Google Joins Tomorrow's SOPA Protest, Tells Admins How To Black Out The Right Way

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win7fanboi

Block SOPA/PIPA :

http://sopastrike.com/strike/
http://www.cdt.org/content/stop-pipa
https://action.eff.org/o/9042/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8173

MaxPC do your part and make the SOPA/PIPA posts sticky.

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Brad Chacos

Speaking as a freelance contributor and not a Future US employee (because, well, I'm not): the Maximum PC offices are on the West Coast of the U.S., so you won't be seeing any website changes (stickies, features, etc.) other than news posts for a few hours yet. I'd expect to see some SOPA-related stuff today, though.

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win7fanboi

Really appreciate you keeping us apprised of this important issue.

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thetechchild

Dick Costolo is being ridiculously naive about this. He must realize that America makes up a HUGE part of Internet traffic, and is at the very least an influence in global and foreign politics. Just because it's another country, doesn't mean you can just ignore it... That's how genocide and dictatorship happens.

He must have an ulterior motive, or be absurdly ignorant, because it's entirely possible to block Twitter for just the U.S. (or just English-speakers), and even if it wasn't, the rest of the world needs to know too... You can't just ignore something like censorship occurring in a world power like America.

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win7fanboi

+ 1... Didn't even know who (the) Dick was till today. You'd think that he would know better before saying stuff like this. How these morons make CEO I will never understand.

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qhoa1385

You know it's serious when Google joins the fight... SOPA is going to the trash can

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win7fanboi

Don't be so sure, it's supported by bipartisan congress(read both parties are getting pay-offs) and companies with deep pockets. Also, most of the senators don't know how internet works and why blacklisting hasn't worked for spam and won't work to stop piracy. If they did, they wouldn't have come up with such a bill to begin with.

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livebriand

It would be nice if they did a complete blackout, like wikipedia, but at least this is better than nothing.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

I have been protesting Illegal copyright claims and Illegal licencing agreements for years by using only UNLICENCED copies of Windows that Microsoft claims are "Illegal"

I have also been blocking "Licenced" copies of Windows from our public and private networks

I do NOT advocate piracy however since I only use copies of Windows that have Illegal licensing agreements and invalid copyright claims due to Microsofts repeated theft of intellectual property

Since you cannot legally enter into a licencing agreement with Microsoft that violates a third parties copyrights and patents, the licenses are null and void

You should all do the same

Still waiting for Microsux to sue me....

What are they scared of??

Is it the Gov't sponsored spyware that I cannot prove is in their products to morons in this forum but can easily prove to a court of LAW or the proof that their license is null and void?

BOTH!

Sue me tuff guys and I'll Bitch Slap you back to the stone age!

BOYCOTT MICROSUX!

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MrHasselblad

Please take this as an unofficial "insider" glance at exactly how Microsoft operates...

They almost always know exactly where people/businesses use either unlicensed or illegal copies of any of it's products. But also... Even though they know exactly where they are; that Microsoft typically ignores it. Because one should have a really fun time getting that software to properly update - therefore it's only a very short time before any user should run into a wall - and it will cost them more in both time and money by not having done it properly.

But I've also seen companies "such as" Microsoft spend many hundreds of thousands (if not much more) in prosecuting the most trivial of software violations.

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Cregan89

lol WOW!

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Bullwinkle J Moose

F.Y.I.

I only use copies of Windows that have been found to have violated a third parties copyrights and patents in a Court of Law thereby rendering the Licensing Agreement NULL AND VOID!

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thetechchild

You know just as well as I do that anybody who takes on Microsoft in a court of law in a country like America will lose, no matter how many lawyers or how much evidence they have.

You'd have to have an equally powerful multibillion dollar corporation backing you to win a case like that.

And copyrights and patents are stupid, as is the concept of Microsoft licensing. But Microsoft makes enough money to not give a shit about pirates (though they pretend to try fighting them), which is why few enough Windows pirates get sued (obviously, they could crush any individual they wanted, but how much $$ would that really get them?).

And if Windows really had spyware in all their products, they wouldn't even keep selling their products. They'd already rule the world by now. Plus, you're not the only one who knows how to monitor their computer and scrounge around in Windows internals.

The size of the secret is proportional to the difficulty of keeping it. There's no fucking way that everybody who's ever run an Ethernet tap and screwed around with the Windows libs, plus the thousands of devs who work at MS, could all be either tricked or silenced.

Good luck spouting your bullshit to people who don't give a damn... If you're so afraid, start using Linux.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

BAMMM

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compro01

Really ought to be on the 19th, then we could have Black Thursday 2.

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Hey.That_Dude

Yay! Go Google. As for twitter: This is why you have a Country wide black out or the ability to stop people from certain countries from accessing twitter. Not having that ability is kind of stupid from an IT Point Of View.

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kris79

Go Go Google! What will that leave politicians to do all day if they can't search for porn on the internet? May have to go home to their wives. Or mistresses.

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Biceps

@dickc : since I don't use your service anymore because of your refusal to grow a pair regarding SOPA and PIPA, I will use this forum to ask you what I believe to be a fair question: how is it that you feel that you can tout (tweet) how Twitter has enabled democracy in the Middle East by giving people a channel where they can communicate without censorship - yet when you are asked by your users and the rest of the tech community to actually participate in the process in defense of your own rights and our rights, you call it 'silly'.

SOPA and PIPA will affect more than just the USA, and you know it, Dick; it would also affect your business model deeply. What's the real reason?

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bloodgain

Exactly! Mr. Costolo's assertion that this is single-issue national politics is patently wrong. SOPA and PIPA grant powers with a long reach and little oversight that would affect most of the modern world.

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Vordar

If any of these bills ever make it Twitter and Facebook wont think its "silly". Google you have my respect. Now if its "silly" to shut everything down in protest then how about Twitter and Facebook develop some courage and shut down for 24 hours the accounts of the supporting companies. Lets see what happens when people cant "Like" movies.

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FrancesTheMute

I really think that Facebook and Twitter should get in on this. These are both sites being used by Politicians and therefore would get their attention a lot faster if they were to shut down for a day. I'd be willing to bet 90% of the members of Congress have never even heard of Reddit.

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morefaster

I hope MPC joins the protest and shuts down for the day. It would seem kind of silly if they didn't.

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devastator_2000

That is what I was thinking. Maximum PC should also black out on the 18th.

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Biceps

+1. I have to say that MaximumPC has done more than their share of reporting on SOPA and PIPA, and it makes me proud to be a reader. Independent news is hard to find, and thoughtful independent news is harder. I would also support a blackout tomorrow.

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godsdog

I came here looking for the protest page...
were is it?

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mattman059

Winning.

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Kromix

Glad i dont use twitter, never will...

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Biceps

Thank you, Google!  Hats off to you!

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