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How SOPA would affect you: FAQ. When Rep.

How SOPA would affect you: FAQ

Lamar Smith announced the Stop Online Piracy Act in late October, he knew it was going to be controversial. But the Texas Republican probably never anticipated the broad and fierce outcry from Internet users that SOPA provoked over the last few months. It was a show of public opposition to Internet-related legislation not seen since the 2003 political wrangling over implanting copy-protection technology in PCs, or perhaps even the blue ribbons appearing on Web sites in the mid-1990s in response to the Communications Decency Act. Consider the concerted protest on January 18 by high-profile Web companies and organizations. Wikipedia's English-language pages, for instance, went completely black, while Google put a big black box over the prominent logo on its home page, with a link to a page from which users could sign a petition entitled "Tell Congress: Don't censor the Web.

" To learn how SOPA, and its Senate cousin known as the Protect IP Act , would affect you, keep reading. Lúkasarguðspjallið... - ylfamist.blog.is. Vicki Larson: Why Men Need To Cheat. Monogamy is failing men.

Vicki Larson: Why Men Need To Cheat

Not only is it failing them, but it's a "socially compelled sexual incarceration" that can lead to a life of anger and contempt, or so says Eric Anderson, an American sociologist at England's University of Winchester and author of the provocative new book, The Monogamy Gap: Men, Love, and the Reality of Cheating (Oxford University Press, $49.99). Cheating, however, serves men pretty well. An undiscovered affair allows them to keep their relationship and emotional intimacy, and even if they're busted it's a lot easier than admitting that they wanted to screw someone else in the first place, he writes. In his study of 120 undergraduate men, 78 percent of those who had a partner cheated, "even though they said that they loved and intended to stay with their partner. " Contrary to what we may think, most men aren't cheating because they don't love their partner, he says; they cheat because they just want to have sex with others. Dr. LXDE and Xfce – the other desktops.

GPL, copyleft use declining faster than ever. December 16, 2011, 10:28 AM — A new analysis of licensing data shows that not only is use of the GPL and other copyleft licenses continuing to decline, but the rate of disuse is actually accelerating.

GPL, copyleft use declining faster than ever

That was the conclusion of Matthew Aslett's analysis of recent data from Black Duck Software, which shows that while use of the GPL, LGPL, and AGPL set of copyleft licenses dominates free and open source projects, that use is still on the decline. "The GPL family now accounts for about 57% of all open source software, compared to 61% in June," Aslett wrote. More troubling for copyleft advocates, though, could be the projection Aslett and the 451 Group make based on the data. "... Looking at the graph to which Aslett refers, you can see how that projection is a logical one to make. This is not new news, really, since The 451 Group reported on this in June. What's interesting to me is Aslett's initial analysis into the causes of this ongoing decline: I think that it may go farther than that. This Is Not The Net You Thought You Knew. You know how the Internet works, right?

This Is Not The Net You Thought You Knew

Of course you do: you’re a TechCrunch reader, a power user. You know what that “HTTP” means in your address bar (if you’re not using Chrome.) You know that behind the scenes, the Domain Name System translates your requests for domain names like techcrunch.com to numeric addresses like, and secure connections are encrypted by SSL. You know that web servers send HTML, the lingua franca of the Web, over the wires (or the air) to your computer, and that web developers write JavaScript to control what your browser does with it. …Unless you’re actually a techie.

What follows is a little technical, but bear with me, I have a larger point. Why doesn’t Chrome show the iconic “ before web addresses any more? That Domain Name System? And your so-called secure connections? (Do I sound like I’m telling you to use Chrome? As for JavaScript — sure, all browsers run it, but almost no developer writes pure JavaScript any more. Til vinnu – öflugar aðgerðir fyrir atvinnuleitendur. Loose Connections - Oldest and Fatherless: The Terrible Secret of Tom Bombadil.

(This is another of my speculative pieces and nothing to do with Star Wars.

Loose Connections - Oldest and Fatherless: The Terrible Secret of Tom Bombadil

This one is for an older trilogy.) Old Tom Bombadil. Possibly the least liked character in The Lord of the Rings. A childish figure so disliked by fans of the book that few object to his absence from all adaptations of the story. And yet, there is another way of looking at Bombadil, based only on what appears in the book itself, that paints a very different picture of this figure of fun. What do we know about Tom Bombadil? Except that none of that can possibly be true. Consider: By his own account (and by Elrond’s surprisingly sketchy knowledge) Bombadil has lived in the Old Forest since before the hobbits came to the Shire. And yet no hobbit has ever heard of him. The guise in which Bombadil appears to Frodo and his companions is much like a hobbit writ large. What do we know about Tom Bombadil? Elrond, the greatest lore-master of the Third Age, has never heard of Tom Bombadil.

