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How to Access the Internet (A Guide from 2025)  (View post)

DPic [PersonRank 10]

Thursday, June 24, 2010
14 years ago46,379 views

Wow, this is excellent!


em151 [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #


Jim [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

What's really scary is it could happen...

debug [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

I'd rather be using windows 95 with no internet, then to see this come true :(

Julie [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

I'd also rather be a 1950s housewife. Progress doesn't seem to bring us closer to anything favorable, in my view.

stefan2904 [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

great ;-)

Rena Kunisaki [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Sadly, many readers will probably think this is merely a joke.

Simon Richter [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

I do like the idea of requiring people to understand pyramid schemes.

FlowerOS [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Man, this is mental :)
Love it. It may become true some day...

Joe Guy [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Remember the Four Horsemen of the Internet Apocalypse

Terrorism, Piracy, Kiddy Porn and Hate...

That's why our betters have to take over the Internet for our own good!

@Rena Kunisaki [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

More sadly, many readers will probably think this is a good idea.

Chris W [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

Wow, I laughed pretty hard at the LOL section. It's sad that this is something that has a strong possibility of coming true though.

JV [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

Hilarious, but sounds probable!!

fox88 [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

i'd love to see some uniformity in the services we have online, however, i pride myself for being free to choose what services i do want to use.

sounds like a dark age of information covered with flowers, rainbows, ponies and fairies.

btw, what happened to MS? moved to the underground, in order to be our future savior? :P

ase [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Great one! I really enjoyed your article!

a citizen [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

You did read your eula didn't you?

clausia [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

wow!, like Rena Kunisaki said: Sadly, many readers will probably think this is merely a joke. <- that's really sad!

scjm [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Decades? I'm pretty sure the Internet had always existed by 2025.

Andy Wong [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #


North Korea had already reached this stage quite a few years ago.

The People Republic of China has been on the way, most guidelines implemented.

By the name of anti-terrorism or what so ever, many western countries will follow soon.

Welcome to this perfect world, babies.

BillGates [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

What happened to Microsoft..?

Chris [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

This is lame.

interneter [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

the future is in your hands ...

KobaYaschi [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

God bleshya, u made my day!

Rohit Srivastwa [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

You rocked my day
Too Good......

Anonymous [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Wow.... Sad, but true

ahab [PersonRank 5]

14 years ago #

A bit too much old school SciFi, it is about as faithful to how it will be in 2025 as Edward Bellamy's 'Looking Backward: 2000-1887' was describing the year 2000. ;)

JSW [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

God. IF something like this were to happen in the future... I hope I'm not there to see it.

imma [PersonRank 3]

14 years ago #

just wanted to say 'No'
No, no, no, no, *no!*

NeoSting [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Really hope, we will never have to see this. But the road is nearly done...

Dwight Stegall [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

I will throw my computer out the window rather than submit to such nonsense.

FanL [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

I doubt it would become true. The young ppl always seek for independence and freedom, It would be impossible to hold the future generations in "protected cages", since the Internet has made everything so out of censures, and will still that way in the future. Privacy will be kept.

What we will see is a free of charge world, first the Internet services, then it will expand to the outside. Adds will take over.

Kyle [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

If this happens I'll go do *books* and *entertainment* on the C64 like Dad used to do back in the early 90s before the days of Bill Gates and Google!.

All we need is an older anologue TV with sound because newer TVs the pixels are *not comptabile* dad siad and they actually made C64 tv's depsite the fact any older TV would work.

Kyle [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Fun fact:

Did you know that the C64 had a version of the internet called Geosweb *or something like that*

We were one of 1500 users online and you would pay by the minute/hour depending on whom you connected to and it would dial your phone line to person X's computer which waiting was a beast!

I was only 4 years old so I didn't understood anything at all but watched dad fiddle with it and you couldn't get him away when you needed him! :)

Those were the days. :LOL:

Pushtrak [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

I notice a lot of people have the attitude "if this is how the internet is in 2025 I'll throw my PC out" ignoring that if such a thing was the state of the internet, the state of all aspects of life would likely be just as controlled. All freedom is erradicated in life, not just in how one connects to the internet. People seem to be missing that.

Frankie Jo [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Wow, looks like 2025 is gonna be amazing dude.

