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Messages - Cyclone

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General Chit Chat / Re: Golden Age of the Internet?
« on: February 10, 2012, 10:46:42 PM »
I don't know much about how anonymous operates, but they seem to be able to at least take websites down, which I guess makes them the sheriffs of the internet.

I would not be surprised to find a video by next weekend referencing themselves as the Robin Hood of the Internet.  They would love this line.

Cyclone

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General Chit Chat / Re: And you thought SOPA and PIPA were bad...
« on: February 10, 2012, 10:43:31 PM »
I'll put it quite frankly.

When the chief executive of the RIAA writes a piece about SOPA and PIPA - legislation designed to protect groups like the RIAA - you can bet it's going to be pretty one-sided.  I do agree, piracy is a problem online.  But the question was asked by this, uh, creature: "Was it SOPA they were opposed to, or censorship?" - and my answer is "censorship created by SOPA".  Simple enough.

Cyclone

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General Chit Chat / Re: Golden Age of the Internet?
« on: February 08, 2012, 10:43:07 PM »
Can I say this without being criticized?  Please?

The fact that Anonymous took down a child porn ring - I didn't like them in the past, but I love this.  The FBI knows crap about how to catch this type of thing, and a hacker collective brought it down.  The FBI ought to try to use these guys.  Then we wouldn't NEED privacy-destroying bills.

Cyclone

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General Chit Chat / Re: And you thought SOPA and PIPA were bad...
« on: February 08, 2012, 10:38:50 PM »
Why are they trying to control the Internet?  This is beyond ridiculous.  We could have a major system-wide power failure tomorrow and the Internet will be the least of our worries.  The well-being of people themselves is more important.

Cyclone

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General Chit Chat / Re: Golden Age of the Internet?
« on: February 07, 2012, 08:53:45 PM »
I think the golden age has passed.  We're going to be entering the dark ages soon.

Dreadfully, that statement could be quite accurate if SOPA/PIPA supporters find ways to circumvent processes to pass their privacy violation acts.

Cyclone

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General Chit Chat / Re: And you thought SOPA and PIPA were bad...
« on: February 07, 2012, 08:42:08 PM »
Also keep in mind the many SOPA and PIPA supporters. Even if SOPA and PIPA don't go through, it won't stop it from re-appearing under new names and/or as part of other bills to try and push it through along with something that's more popular. It's not unheard of for politicians to do those things after waiting for the masses to cool off about it.

Do I need to remind anyone about what happened on your side of the border in 2006?

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Mark Mitchell isn't always a fan of little-watched federal legislation, but a small provision in a bill about port security might make him a happy man indeed.

Legislation that would make it a crime to use credit cards or online payment systems for Internet betting was passed by the House Friday and by the Senate early Saturday. As a result, several online gambling companies said Monday that they planned to stop doing business with customers in the United States, by far the largest market for Internet gambling.

The measure, which President Bush is expected to sign, seeks to bar online gambling companies from operating legally in the United States, perhaps forcing some companies out of business.

The provision was added to an unrelated bill on port security and passed in the rush to complete business before a congressional recess in advance of the Nov. 7 elections.

Susan Arland, spokeswoman for the Washington Gambling Commission, said the casino regulators welcome anything that will curb immensely popular Internet gambling, such as poker and blackjack. Free poker sites with no money at stake remain legal.

"It would definitely strengthen the federal law, and it would support enforcement efforts here," she said.  CYCLONE'S NOTE: Enforcement of WHAT?  Violation of free will?

In June, state lawmakers approved legislation banning Internet gambling by clarifying that any form of gambling must meet specific state approval under a 1973 law.

Mitchell said he is astounded by the popularity of online sites. He estimated that 80 percent of the poker players who walk through the doors of his Aurora Avenue casinos play the game for money online as well.

"If they couldn't play online, it would pick up business here," he said.

http://www.seattlepi.com/business/article/Online-gaming-ban-could-mean-a-full-house-for-1216180.php

And that, baby, is from October of 2006.  I love the Internet.  And someone from Las Vegas paid them in secret to pass this bill.  I personally guarantee it.

