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23 Dec 21:14

Imagination at Work

by Doug
15 Dec 21:04

#1655 – Secrets

by Chris
14 Dec 21:14

Any lawful device: Revisiting Carterfone on the eve of the Net Neutrality vote

by Matthew Lasar

Enlarge / Ever hear of this classic tech?

As tomorrow's FCC net neutrality vote looms, Ars has been sharing as much of our reporting on the topic as possible. And this week, a longtime reader nudged us about this classic on the FCC's Carterfone decision from nearly 50 years ago. "This story is extremely relevant to the current Net Neutrality debate in that it provides a historical precedent to debunk arguments about regulation stifling innovation," the reader writes. "It shows that this battle is not a recent development, but goes back decades. Might you consider republishing it so that this story can get new exposure?"

Ask nicely (and offer a great suggestion), and you shall receive. This story originally ran in June 2008. Below, it appears unchanged except for updates to the time frame (the piece originally ran on the decision's 40th anniversary).

Nearly 50 years ago, the Federal Communications Commission issued one of the most important Orders in its history, a ruling that went unnoticed by most news sources at the time. It involved an application manufactured and distributed by one Mr. Thomas Carter of Texas. The "Carterfone" allowed users to attach a two-way radio transmitter/receiver to their telephone, extending its reach across sprawling Texas oil fields where managers and supervisors needed to stay in touch. Between 1955 and 1966, Carter's company sold about 3,500 of these apps around the United States and well beyond.

In the end, however, Carterfone's significance extends far beyond the convenience that Thomas Carter's machine provided its users over a decade. It is no exaggeration to say that the world that Ars Technica writes about was created, in good part, by the legal battle between Carter, AT&T, and the FCC's resolution of that fight—its Carterfone decision. The Carterfone saga starts as the appealing tale of one developer's willingness to stick to his guns. But it is really about the victory of two indispensable values: creativity and sharing.

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14 Dec 21:03

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Pie


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I don't believe in the concept of personal property that isn't mine.

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12 Dec 21:22

Jar Jar’s Hope

by Doug

Jar Jar's Hope

I’m looking forward to the porgs, myself. But I’m also a big fan of puffins. Here are more Star Wars comics to prepare you for The Last Jedi.

11 Dec 08:54

Wise Words

by Doug

Wise Words

Only a few more days until The Last Jedi! In the meantime, here are my many Star Wars comics!

09 Dec 01:50

generationintrovert: Pillow forts and Netflix kind of day


Pillow forts and Netflix kind of day

09 Dec 01:46


by Doug
06 Dec 21:10

Self-Driving Car Milestones

I'm working on a car capable of evaluating arbitrarily complex boolean expressions on "honk if [...]" bumper stickers and responding accordingly.
06 Dec 21:10

Christmas bitcoin

by CommitStrip

06 Dec 21:09

Kevin the Magical Bird

by Reza

06 Dec 11:47


by Doug
05 Dec 21:22

Comic for November 30, 2017

by Scott Adams
05 Dec 21:19

Captivating Geometric GIFs by Florian de Looij

by Christopher Jobson


Florian de Looij first sat down with a copy of Photoshop when he was 12 years old and apparently he never got up. The Netherlands-based designer has been exploring digital animation and illustration ever since, and late last year started sharing his animation experiments on a Tumblr called FLRN GIF. Florian says he’s always been inspired by the likes of M.C. Escher and other artists working with optical illusions, something that has clearly influenced the direction of his design practice. He tries to make a new GIF each day, and you can see tons more in his archives. (via Cross Connect)








05 Dec 21:17

This is Incredible Talent, People


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Tagged: drawing , art
05 Dec 21:15

by Owlturd

by Owlturd

05 Dec 21:10


05 Dec 21:08

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Baa


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I will not rest until every nice thing is ruined.

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05 Dec 21:07

Amazon Logic

by CommitStrip

04 Dec 21:05

AI Robots

by John martinez

02 Dec 00:29

Dog People

by Doug

Dog People

But seriously, dog people are awesome.

01 Dec 06:43

Colorado Backroad

by (TheWanderingSoul)
Colorado Backroad wallpaper

Copyright andcopy; Sven Müller. Permission only to use as personal screen wallpaper.

Nikon D810.

Photo Settings: 16mm, f/7, 1/30 second, ISO 64.

Mac users: download Macdrops the official InterfaceLIFT app for Mac OS X.

01 Dec 04:31

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Bioreaction


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The fun thing is that we'll definitely have this before we have a Mars settlement.

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30 Nov 21:53

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - True Love


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And yet, Kelly says I'm not romantic.

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29 Nov 22:53

#1647 – Popped

by Chris
22 Nov 23:33


20 Nov 21:53

"We just wanna talk"

by Minnesotastan
20 Nov 21:26

thetrippytrip: epic thread


epic thread

20 Nov 21:25

tastefullyoffensive:(via DrMassicotte)

20 Nov 21:23