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Harry Potter eBook survey...

Apologies all around if you've seen this already or have already filled it out.

In case you haven't seen this, here's the link to the Pottermore eBook survey:


Really, I think they should make it available in ALL formats!

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BAD Internet Laws Heading Your Way

Originally posted by write_light at BAD Internet Laws Heading Your Way

From the flist: 

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Website Blocking

The government can order service providers to block websites for infringing links posted by any users.

Risk of Jail for Ordinary Users

It becomes a felony with a potential 5 year sentence to stream a copyrighted work that would cost more than $2,500 to license, even if you are a totally noncommercial user, e.g. singing a pop song on Facebook.

Chaos for the Internet

Thousands of sites that are legal under the DMCA would face new legal threats. People trying to keep the internet more secure wouldn't be able to rely on the integrity of the DNS system.

Read this analysis from boing-boing.net

Get on the phone and call your representative. Express your disapproval. Tell him or her exactly how you feel, and that you don't support this. Tell your friends to call their representatives, their Congressperson, and complain. Mention that you are a registered voter that takes your civic responsibility seriously and that you will use that vote to express your feelings about this.


“We support the bill’s stated goals — providing additional enforcement tools to combat foreign ‘rogue’ websites that are dedicated to copyright infringement or counterfeiting,” the Internet companies wrote in Tuesday’s letter. “Unfortunately, the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities, private rights of action and technology mandates that would require monitoring of websites.”  The chamber-led coalition in support of the bill includes Walmart, Eli Lilly & Co. and Netflix.

Google and other opponents of the legislation argue that restricting the Internet in the U.S. sets a bad international precedent and that the language defines infringing too broadly.


Congress wants to take away your internet.

Originally posted by dynamicsymmetry at Congress wants to take away your internet.
Folks, I know you're tired of me yelling at you, but you should be aware that there's a hearing this morning being held by the US House Judiciary Committee on a "copyright" bill that will essentially break the entire internet.

You like the internet, right? I mean, you're here.

From the link above:

As drafted, the legislation would grant the government and private parties unprecedented power to interfere with the Internet's domain name system (DNS). The government would be able to force ISPs and search engines to redirect or dump users' attempts to reach certain websites' URLs. In response, third parties will woo average users to alternative servers that offer access to the entire Internet (not just the newly censored U.S. version), which will create new computer security vulnerabilities as the reliability and universality of the DNS evaporates.

It gets worse: Under SOPA's provisions, service providers (including hosting services) would be under new pressure to monitor and police their users’ activities. While PROTECT-IP targeted sites “dedicated to infringing activities,” SOPA targets websites that simply don’t do enough to track and police infringement (and it is not at all clear what would be enough). And it creates new powers to shut down folks who provide tools to help users get access to the Internet the rest of the world sees (not just the “U.S. authorized version”).

This is being framed as an attempt to fight hackers and pirates. Don't buy it. And don't think for a minute that it's going to stop there. This is bad. And at the hearing today, only one opponent of the bill is being allowed to testify.

Please do whatever you can to fight this. Email congresspeople. Sign petitions. Yell about it in every venue you can.


Think Slytherin

For someone that would have landed in Slytherin...

Steve Jobs:
So many of my friends talked about Steve as if we all knew him personally. And those of them who didn't "get it" knew respected that notion, even if they occasionally ribbed us about it. You will be missed Steve. Thank you for making Apple and being the cunning person that you were. I know you probably had so many other things you wanted to do and knowing you, there's probably some great flow chart deep within Apple that has everything laid out. Can't wait to see what's around the bend.


Ray of Light

I really like this album.

Emergency Exit



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LJ conducts a poll on disabling comment IP logging...

LJ now has a poll on whether to disable comment IP logging altogether.
"I'm not sure what the point is, since it isn't IP logging per se that had people up in arms, and they've also decided to put the poll in one of the billion comms that no-one follows and not tell anyone about it (unless you are obsessively refreshing to check for edits on the lj_releases post, and I'm glad someone was).

Signal-boosting in case anyone gives a damn."

Re-posted from rydra_wong 's post

scars exist

ATTENTION: Del.icio.us is being shut down!

Del.icio.us is being shut down by Yahoo!


Tardis Door

Music and more music!

flitzermusik  is singing the tenor solos in Handel's Messiah tonight at FPCM. It's free!

Next up? Multitrack recording of Cloudburst and an audition for the Master Chorale :D


HP: Deathly Hallows Russian (?) cover

Isn't this the shinizit? Click for full size!
HP7 cover


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