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Edgard Castro [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Never going to happen by 2025. Just look at IPv6, the current status of it's implementation and how long it's been around now.

cougar [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

there's life in 2025 ?

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taximan [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #


@leslie [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

creepy as hell, and agree it could come true. there is a national internet identity law on the books right now trying to be made real. ugh.

Pysiak [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Humorous and spooky.

Kind of reminds of what Richard Stallman wrote in 1997 – The Right to Read:

Ncikihl [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

I am sure i would be in jail for using the illegal internet or something if this happens

MacSmiley [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

What makes you think it will take 15 years for this to happen?

Mahe [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

True :)

JuanGonzales [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #


Plain excellent!

RJC [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

This is exactly where the internet should not be headed. Unfortunately, like Manifest Destiny and the Great Wild West, it'll be regulated. Sad...

zhirow [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

I like uncreative people that jot down 'sophmoric' as though they've made something of equal or more interest. trolls. Anyway, anyone that thinks this couldnt happen and that the youth of today would rail against it I have one word for you: Facebook

Sophie AHNINE [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Ouf dans 25 ans, je serai déjà presque vielle! 68 ans
Mais je pense que les jeunes générations ont toujours su être rebels et ont jusqu'à maintenant su contourner tout ce qui peut enfreindre leur soif de liberté

[Google Translator:

Wow in 25 years, I am now almost old! 68
But I think the younger generations have always known to be rebels and until now have been able to circumvent anything that may violate their thirst for freedom]

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

This was trending on today :)

Ric Hoffman [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

This is very true ...... I still have my old milnet sign-in card ........

yoink flotsam [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Julie, I'm interesting in exploring your idea a little further.

Let's the mid-1950's a husband, earning the average annual income of $2000, could support his wife and two children with plenty of food, nice clothes, one car, health insurance, the mortgage on their 1200 square foot home, retirement savings, and a simple, fun yearly vacation.

Adjusting for inflation, that annual income would now be about $16000 and would put the family of four $6-11000 below the federal poverty line. If I just earn $25000, the 2009 median per-capita income for a single wage-earner, this would put our family at the poverty line. Earning twice that amount $50000, puts me in the top one-third of all 2009 individual US incomes. $50000 is at the lower end of annual household income required to have that 1950's-type lifestyle.

Sorry, Beautiful, I don't make $50K+ per year, but we could still date...maybe?

bshock [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

So, beards are outlawed by 2025?

Daniel [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Just wondering, is this version of the internet a child of china? It struck me very soon that those changes are actually in place in some areas in this world.

Dooley [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

"Like communism, it was an appealing yet completely unrealistic idea."

Well written. Bravo.

Todd [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

[put at-character here]yoink flotsam – Julie

Average salary in 1950, not 50's was actually $2,992.

Adjusting for inflation would bring this in 2009 to $26,375

Poverty Guidelines in 2009 for a family of 4 = $22,050

Thus, a single family income of $2992 supporting a family of 4 in 1950, adjusted for inflation to 2009 would be $4,325 above poverty line.

However, the rest of that is about right on the head. Money would be pretty darn tight, in today's standard of living. If you were to cut out all of the Doritos (meaning name brand foods in general) some great savings could be packed in. If you limit yourself to 1 TV in a house hold, 1 car or no car and go back to a 1950s standard of living you could probably have that lifestyle with the menial wages. If you want to live how many families try to currently, gotta bring home some more bacon.

Theo [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

anyone want to sign up for the alternative internet providers?
ng:// or tor://

Crayon [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

"Signing Up for the Right Internet"
This will happen if net neutrality or something protective of the basic principles of the internet doesn't happen. Enjoy subscribing to websites with no ability to "stumble upon" (no pun intended) anything fresh or new. Cable TV 2.0

ChrisK [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

To any Obama supporters, here are a couple recent quotes of his...

"With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations, – none of which I know how to work – information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation"

"We can't stop these changes... but we can adapt to them"

Both of these were from a speech of his at the Hampton University in Virginia. Just food for thought! :)

padawan [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

I have rewritten the localized version for the French region ;-)

Traduction française :

Rajasekar palanisamy [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

how about the hacking n cracking at that age? it always been a part of net right??

