Friday News: Worst obituary ever?, FCC boosts broadband, new Chrome app for Oyster, and early 20th century anime
McCullough died on Tuesday, apparently in the aftermath of a series of strokes. She was only 77 but was in diminishing health. People Magazine wrote a much more respectful obituary (quoted below), and you know when People outclasses you, it’s time to step it up.
Planning become a doctor, she found that she had a violent allergy to hospital soap and turned instead to neurophysiology – the study of the nervous system’s functions. She found jobs first in London and then at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
After her beloved younger brother Carl died in 1965 at age 25 while rescuing two drowning women in the waters off Crete, a shattered McCullough quit writing. She finally returned to her craft in 1974 with Tim, a critically acclaimed novel about the romance between a female executive and a younger, mentally disabled gardener. (A film version starring Mel Gibson and Piper Laurie was released in 1979.) –Daily Life and People
Previously, the FCC defined broadband as 4 Mbps for downloads and 1 Mbps for uploads. That’s well below the current national average of 32.4 Mbps up and 9.9 Mbps down, and it’s certainly too slow to support America’s streaming video habits. So it makes good sense that the FCC wanted up change the definition of broadband—a word that’s synonymous with high-speed internet—in order to motivate ISPs to improve service in those underserved areas.
That’s the official take on the change. Unofficially, however, the FCC’s actions stand to shake up the cable industry in some other interesting ways. The redefinition of broadband should increase competition between ISPs and cable companies as well as encourage the development of better infrastructure. The new policy could also affect the outcome of the pending Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, since the new definition means that Comcast now has fewer competitors in its broadband business. That means the Department of Justice might decide that a Mega-Comcast would look even more like a monopoly. –Gizmodo
Anime has a far longer history than you might think; in fact, it was at the vanguard of Japan’s furious attempts to modernize in the early 20th century. The oldest surviving example of Japanese animation, Namakura Gatana (Blunt Sword), dates back to 1917, though much of the earliest animated movies were lost following a massive earthquake in Tokyo in 1923. As with much of Japan’s cultural output in the first decades of the 20th Century, animation from this time shows artists trying to incorporate traditional stories and motifs in a new modern form. –Open Culture