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John Oliver tackles net neutrality

The future of the internet is at stake. No, that is not hyperbole. Do you like the idea of paying more for worse internet? Do you like the idea of your Internet Service Provider being able to slow down some websites while charging to speed up others? Imagine a future where Comcast slows down Netflix traffic to drive customers to a competitor like Hulu. Imagine a future where ISPs could charge you extra to watch YouTube in HD. Sound like something you want? No? Then watch this video below. Afterwards go submit your comments to the FCC (Clicking “Express” is the easiest way to submit a comment). Tell the commission to preserve net neutrality rules and the Title II authority used to enforce them.

At a minimum, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, intends to reverse the decision to reclassify ISPs as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act. Pai hasn’t committed to imposing rules against blocking and throttling, and his proposal suggests that throttling of websites and applications might somehow be good for Internet users.Right now, comments are being taken on the draft text of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will be voted on May 18. After, there will be another three months for public comments after that preliminary vote, and the FCC will make a final decision sometime after that.

Games Video

Classic Game Postmortem: Deus Ex

GDC has posted a great Postmortem for one of the greatest PC games of all time: Deus Ex. This game is easily in my top 10 favorites, and is a must play. If you never checked it out, go pick up a copy on Steam, install the “New Vision” mod, and prepare to be thoroughly impressed by a 17 year old game. If you have already played the game before, consider checking out Deus Ex: Revision community mod. Revision features new environments, new music, and new world-building detail. It also bundles in some of the best modifications that the fanbase has made over the years, including Direct3D 9 rendering, high-resolution textures, high-detail 3D models, and alternative gameplay modes.