SeL [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

Great! In the first section "RealIdentity", there's something missing in "Signing on to the internet has been ruled illegal [...]". It's probably supposed to say "Signing on to the Internet *without a verified identity* has been ruled illegal [...]" or something similiar.

Tendon [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

There wont be MacOS15 or anything resembling crApple anymore in 2025. And from other points, this was very, very lame writeup.

Cathy Dalton [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Excellent. And eerily convincing. I suppose there would be no public reference to hackers in this perfect world...might put ideas into surfers' heads! The comment about not discussing politics outside the family till you're 30 made me LOL??? Bless you...

Tom Heller [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

The TSA knows no bounds! (Transmission Security Agency, that is – but not all that different from the Transportation Security Agency.)

Be sure to remove your shoes before pressing 'Send'...

Daniel El Aguizi [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Great ideas and imaginations!
But too long!!!! Couldn't read it all!!!

Matthies Kersbergen [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

grwat. problems: too long, not about google.

zhaiduo [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Is there a guide to access internet for Chinese people from now? I hate GFW!

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

> Great! In the first section "RealIdentity", there's something
> missing in "Signing on to the internet has been ruled illegal [...]".

SeL, thanks, fixed!

Ruuhijärvi [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Gee, wow. Really good text. The scary part is that this is all realistic and there is a chance (luckily, I consider, quite a small one) this could be soon the reality or close to that, and even quicker than in 15 years. I'd rather die than be there to see this. This might be a utopia for some, but for me and delightfully great deal of the commenters above, I note, this is a description of a dystopia.

HeartlandLiberal [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

For those of you who think this is just humor:

White House Seeks Comment on Trusted ID Plan

The White House is seeking comment on a draft plan for establishing a trusted identity system online, with the goal of making Internet transactions more secure and convenient.

Howard Schmidt, the White House cybersecurity coordinator and special assistant to President Barack Obama, released a draft version of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace on Friday.

The plan calls for the U.S. government to work with private companies to create an Identity Ecosystem, an online environment "where individuals, organizations, services, and devices can trust each other because authoritative sources establish and authenticate their digital identities."

Malingo [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

I really wish this was science fiction... the scary thing is that it is not.

Elca [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

This picture you draw is really scary...

I guess we tend to some of the things you describes, but I do think that people will keep overcoming the barriers governements (or firms) try to put on the internet. This is an incredible space of freedom, and along with technological innovation, it surely creates too many possibilities for anyone to control everything.

Simply have a look at chinese governement's desperate attempts to limit it: it's not working, a lot of people in China keep doing a lot of forbidden things.

So I do think (and well, hope) that we will not come to such an extent. But your article does make us think about all these possibilities... which is good!

Micke Kazarnowicz [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Excellent post. I did a Swedish translation of it at my blog at

I am a Mapple [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

le fu!
Sound like a dystopian version of the internet.

Saggingpeach [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

I hate you damn facebook, twitter, unread boobs! "Too long"? I was sad it wasn't longer. And I will personally protest by blowing my brains out in public if that ever gets to canada. (probably not but I'll sure as hell talk about doing it.)

Tsingano [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

We will make a new internet. New connections. The resistance shall arise, building small networks in communities with no access to the Googlenet. Eventually the different "terrorists" cells will link up their internetz and launch a giant denial of service attack on the google machine and take over.

XaocPrimalWave [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

if this is to happened I will become terrorist.

Annexian [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

If nothing is done they probably will create an internet much like this. Simply put, they are good at ignoring protest and subverting (even buying out) laws. "They" being the main perpetrator of this, the pig rich elite.

However, the Pig Rich Elite doing this are mainly "Entertainment" companies that are being bled dry by the recession, thus terrified and desperate to get any money and stop the bleeding.

So we need to reach out and focus. No 'save the internet' like "Save the Whales". Too broad and boring. And I don't have all the answers, but here's an idea:

"Boycott the big companies", let small companies that won't censor/ruin everything have a say. Now, that sounds like "Do yew want us to live like F*cking AMISH!?" but it's not. Furthermore, file sharing sets one up for lawsuits and paradoxically helps them out.

