SOPA & PIPA – The internet strikes back!

 

The World Wide Web is looking weird today; things are blacked out, whole sites are shut down, and people on message boards are way angrier than usual. What’s going on? Oh that’s right, the U.S. government is trying to bring into law two forms of legislation called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) from both House and Senate. These two Bills are very similar to the S.978 bill we here at Armada posted about last year. In the broad strokes if these Acts become law; they will give the government and IP owners the ability to take off their posted copyrighted work off any website (no matter the context) and effectively shut down the site. It was proposed to fight internet pirates, but I don’t have to tell you how these bills can be misused. From reviews and parodies to simple pictures and the like, all will fall under these Bills and so all sites can be terminated – mines and yours. As a result the internet is under a one day protest, showing what could happen if these Bills comes to law. Heavy hitters like Google and Wikipedia to fan favorites like the Spoony Experiment are all in on the rebel rousing, and so far it is making waves.

 

Many congressmen (and women to be sure) are now speaking out on the Bills’ scorched earth like solution, as it may cause more harm then good. Despite this however we’re not out of the woods yet; the Senate vote on PIPA is on Tuesday – while SOPA’s House vote won’t come till February. So people, please for the sake of the net itself contact your representatives and say: “We don’t truck with no Pirate, but we love our sites, please don’t kill ours” Thank you.

 

 

Update 1/19/12: Good news fokes, thanks to the near total boycotting of the net and the most aggressive peaceful demonstrations across the country; the PIPA bill has lost a total of 18 Senators so it looks like its on its way out. Vigilance however is still advised, it ain’t over til its over.

 

 

WTF/FTW – Sonic gets car insurance

 

Sonic the Hedgehog, he’s the fastest thing alive, and we all knew it was a matter of time. Maybe it was one too many head on collision with Dr. Robotnik (anyone who says Eggman is banned from – everything), maybe too many people were caught downwind of him after a chilly dog, or maybe him running on public roadways at his speeds qualifies him as a vehicle. Whatever the reason Sonic needed to get some insurance, which led to this commercial down below, all I got to say is WTF/FTW:

 

 

 

 

 

Games & Gear of 2012 – Starhawk

 

 

Back when the PS3 first showed up people thought the system was an overpriced, oversized, slab of future tech that was only good for playing Blu ray movies since their 1st party games were underwhelming. These days the PS3 is affordable and the games are much better; Starhawk is proof of this. A pseudo sequel to Warhawk, Starhawk is based in space, where players take the role of  Emmett Graves a part time ‘Rift Energy’ prospector full time action hero. He returns to a dangerous, lawless planet to settle a score with an outlaw faction. Sounds familiar right, well here’s where things get different; as a prospector of Rift Energy he can collect it all over the planet and use it to build weapons, vehicles, and even entire bases with the help of orbiting drop ships. Graves becomes a literal one man army on his path to vengeance and an unending source of fun for the rest of us. Add to the fact that this game (like its predecessor) has a massive 32 player online mode and tons of game types that come with it, and you suddenly realize there is not enough hours in the day to enjoy this game property – and that makes you a little sad (or is that just me).