Accidental Emperor sticks foot in mouth, twice

So this Sergey Brin character flies his private jet to Washington and cowboys into the Senate Office Building in his jeans and sneakers to set Sen. McCain straight on the net neutrality delusion. According to the Reuters report, he makes an incredibly retarded statement about packet priorities:

“The only way you can have a fast lane that is useful — that people will pay a premium for — is if there are slow lanes,” Brin told reporters after meeting with Republican John McCain, a member of the Senate committee that oversees telecommunications issues.

Wrong, moron. People will pay extra for a special Quality of Service “lane” that provides them consistent service, and it has value even if it’s not faster than the normal “lane”.

The reason is that normal packet traffic is bursty, so its “lane” is sometimes fast and sometimes slow, probably about the same on average as the QoS lane. The traffic in the QoS lane can’t tolerate variations in delivery time because it’s a phone call and not a stinking web page.

Do I have draw sweetums a little picture?

The title of Robert X. Cringely’s tome Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition and Still Can’t Get a Date, was inspired by people like Brin.

After showing he doesn’t have a clue about service tiering, the main issue his goons are trying to criminalize, he then proceeds to tell a bald-faced lie about his company’s collusion with the tyrants who run China:

“We are not actually censoring in China,” he added.

This based on his claim that 99% of Chinese use the uncensored instead of the censored Associated Press delivers the slap-down:

The Paris-based group Reporters Without Borders said Tuesday that Google’s main Web site,, was no longer accessible in most Chinese provinces due to censorship efforts, and that it was completely inaccessible throughout China on May 31.

Who you gonna believe, the King of American Internet Regulation or the virtuous French reporters? That’s not even a close call.

Go see what has to say about Tiananmen, and check the pretty pictures, not one of which shows a pro-democracy dissident being flattened by a tank.

Isn’t there some way we can revoke this clown’s visa and send him back to Russia?

UPDATE: The WaPo account of the hep cat’s trip to the Hill is pretty funny.

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