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Just the other day, President Obama urged other countries to stop censoring the Internet. But now the United States Congress is trying to censor the Internet here at home. A new bill being debated would have the Attorney General create an Internet blacklist of sites that US Internet providers would be required to block.
This is the kind of heavy-handed censorship you'd expect from a dictatorship, where one man can decide what web sites you're not allowed to visit. But the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to pass the bill as soon as they get back after the election -- and Senators say they haven't heard much in the way of objections! That's why we need you to sign our urgent petition to Congress demanding they oppose the Internet blacklist.
So be cool and sign the petition. Even if you aren't cool sign it anyway :p.
http://demandprogress.org/blacklist/Just the other day, President Obama urged other countries to stop censoring the... more
The Snooki meme gained popularity through the weekend. It was blogged about by Urlesque, Tosh.0, and us (obviously.) The photoshop meme spawned two image macro mills. Even though new images are being produced hourly, the popularity seems to have slowed down.
People are becoming disinterested in photoshopping Snooki places she doesn't belong. Plus she's actually appearing places she doesn't belong IN REAL LIFE. No photoshop necessary.
She knows the fastest way to kill her meme, is to party with the star of How To Be A Player.
But as the saying goes: "If you party with Bill Bellamy, your meme will die."
I'm sorry to say this, but meme-over Snooki.The Snooki meme gained popularity through the weekend. It was blogged about by... more
Try explaining why you think LOLcats is funny to somebody who doesn't speak your language. Unless you have the pictures in front of you, you'll be at a loss for words.
LOLcats is inexplicably hilarious. Images of cute animals with surreal captions in a fake language, doesn't scream comedy, but some how we laugh.
Mammals are instinctually driven towards cute things. Large eyes and round bellies, make mothers want to care for their young. These urges have been used in marketing to sell products. Evolutionary biologist Stephen J Gould has suggested that over time Mickey Mouse has been drawn with cuter features, to increase his popularity.
I think the success of LOLcats has to do with the cuteness of its subjects. Never before in human history has cuteness been so accessible. This internet meme is successful because it draws from the depths of our primordial genetics.
The captions are strange enough that we can identify them as jokes. This acknowledgment compounded with our primordial relationship to the images makes us laugh out loud.
(Familiar cute stuff + mediocre jokes = inherent LOLability.)
Are LOLCats even funny to you? Are there other things that you find inexplicably hilarious? Respond below!
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Cuteness according to Disney
http://geesebot.tumblr.com/post/87464001/cuteness-according-to-disney-via-9gagTry explaining why you think LOLcats is funny to somebody who doesn't speak your... more
LONDON – Queen Elizabeth II relaunched the British monarchy's website on Thursday with the help of World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee. The royal.gov.uk site has been revamped to make it easier to use and now features new technology, including audio and video footage and interactive maps. It includes expanded content on Queen Elizabeth's role as head of state of her 15 other realms, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and JamaicaLONDON – Queen Elizabeth II relaunched the British monarchy's website on... more
The Air Force is fed up with a seemingly endless barrage of attacks on its computer networks from stealthy adversaries whose motives and even locations are unclear. So now the service is looking to restore its advantage on the virtual battlefield by doing nothing less than the rewriting the "laws of cyberspace."
It's more than a little ironic that the U.S. military, which had so much to do with the creation and early development of internet, finds itself at its mercy. But as the American armed forces become increasingly reliant on its communications networks, even small, obscure holes in the defense grid are seen as having catastrophic potential.
Trouble is that even a founding father can't unilaterally change things that the entirety of the internet ecosystem now depends on. "You can control your own networks, rewrite your own laws," says Rick Wesson, CEO of the network security firm Support Intelligence. "You can't rewrite everybody else's."
But the Air Force Research Laboratory's "Integrated Cyber Defense" program, announced earlier this month, is part of a larger military effort to accomplish just that. "The 'laws' of cyberspace can be rewritten, and therefore the domain can be modified at any level to favor defensive forces," announces the project's request for proposals. Some of the rewrites being considered:
- Making hostile traffic inoperable on Air Force networks.
- Locating and identifying once-anonymous hackers.
- Enabling Air Force servers to evade or dodge electronic attacks, somehow.
It's part of a larger Air Force effort to gain the upper hand in network conflict. An upcoming Air Force doctrine calls for the service to have the "freedom to attack" online.
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The Air Force is fed up with a seemingly endless barrage of attacks on its computer... more
Michael Birch, who sold Bebo to AOL earlier this year for $850 million, is now planning a social video dictionary.
