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Monday, January 2, 2012

Good intentions, global Internet censorship

The Internet community has taken an unprecedented united stance against Internet censorship legislation currently being rushed into US law. The two acts S. 968 “PROTECT IP Act (PIPA)” and H.R. 3261 “Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)” authorize the US government to censor and remove any web site from the Internet if a portion of the web site hosts or links to infringing content. This authority is unlimited, allowing the US government, for example to order the removal of any domain name or web site regardless of the country it is hosted in or pertains to without due process or right of appeal.

Internet corporations stand united in defiance of proposed SOPA and PIPA legislation.

The legal, technical and economic impacts have been unambiguously explained[1] to the US legislature and the President. These laws will clearly put the interests of copyright holders ahead of the rights of society and the global Internet community. US corporations will be forced to police their web sites to avoid legal penalty. While such censorship is acceptable and financially viable in countries such as China, such monitoring and control over user content by US corporations will be prohibitively expensive. Such overhead and legal uncertainty represents an untenable risk that will impact the flow of investment and innovation that has driven this industry over the last decades.

Censoring the Internet is the wrong approach to protecting any sectoral interest. By enacting such legislation, the United States will lose its competitive advantage as well as its moral authority as a global leader in supporting Internet freedom. What can you do? If you are an American citizen, you can stand against Internet censorship by telling your congressperson that SOPA (H.R. 3261) and PIPA (S.968) does not work for you, for the Internet, or for the economy.

You can find out more about how to oppose SOPA and PIPA at the Net Coalition formed by AOL Inc, eBay Inc, Facebook Inc, Google Inc, LinkedIn Corp, Mozilla Corp, Twitter, Inc, Yahoo! Inc, Zynga Game Network and Wikimedia Foundation among many others.

[1] Submissions and resources (PDF):

Saturday, September 3, 2011

More on Battlefield 3

The revolutionary first person shooter Battlefield 3 will be in stores October 25

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Farewell CmdrTaco

Best of the best to internet icon Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda, founder of
After 14 years and over 15,000 stories posted, it's finally time for me to say Good-Bye to Slashdot. I created this place with my best friends in a run down house while still in college. Since then it has grown to be read by more than a million people, and has served Billions and Billions of Pages (yes, in my head I hear the voice). During my tenure I have done my best to keep Slashdot firmly grounded in its origins, but now it's time for someone else to come aboard and find the *future*.
Read Rob's final post @/.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Steve Jobs... an alternate autobiography

Keir Thomas of PC World reveals that a new biography of Steve Jobs will be published this August. But this biography has a difference ... it's a comic book and Jobs is portrayed as an action hero.

This lead me to speculate as to what gems of pure ego such a biography could contain...

Image courtesy of the Marvel comic generator at the super hero squad. (PS Our hero is silver-surfing on the yet to be announced iBoard Megla)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook first impression review

Instant On, Instant Setup, Instant Update
Seriously, when was the last time you had that kind of experience? I can say never. If this is the future of computing -- near instant-on -- sign me up. Flipping the lid and getting down to work or play, without waiting, is liberating. I got some of that experience using the 11.6-inch MacBook Air, which is instant-on from sleep, but not from cold boot. Similarly, the Series 5 starts quick from sleep, but not instantly in my testing. Close. It's about 1.5 seconds -- and that's wirelessly connected to the Net.

Right now the Chromebook and Chrome OS may not be for everyone, but my feeling is this is the beginning of something great.

Read the full review on BetaNews

Monday, June 6, 2011

Battlefield 3 - Game changing first-person-shooter from EA

My first impression of Battlefield 3 was a slack-jawed "wow". This is a game that will set the benchmark in the FPS genre for a long while to come.
The power of DICE's new Frostbite 2 game engine allows for spectacular breakthroughs in five key areas of game development. This trailer highlights these areas and reveals what you can expect to see and hear in Battlefield 3 as a result. This trailer was first aired on EA's 2011 E3 press conference. 

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Releasing the Chromium OS open source project

The open source project designed to create the capstone of Google's cloud computing model has been unveiled. Google expects that within a year, Chromium OS will be ready to capture the hearts and souls of the Internet addicted and at the same time relegate Windows, Mac and Linux to the untethered dustbin of ages -- around about the same time that every mobile phone on the planet will be using Google's Linux-based android OS. Yes, that's right... GoogleWordDomination by 2012.

Today we are open-sourcing the project as Chromium OS. We are doing this early, a year before Google Chrome OS will be ready for users, because we are eager to engage with partners, the open source community and developers. As with the Google Chrome browser, development will be done in the open from this point on. This means the code is free, accessible to anyone and open for contributions. The Chromium OS project includes our current code base, user interface experiments and some initial designs for ongoing development. This is the initial sketch and we will color it in over the course of the next year.