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Golden Age of the Internet?
« on: February 06, 2012, 06:24:00 PM »
I came across this in my inbox and it got me thinking: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10things/10-threats-to-the-golden-age-of-the-internet/3024?tag=nl.e101

Is NOW really the golden age of the Internet or are we already starting to get out of it with more regulations slowly creeping in to it?
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Re: Golden Age of the Internet?
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2012, 06:25:21 PM »
Skype was bought by Microsoft!? NO! I don't want to pay for it. :(

Geez. All these things worry me, and I'm a worry wort. The worst is government regulations IMO.
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Re: Golden Age of the Internet?
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2012, 09:10:37 PM »
I think the golden age has passed.  We're going to be entering the dark ages soon.

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Re: Golden Age of the Internet?
« Reply #3 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.

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Re: Golden Age of the Internet?
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2012, 09:17:22 PM »
Or worse, ACTA goes into play.

Or even worse, all three go into play. X.X;

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Re: Golden Age of the Internet?
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2012, 09:22:17 PM »
As I said, it doesn't matter if everyone in the country "DOES NOT WANT".  Too many pockets are getting lined by Hollywood and various other concerns.

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Re: Golden Age of the Internet?
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2012, 09:24:00 PM »
Everyone in the country includes Hollywood. :P

Seriously, though, if almost everyone in the country says "no" to ACTA, SOPA, and PIPA, yet they still pass, this means we don't have a republic/democracy anymore. We have a dictatorship.
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Re: Golden Age of the Internet?
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2012, 09:26:35 PM »
We'd have a totalitarian regime that doesn't care at all about the people.  A dictatorship might be preferable, since then it would just be one man in charge, a man who could be replaced (relatively) easily.

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Re: Golden Age of the Internet?
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2012, 05:07:44 PM »
Pretty soon, every single person out there is going to be browsing through TOR (it's already how people wanting child porn try to evade scrutiny).
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Re: Golden Age of the Internet?
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2012, 05:23:41 PM »
They found 100GB of child pornography....my God...
If the federal government put the kind of effort into catching sex traffickers that they're putting into all these crappy, useless bills, some real work might get done shutting these bastards down.

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Re: Golden Age of the Internet?
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2012, 08:20:24 PM »
Seriously, I agree, Chris. o.o

100GB... that disgusts me. So much...! *wants to strangle something*
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Re: Golden Age of the Internet?
« Reply #11 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.

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Re: Golden Age of the Internet?
« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2012, 01:14:11 AM »
A lot of security and government agencies *do* use hackers.  They hire them to point out security flaws so security can be improved.  As for the child porn thing, the thing about vigilante justice is Batman doesn't need a warrant. :p

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If the federal government put the kind of effort into catching sex traffickers that they're putting into all these crappy, useless bills, some real work might get done shutting these bastards down.
Congress doesn't have anything to do with "taking down the bad guys".  All they can do is pass laws criminalizing child pornography, which they've done.  The executive branch is the one that takes care of those matters, and the judiciary carries out judgement on those convicted.  The only real way congress could do more on that front would be to pass legislation requiring every activity one does online to be closely monitored.  But, we already know how we all feel about that. :P  It's a thin line to walk.
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Re: Golden Age of the Internet?
« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2012, 01:54:21 AM »
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. If bills like SOPA and PIPA passed, they wouldn't go down without a fight.
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Re: Golden Age of the Internet?
« Reply #14 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.

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