What do we know about Tom Bombadil? Universal Censors Megaupload Song, Gets Branded a “Rogue Label” Earlier today, Megaupload released a pop video featuring mainstream artists who endorse the cyberlocker service.

Universal Censors Megaupload Song, Gets Branded a “Rogue Label”

News of the controversial Mega Song even trended on Twitter, but has now been removed from YouTube on copyright grounds by Universal Music. Kim Dotcom says that Megaupload owns everything in the video, and that the label has engaged in dirty tricks in an attempt to sabotage their successful viral campaign. This morning we published an article on a new campaign by cyberlocker service Megaupload. Site founder Kim Dotcom told TorrentFreak he had commissioned a song from producer Printz Board featuring huge recording artists including P Diddy, Will.i.am, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, The Game and Mary J Blige. These and others were shouting the praises of Megaupload.

By this afternoon #megaupload was trending on Twitter as news of the song spread. And then, just a little while ago, the music stopped. “Those UMG criminals. “Mega owns everything in this video. Ron Paul: “The PATRIOT Act Was Written Many, Many Years Before 9/11. [And The Attacks Simply Provided] Opportunity for Some People To Do What They Wanted To Do”Ron. National Security Notice We are NOT calling for the overthrow of the government.

Ron Paul: “The PATRIOT Act Was Written Many, Many Years Before 9/11. [And The Attacks Simply Provided] Opportunity for Some People To Do What They Wanted To Do”Ron

In fact, we are calling for the reinstatement of our government. We are not calling for lawlessness. We are calling for an end to lawlessness and lack of accountability and a return to the rule of law. Rather than trying to subvert the constitution, we are calling for its enforcement. We are patriotic Americans born and raised in this country. We don't support or like Al Qaeda, the Taliban or any supporting groups. The nation's top legal scholars say that draconian security laws which violate the Constitution should not apply to Americans. Should you attempt to shut down this site or harass its authors, you are anti-liberty, anti-justice, anti-American ... and undermining America's national security.

Copyright Notice This site provides political commentary, education and parody protected by the fair use and My Lai/Zapruder exceptions to copyright law. We are not copyright pirates. Rich People DON'T Create Jobs: 6 Myths That Have to Be Killed for Our Economy to Live. December 9, 2011 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. The following article first appeared in Mother Jones. For more great content from Mother Jones, sign up for free email updates here. In the movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray's character is forced to relive a single day over and over and over—waking up to the same song every morning, meeting the same people, having the same conversations—until, after thousands of repetitions, he finally realizes what a shmo he's been his entire life. When it comes to the economy, we're stuck in our own version of Groundhog Day—and this one doesn't seem to be coming to an end.

Unfortunately, these zombie talking points aren't just wrong; they're dangerous. For the first four years of his presidency, Franklin Roosevelt tackled the Great Depression with inflation, easy monetary policy, and government spending. Bust or Boost? What happened next is now called the " Mistake of 1937" (PDF). Rebecca Coriam: lost at sea. The Port of Los Angeles, 23 October 2011.

Rebecca Coriam: lost at sea

At the Goofy Pool on deck 9 of the Disney Wonder, the Adventures Away celebration party has begun. "Goodbye, stress! " the cruise director shouts. "Hello, vacation! " The ship's horn sounds out When You Wish Upon A Star, to indicate that we're about to set sail, to Mexico. I'm standing on deck 10, looking down at the dancing crowds of guests and crew. There's no talk of it, but many people on board know something terrible occurred on this route – to Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas – earlier this year. "You see this young boy walk up to her to ask her if she's all right," her father Mike told me a few weeks ago, sitting in the family's back garden in Chester.

And that's the last anyone has seen of her. When she didn't report for work at 9am, the crew Tannoyed her. "Now, whenever we call anyone, all they say is, 'The investigation is ongoing,'" Mike says. Mike and Ann have met the Bahamas officer only once. "Not at all? " "No. "Seven months. New ASP.NET website launched. Framleiðendur Game of Thrones ljóstruðu upp leyndarmáli. Pressan.is. The Guardian on Facebook. » War on drugs is a hoax: US admits to guarding, assisting lucrative Afghan opium trade Alex Jones. Ethan Huff Infowars.com December 1, 2011 Afghanistan is, by far, the largest grower and exporter of opium in the world today, cultivating a 92 percent market share of the global opium trade.

