Wikipedia to Go Dark Too in SOPA Protest
But with Wikipedia, millions of netizens who occasionally visit the site will actually get a glimpse of what SOPA might probably do. Bravo Jimmy Wales! So make sure you don’t need to look anything up in Wikipedia on Wednesday
‘It’s been speculated, and now it’s confirmed: Wikipedia plans to give its users a (severe) taste of the Internet under SOPA by going offline in protest of the bill on Wednesday. Last week Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wiles wondered aloud in a statement if the site should coordinate a shutdown with Reddit planned for this Wednesday, January 18, to register its disgust with the much-maligned Internet censorship bill. And today we see Wiles tweeting sly confirmation that the massive online encyclopedia will indeed go dark.
‘We’re glad to see a hat tip to Wikipedia’s most loyal users! That suggests something else too: unlike Reddit users, who you’d expect to be anti-SOPA partisans anyways, a Wikipedia blackout will make site’s more passive users very aware of the bill’s existence when they lose access to that repertoire of knowledge that is Wikipedia. Wiles writes that Wikipedian consensus is currently for a 24-hour shutdown of the site’s English-language versions globally. So beside our inner Internet deviant enjoying seeing Wikipedia officially go anti-SOPA, we appreciate the decidedly Wikipedian way the site made the decision to go dark: with a “Wikipedia talk” forum you can read for yourself here. As Wiles writes, it was a community decision…’
Cruise Dancer Saved by Facebook Post
The ironic thing is that the planned stunt of the ship’s captain was also posted on Facebook!
‘An Australian couple on a save-our-marriage cruise renewed their pledges to each other — in case they lived.
‘And Rose Metcalf updated her Facebook status.
‘“My name is Rose, it’s Friday the 13th and I’m one of the last survivors still on board the sinking cruise ship off the coast of Italy. Pray for us to be rescued,” the 22-year-old British dancer posted.
‘Her Facebook prayers were answered: She was plucked off the slanted deck by a rescuer hanging from a helicopter…’
Ship Steered Too Close to Shore
Facebook Post Evidence Against Ship’s Captain
‘The captain of a luxury cruise liner that capsized off Italy’s coast may have steered the ship too close to shore so that its head waiter could salute his family in a pre-planned stunt that was posted on Facebook.
‘Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reports that just minutes before the Costa Concordia struck rocks and began taking on water, the head waiter’s sister updated her Facebook status to say: “In a short period of time the Concordia ship will pass very close. A big greeting to my brother who finally gets to have a holiday on landing in Savona.”
‘At least six people were killed in the accident, with 25 passengers and four crew members still missing amid growing fears that a fuel leak could cause an ecological disaster in the area…’
Juicy Apps For Windows 7
’2011 is gone, and this means it’s time to turn that old bucket of bolts near your desk into a new, pleasant computer. But how do you do this without installing new hardware and spending a ton of money? That’s easy! Install some new, juicy applications that give your computer a change of pace. I now present you with the 10 juiciest applications for Windows 7 you probably never knew about…’
Best Articles and Lessons on Photography
‘If you’re a budding photographer or a seasoned professional, we provide tips and tricks for taking better pictures, some history of photography, and information about the future of photographic technology. Here are 10 of our best articles about photography…’
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