Whats a flapper in a toilet?

“Flaming” is the practice of changing clothes in the toilets of public places, as a means of relieving oneself from urinating. Flogging is also a common practice in the Philippines, when members of the Christian family beat up a brother or uncles whom they feel has insulted the family. Flappers are often punished or beaten by the parents for refusing to attend the public school (known as kukilipas in Filipino). They often have their own separate toilet, and they also use a separate stall at the bathroom, instead of one that is accessible to the whole family. Although this has become the norm in some urban areas of the Philippines, it is still extremely uncommon. The Flappers World Page does not support the use of extreme violence against any individuals, nor is it considered as an acceptable form of punishment.

I’ve been writing and talking about the potential for a better, faster, smaller (or cheaper) Internet connection for years. A recent study released by the American Dial-Up Association (ADAA), a non-profit group of ISPs, found that, based on an analysis of various data, broadband usage in the U.S. has not shifted significantly as a function of technology. For example, despite improvements in speed, latency, and reliability as well as new technologies like 3D TV and high-speed access with cable and DSL providers, the same broadband data shows that broadband usage hasn’t actually increased.

How did the study come out? If you’re in the U.S., you’ll have read that it was “a survey” by a number of different companies, and that the data from the survey and other research will be released this week. You probably know enough about the data and its subject matter to be curious, but I wanted to provide some additional detail for you to make sense of it. So let’s dive in.

The chart below shows the median speeds for four categories of services (data from April 2012): Download (the blue box), Upload (the yellow box), Video Streaming (the green box) and Telephone (the gray box). I have put a red dot in the middle for all service classifications to provide a consistent scale from fast (data) to slow (data).

You may notice that data for all 4 broadband service categories has dropped over time. The reason for this is that we are now living in a world where mobile broadband users, in contrast to older generations, are increasingly dependent on fixed broadband service. So the data reflects data from mobile