Birch has teamed up with a television producer, Edward Blake, to create Wordia. The idea is based on the popularity of Wikipedia and YouTube, but leans on the notion idea that people are insanely in love with the English language.
Will it take off? I suppose when you have $850 million in the bank anything is possible.Michael Birch, who sold Bebo to AOL earlier this year for $850 million, is now... more
...this is hilarious
You're used to paying extra if you use up your cell phone minutes, but will you be willing to pay extra if your home computer goes over its Internet allowance?
Time Warner Cable Inc. customers -- and, later, others -- may have to, if the company's test of metered Internet access is successful. On Thursday, new Time Warner Cable Internet subscribers in Beaumont, Texas, will have monthly allowances for the amount of data they upload and download.
...Metered billing is an attempt to deal fairly with Internet usage, says a Time Warner exec...
...subscribers will be able to check out their data consumption on a "gas gauge" on the company's Web page...You're used to paying extra if you use up your cell phone minutes, but will you... more
On last night's South Park, disaster struck. The internet disappeared. Stan's father couldn't look at porn! His mom couldn't check her boring old email! And, most ominously and amusingly, television news was unable to find any information to report on...follow the link for the video...On last night's South Park, disaster struck. The internet disappeared.... more
The New York Mets are running a contest to chose what sing-along song gets played at Shea Stadium this year. The jokesters over at Digg — who haven't heard that rickrolling is over — got the idea to stuff the ballot box in favor of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up." "All year, the Mets and their fans will get rickrolled during the 8th inning."
Other songs being voted on include "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison and the theme from Friends. During the time I've been writing this post, the prank has gotten more than 1,000 Diggs. I suspect this just might work — and end up in the New York Times, to boot.
http://valleywag.com/376311/digg-wants-to-rickroll-the-new-york-metsThe New York Mets are running a contest to chose what sing-along song gets played at... more
The pwn was strong that day....
This is kind of a long read but is totally worth it. Some one posted information about a car that was stolen on an internet forum, and within hours it had been sighted and photographed. The internet continues to track the thief down and justice is served.
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Car Thief: 0The pwn was strong that day.... This is kind of a long read but is totally worth it.... more
"What the Internet hucksters won't tell you is tht the Internet is one big ocean of unedited data, without any pretense of completeness. Lacking editors, reviewers or critics, the Internet has become a wasteland of unfiltered data. You don't know what to ignore and what's worth reading.
Logged onto the World Wide Web, I hunt for the date of the Battle of Trafalgar. Hundreds of files show up, and it takes 15 minutes to unravel them--one's a biography written by an eighth grader, the second is a computer game that doesn't work and the third is an image of a London monument. None answers my question, and my search is periodically interrupted by messages like, 'Too many connectios, try again later'
Then there's cyberbusiness. We're promised instant catalog shopping--just point and click for great deals. We'll order airline tickets over the network, make restaurant reservations and negotiate sales contracts. Stores will become obselete. So how come my local mall does more business in an afternoon than the entire Internet handles in a month? Even if there were a trustworthy way to send money over the Internet--which there isn't--the network is missing a most essential ingredient of capitalism: salespeople.
A poor substitute it is, this virtual reality where frustration is legion and where--in the holy names of Education and Progress--important aspects of human interactions are relentlessly devalued.""What the Internet hucksters won't tell you is tht the Internet is one big... more
A recent study found implanted heart defibrillators could be hacked.
The University of Washington experiment found that computer hackers might intercept transmissions to and from the heart monitor.
The researchers said they had also been able to glean personal patient data by eavesdropping on signals from the tiny wireless radio that Medtronic, the device’s maker, had embedded in the implant as a way to let doctors monitor and adjust it without surgery.
Radios have been used in implants for decades to enable doctors to test them during office visits. But device makers have begun designing them to connect to the INTERNET =D which allows doctors to monitor patients from remote locations.A recent study found implanted heart defibrillators could be hacked. The University... more
Many people believe the name “Clinton” is synonymous with “Corruption.” A google search of “Clintons” and “scandal” yields 10,200,000 hits. A search of “Obamas” and “scandal” yields 1,570,000 hits.
Desperate, after Senator Obama had won 11 states in a row and built his insurmountable delegates count, Senator Clinton decided to focus on sliming Obama. Now nothing is out of bounds.
Senator Clinton says she’s experienced having learned from her husband’s administration.
Many people believe the name “Clinton” is synonymous with... more