Peter Kafka

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Don't Like Fast Web Connections? Get Yourself to Alaska.

In a hurry to get around the Internet? Best to avoid Alaska. The Web there works well enough for Sarah Palin–she’s big into Facebook and Twitter, snafus aside–but a big swath of the state is still on “narrowband,” with super-pokey connection speeds.

So says Web infrastructure giant Akamai (AKAM), via its just-released “State of the Internet” report:

And if speed’s your thing? Then just like last year, you’ll want to get yourself to Delaware, where people enjoy incorporating companies and plentiful broadband.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work