On June 11th, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission repealed rules protecting net neutrality. These rules prevented private internet service providers from engaging in such practices as speeding up or slowing down traffic to specific websites, blocking access to law-abiding websites, or offering faster speeds to sites or users who pay them for the privilege. For example, an ISP like Comcast or Time Warner couldn't force you to pay an extra fee to stream Netflix in full HD like some cellular carriers already do. They also couldn't block entire sites for basic plans and force you to pay for a higher-priced package to access them. If you had a 100 megabit per second plan, the ISPs couldn’t have a say in how you used those 100 megabits so long as you weren’t breaking the law.So what happens now? Since the FCC did away with those protections, we haven't seen a dramatic shift in how ISPs operate. But that doesn't mean everything is sitting still. Acitivists are still … [Read more...] about What you need to know about net neutrality in 2019
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Kadokawa Games’ Root Letter is often defined a visual novel, but it’s more akin to what the Japanese call an “adventure game.” Of course, it’s very different from the western definition, but if you want to have a pretty clear idea of how this game works, the Ace Attorney series would be your best comparison. There is, though, one fundamental difference between Ace Attorney and Root Letter. While Capcom did its very best to erase any kind of reference to the fact that its game is set in Japan, with one of the worst localizations in the history of gaming, Root Letter wears its Japanese nature and setting proudly on its sleeve, and makes it one of the main elements of its charm. You can be sure that in Root Letter soba is still soba and it won’t magically turn into spaghetti, and the same goes for all the local delicacies that will be put on your virtual table. The fun part is that those are just the tip of the iceberg. The story of Root Letter is … [Read more...] about Root Letter Review — A Charming Look on a Little Known Slice of Japan
Picture this: You’ve got a great idea for a project – it could be a game, a movie, a book, or whatever. Together with a few friends or colleagues, you all work on this project. Each of you contributes something unique to yourself. Then it starts making money. And the real trouble begins. In this post, I’ll answer the question of “what is a collaboration agreement?” as well as discuss what should be in one and how to get one drafted. Let’s start with the problems that happen when you don’t have an agreement: What happens next? Once money gets involved, a lot of the “gentlemen’s agreements” you may have been working under can break down. Any number of problems can crop up: Someone who didn’t pull their weight on the project is demanding an equal share of the profit One of the contributors wants to use their work in another project Another contributor doesn’t want anything to do with you anymore, and wants their work … [Read more...] about What is a collaboration agreement? [Ultimate Guide]
President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about the judgment of his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Trump's chief of staff asked days later if Flynn's communications were being monitored under a secret surveillance warrant, according to memos maintained by Comey and obtained by The Associated Press.Trump also told Comey that Russian President Vladimir Putin told him that Russia had "some of the most beautiful hookers in the world" even as he adamantly, and repeatedly, distanced himself from a salacious allegation involving prostitutes in Moscow, the documents state.The 15 pages of documents contain new details about a series of interactions with Trump that Comey found so unnerving that he documented them in writing. Those encounters in the weeks before Comey's May 2017 firing include a Trump Tower discussion about a possible encounter between Trump and prostitutes in Moscow; a White House dinner at which Comey says … [Read more...] about What did former FBI director write about his meetings with Trump? Read the memos here.
Wisconsin is failing to keep farm pollution from fouling its water, says the leader of a nonprofit that represents conservation officers charged with enforcing state standards.“Failing not because conservationists and farmers don’t know what to do but because society does not expect agriculture to protect the environment,” Jim VandenBrook, director of the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association, said in a recent letter discussing a landmark study the group has completed. VandenBrook has never before made such a stark statement, and it saddens him to do so now, he said in an interview with the Wisconsin State Journal.But he said there is “stunning” evidence showing the state has lost ground in efforts to prevent manure and manufactured fertilizer from making drinking water a health hazard for nearly 100,000 families, and leaving portions of more than 1,000 of Wisconsin’s lakes and streams with unnatural growths of weeds and bacteria than can … [Read more...] about Failure and a call for patience amid rising farm pollution of state waters