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SOPA and PIPA

Stop SOPA

Stop SOPA sign

These are bo th acts proposed by the American goverment. These may shut down sites such as: google, youtube, wikipedia and many social media sites. Here are the details of each one:

SOPA:

SOPA is the Stop Online Piracy Act. It is a possible law to be passed in America to stop piracy on the internet. It will give the american goverment the power to take down any domain that has any possible content that can be considered piracy.

PIPA:

PIPA is the protection IP act (Preventing real online threats to economic creativity and theft of intellectual property act of 2011.) This gives the american goverment and copyright owners the ability to disable any domains that hold incriminating content.

The implications

This may not sound so bad but this will have serious implications all over the world. Not only can these act shut down sites they can shut down domains.This means that if a blog on a blogging platform, like blogger or like this site wordpress, posts a link to pirate or illegal content every site is endanger of being shut down as blogger/wordpress itself would be deleted.

These acts are in violation of the first amendment as it denies our freedom of speech and means that we will have limited acess to free information. If the goverment see it right to sensor piracy then why not opposition, sites against SOPA and PIPA, and so on until the american goverment can sensor anything they deem to need sensoring.

Perhaps the worst part of these acts would be the deletion of most major sites. Sites that would be shut down may be:

  • Wikipedia -updated by people like you or me, bound to have piracy links.
  • Twitter -social media have many links to piracy
  • Facebook -social media have many links to piracy
  • Google -links to just about everywhere
  • Yahoo -links to just about everywhere
  • Blogger -updated by people like you or me, bound to have piracy links.
  • WordPress -updated by people like you or me, bound to have piracy links.

And just about any site that can be at all updated by the public because if anyone can edit then there is bound to be piracy! Most public information sites are endanger aswell as social media and perhaps the worst; search engines. Imagine an internet without these sites; Imagine a world without these sites we depend on day in, day out.

These acts won’t just affect America, but ANY .com or American site.

These acts have not been stopped just slowed by the efforts of thousands. Wikipedia led over 10,000 sites in a 24hr blackout on the 18th of January plus there have been emails overloading the goverments servers of disgusted citizens who wish to keep public information and our basic freedom of speech.

If you live in America contact your local reprasentative to keep the destruction of internet and feedom of speech at bay.

For more information go to:

Wikipedia black out page: http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/SOPA/Blackoutpage

Losangeles news: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2012/01/sopa-pipa-opponents.html

New year gadget solutions

Having trouble making a new years resolution? Well here’s a fun one: Stock up on the latest gadgets and tech with our new-years gadget solutions! Here’s some of the latest tech to treat yourself to this year.

 

3. Ipod touch: At number one is the 4th generation ipod touch (the latest model). It has features such as the camera, microphone and all of the latest software updates (IOS5). It is great for music lovers, technology lovers, well basicallly anything; because you can buy apps for just about anything: business, news, video, music, blogging, knitting, cooking; yep there’s an app for that. And these can be purchased from the app store on your computer or on the ipod itself. There are millions of apps out there free and paid, the only problem is which one? For the top 5 apps go to an earlier blog post.

 

Ipod touch

Ipod touch

 

2. VAIO Laptop: VAIO laptops are a range of laptops from sony. There are lot’s of different styles and features. There are wide sreens and smaller, fast and averidge cheap and really expensive. They are great laptops for learning to use and are great for almost all purposes. They are very fast, and have all of the usual laptop features (wifi, bluetooth etc).

 

VAIO laptops

VAIO laptops -coloured

 

1. Iphone 4S: The Iphone 4S is the latest Iphone. It it mostly the same as the Iphone 4 in hardware although it does boast a retina screen, longer battery and a few more. The major update is siri -apple’s new artificial intelligence that can google, text, talk, and lot’s more. To find out more read earlier blog posts: Siri or the new features of the Iphone 4S

Iphone 4S

Iphone 4S

Christmas gadgets

Christmas tree

 

It’s Christmas again! It’s exiting opening presents, but you also have to buy for others. This post can help you with that! Here are 5 great gadget presents:

 

5. Amazon kindle: Are you tired of buying books for presents? Well instead you can get your family’s readers this e-reader. The amazon kindle is one of the leading e-readers, with a dim screen it looks exactly like paper. You can store thousands of books in a machine smaller than a thin paperback. If you know someone who would like it, buy from amazon.

 

Kinlde

Amazon kindle

 

4. Sony speaker system: Do you know anyone in your family who loves music? Well if you do, then this is the present for you. Get this mini sony speaker system with FM and digital radio, CD player and ipod dock. Buy from amazon.