» War on drugs is a hoax: US admits to guarding, assisting lucrative Afghan opium trade Alex Jones

But what may shock many is the fact that the US military has been specifically tasked with guarding Afghan poppy fields, from which opium is derived, in order to protect this multibillion dollar industry that enriches Wall Street, the CIA, MI6, and various other groups that profit big time from this illicit drug trade scheme. Prior to the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Afghanistan was hardly even a world player in growing poppy, which is used to produce both illegal heroin and pharmaceutical-grade morphine.

In fact, the Taliban had been actively destroying poppy fields as part of an effort to rid the country of this harmful plant, as was reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on February 16, 2001, in a piece entitled, Nation’s opium production virtually wiped out ( You can watch that clip here: Ekkert varð af áformum Kínverja. Audiobooks: A Cautionary Tale. I was talking to an author last night.

Audiobooks: A Cautionary Tale

Actually, we were sending text messages to each other, something I don't do a lot of, but it was sort of fun, texting. I'm not going to identify her, or the book. She had a novel published recently by a major publisher. I read it. I really loved it. I thought, Why not see if I can do it as a Neil Gaiman Presents Audiobook, through ACX? I asked if there was an audiobook. I asked who had the rights, and whether I could do it in ACX. And then I got a message from her saying "Oh. I went online and looked. I felt so sorry for her. It was the same stuff that I'd been talking about in the interview that Laura Miller did for me with Salon.com( Why is there so much hesitation? And I felt really extra sorry for my anonymous sad author, because I was SO happy about the release two days ago of Swordspoint -- mostly happy because of how amazingly happy author Ellen Kushner is.

But this isn't an ad for ACX, either. Pearltrees helps you to organize the web – visually. Pearltrees is a new visual bookmarking tool that utilizes a mind map-like interface to help you to organize your web page shortcuts in a much more intuitive way than the typical browser bookmark list. It also enables you to connect with other users who share similar interests, which places it in the same camp as other social bookmarking tools. But Pearltrees is different – very different. Before I can explain how it works, we first need to get a bit of terminology out of the way: Pearl: A pearl represents a link to a web page. It’s more than that, however. Pearltree: A pearltree contains other pearls.

How to add content to your Pearltree When you first set up your Pearltrees account, the application gives you the option of adding several toolbar buttons to your browser: Add a new pearl for the web page you’re currently viewing, choose where to put the pearl (in an existing tree or a new one), and go to your Pearltrees account. Social aspects of Pearltrees Conclusion. The Strange Birth and Long Life of Unix. Unix's licensing conditions allowed for the exchange of source code, and initially, Lions's book was sold to licensees. But by 1979, AT&T's lawyers had clamped down on the book's distribution and use in academic classes. The anti­authoritarian Unix community reacted as you might expect, and samizdat copies of the book spread like wildfire.

Many of us have nearly unreadable nth-­generation photocopies of the original book. End runs around AT&T's lawyers indeed became the norm—even at Bell Labs. For example, between the release of the sixth edition of Unix in 1975 and the seventh edition in 1979, Thompson collected dozens of important bug fixes to the system, coming both from within and outside of Bell Labs. By the end of the 1970s, Unix, which had started a decade earlier as a reaction against the loss of a comfortable programming environment, was growing like a weed throughout academia and the IT industry.

Unix is indeed one of the most influential operating systems ever invented. HIV and spam. Helping tackle some of the most urgent global challenges is firmly on the agenda for Microsoft Research (MSR) – applying our experience, our depth and breadth of expertise, our partnerships and the power of software to tackle these challenges. In the case of searching for a vaccine for HIV, all of this comes in to play as we’re applying high-powered computation, fighting HIV with data and perhaps surprisingly, using our experience of building email spam filters to find a solution.

More than 1.8 million people die of HIV-related causes each year — approximately 5,000 deaths per day. One of the great challenges in fighting HIV is that the virus is constantly mutating to avoid attack by the immune system — so much so that it can change as much within one infected person as the influenza virus has throughout recorded history. This makes it incredibly difficult to accurately analyze the virus and develop therapies that attack its elusive weak points.