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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 8:30PM Celtar said

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I keep up on this on Ars Technica's web site, the whole thing is one massive error. Once again our government is allowing lobbyst, special interests groups etc to push them into making the wrong choices. SOPA is a very bad thing as currently written.

Posted: Jan 11th 2012 1:02PM Lenn said

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@Celtar Lobbiests and special interest groups are what got you your government anyway. They're only doing what they know best.
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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 11:21PM Cyroselle said

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A sure-fire way of mitigating the cost of secure footwear is to simply shoot off one's own feet.

Posted: Jan 11th 2012 1:15AM Protoavis said

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Hello Peoples Republic of the USA, the whole thing is sad in the same way the Australian government talk about broadband....95% of the people debating it clearly don't have a clue AT ALL how the technology works. I honestly don't get why people are so apathetic to stupid people deciding things for them, it's like asking your childs babysitter to perform surgery on you.

Posted: Jan 11th 2012 2:53AM (Unverified) said

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"Perhaps the scariest part is that you'll be affected even if you're not in the US"

Can't America just keep all their stupid stuff (like SOPA and Mormons) to themselves and just give the rest of the word the good stuff (like Hollywood movies and violent Video Games)?

Posted: Jan 11th 2012 4:19PM mysecretid said

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I suspect this same sense of helplessness in the face of an ungovernable governement is what fuels regular, non-radical people's support of the Occupy movement.

There's this pervasive feeling that The Powers That Be will do what they will do, regardless of what the general populace actually wants or needs.

They don't even pretend to pay attention. They've learned to "game the system" so thoroughly, that they can find a way to make any legislation come to pass, regardless of resistance.

SOPA is a terrible, terrible idea; a true infringement on freedom of communication -- but will anyone be able to prevent its passage? The governments we created to serve us, seem to have rendered us irrelevant.

Not doomsaying, merely wondering out loud if the system even allows us a chance to say "no", and to see that desire enacted any more?

Posted: Jan 13th 2012 10:23AM chrisc89 said

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personally i took a stand, a very small one, i found out EA is in suopprt of this stupid idea, so i cancelled my subscription to swtor :D

Posted: Jan 13th 2012 3:02PM wanderingdrunk said

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If the US goverment cannot protect the internet anymore, they should not have control of it.

A extranational network should be devised, outside control of the corporate overlords.

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