Sunday, March 29, 2009

The "ARL," or how to break the Internets

The Comedy Central network is guilty of breaking the Internet. They are not the only ones, of course (Hulu comes to mind), but they are one of the more visible offenders. Here's how it happens:
  1. Someone links to a video clip on and posts it on their blog (or on an aggregator such as Reddit)
  2. Someone like me, who is NOT in the US, clicks on the link only to be presented with a terse note that "In Canada, the Comedy Central videos are available on the Comedy Network":
  3. Even though "The Comedy Network" is a link, it goes to the front page on the Canadian site and NOT to the location with the video. I guess I'm then supposed to spend the next 5 minutes trying to locate it on my own.
  4. Of course, I just give up and feel hatred towards both the Comedy Central in the US, and the Comedy Network in Canada.
The Internet is built around the concept of "Universal Resource Locators." Stress on the word "Universal." What we have in this case is the "American Resource Locator," and it's a horrible practice that needs to die an equally horrible death.


Kamal said...

Or you just use a US proxy :)

slashdotaccount said...

Good luck trying to fix humanity!
[/sarcasm] [/fucking]