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Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 6:03PM (Unverified) said

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This is going to get bad.

Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 6:22PM rockman0 said

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Still doesn't matter. Customers are going to get hurt regardless of who they are targetting.

Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 6:24PM Gruntpole said

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Pretty tired of Anonymous. Pretty tired of hackers in general. I am against this SOPA as well but I think that some of the wrong people are being targeted.

Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 1:39PM Azules said

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@Gruntpole Whether they're good or bad, right or wrong, at least they're doing something, right? I mean what is anyone here really doing about SOPA? Crying and mithering on reddit or elsewhere?

I have to include myself in the above, I'm just posting to a blog, or writing forum posts, none of this of course will do much to inhibit SOPA.

I dunno. They're not attacking customers this time, Sony want to side with misguided internet fascism, They'd better be willing to take some flak for their affiliation.
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Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 6:51PM bulldozerftw said

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Anonymous is just a bunch of attention whore kids proclaiming to do good things. But in reality their just terrorists that deserve all the punishment they get. It's starting to get out of hand now it seems like merely talking about these retards all the time is just fueling their fire to destroy more.

Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 9:40PM HereticalPenguin said

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@bulldozerftw Agreed. "Anonymous" has no leadership, no real goals (sorry, 'lulz' is not a valid answer"), and is just a rabble of adolescent internet addicts with something to prove.
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Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 6:53PM bulldozerftw said

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The other thing is sopa is not a bad idea and companies realize this and will just retract admitting they support it because people are too silly to realize what they've stated will never fly. I believe they will get something out of sopa but no where near what people are expecting.

Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 6:56PM Sorithal said

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I like the fact that people are standing against SOPA, but... this is going too far and probably will actually give Congress a way to say "with SOPA we'll put a stop to Internet criminals like this". Which of course the majority of non-heavy Internet users will be good with.

Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 7:03PM Nepentheia said

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@Sorithal

Yeah, exactly. Makes me wonder who really *is* behind this...
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Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 4:05AM axler said

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@Sorithal

Amm...no, sopa does nothing against hacking.

It is also a terrible bill which would no longer allow facebook, youtube, or google (not to mention many other sites...even this one) to operate within the US. Result being that the US will cut itself from the internet as we know it and become more like China. Sopa is a more powerful version of the great firewall.

Someone once said that the apathy of a citizen in a democracy is worse then the cruelty of a tyrant in a dictatorship. Where all of you do nothing to prevent the destruction of the free internet, at least anonymous is standing up for what they believe in.
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Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 6:28PM drunkingamebar said

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@Sorithal Everything Anon stands for gives the government/congress an excuse to enforce/pass bills that screw us all. Anon's seal has CIA written all over it.
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Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 9:30PM Azules said

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@drunkingamebar Not even slightly.

It's not the about attacking criminals, there's no justification there. The bill is about piracy, so no, people taking the law into their own hands has no bearing on it.

Congress isn't an angry parent, Anonymous has no bearing on any of the proceedings, it won't even be taken into account.
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Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 7:01PM Ordegar said

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I do not believe in terrorism or bullying in the name of a good cause. It perverts the good cause into something that is no longer good at all. There are other ways to oppose things like SOPA; and what Anonymous is alleged to be doing is not even on the list.

Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 7:05PM SKYeXile said

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These guys need to be visited by the CIA and put offline.

Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 10:39PM Utakata said

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@SKYeXile

In a world of chosing over the less desirable, I would pick Anonymous over the CIA anyday. Least with Anonymous you can take legal recourse. With the CIA there really is not such thing....since they are the law and above the law. Hense a lot scarier.
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Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 12:50PM Cyroselle said

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@Utakata Not to mention we recently got a bill signed into law that makes it incredibly easy for the US government to lock up its own citizens w/out issuing any charges...

Get on the bad side of Anonymous some how (almost impossible for a private individual, unless you're a pedophile) and you're likely to lose some cash, get your server crashed etc.

...Get on the bad side of a government agency that protects 'US Interests', and you get disappeared, maybe find yourself in some nameless hole in Syria. Way way more scary than a bunch of hackers, script kiddies and LOIC users.
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Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 7:09PM Feydakin said

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Wait a minute... Didn't Sony officially and vocally pull it's support of SOPA like less than a week ago? http://www.businessinsider.com/the-largest-game-companies-in-the-world-have-dropped-their-support-for-a-bill-the-internet-hates-2011-12

Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 4:06AM Kitanishi said

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@Feydakin

Lip service. Only ONE PART of Sony pulled out.

Sony consists of a gazillion branches (for example the music industry one, the gaming one). So while one part of sony no longer supports it, the music industry one and pretty much every other part does.

Not to mention ESA to which SONY pretty much flushes money every second, is still the major supporter.
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Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 7:12PM Feydakin said

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Oh NM, I just realized that all three of the companies mentioned in that article are also members of the ESA, which still publicly supports SOPA and PIPA... Nice, sneaky PR move there. Go get em guys!

Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 7:32PM J45neoboy said

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You shouldn't employees just because the executives make a decision.

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