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Aitch


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PostPosted: Sun 15 Jan 2012, 22:37    Post subject:  SOPA Protests - large parts of the Internet to be shutdown
Subject description: [Hopefully] Wednesday 18th January is shutdown day
 

What will you be doing Wednesday 18th January 2012?
Personally, I'm going to be joining millions of others shutting off my computer
A mass switch off/shutdown has been organised by Reddit-ers, and I've just seen support from Raspberry Pi and many games sites are also 'going dark', with wikipedia still rumoured to shutdown

http://blog.reddit.com/2012/01/stopped-they-must-be-on-this-all.html

http://current.com/technology/93614269_on-january-18-reddit-to-shut-down-in-protest-of-sopa-what-will-current-do.htm

http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/533

http://www.neowin.net/news/more-web-sites-and-games-going-dark-to-protest-sopa



So, will murga puppy linux forum be going dark?

Perhaps many want it, secretly, thinking they'll get more royalties...?

A recent British victim of the intent of the act

http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2012/jan/13/piracy-student-loses-us-extradition

Quote:
The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has faced criticism for perceived overreach in targeting websites, like TVShack, with no direct US link.

In July the agency's assistant deputy director told the Guardian that ICE would now actively pursue websites similar to TVShack even if their only connection to the US was a website address ending in .com or .net.

Such suffixes are routed through Verisign, an internet infrastructure company based in Virginia, which the agency believes is sufficient to seek a US prosecution



Expect more from other countries....boundary?, what boundary?, they say....

Is there sufficient awareness as to the effect of this passed legislation?

To be honest, I'm quite astounded that far more people and powerful groups aren't publicising this....??

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/jan/02/ndaa-historic-assault-american-liberty


Yes, that's executive power for arrest of American Citizens without trial!
[Please don't tell me I'm being anti-American....! - I'm ALERTING YOU!]

So, no danger then....?

Anyhow, .....see you Thursday...

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PostPosted: Mon 16 Jan 2012, 03:33    Post subject:  

Not to worry, Aitch. American Government is becoming Anti-American in both parties.

Want some real foolishness? The Corporates are going to make a spectacle out of planting a wreath at the Martin Luther King Jr. monument on Monday, which is officially MLK day because we have a Monday Holiday law. His birthday is the 19th. It's also in the southern U.S. "Confederate Heroes Day" where many people will be making memorial speeches to people like Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate war criminal who murdered U.S. POWs because they were black and thus "escaped property". This very pleasant gentleman also was one of the founding fathers of the Ku Klux Klan.

So on the REAL MLK day they'll be celebrating the private ownership of human beings, something Dr King opposed.

What makes this relevant to your post is that one of the sponsors of the bill happens to be a member of the Heritage Foundation... the ones who are making celebrations of last year being the 150th anniversary of the START of the War to Free the Slaves and of course honoring Bedford-Forrest on MLK's birthday.

The Internet was developed with public funding all the way through and now it's to be given over to private owners... and owners who very apparently have a taste for owning human beings.

It just gets uglier and uglier each time you look under the next layer.

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PostPosted: Mon 16 Jan 2012, 10:51    Post subject:  

The Prophet
Thanks for the additional historical perspective Wink

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PostPosted: Mon 16 Jan 2012, 12:30    Post subject:  

Since SOPA can "have" you for even linking to another website that
falls foul of the "puritans" views, I wanna see what sites like Farcebook
are going to do about this.
They are littered with millions of links to all sorts of sites.

I too will not be generating any TCP/IP packets on the 18th.
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PostPosted: Mon 16 Jan 2012, 14:25    Post subject:  

Well, it now seems The President, Obama, has opposed it...
although since they used an either SOPA or eParasite [PIPA/ProtectIP etc] ii.e. 2 simultaneous alternate pieces of legislation, .... that remains a target!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/jan/16/sopa-shelved-obama-piracy-legislation

http://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/oixy1/sopa_was_just_shelved_now_to_defeat_pipa/c3hnzq3

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2012_01/putting_sopa_on_a_shelf034765.php

thanks for small mercies...Mr President!

Say NO to PIPA, also!

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PostPosted: Tue 17 Jan 2012, 12:22    Post subject:  

more news

wikimedia has a page showing overwhelming support from wikipedia users, so they are apparently still taking action against PIPA

http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/English_Wikipedia_to_go_dark

...but twitter bosses says they are silly

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/jan/16/wikipedia-sopa-blackout-slammed-twitter

Thank You, Jimmy Wales! Very Happy

and Murdoch slams google as a piracy leader

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2398940,00.asp

Interesting piece in the Register touches on/hints at my worst fears...that it's not going away any time soon, and further hints that you'll soon go to google for royalties

Quote:
Google may slip into the role of the world's de facto royalty collecting society - and creators will have nowhere else to go but Google. Meet the New Boss: he might not look like the Old Boss, but at least you got paid sometimes


http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/01/17/beyond_sopa/

Quote:
The internet has a problem

In the Panglossian worldview of Silicon Valley, everything is perfect on the internet, it's the best of all possible worlds, and any tinkering with this robs humanity of its last Utopian hope. This is a view of the world that actually owes much to religion, or the desire to recreate the certainty of religion. It's faith-based, and isn't a view grounded in reality, especially the reality of doing business. On the internet, fame may arrive quickly, but financial reward doesn't follow. It's the only area of business where this is true.


Whilst the Obama administration may have shelved it, they could make it a pseudo election issue [it's small fry in relation to the key issues which get Presidents voted in/out!]
Remember also, that no President can bind an incoming replacement to a policy he makes, once he's gone....and there is some question as to his re-election, I believe??

free website template

http://boingboing.net/2012/01/15/freeopen-this-site-has-gone.html



google 'advice' - the right way...

https://plus.google.com/u/0/115984868678744352358/posts/Gas8vjZ5fmB

humour perspective

http://xkcd.com/903/

summary from a KLUG member, Peter:
Quote:

1. The US SOPA/PIPA is doing more to raise the awareness of why Copyright is an issue, and why it does not work. Its doing far more to raise the awareness of the things the FSF have been working for years or could ever hope to manage.

2. As it stands most of those who are against SOPA/PIPA are not actually against what its means to stand for but because its so badly written that it actually can't achieve what it sets out to achieve and does a lot of collateral damage in the mean time. (Like so much modern law of the last 30 years)

3, Anyone who moans that it only effects the US needs to think again. The EU would love to bring in similar regulations and if the US pass this, the EU will only follow. You can't say it does not effect us just because we're not in the US.


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PostPosted: Fri 20 Jan 2012, 17:15    Post subject:  

Quote:
January 18 is a date that will live in ignorance.

The blackout movement to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act that began with reddit and Wikipedia… spread to more than 10,000 other websites, many of which are important examples of Web entities that could be shut down without due process by SOPA-like legislation.


Just a few of the early effects....

http://www.fastcompany.com/1809505/sopa-a-mega-meta-mash-up-of-news

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2012/01/sopa-blackout-spreads-across-the-internet.ars

http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/19/technology/megaupload_shutdown/index.htm

Quote:
SOPA and PIPA postponed indefinitely after protests


http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/20/technology/SOPA_PIPA_postponed/index.htm

Looks like 'a 99%' effect to me Wink Laughing

....until the Presidential Election, maybe....?

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PostPosted: Thu 26 Jan 2012, 14:46    Post subject:  

A ray of hope...away from the doom of control-freaks Wink Laughing

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=75521

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