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RE: Go Daddy loses over 37,000 domains due to SOPA stance | VentureBeat
Topic: Miscellaneous 1:01 pm EST, Dec 27, 2011

Decius wrote:

Hosting and domain registrar company Go Daddy has lost more than 37,000 domains in the past two days due to the company’s wishy-washy stance on the Stop Online Piracy Act.

GoDaddy has apparently dropped its support for SOPA, FWTW. Very little in my opinion. Reports are that they are calling customers who transfer to beg them to stay.

Its only been two days and its the holidays. Its going to take a while for this to fully work through. I certainly don't have time to switch right now and doing so is going to take several steps in order to ensure that nothing goes down.

I went with Namecheap, just submitted a transfer from Godaddy for my 10 domains. I used the discount code "SOPASUCKS" for a little money off.

If you move your domain on 12/29, they will also donate $1 to the EFF for each domain moved:

Namecheap's Move Your Domain Day Promotion

When the transfer completes I will completely cancel my Godaddy account and let them know why I switched.

Comcast is next. Haven't had time to switch home ISP yet but my current billing period ends mid January, I intend to be off of them by then.

It's time to stop giving the bastards your money if you can help it.

RE: Go Daddy loses over 37,000 domains due to SOPA stance | VentureBeat


Thinking out loud about SOPA
Topic: Miscellaneous 6:18 pm EST, Dec 23, 2011

Hypothetical situation 1:

1) Spammer sends email about an expensive watch for a great price, too good to be true
2) Recipient opens email and goes to site
3) Recipient buys a fake watch, purportedly thinking it is real

Hypothetical situation 2:

1) Customer wants to buy an expensive watch
2) Customer uses a search engine to do price shopping
3) Scam site shows up with a great price, too good to be true
4) Customer buys a fake watch, purportedly thinking it is real

What ever happened to "buyer beware?" SOPA's supporters say this bill is necessary to protect intellectual property and stop counterfeit sales over the internet. I don't buy the sob story. If you want a Rolex, go to their website, find an authorized dealer and buy it from that dealer. Otherwise, cry me a fucking river when you get ripped off. There's no reason to piss all over DNS to protect dumbass CONSUMERS from themselves.

SOPA reads like the internet's sole purpose is to be a marketplace for goods.


RE: GoDaddy Faces Boycott Over SOPA Support | Threat Level | Wired.com
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:37 am EST, Dec 23, 2011

Decius wrote:

“Not only is there no First Amendment concern, but the notion that we should turn a blind eye to criminal conduct because other countries may take oppressive steps in response is an affront to the very fabric of this nation.”

I guess thats the final nail in the coffin - I've got to switch registrars.

I'll join you. Got any picks on a replacement?

edit: I'm liking the looks of easyDNS. They seem to be taking a principled stand against SOPA:

If this becomes law, it's a short stretch from SOPA to NODA (No Online Dissent Anywhere) and if you think I'm a nutcase for saying so, I'd like to remind everybody what happened just over a year ago, when US politicians were tripping over themselves to shut down wikileaks (a royal fiasco in which this company was embroiled) and to this day, they have not been charged with a crime anywhere.

Many of the "dirty tricks" employed against Wikileaks would be enshrined in law under SOPA (and someday, NODA):

A requirement that service providers block access to offending domains, including that they stop resolving their DNS
Search engines to purge search results for offending domains
Payment processors to sever ties to offending domains

And they added an extra provision that it will be an offense to knowingly create a service or system to provide a workaround to a banned domain or host. So for example, they would no longer have to hassle Mozilla to remove that firefox plugin that lets you reach ICE blocked websites, it would be illegal to make it or distribute it.

RE: GoDaddy Faces Boycott Over SOPA Support | Threat Level | Wired.com


SOPA: Put your money where your mouth is
Topic: Current Events 2:13 pm EST, Dec 19, 2011

Boycott these organizations for supporting SOPA.

I will not buy any more music or see any more movies if they have anything to do with any of these entertainment conglomerates. I will shortly be cancelling my Comcast home internet and replacing it with DSL. I am going to tell them the reason why is because of their support for SOPA.

I will not be watching any more major league baseball, basketball, or football games. It's going to be harder not to support organizations such as 3M and Underwriters Laboratories, but for consumer goods like shoe makers and entertainment industry content providers, the choice is easy to live by.

Hit them where it hurts: the almighty dollar.

