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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 11:16AM stamps79 said

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Great post, this must not pass.

Posted: Jan 10th 2012 3:47PM Vic Fontaine said

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@stamps79
"YOU SHALL NOT PASS"

Seriously though I've never been more scared of our government. I just wish I could move out the country if this passes but I'm only licensed in a few states, getting licensed in another country is almost impossible. :(
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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 7:38PM JuliusSeizure said

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@Vic Fontaine

It's pointless, anyway. What they're doing will affect the internet worldwide, not just the US.
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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 11:19AM Saker said

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This "legislature" is an abomination that does nothing but take us yet further down the road to the total corporate-fascism-state. It must be opposed by all sane people of any conscience and -true- love of freedom.

Posted: Jan 10th 2012 11:23AM neocloud61 said

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sadly, it looks like it will.

I love America. I'm proud to be an American.

The people running our government however, are another story. Today's government officials and politicians are doing their best to walk all over the american people in the interests of money and power.

God help us all, because congress sure won't.

Posted: Jan 10th 2012 11:24AM neocloud61 said

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@neocloud61

My post was a reply to stamps79, btw
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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 11:29AM Samcha said

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Renaming "The SOAPbox" to SOPAbox? ^.^ Looks like you may have a typo.

Posted: Jan 10th 2012 11:30AM Samcha said

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@Samcha Never mind. Actually reading it now -.- Shoulda known better, massively rarely has typos like that.
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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 11:39AM Brendan Drain said

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@Samcha Knew I'd catch at least one person out :D
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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 1:44PM Utakata said

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@Brendan Drain

I thought it was more of a "I see what you did there" anagram. I could be wrong though. :)
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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 11:31AM hassaun2006 said

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Do companies and studios have a right to protect themselves? sure, but not at the cost of crippling the internet. Especially with all the well-defined ways of abusing it listed here.

Posted: Jan 10th 2012 11:31AM b3n said

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DNS takedowns wont even be effective if you know the the actual IP address.

Posted: Jan 10th 2012 11:57AM fallwind said

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@b3n so what's the address for the third tab you have open right now? I sure don't know what it is for me.
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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 11:58AM smartstep said

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@b3n


How many people know actual IP adresses? 0,5% ?
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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 12:05PM b3n said

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@smartstep

Currently (thanks to DNS) it's extremely easy to get an IP address. No doubt if SOPA actually happens then there will be "public" equivalents of DNS servers (that map domain names to IP addresses). At the most basic level, it's not hard to keep a little text file of the IP addresses of your favourite websites.
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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 1:02PM SgtBaker1234556 said

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@b3n

...and then you learned about round-robin loadbalancing.
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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 1:04PM smartstep said

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@b3n

Yeah? Try that in f.e. China here it will be similar.

If you will run DNS on US soil you'll have to block blacklisted websites.

DNS outside US? I want to see hundreads of thousands or millions of people using DNS from outside US. Would be funny performance wise.

Besides 95% of people won't know how to change it and it is not about blocking ALL of people. Geeks can get around it.

It is about blocking majority.
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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 5:06PM Daeths said

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@smartstep you dont think that if it goes live there will be millions of tutorials of how to get around it and free software to help automate it?
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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 11:32AM b3n said

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Wikipedia has a decent summary of the arguments for and against SOPA:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SOPA

Posted: Jan 10th 2012 11:34AM Scuffles said

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With the direction things are going the US is going to be calling China up for some ProTips on national firewall infrastructure.

Its sad really to see the public face of our government berate and attempt to undermine human rights violations around the world, while simultaneously selling out our rights to the highest bidder.

SOPA has all the sincerity of the Iranian Nuclear program. I guess I can always hope that they both mean what they say ..... but the odds are stacked otherwise.

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