Saturday, February 28, 2015
A couple days ago, Verizon posted a press release complaining about the FCC’s recent changes to Internet regulations. Normally, I wouldn’t really bother with things like this, but they posted their statement using morse code. While it would be easy enough to read their English version, I thought it would be fun to decode it using Factor.
This feels a little wonky and a little fragile, but part of that is probably not having higher level words that we can use for moving between parsed HTML and its TEXT representation.
USING: html.parser html.parser.analyzer html.parser.printer http.client io kernel morse sequences splitting wrap.strings ;
1. Download the blog post and parse the HTML.
"https://publicpolicy.verizon.com/blog/entry/fccs-throwback-thursday-move-imposes-1930s-rules-on-the-internet" http-get nip parse-html
2. Extract the morse code text from the post.
"blog" find-by-class-between "p" find-between-first html-text
3. Split the morse code into words.
" " split-subseq
4. Parse each word’s morse code, joining and wrapping the text.
[ morse> ] map " " join 60 wrap-string print
The result is:
today's decision by the fcc to encumber broadband internet services with badly antiquated regulations is a radical step that presages a time of uncertainty for consumers, innovators and investors. over the past two decades a bipartisan, light-touch policy approach unleashed unprecedented investment and enabled the broadband internet age consumers now enjoy. the fcc today chose to change the way the commercial internet has operated since its creation. changing a platform that has been so successful should be done, if at all, only after careful policy analysis, full transparency, and by the legislature, which is constitutionally charged with determining policy. as a result, it is likely that history will judge today's actions as misguided. the fcc's move is especially regrettable because it is wholly unnecessary. the fcc had targeted tools available to preserve an open internet, but instead chose to use this order as an excuse to adopt 300-plus pages of broad and open-ended regulatory arcana that will have unintended negative consequences for consumers and various parts of the internet ecosystem for years to come. what has been and will remain constant before, during and after the existence of any regulations is verizon's commitment to an open internet that provides consumers with competitive broadband choices and internet access when, where, and how they want.