Sony mini Hifi

Sony mini Hifi

3. Nikon J1 Camera: If you have a budding photographer or someone who just needs a new camera the J1 is perfect. It takes amazing pictures; with the quality of a DSLR (one of the big chunky black cameras professionals use), yet it is a compact so you can carry it around with you like a normal camera. If you want to take stunning pictures with a compact camera then this is the camera you need. If  you know a family member who is in need of a camera buy from amazon.

J1

Nikon J1

2. VAIO Laptop: VAIO laptops are a range of laptops from sony. There are lot’s of different styles and features. There are wide sreens and smaller, fast and averidge cheap and really expensive. They are great laptops for learning to use and are great for almost all purposes. They are very fast, and have all of the usual laptop features (wifi, bluetooth etc.). If you think this would be the perfect gift then buy from amazon.

VAIO's

VAIO laptops

1. Ipod touch: At number one is the 4th generation ipod touch (the latest model). It has features such as the camera, microphone and all of the latest software updates (IOS5). It is great for music lovers, technology lovers, well basicallly anything; because you can buy apps for just about anything: business, news, video, music, blogging, knitting, cooking; yep there’s an app for that. And these can be purchased from the app store on your computer or on the ipod itself. There are millions of apps out there free and paid, the only problem is which one? If you want to buy this fantastic gift for someone you know then purchase it from the amazon store.

Itouch

Ipod touch

Cleverbot

Cleverbot

Cleverbot is an AI made in America. It learns when you speak with it by remembering conversations and using the conversations it has already had, it speaks to you. I have spent hours speaking to this thing because I just can’t beleive that it’s not human. The makers of cleverbot tested cleverbot by asking people to have an online conversation. These people did not know whether they were speaking to a human or the cleverbot AI. They were then asked to give a percentage of how human they thought the speaker was. The averideridge score:

  • For humans: 63%
  • For Cleverbot AI: 59%

He is so close to being human it’s unreal; but I know you won’t beleive me so go see for yourself @ http://cleverbot.com/

Siri

Siri logo

Siri logo

Siri is the revolutionary new software technology from apple. It will answer just about any question you can throw at it. You can ask it to start tracks, find resteraunts, text and email friends. Whatever you ask it it has an answer. You can ask it where things are, open apps etc. It has taking years to make this complicated peice of software; this software is so advanced it can even tell you where to dump a body (although I’m sure you wouldn’t want to.

 

Siri screen

Siri

Gadgets for pets

5 gadgets that will make looking after your pet a lot easier.

5. Microchip cat flap

At five is the pet sensing cat flap! Using one of these means that other, unwanted animals can’t get through because the cat flap only opens for your pet. The microchip in your pets collar unlocks the catflap only letting your cat in.

Microchip cat flap

Microchip cat flap

 

4. Automatic pet feeder

And at four we have the automatic pet feeder! If your going away for the weekend and there’s no-one to feed your pet the here it is the automatic pet feeder. It rotates everyday giving your per it’s daily food. You must fill up each compartment so when the daily rotation comes by your pet has the right amount of food.

Auto pet feeder

Automatic pet feeder

 

3. Self-Refreshing drinking fountain

To go with your automatic pet feeder there’s the refreshing drinking fountain. It can be used when you’re going away or just generally. Your pet always needs fresh water and with this fountain you won’t have to keep constantly supplying your pet with fresh water. The fountain filters the water to take out impurities and the motor is very quiet so your pet won’t be put off drinking from it.

Pet drinking fountain

Pet drinking fountain

 

2. The Ashpoopie

Are you fed up of cleaning up after your pet? Carry one of these around and you won’t have to bag any more poop any more! The ash poopie renders you pets poo into safe, clean ash; Watch the video for more…

 

1. The pet tracking collar

Worried about letting your pet outdoors? Well at number 1 is the retrivia tracking collar. You can find where you pet is from your mobile or your computer. It uses GPS so your pet can’t go anywhere without you knowing.

Dog tracking collar

Dog tracking collar

Raspberry Pi

The raspberry pi is not in fact and actual pie -I’m sorry if you like pie-. It is in fact a small computer designed to interest people in programming. When digital computers were first invented, you had to program the computer yourself. That gets rather boring and most people didn’t know how so nowerdays the computers we buy are already programmed (very well) full of programs, and they look rather nice. As an increasing number of people are taking these pre-programmed computers for granted, a group of people got together and came up with this computer. It is only 25$ (around £20) and does not look like you’d expect it would:

Raspberry pi

Raspberry pi

You just hook it up to a monitor and a keyboard and your good to go! It may not look like much but if you like computers and technology and want to know how they work then the Raspberry pi is a great cheap way to learn to program. If you want a job in technology then programming is a useful thing to know (or it may be needed as a qualification).

For more information, updates or if you want details on how to buy the raspberry pi then go to their website @: http://www.raspberrypi.org/

Raspberry pi diagram

Raspberry pi daigram