a country who has real life internet police to bust your ass for reading about freedom and democracy.

For the most part when this was all starting up, I was dismissive of how people were reacting to what was going on, not because it didn’t affect me at the time, but because it was the way the were writing a petition about it and who exactly was signing that petition (80,000 people signed it over the internet. That’s pretty nothing when you note that Ontario has a population of 10 million and Quebec another 6 or 7 million).  As I read in one report on all this apparently the average internet subscriber uses 16 GB a month, but the mode of that stat was 5GB per month. (mode being the biggest of all the stats numbers)

Realistically the people making the biggest noise are the ones who download an assload of things off the internet all the time and they only know their limits because they check it constantly. The other problem I had with the whole thing is that they now want to get people to rally. If barely 80 thousand people can sign a petition, then how do you expect even more people to go to a rally during their work day? You may generate some media buzz, but realistically it’s going to have a very minimal impact on the state of things. The bulk of internet consumers will continue on not knowing. Really this movement and anger is not that much different from the Legalize Marijuana crowd. Who really wants it legal? The biggest users. Are there really that many of them? No, not really.

You can take a majority of what I’m saying as being apathetic to the cause, but what I feel would be best course of action is not wasting time standing around outside, but stepping up and talking to the people responsible to get answers and find a solution. And that’s why I started looking into who to contact, and now am working on how to communicate with them.

I think there are some bigger issues at stake here that go beyond just a concern for how much internet I can get away with using every month. The internet is a vast changing landscape and it takes some time for people to notice the shift that’s happened or is underway. Sometimes getting that word out to people is not as effective as having it change their lives directly and that would be a better course of action than having a protest in a city that has hundreds of them every month. This has to be attacked via the right issue rather than a selfish one. Yeah I want to fight to get my choice to download, but at the same time I want to protect my future growth and needs that I cannot anticipate at this time. 25 GB a month is going to very much constrict what I able to do and where I can go, and that’s what I do not want.

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