You see, there's this nice alternative to "File Sharing" that's totally legal and foolproof. Wait a few months. Wait a few months, you can buy almost any movie or video game much cheaper. Especially at a "Used" store for DVDs. That way far FAR less money goes to anyone, especially the big pigs that rule and ruin the media.

So, as a "Recession Buster" try to get people to "Boycott" the media by waiting a while and saving money by buying used.

Furthermore, "I only claimed a thousand with the plauge, my brother Fright took the rest!" as part of this they should cut out those useless "Proof of Purchase" tags and MAIL them to the big companies...

"I have boycotted you pigs. Oh, I still feel compelled to watch your crap since you've monopolized entertainment but I waited till someone else bought it, watched it maybe once, then sold it for a buck to a pawn shop. I got it for $3, NONE went to you. Event that was too much. Hope you go bankrupt, you aren't just greedy pigs, your movies suck.

P.S. Don't worry I WON'T download your movies. Not even if you release them for FREE."

One letter they'd laugh off. They probably get all sorts in the best of time.

But, thousands of letters and the media talking about it?
The investors would make a run for the hills and they'd break apart.
Then we'd end up with an anarchy of hundreds of different companies, a lot more variety of programming and less political correctness, more investigative journalism, but no mega corporations able to influence government to get these stupid laws passed. Matter of fact they'd eat at copyright laws then, being sick of dozens of layers of permissions to get anything on TV without a lawsuit.

F. [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #


L [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

And don't forget to bring your towel.

Anon [PersonRank 7]

14 years ago #

We are Anonymous. We are legion.

Mark Jacobs [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

Unfortunately your article would be funny if it weren't so damn scary.

Jashondo [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

We have compiled the ip of the persons who have showed rejection to the suggestions of the GA(Great Architect). Soon will be jailed in prevention of future crimes.
Thanks and keep smiling.

easy [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

easy,. many groups will create a parallel network. and internet will rise again.
what its internet? a network. not so hard to create. and with todays wireless technology will be much easy!! content will go where is the people.

Jonathan Eyler-Werve [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Join the resistance:

Nat [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

And here I thought Philip K. Dick was dead. I'm (re)reading his collected short stories, and this would fit right in. Keep on writing, we need more of this stuff!

Nate [PersonRank 5]

14 years ago #

Frightening to say the least.

It's like 1984 all over again.

Anon [PersonRank 7]

14 years ago #

Brave new world...

badoc [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

hi all, hilarious, but not so fantastic, AFAIK ... translated to catalan -> don't know if trackback arrived .-) Thanks!

oakeh [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Risk and freedom go hand in hand. Safety and control do as well. The former allows growth and expansion through trial and error. The latter seeks stability by limiting options and influencing decisions. Unfortunately when it comes to existence in general, the loss of natural and spontaneous evolution signs the death warrant of the species, language or movement concerned.

PoPoPolitics at gmail dot com

digimoral [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

*cries quietly*

Darth Bobo [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

This strangely reminds me of the ePerso they try to show down our throats here in Germany.

At least this keeps me on my toes to be up to date with the fine details of how to apply for other countries' citizenship. CN looks good for now, but i am open minded. Any suggestions?

winston_smith [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

This is the future, if Apple owns the internet and 99% of the sheeples are using ipad-drm-crippleware for browsing in the web...

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

> using ipad-drm-crippleware for browsing in the web...

To be fair to Apple, the iPad's DRM does not constrain your browsing of the web.

Marvin McInnis [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

>> RealIdentity ...

Not a bad idea, actually. You can exercise free speech or anonymous speech, but not both; take your pick.

o0OdemocrazyO0o [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Hah fantastic! * slowly reaches for the "flag offensive button" and waits for the Squad to arrive * ;D

Tojeiro [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

I2P, nothing more nothing less ...

Rai [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Sounds a lot like Orwell's 1984. With all measures taken these days against terrorism this could be the future. So wake up and don't let your privacy be crippled in the name of safety.

Hans [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #


How about cyber sex?

BJ [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

Great post. So many plausible threats.

The "walled gardens" idea ("GoogleAmazonApple") is very likely to be come true in the short term if we don't fight back. It's already at work in China's autocracy, and if we let them, corporations will implement it in our American plutocracy. :P

aL [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

scary thoughts to say the least....

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