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This from Electronic Frontier Foundation, letting us know that Congress is trying to pass "cybersecurity" legislation that leaves loopholes the size of the Pegasus Galaxy for sensitive private information to be shared willy-nilly by companies like Facebook and Google with everyone from the government to your employer. All this, regardless of any privacy policy you signed with a company. This info could include the text of private emails, texts, tweets, and other updates, as well as even more personal ID.

Congress is currently considering CISPA – the Cyber Intelligence Sharing & Protection Act – a bill that purports to protect the United States from “cyber threats” but would in fact create a gaping loophole in all existing privacy laws. If CISPA passes, companies could vacuum up huge swaths of data on everyday Internet users and share it with the government without a court order. I oppose CISPA, and I’m calling on Congress to reject any legislation that:
*  Uses dangerously vague language to define the breadth of data that can be shared with the government.
*  Hands the reins of America’s cybersecurity defenses to the NSA, an agency with no transparency and little accountability.
*  Allows data shared with the government to be used for purposes unrelated to cybersecurity.

Join me in opposing this bill by posting this statement on your own page and using this online form to send a letter to Congress against CISPA:


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We defeated this internet spying crap in the US Congress, but if you're in Europe, you need to fight something even worse. Use this to tell your MP or whoever represents you that this sort of thing is not okay and you oppose it. Also consider the protests planned for this Saturday!

Stop ACTA & TPP: Tell your country's officials: NEVER use secretive trade agreements to meddle with the Internet. Our freedoms depend on it!

For European users, this form will email every MEP with a known email address.
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I'm sure many of you have at some point enjoyed the web comic xkcd.  The artist who draws it makes a great case here:

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Lolcats ā€˜nā€™ Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?:I may have to get a poster of this...

And this xkcd strip is just too perfect to pass up, though it's on the theme of open source instead of cats...
rhia_starsong: (Jack S1)
I know, I know, the last thing any of us needs is yet another way to waste time on the internet.

Oh, who am I kidding? Of course you want to waste more time on the internet! You're on LJ, after all. You use Google, check Wiki, faff around with flash games--why not get credit for it in a cool MMOG? Best of all, it works on just about any platform--Windows, Linux, Mac. You go about your normal browsing and play at the same time!

Plus, if you click this link to sign up, I get points too. And then I can come reward you with points. I get to be an online philanthropist, since this economy practically guarantees I'll never be able to afford to be one IRL.

So, join me on the Nethernet!

rhia_starsong: (chasewtf)
Does anyone know if the Tragical History site moved, and if so, what its new address is?  I was trying for some new screencaps, only to find that it apparently doesn't exist anymore!
rhia_starsong: (Sarah Jane)
Okay.  I have to say this, really I do.  I love the fact that people write fiction and post it on the internet; it's amazing that our society has developed this thing that lets me read so much for free.  And so I realise I probably shouldn't then complain about people's spelling and grammar, but somehow I still feel like I have the right to demand that writers take a good look through Strunk & White or something.

~Homophones--these are really not that hard if someone will take three seconds to think before using their/they're/there, its/it's, and a few others each time.  Plus, be consistent.  So frustrating when authors use 'they're' properly once, then next instance use 'they'll' because they're not paying attention.

~Appositives--as a quick reminder to those who have understandably forgotten this bit of arcanery, an appositive is when you set something off with commas.  For instance, the sentence 'He looked out over the horizon and reached, one hand out in supplication, for absolution.' contains the appositive 'one hand out in supplication'.  I'm so tired of people not closing their appositives, creating comma splices.

~Missing out words--I know often when one types up a fic post, one is in a hurry, but seriously, this doesn't negate the need to read it carefully before clicking Post.  I see lots of entries that contain sentences missing entire words or even groups of words, and that not only makes the story more difficult to understand, it takes the reader out of the story while she has to figure out what those missing words are.

Similarly, I see he and she getting mixed up by accident, and it can be humourous, but mostly it's annoying.  Again, easily solved by checking post carefully or getting a careful beta/editor.

ETA: Ooh, I was just reminded how much this one bugs me: 'discrete/discretely' refers to a solid, concrete concept in literature or describes sets of numbers in maths. 'Discreet/discreetly', on the other hand (or foot), is what fic writers usually want, and means to perform an action in a covert or politely unnoticeable manner.

Anyway, I really just felt like I couldn't keep this in any longer; it's not meant in a mean spirit at all, and lord knows I respect the hell out of all the writers out there.  Just, please, make sure you take the time your awesome stories deserve and go over them a lot right before you click that post button!
rhia_starsong: (Jamie)
Okay, so I updated my computer this morning, and was a tad unhappy to discover that some of my Firefox extensions no longer work. So I have had to hunt down replacement features, not all of which are comparable. I'm trying out a new posting tool with this entry; we'll see how well I end up liking it. (Of course, I had just gotten used to DeepestSender, too.)

Well, time to get back to work on that paper...
rhia_starsong: (black hole)
So, I really do love this about the internet: I sit here with my best friend, in the same room, and we have two different threads going on lj. Totally cracktastic threads, I might add.


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