1. Subscribersonhouse
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    09 Jan '12 02:38
    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21334-kopimism-the-worlds-newest-religion-explained.html

    No heaven or hell, no fear factor.
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    09 Jan '12 22:23
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21334-kopimism-the-worlds-newest-religion-explained.html

    No heaven or hell, no fear factor.
    ....the world is going under
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    10 Jan '12 00:501 edit
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21334-kopimism-the-worlds-newest-religion-explained.html

    No heaven or hell, no fear factor.
    the holy hand grenade of copyright laws will soon blow that religion out of the waters.
    the demon SOPA is looming over the horizon.
  4. Subscribersonhouse
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    10 Jan '12 02:50
    Originally posted by VoidSpirit
    the holy hand grenade of copyright laws will soon blow that religion out of the waters.
    the demon SOPA is looming over the horizon.
    Sopapea?
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    11 Jan '12 02:15
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    Sopapea?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online_Piracy_Act
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    11 Jan '12 02:211 edit
    Originally posted by VoidSpirit
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online_Piracy_Act
    Ah, sorry, hadn't heard of that one. Good luck on that BTW, they might get some traction and results in the US but the main culprits are in most places outside the US like China, Brazil, Russia. That is where the most dollar value is lost. So they might entrap some hapless teenager downloading the latest Justin Beiber and such but the big guys do it wholesale overseas.
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    11 Jan '12 02:23
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    Ah, sorry, hadn't heard of that one. Good luck on that BTW, they might get some traction and results in the US but the main culprits are in most places outside the US like China, Brazil, Russia. That is where the most dollar value is lost. So they might entrap some hapless teenager downloading the latest Justin Beiber and such but the big guys do it wholesale overseas.
    SOPA will give them the power to cut off/isolate those overseas lines of communication..
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    11 Jan '12 17:36
    Originally posted by VoidSpirit
    SOPA will give them the power to cut off/isolate those overseas lines of communication..
    I wonder if this could lead to two separate internets?
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    well the future of the internet isn't looking too bright. the world "leaders" are clearly concerned about the peons of the world being able to freely communicate and share ideas with one another without them having the ability to easily censor it.

    in the name of 'national security' we'll probably start seeing nations cut themselves out from the world internet and create instead a national internet that are wholly regulated and censored from a central government agency.

    iran is already taking the first steps in this direction.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704889404576277391449002016.html
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    Originally posted by VoidSpirit
    well the future of the internet isn't looking too bright. the world "leaders" are clearly concerned about the peons of the world being able to freely communicate and share ideas with one another without them having the ability to easily censor it.

    in the name of 'national security' we'll probably start seeing nations cut themselves out from the world ...[text shortened]... rection.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704889404576277391449002016.html
    Is that actually doable in a non-totalitarian state though?
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    13 Jan '12 00:39
    Originally posted by avalanchethecat
    Is that actually doable in a non-totalitarian state though?
    I think the techies are already working on ways to get around governmental censorship. If there is any kind of link to the outside and the government thinks they control it they will find themselves on the short end of the stick. In order to totally control the net they would have to cut every link with the outside, which would totally interfere with their ability to make money.
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    Originally posted by avalanchethecat
    Is that actually doable in a non-totalitarian state though?
    a non-totalitarian state is just three letters away from becoming totalitarian.
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    13 Jan '12 05:31
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    Ah, sorry, hadn't heard of that one. Good luck on that BTW, they might get some traction and results in the US but the main culprits are in most places outside the US like China, Brazil, Russia. That is where the most dollar value is lost. So they might entrap some hapless teenager downloading the latest Justin Beiber and such but the big guys do it wholesale overseas.
    Most on-line piracy, does not involve money at all as far as I am aware, and I suspect that a large percentage of those involved are still in the US. It may be true that the assisting websites are overseas, but many of the downloaders are in the US. And I doubt that they are all hapless teenagers.
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    13 Jan '12 05:381 edit
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    Ah, sorry, hadn't heard of that one. Good luck on that BTW, they might get some traction and results in the US but the main culprits are in most places outside the US like China, Brazil, Russia. That is where the most dollar value is lost. So they might entrap some hapless teenager downloading the latest Justin Beiber and such but the big guys do it wholesale overseas.
    I see from the Wikipedia article that there is some focus on prescription drugs trying to stop American consumers from finding out how to import cheaper alternatives.

    Whats funny is how it is argued that charging Americans more for their drugs is seen as protecting the economy. (remember that these cheaper drugs are freely available in Canada and will continue to be freely available and unaffected by the Bill).
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    the SOPA internet protest is on!
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