Monday, July 03, 2006

"Not a truck"

Pneu1BI haven't added to the great list of reasons why we here at Thoughts from Kansas know Alaska's elder senator as Ted "effing moron" Steven. We try ignoring him since he put a bridge to nowhere over funding the recovery in No Man's Land. But, alas and alack, the enemy of net neutrality and fan of breaking what's working and leaving the broken in disarray won't leave it be. Wired and Daily Kos provide the text of his remarks explaining why he wants the internet run by robber barons:
I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. Why?

Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the internet commercially.
F - - - ing moron then explained that:

the internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a truck.

It's a series of tubes.

And if you don't understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and its going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.
TfK has obtained the following exclusive photograph of Ted Stevens (off camera) touring the internet's "hub":

Pneum1H3As the image above illustrates, the message (packet) goes into the "carrier," which is placed in a tube. Fans pull the carrier through the tube. When it reaches its destination, the packets from different carriers are re-assembled into complete messages. If you overfill your carrier, the carrier can be "dropped," something modem users may recall from error messages.

Banks have networks of tubes like these for their drive-in windows, and the tubes in such a small network are called an intranet. When such networks are linked together they are called an Internet, as with the New York Post Office's network which opened in '93. 1893.

I'm hoping Senator Stevens gets the next internet he's sent more speedily than the last. It has a clue attached.