Submarine Cable Map 2014
A map put together by TeleGeography displays where all the undersea fibre-optic telecommunication cables are and who they connect to … in other words, a map of the physical internet:
The map depicts routes of 263 in-service and 22 planned undersea cables. Each country is colored according to how many international submarine cable system links are connected there. Capital cities and the location and direction of 44 cable vessels (as of December 6, 2013) are also provided.
The map provides detailed information about cable landing stations in key regions including Hawaii, Southern Florida, New York, New Jersey, Cornwall, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Sydney.
The map is available for purchase at TeleGeography. You can find out more about the map here
An interactive version of the map to view and zoom in your browser can be found here
An interview with TeleGeography’s research director about the subject can be found at CNN here
THIS. THIS, THIS, THIS. Because the “cloud” isn’t some magical place where we’re free to be whatever the hell we want (like elves or unicorns or grue or Benedict Cumberbatch). No. The internet has a physicality that is subject to all the whims of neo-liberal capitalism and then some, because INSERT NEO-MARXIST/GLOBALIZATION/SOCIAL GEOGRAPHY/CULTURAL THEORY HERE
In order to protect their dominant market share, Keurig makers Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has been on a bit of an aggressive tear of late. As with computer printers, getting the device in the home is simply a gateway to where the real money is: refills. But Keurig has faced the “problem” in recent years of third-party pod refills that often retail for 5-25% less than what Keurig charges. As people look to cut costs, there has also been a growing market for reusable pods that generally run anywhere from five to fifteen dollars.
Keurig’s solution to this problem? In a lawsuit (pdf) filed against Keurig by TreeHouse Foods, they claim Keurig has been busy striking exclusionary agreements with suppliers and distributors to lock competing products out of the market. What’s more, TreeHouse points out that Keurig is now developing a new version of their coffee maker that will incorporate the java-bean equivalent of DRM — so that only Keurig’s own coffee pods can be used in it.
Friends don’t let friends use pod coffee makers.
FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS USE POD COFFEE MAKERS.
Cutlass Classic Launch 1
Marina Towers FTW/Cutlass FAIL
My latest Locus column is "Cold Equations and Moral Hazard", an essay about the way that our narratives about the future can pave the way for bad people to create, and benefit from, disasters. “If being in a lifeboat gives you the power to make everyone else shut the hell up and listen (or…
Global Net Orchestra performing live at the Ammerman Center, Connecticut College.
Global Net Orchestra performing live at the Ammerman Center, Connecticut College, March 1st, 2014: 100 musicians from around the world playing together! @ConnCollege