Yes, and yet: it still ranks higher than some of the countries who will now have more of a say in how things are handled. Insomuch as managing DNS is concerned, I don't believe there were wide disputes. This is a power grab by other countries, and I don't really see how it should be important to them unless they plan on making substantial changes. That should probably concern you, but since you seem to think the USA sucks, maybe you'll bake yourself a cake and celebrate or something.
Don't forget people: USA is pure evil, so anything that knocks them down a peg must be good for the good folks of the world. Or something, right?
You fail to see this from the eyes of residents of other countries. How about we would move the control to the country with highest Press Freedom Index, which would be Finland (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Press_Freedom_Index)? That would invalidate your argument, but I don't still think it would be a good situation (and I'm born and raised in Finland).
This is not about USA being evil or not, it is about a single country having so much control on osmething so fundamental. Think about a situation where for example one country would be in charge of the whole electricity grid operation (pun not intended) - it would be pretty scary, wouldn't it?
About the only thing worse than having the UN (the majority of members of which are not democracies and don't have much value on free speech) control it would be having GoogleAppleFacebookUmbrellaCorp controlling it.
Funny how you listed only companies based in the US
To be honest, I am surprised it is actually lard. I always thought it was partially hydrogenated soy or cottonseed oil.
Partially hydrogenated oils, also known as trans fats, are probably the worst kind of fats you can have. While not optimal, lard is probably a much smaller health risk.
I purchased a small office grade Canon laser printer. It started complaining about low toner levels before half of the rated start pack page count was printed, and eventually it would refuse to print more than one job without switching power off/on due to "toner having ran out" even though the print quality was still fine, for the next ~500 pages. Then soon after replacing the toner, the printer started to misalign colors despite of recalibrating and then there started to be paper jams. The power on/off cycling had to continue, because now one of the color toners was "empty". The printer was priced at €300 on a discount, the regular price was about €500. Canon refused to do anything about the printer since the warranty had expired, instead they recommended a different model that actually looked almost identical but they said that it had much higher quality mechanics. You can probably guess that after this experience I wasn't going to invest on Canon lasers anymore.
Then I bought an HP officejet. It's pretty comparable in speed and the inks are cheaper - and it does no bullshit "empty" cartridge warning without the rated page count having been printed. Also, the printer itself cost only something like €150. Only weaker side so far is the scanner which doesn't feel as robust as the Canon one, but so far it seems to be okay. I would have been willing to pay a bit more for a more robust scanner, though. But anyways, since the brand cartridges are so cheap, I have no problem using the vendor's cartridges, though in general I think that this HW DRM vendor lock-in should be banned by law for other than safety critical equipment, and also any product doing this should have this kind of information labeled clearly on the box.
Maybe you don't realize how much people are indirectly dependent on the internet. If internet is taken down, a lot of other services will go down as well. For example, without internet banking, the banks will not be able to handle the inflow of customers anymore. I don't know how much grocery stores depend on the internet for things like ordering food etc., but I would assume they do that. Public transport may use the internet, and with hindered public transport, the streets will get more clogged. Lots of work gets almost impossible due to multi-site collaboration no longer working properly. The internet is also used more and more in health care.
All in all, the internet is so much more than just the web pages. I sure hope things like the power grid or the telephone network are still managed on a completely separate channel, but I don't really have facts on that.
"Open button"? [--] I don't know what specific software or hardware it's from. [--]
It's the kind of button used for opening elevator doors. I don't understand why it should be used in the context of an internet company, though.
OK, you asked for some (manufactured) controversy, so here are some starters for a debate.
I actually didn't ask for controversy, I was just wondering if the controversy is the thing that often spurs conversations, or what was the reason for the lack of conversation, because I find these news very interesting and also very good. The AC's comment below (https://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=9516543&cid=52691593) offers an interesting view on this, in my opinion.
I was wondering the exactly same thing - why there are so few comments. But perhaps this is just great news without causing too much controversy and there's not much to add?
Though I was expecting at least on some speculation on what else could be achieved with something similar. Also, for me it is very curious that two-way neural function has been restored. Perhaps the neurons are secreting some neural growth factors or through some other mechanism causing also other neurons to restore their function. There is a constant flow of stimulus from the skin etc., but for some reason this does not seem to help in the neural pathway restoring. Or is it that the stimulus coming from both directions (brain and legs, for example) is the key to success? If so, perhaps results like this could be achieved also with some two-way neuron stimulation.
The trouble with computers is that they do what you tell them, not what you want. -- D. Cohen