Thread: Major websites to possibly blackout for one day in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

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    Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Ebay, PayPal, and even Wikipedia may blackout for one day in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

    http://techland.time.com/2012/01/05/sopa-what-if-google-facebook-and-twitter-went-offline-in-protest/#ixzz1idW7PEZu

    I know a lot of people were quickly dismissing this bill awhile back ago, saying it was too crazy to pass or take seriously...but it seems a lot of people are now starting to take it very seriously. If major websites like Facebook and Ebay are willing to loose a ton of money by blacking out for one day in protest of SOPA, than I think it is something that everyone should be concerned about.
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    I find it quite hilarious that yahoo thinks they'll have any effect on anything by joining in. Yahoo used to have a great deal, but they just keep throwing more & more of it away each ay. They really have nothing left. They're not even a shadow of a memory of a shadow of their former selves. Yahoo threatening to go dark isn't much more significant than some random youtuber threatening to turn off his blog.
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    I'm kind of hoping Facebook shuts down. I hope Yahoo stays around just because I like their Answers section and I have one of my main emails there.
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    Quote by Drahken
    Yahoo threatening to go dark isn't much more significant than some random youtuber threatening to turn off his blog.
    No, it is. For some reason a lot of people still use Yahoo mail. I expect that at least half of them use the search and whatever else yahoo does any more. It's not a vocal contingent of society and they're not always tech savvy but there's a lot of them. I have to get customer info at work and I see a lot of yahoo email addresses. Also the contractors I deal with, the ones that don't have their own domain usually have yahoo. The rest have aol. As if yahoo wasn't pathetic enough.
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    I think I will deactivate my RJ account for that day in support...
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    Well now I'm all for it
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    Good, I hope they do this.
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    Quote by stake_n_sheak
    Well now I'm all for it


    HOW DARE YOU!!!!!
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    Can major websites make a difference? We shall find out.
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    It will if they all do it the same day.
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    Not surprised by the news. Which is why I'm getting myself prepared beforehand.
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    Yahoo search isn't even yahoo search (despite the fact that they went & bought up a bunch of other search engines, they don't actually use what they own). It's alternately a frontend for google, MSN, and/or bing.
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    Quote by thecrow174
    Can major websites make a difference? We shall find out.


    If they end up doing this, it will make a lot of people aware of SOPA who haven't even heard of it before. It will also force the media to finally start talking about it...as they have been ignoring it thus far.
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    SOPA is almost unconstitutional. Many are against it and I hope it will never pass. Then again crazier things have been passed like the Patriot Act.

    Fuck this goons. Up in arms!
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    I think a week would be more effective.

    That article sounded like people couldn't handle not having these sites online for a day... true as it may be, I'd rather live in a pretend world where it's not so I can at least pretend to have more respect for the human race.
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    http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2012-01/german-hackers-are-building-diy-space-program-put-their-own-uncensored-internet-space
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    Hopefully that won't be necessary. If it is, the Germans may have redeemed themselves.

    Nah that's terrible I apologize.
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    Regardless of this SOPA thing, something like that is truly needed, as evidenced by the fact that things like SOPA keep popping up. We truly need -some- sort of "underground" internet, although I think the best alternative is most likely a decentralized DNS system, similar to torrenting.
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    I'd miss Facebook. I don't use it much, but it does keep me in in contact with my old coworkers/friends from Japan since internationally calling is way too expensive and even then, it's difficult to talk in real-time with the 13-14 hour time difference.
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    Protip: Email is free.
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