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Gamers' rights are already gone...

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by Brendan Sinclair from GameSpot

As much as we might rail against the idea of the next gen Xbox blocking used games from being played, the fight for consumer rights in the game industry is already over. And we didn't win.

There's no reason why an Xbox that can't play used games is not acceptable, but a PC that can't play used games due to CD keys is. There's no reason why on-the-disc DLC is not acceptable, but the same content when actually downloaded is. There's no reason why offering extra quests to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning preorders is not acceptable, but offering in-game items as preorder incentives is. There's no reason that DRM is not acceptable, but Steam is.

While we may muster outrage for all of these things when we feel they go too far, the fact that we've permitted them in any form is evidence of a fight for consumer rights that's already been lost.

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Internet blackout protests against US copyright bills

What was the impact of internet's blackout SOPA protest?

by Jim Giles

Wikipedia went down, denying access to the 85 million people who visit the site every day. Flickr users chose to black out over 200,000 photos. Reddit, a news aggregator that is an important source of traffic for many media sites, was out of action. Wired censored its own headlines and BoingBoing, a popular tech culture blog, censored its entire site. (and maybe you noticed; mapmodnews.com took part and all our visitors were re-directed to http://sopastrike.com.)

So, did yesterday's blackout have any effect?

For the benefit of those who missed the furore, which at one point was the subject of 4,500 tweets per minute, the black-outs were protests against two copyright bills - dubbed SOPA and PIPA - that are making their way through Congress. The bills would give copyright holders greater power to take down content deemed to be infringing, and so are liked by Hollywood and big music companies.

The protests seem to have been effective. Several Republican supporters of the legislation, most notably potential vice-presidential pick Marco Rubio, withdrew their backing. Since the White House had already signalled its dislike of the bills, supporters of SOPA and PIPA will probably have to substantially rewrite their proposals, or kill them altogether. 

January 18th was the largest online protest in history to stop the internet censorship bills, SOPA & PIPA. Make it count by contacting Congress now and calling the Senate all next week.

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Internet BLACKOUT against United States Goverment blocking websites

 

 

The internet is going on strike to stop the web censorship bills in Congress!

 

 

Tonight a big number of major - gaming - websites like Call of Duty Wiki, reddit.com, wikipedia.org, destructoid.com, Twitpic, Wordpress and many others plan to do a blackout for 1 day in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act; now being discussed by the United States Goverment.

Basically SOPA and PIPA mean that the United States Goverment could block websites, with just a few infringing links being enough to do so. This could effect you by many sites you visit regularly being blocked, email providers being forced to censor certain links you send or receive and your social networking sites being carefully monitored and censored.

This protest is to show regular internet users what could happen to the internet if either one of these bills pass, so well visited websites will be blacked out from 12AM UTC on the 18th until 12AM UTC on the 19th. 

Thank you for your cooperation. Remember, we're not doing this for fun. We're doing it for our freedom !

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Traffic Shaper XP- a free bandwidth limiter

Take control of your internet usage.

 

Traffic Shaper XP is a free bandwidth limiter for Windows.

 

Traffic Shaper XP is a free bandwidth limiter for Windows. It combines high performance traffic shaping with the ease of use and flexibility to keep your network free of congestion.

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PC Tools™ Firewall Plus v7 - Free Firewall Software

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Easy-to-use, free software firewall for PC users to protect your computer from intruders and malicious network traffic.

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PC Tools Firewall Plus is an easy-to-use personal firewall for Windows® that helps protect your privacy by preventing unauthorized users from gaining access to your computer through a network or the Internet.

PC Tools Firewall Plus is a powerful free personal firewall for Windows® that protects your computer by preventing unauthorized users from gaining access to your computer through the Internet or a network. By monitoring applications that connect to the network Firewall Plus can stop Trojans, backdoors, keyloggers and other malware from damaging your computer and stealing your private information.

PC Tools Firewall Plus is advanced technology designed especially for people, not just experts. Powerful prevention against attacks and known exploits is activated by default while experienced users can optionally create their own advanced packet filtering rules, including IPv6 support, to customize the network defenses. All you need to do is install it for immediate and automatic ongoing protection.

That's how PC Tools Firewall Plus provides world-leading protection, backed by regular Smart Updates, real-time protection and comprehensive network shielding to ensure your PC remains safe and hacker free. PC Tools products are trusted and used by millions of people every day to protect their home and business computers against online threats.

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Follow the prompts within the installer to complete the installation of PC Tools™ Firewall Plus v7.

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