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abarbarian

Poland halts copyeight laws after mass protests

 

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's prime minister says he is suspending the ratification process for an international copyright treaty after widespread protests and attacks on government websites.

 

Poland is the only country that has seen major opposition to the treaty. Opponents say it will restrict Internet free speech and allow online surveillance.

 

Democracy is all about people power.

 

If folk get of their butts and protest hard enough the politicians have to at least listen and may even do as the people demand. :pirate:

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Democracy is all about people power.

 

If folk get of their butts and protest hard enough the politicians have to at least listen and may even do as the people demand. :pirate:

 

For once, I actually agree with you! The world has witnessed such movements recently - Egypt & Libya are some prime examples.

 

Sadly in this country - most of the mass have been trained to be dumb fat & happy. Just look at the generation of today. Most of the kids I see are spending hours fixated on facebook or have their heads buried in their smartphone typing w/ their thumb. They could care less of what is going on in the world around them or even their own country.

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For once, I actually agree with you! The world has witnessed such movements recently - Egypt & Libya are some prime examples.

 

Blimey :w00t: someone agrees with me, must be the weather :hysterical:

 

The break up of the USSR is another example of people power. B)

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The U.S.S.R. is no more? :( When did that happen, comrade?

 

When the weather got so bad that they could not transport dissents to the Siberian gulags. :whistling:

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A boot to the head?

 

 

:D

 

Adam

 

thank you, thank you, thank you!

 

i had a copy of that 20 years ago, but lost it!!

 

that is great! the master is great! the boot is great!

 

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thank you, thank you, thank you!

 

i had a copy of that 20 years ago, but lost it!!

 

that is great! the master is great! the boot is great!

 

;)

 

Adam

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V.T. Eric Layton

Who needs SOPA/PIPA/ACTA? All that needs to happen is for RIAA to pressure the ISPs to achieve everything they wanted in the first place.

 

RIAA chief: ISPs to start policing copyright by July 1

 

Next they'll be telling you who you can and cannot email with, or what you can and cannot watch on YouTube, or which music sites you can or cannot visit. The future looks... well, more regulated/regimented/controlled, folks! Simple rules never stay simple; they evolve over time toward tyranny, as they paint with their extremely broad brushes.

 

Enjoy your newly lost freedoms.

 

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How about the fact that Verizon has done all they can to remove access to the public switched telephone network via pre-existing copper lines. In my neighborhood, when they came in and dug up the entire block and buried fiber-optic cable, they hooked up everyone with a Verizon account. When they connected us via fiber they disconnected and disabled the copper connections.

 

I'm sure we could re-connect that system, if we could ever reclaim it from big red.

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Hmm... Yes, that's true. Big V is forcing everyone to go FIOS eventually. There's always radio. ;)

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I don't think that any big corps have invaded the ham territory yet, we could base our tech revolution on that.

Hey, you're a radio expert, why don't you invent the next generation of free internet access technology? :thumbsup:

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Sen. Wyden demands vote on American copyright, patent treaties (arstechnica)

 

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) is a long-time opponent of the secretly negotiated Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Today he introduced an amendment to a Senate "jobs bill" that would force ACTA to come before Congress for approval. A second amendment would make the US Trade Representative, which negotiates US trade deals, drop the veil of secrecy around its copyright and patent negotiations.

 

More in the article.

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V.T. Eric Layton
They don't mention Florida, but we have it in the Tampa market, and we no longer have any copper wires.

Only way to connect to the phone system is over fiber optic.

 

Well, that's not quite true. Those with copper service are still working. However, once you go to FIOS, you cannot go back to copper. Eventually, according to sources of mine within the Tampa Verizon shop, FIOS will be the ONLY option. They will convert everyone in the Tampa area eventually. The days of copper are waning here.

 

Fiber is much cheaper to install and maintain than copper-based systems. It's not about progress. It's about money. Ain't that always the case? :(

 

Next on the horizon will be the "poop meter", a device to measure the sewer output from your home in order for local utilities to get a more accurate accounting of your poop, rather than just basing it on water usage. Save money on your utilities bill by pooping in a hole you dig in your backyard. ;)

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