894 - Dropping the Act

17th Feb 2014, 1:00 PM in 2014
Dropping the Act
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Tim 17th Feb 2014, 1:00 PM edit delete
Tim
So yeh, net neutrality was struck down by an American court, and thus far attempts to restore it have failed to reverse it. So say hello to two-lane internet browsing, where small independent websites (y'know, like what YouTube and Facebook were when they started up) fall off the radar because they load too slow, while currently successful websites pay to be delivered to you faster. The internet's always been annoying on it's surface, but now it's going to get annoying in it's infrastructure too.

Meanwhile in the UK, parliament recently approved the use of water cannons to try to disperse riots, like those of August 2011. Except for the fact that water cannons would have been completely useless in fast paced, low-numbered situations, and are only really effective against slower moving large scale protests. Y'know, like legitimate political ones.
And on top of all this, the ongoing floods in the UK! Parts of Somerset have been under water since the New Year, but only when the Thames bursts it's banks close to London is urgent action suddenly needed. The Tories have been blaming pretty much everything they can - from the environment agency to a pause in river dredging in the 90's - while ignoring their massive cuts to flood defence spending just a few years ago.

At this point, I'll almost be disappointed if there aren't riots this summer.

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pantstall 17th Feb 2014, 1:30 PM edit delete reply
pantstall
Democracy: Products that work in theory only...

I've been lucky on the floods front. Where I live in Gloucester hasn't suffered to badlt, but still, it's pretty terrible all over the country.

And if there are riots, there are, undoutably, going to be idiots who wonder why...
James 17th Feb 2014, 2:07 PM edit delete reply
The Riot Act already approved the use of Water Cannons to disperse riots. The reason it's not used is because of insurance reasons. Legally invoking the Riot Act prevents most businesses from being able to claim.