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#51 OFFLINE   Temmu

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 03:09 PM

as someone said, if the u.s. feds can shut down megadeathload, why do we need acta, sopa, pipa, et al?
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 06:03 PM

And on top of that, it was supposedly done using the proper channels of the law.

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#53 OFFLINE   V.T. Eric Layton

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 08:04 PM

A reply I received from my U.S. Senator here in Florida regarding this topic:

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Dear Mr. Layton,

Thank you for contacting me regarding Internet piracy legislation. I would like to take this opportunity to address your concerns on this important issue.

As you may be aware, on May 12, 2011, Senator Patrick Leahy (VT) introduced the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 (PROTECT IP/ PIPA, S. 968), which is meant to curb the online theft of intellectual property, much of which is occurring through rogue websites overseas in China. As a senator from Florida, a state with a large presence of artists, creators and businesses connected to the creation of intellectual property, I have a strong interest in stopping online piracy that costs Florida jobs. It was with this in mind that I was previously a co-sponsor of the PROTECT IP Act. I believe it's important to protect American ingenuity, ideas and jobs from being stolen through Internet piracy. However, we must do this while simultaneously promoting an open, dynamic Internet environment that is ripe for innovation and can promote new technologies.

Last summer, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill unanimously and without controversy. Since then, I've heard from a number of Floridians who have raised legitimate concerns about the impact this bill could have on Internet access, as well as a potentially unreasonable expansion of the federal government's authority to impact the Internet. Congress should listen and avoid rushing through a bill that could have many unintended consequences.

Therefore, I have decided to withdraw my support for the PROTECT IP Act. Furthermore, I have encouraged Majority Reid to abandon his plan to rush the bill to the floor. Instead, we should take more time to address the concerns raised by all sides, and come up with new legislation that addresses Internet piracy while protecting free and open access to the Internet. Please know that I will remain mindful of your concerns should this, or similar legislation, such as the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA, H.R. 3261), come before the Senate for consideration.

Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. It is an honor and privilege to serve the people of Florida. If I can be of any further help to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.


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Posted 24 January 2012 - 10:03 PM

Shame we don't have more like that ... ones that at least understand some of the unintended consequences.
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Posted 25 January 2012 - 10:42 AM

QUOTE (V.T. Eric Layton @ Jan 23 2012, 01:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Off topic slightly, but not much...

I read somewhere yesterday that the U.S. is now planning on using drone devices to monitor illegal aliens, drug runners, and illegal grow farms. Hmm? What's it going to be next for the growing Police State. Reminds me of Belltower and the other private mercenary police forces in Deus Ex HR. sad.gif


Planning? Nope, they're already doing it. Furthermore, drones have recently been used in the arrest of a farming family- I think this happened in North Dakota, maybe? Anyway, a drone yielded info sufficient to arrest the family, which had put up some armed resistance up to that point. The dispute involved a cow or steer that had wandered onto their property. They tried to keep it. 'Hilarity' ensued. Chilling stuff happening these days. As Michael Moore said. "what have you done with my country, dude?" The same crap continues under Obama.

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 01:56 PM

QUOTE (Cluttermagnet @ Jan 25 2012, 08:42 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Planning? Nope, they're already doing it. Furthermore, drones have recently been used in the arrest of a farming family- I think this happened in North Dakota, maybe? Anyway, a drone yielded info sufficient to arrest the family, which had put up some armed resistance up to that point. The dispute involved a cow or steer that had wandered onto their property. They tried to keep it. 'Hilarity' ensued. Chilling stuff happening these days. As Michael Moore said. "what have you done with my country, dude?" The same crap continues under Obama.

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 06:54 PM

QUOTE (LilBambi @ Jan 24 2012, 09:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Shame we don't have more like that ... ones that at least understand some of the unintended consequences.


Sadly, I'm so jaded on politics that I figure he's against SOPA/PIPA only because someone lined his pockets to be against them. I have a terrible time believing that there is even one slender moral fiber in any politician these days. For the first time since my dope-smokin' apathetic youth, I'm seriously considering not even wasting my time participating in the political process (voting) anymore. Sad, huh?