But it shows that they will do anything to pass a bill.  I'd bet money SOPA provisions will find their way into a must-pass bill and presto, you have regulation destroying privacy.  If anyone else did this, it would be illegal.  If another country did this, the U.S. would not do business with them.  In the U.S. government, no one gives a shyt.  And they claim immunity from everything.

For the record, the person who put the gambling ban into the port security bill?  Not re-elected.  He's retired comfortably somewhere on millions of dollars.  Again, I personally guarantee it.

Now, since I'm Canadian, I'm heading to Pokerstars to play a FiftyFifty game there.  I've been making some money in those.  Great fun.

Cyclone

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General Chit Chat / Re: Stop the CCA/GEO Immigrant Moneymaking Machine
« on: January 21, 2012, 06:46:16 PM »
With the American economy the way it is, I do support getting legal residents jobs.  Illegal immigrants, unfortunately, don't have it so easy. They have to create their own businesses because they cannot legally work for someone else.  And THAT is legal, I think, because it creates jobs for Americans.

But then again, I'm no expert.

Cyclone

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General Chit Chat / Re: When last I saw you all
« on: January 21, 2012, 06:43:05 PM »
I would too, I like the idea of people coming together to work through dungeons without the ridiculousness that is raiding ala World of Warcraft. Like a really fun thing with some really basic and fun leveling system. Perhaps an element where people can buy houses and decorate their homes with various craziness as well.

Animal Crossing, anyone?

Cyclone

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General Chit Chat / Re: Spilled!
« on: January 21, 2012, 06:39:04 PM »
Squishy's 10 already!?!? Wow, before we know it we'll be posting in GU and she'll be off to college.

Makes you feel old, doesn't it?

Cyclone

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General Chit Chat / Re: When last I saw you all
« on: January 11, 2012, 08:39:23 PM »
Maybe I should say the heck with Z2E and focus on a completely original multiple online game that people of the community could play together.

Oooh.  Would it involve random variables?  Falling tetrominos?  Laser guns? :D

Cyclone

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General Chit Chat / Re: When last I saw you all
« on: January 11, 2012, 04:54:12 PM »
It would be nice to get some more activity back here after all these years.  Prove we still have some fire left.

Cyclone

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General Chit Chat / Re: When last I saw you all
« on: January 07, 2012, 07:16:02 PM »
Welcome back, Fai-...I mean Solaris! ;)

I was the same last year, wondered how everyone was doing.  A shame that the place has died.  We really oughta do something about that.

Cyclone

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General Chit Chat / Re: Spilled!
« on: January 07, 2012, 07:13:54 PM »
Weren't we all members here when Squishy was born?  I remember you talking about her being born.

Is she still - er- squishy? ;)

In three years or so, you HAVE to make her sign up here and say hi!

Cyclone

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General Chit Chat / Re: A good visit to an awesome dentist.
« on: January 03, 2012, 10:12:00 PM »
LOL. They didn't use Novocaine on me. :P

Nice, Lethes! Though... you really SHOULD brush your teeth. :P

Edit: But seriously, chocolate chip dough flavored cleaning paste? You have to admit, that's awesome.

Bubble Gum wasn't good enough for you? :D

Cyclone

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General Chit Chat / Re: BUY MY OLD TEXTBOOKS!
« on: December 31, 2011, 06:40:50 PM »
Yeah. Less than the shipping in several cases.

Mind you, several of the books are actually from my recent college years, of which I'm in my fourth. I just also happen to have some old high school books I haven't done anything with. Those are still plenty usable, but they've been superseded by later editions that change a line in a few pages or add pictures or some bullshit like that.

That's what they do.  They change one line and it creates the need for a new edition.  Imagine if novels worked like that, and every time you wanted to read a novel you had to buy the new version that said "Emily went to the ball" instead of "Emily went to the party".  Novels would be even bigger best-sellers than they are now.

And textbook companies get away with that.  Thus making your old editions less attractive to newer students, and ensuring they have a steady flow of income.  These companies LOVE textbooks.

Cyclone

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