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We here at Gizmodo have been super busy gearing up for our Home of the Future, which you should totally come check out! But we also spent the week bringing you the important stories you need to know, including the FCC's terrible proposals on net neutrality, a map of the most commonly spoken languages in each state, and so much more!

FCC Is Moving Forward With Its Horrible Plan for an Internet Fast Lane

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The FCC voted in favor of widely criticized (read: loathed) net neutrality rules that will allow fast lanes. Now, the floor is open for public comment before the commission formally adopts the rules later this year. But you might as well start the conversation here.

How to Yell at the FCC About How Much You Hate Its Net Neutrality Rules

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In spectacularly bureaucratic fashion, the FCC just voted to start the formal consideration of itshorrible net neutrality rules. That means the floor is now open for public comment, and the future of the internet is at stake. In fact, it's up to you. "But how do I comment?" you ask, "How do I politely but firmly express my rage as a member of the public?" Let us show you the way.

Skylock Is the Bike Lock of the Future, and It's Awesome

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Bike locks, while incredibly necessary, are way behind the times. Even the best of them will break under brute force, and then where are you? Bikeless and alone. The new Skylock, from ex-Boeing and Jawbone engineers, is about to leapfrog the competition and bring bike protection into the 21st century. It looks amazing.

George R. R. Martin Explains Why He Writes Game of Thrones in DOS

Sometimes, you need the tool that's best suited to the job in hand. And for George R. R. Martin, that means using an archaic word processor—WordStar 4.0, running on DOS, no less—to write Game of Thrones. He explained why to Conan last night.

When Apple Damns Your Texts to iMessage Purgatory

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I recently switched from an iPhone to Android, and discovered shortly thereafter that my phone number was still associated with iMessage, meaning that any time someone with an iPhone tried texting me, I'd receive nothing, and they'd get a "Delivered" receipt in their Messages app as though everything were working as expected.

The Most Common Languages Spoken in the U.S. After English and Spanish

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What's the language that the most Americans speak after English? As you'd probably guess, the second-most common language spoken in the U.S. is Spanish. But if you look at the most common languages after English and Spanish, the results get a little more surprising, especially when you parse them by state.

The Army's New Helmet Design Comes with Built-In A/C

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It's starting to look like the soldiers of the future could almost fight in space. The Army's latest helmet concept, specifically designed for chemical-biological protection, includes a respirator that keeps the air clean and cool, like a mini air conditioner built right into the mask. It also looks very badass.

Should Your Driverless Car Kill You to Save Two Other People?

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There's a train speeding down the tracks towards five innocent people who will never get away in time. You can save them by pulling a switch, but it'll kill another person on a different track.It's a thought experiment people have debated for ages, but it's about to become a real dilemma when we program robots to pull the switch, or not.

The Antarctic Ice Sheet Has Started to Collapse and Nothing Can Stop It

For decades, scientists have feared the collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet—a vast swath of ice that could unleash a slow but unstoppable 10-foot rise in sea levels if it melted. So here is today's terrible news: we now know the ice sheet is melting. And there's pretty much nothing we can do about it.

This Porn Site Is the Biggest Filer of Copyright Lawsuits in the US

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A lot of attention is paid to patent trolls—those unsavory characters gobbling up preemptory patents faster than humanly possible. But how often do they actually follow through? If you're the porn site X-Art.com, a lot.