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Posted 26 January 2012 - 07:35 AM

QUOTE (V.T. Eric Layton @ Jan 23 2012, 03:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Off topic slightly, but not much...

I read somewhere yesterday that the U.S. is now planning on using drone devices to monitor illegal aliens, drug runners, and illegal grow farms. Hmm? What's it going to be next for the growing Police State. Reminds me of Belltower and the other private mercenary police forces in Deus Ex HR. sad.gif


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Posted 26 January 2012 - 07:44 AM

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20111221/...se-did-it.shtml

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Now, of course, it's possible some other vendor was using them, but this seems rather ironic, coming from the RIAA, who has insisted for years that IP addresses are sufficient to accurately determine who is responsible for infringement. Apparently it works for everyone... but the RIAA.


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Posted 27 January 2012 - 03:05 AM

QUOTE (V.T. Eric Layton @ Jan 25 2012, 04:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Sadly, I'm so jaded on politics that I figure he's against SOPA/PIPA only because someone lined his pockets to be against them. I have a terrible time believing that there is even one slender moral fiber in any politician these days.


Usually I try to be optimistic.  And I also like to give the benefit of the doubt when it comes to such matters.  But on this matter, I have to agree 100% - I also have become jaded to the politics and the greedy b*st*rds. uh.. ok senators. whatever it is they're pretending to be.


QUOTE (V.T. Eric Layton @ Jan 25 2012, 04:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm seriously considering not even wasting my time participating in the political process (voting) anymore. Sad, huh?


It's not sad.  It's called saving your breath.  It's like trying to decide between the lesser of two evils.   I'm so P.O'd with both the democrats & republicans (especially the latter) that I don't see how voting actually matters anymore.  Classic case in point.  Bush (dubya) stole the election in 2001.  By all accounts, Al Gore had more votes and it was probably one of the most corrupt/evil acts in American history to see that election process/& post election process botched.  Why bother voting.  To think one actually wields any power by participating in the democratic voting process is merely an illusion.  In this day & age, if a party really wants it bad enough, they can rig the system in their favour and justify it away.  hanging chads?  Nope - doesn't count.  Absentee ballots from our military service members?  Nope - they didn't count either in 2001.

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 01:52 PM

I think this country needs a hard reboot. sad.gif

Back on topic, sort of...

I saw this in my paper this morning. I LOVE IT!

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 07:53 PM

Excellent!  thumbsup.gif
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Posted 28 January 2012 - 12:03 PM

QUOTE (V.T. Eric Layton @ Jan 27 2012, 12:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think this country needs a hard reboot. sad.gif


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Posted 28 January 2012 - 12:25 PM

Amen to that from this quarter too!
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Posted 04 February 2012 - 02:51 PM

Poland halts copyeight laws after mass protests

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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.


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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.


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Posted 04 February 2012 - 04:36 PM

Hope the EU conglomerate doesn't put pressure on them...
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Posted 04 February 2012 - 05:33 PM

QUOTE (V.T. Eric Layton @ Jan 27 2012, 11:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think this country needs a hard reboot. sad.gif

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 08:20 PM

A boot to the head?

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 02:24 PM

QUOTE (abarbarian @ Feb 4 2012, 12:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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.gif


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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Posted 05 February 2012 - 06:37 PM

QUOTE (Tushman @ Feb 5 2012, 03:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
For once, I actually agree with you! The world has witnessed such movements recently - Egypt & Libya are some prime examples.


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

The break up of the USSR is another example of people power.  cool.gif
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Posted 05 February 2012 - 06:43 PM

The U.S.S.R. is no more? sad.gif When did that happen, comrade?

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 07:31 PM

QUOTE (V.T. Eric Layton @ Feb 5 2012, 07:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The U.S.S.R. is no more? sad.gif When did that happen, comrade?


When the weather got so bad that they could not transport dissents to the Siberian gulags.  whistling.gif
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 12:29 PM

With global warming these days, I hear that Siberia is getting downright tropical. wink.gif

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 05:25 PM

QUOTE (V.T. Eric Layton @ Feb 6 2012, 12:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
With global warming these days, I hear that Siberia is getting downright tropical. wink.gif


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Posted 06 February 2012 - 07:14 PM

HA!




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