1-800 Contacts, Inc.
1-800-PetMeds
3M Company
ABRO Industries, Inc.
Acushnet Company
Adidas America
Advanced Medical Technology Association
Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
American Association of Independent Music
American Federation of Musicians
Americans for Tax Reform
Association of American Publishers
Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association
Beam Global Spirits &Wine
Blue Sky Studios, Inc.
Bose Corporation
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
Burberry
CBS Corporation
Comcast
Concerned Women for America
Council of State Governments
Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc.,
Directors Guild of America
Dow Chemical
Electronic Components Industry Association
Eli Lilly and Company
Entertainment Software Association
Estee Lauder Companies
Ford Motor Company
Greeting Card Association
HarperCollins Publishers
Independent Film & Television Alliance
International Association of Fire Fighters
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
International Trademark Association
Johnson & Johnson
Kekepana International Services
Let Freedom Ring
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton
Major League Baseball
Merck
Motion Picture Association of America
National Association of Manufacturers
National Association of Theatre Owners
National Basketball Association
National Cable & Telecommunications Association
National Confectioners Association
National Criminal Justice Association
National District Attorneys Association
National Electrical Manufacturers Association
National Football League
National Music Publishers' Association
National Retail Federation
NBC Universal
News Corporation
Nike, Inc.
Nintendo
Outdoor Industry Association
Pfizer
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Philip Morris International
Recording Industry Association of America
Retail Industry Leaders Association
Screen Actors Guild
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council
Society of Plastics Industry
Software & Information Industry Association
Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Specialty Equipment Market Association
Sporting Goods Manufacturer's Association
Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
The Walt Disney Company
Tiffany & Co.
Timberland Company
Time Warner
U. S. Chamber of Commerce
Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
Universal Music Group Inc.
Viacom
Walmart
Walt Disney Company
Warner Music Group
Xerox Corporation

SOPA: Put your money where your mouth is


Twitter
Topic: Miscellaneous 9:47 pm EST, Nov 25, 2011

Into the twittersphere!


Twitter


Men In Grey
Topic: Arts 11:10 am EST, Nov 24, 2011
System Primitives:

    We are the direct manifestation of a Citizen's Network Anxiety; our metal and
    flesh yields from a citizen's networked fears, doubts, delusions and the lies of others. 

    We carry the signal and as such are a part of that signal. What passes through
    the air will pass through us. 

    We span the space between the invisible and the corporeal; as Adaptors
    comprised of flesh and metal, we capture and reconstruct that which hides in
    the air.

    We are prisms: a citizen's network fears, doubts, delusions, desires and lies will
    be revealed through us. 

    We are the lightning in an age of Cloud Computing.

Men In Grey


The Militarization of Police
Topic: Current Events 10:15 pm EST, Nov 23, 2011

All the time, we hear new horror stories of night raids gone bad, where women, children get hurt, and dogs, get shot. The best example being a raid in Columbia, Missouri just a few weeks ago. Alyona discusses these cases with police militarization expert, Reason Magazine's Radley Balko.

The Militarization of Police


Don't submit yourself to a game machine!
Topic: Miscellaneous 9:43 am EDT, Oct 11, 2011

Nowadays, people have submitted ever bigger portions of their lives to "gaming machines" that make things at least superficially easier and simpler, but whose internal rules they don't necessarily understand at all. A substantial portion of today's social interaction in developed countries, for example, takes place in on-line social networking services. Under their hoods, these services calculate things like message visibility -- that is, which messages and whose messages are supposed to be more important for a given user. For most people, however, it seems to be completely OK that a computer owned by a big, distant corporation makes such decisions for them using a secret set of rules. They just care about the fun.

...

Video games, in many ways, surpasses traditional passive media in the potential of mental manipulation. A well-known example is the so-called Tetris effect caused by a prolonged playing of a pattern-matching game. The game of Tetris "programs" its player to constantly analyze the on-screen wall of blocks and mentally fit different types of tetrominos in it. When a player stops playing after several hours, the "program" may remain active, causing the player to continue mentally fitting tetrominos on outdoor landscapes or whatever they see in their environment. Other kinds of games may have other kinds of effects. I have personally also experienced an "adventure game effect" that caused me to unwillingly think about real-world things and locations from the point of view of "progressing in the script". Therefore, I don't think it is a very far-fetched idea that spending a lot of time on an interactive website gives our brains a permission to adapt to the "game mechanics" and unnoticeably alter the way how we look at the world.

...

The most prominent game-mechanical element in Facebook is "Like", which affects nearly everything on the site. It is a simple and easily processable signal whose use is particularly encouraged. In its internal game, Facebook scores users according to how active "likers" they are, and gives more visibility to the messages of those users that score higher. Moderate users of Facebook, who use their whole brain to consider what to "Like" or not or what to share and not, gain less points and less visibility. This is how Facebook rewards the "virtuous" users and punishes the "sinful" ones.

...

Don't submit yourself to a game machine!


Algorithmic symphonies from one line of code
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:33 pm EDT, Oct 10, 2011

This link takes you to the blog entry that goes into more detail about this video.

Algorithmic symphonies from one line of code

Also also, here's what 23 strategically placed bytes in a C64 can do:

Worship the glitch.

Algorithmic symphonies from one line of code


Two cons in Nashville on the same weekend?
Topic: Miscellaneous 9:44 am EDT, Oct 10, 2011

Is this another Innerzone vs Outerzone thing?


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