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The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

Forgefather Re:Spoilers (131 comments)

The point of net nuetrality isn't about what speeds are sent to your home it's about the relative speeds of the web content that you browse. You pay for 100Mbps and yes that connection is capped at that speed, but without net nuetrality the individual sites that you visit could be throttled to well below the speed that you ALREADY PAID FOR. That is the key. You have paid to access all sites at a certain speed as determined by your plan, but the ISPs have decided that in order for you to recieve the speed that you paid for those websites must also pay.

4 days ago

DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

Forgefather Decaf makes some sense (228 comments)

Taste is only partially dependent on growing factors. If it's a plant then you can selectively breed or genetically modify the beans to have a higher sugar content to make them naturally sweeter, like what's been done to corn and potatoes over the years.

about two weeks ago

Students From States With Faster Internet Tend To Have Higher Test Scores

Forgefather Maybe They Can Afford It? (175 comments)

Faster internet also means a larger cable bill. Maybe we are seeing inflated test scores because the people with faster internet are the people who can afford it along with better schools, private tutors, school supplies etc etc.

about a month ago

I'd most like to (personally) explore:

Forgefather Re:Jungles, but I'm too scared (246 comments)

Death can come for you anywhere.

My family had a trip planned to India a few week after the New Delhi shootings, and we went anyway because just a few weeks before that a woman we knew had been shot to death in her own home by a pair of teenagers. We figured it was better to die not being afraid to live.

about a month ago

The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

Forgefather Re:eSports aren't like regular Sports (146 comments)

The allure of eSports (gah) is that you too, with a little practice, could be the next great star. It's a fantasy for most people without 10,000 hours to play Starcraft at a competitive level, but it's the same fantasy that has 5-10,000 people attending the WSOP every year to become the next Moneymaker.

Combine this with the prize structure for most events and you add the feeling that with a little skill you too could win the lottery. Honestly, one of the main strengths of eSports over conventional sports is the low barrier of entry due to the sport not being closed off by large franchises not looking to split an audience.

about a month ago

The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

Forgefather Re:eSports aren't like regular Sports (146 comments)

Just this. Modern sporting teams rely on stars to draw in viewers, and create a relationship between the fans and the players, not just the fans and the brand. People who don't go to see the Lakers may go to see "superman" in action, and this is same with eSports. Without a standout career, it's harder to create emotional investment in the team, and it's much harder to cheer for a player that has played for a year, and will be gone in 2. It's one of the reasons why people in the west find Asian teams less compelling. The language barrier and lack of familiarity with the players prevents the team from creating the marketable narrative that we see in traditional sporting events.

about a month and a half ago


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