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An acid post.

With zero hentai contents, so I won’t blame you if you don’t bother to read it ;)

I was catching up on a week’s worth of newspapers I hadn’t had time to read, and it has suddenly struck me with much more violence than usual, something that I knew, but to which I had grown accustomed maybe a bit too much… Simply said : it’s been a while that, if you want to be free, you have to be free DESPITE “your” government’s frequent efforts :(

Of course if you live in China, North Korea, Iran, Russian and so on, that is rather obvious. But even in western good old democratic governments, sadly, shit is regularly hitting the fan :(

Have you ever heard about the ACTA treaty ? In the name of fighting piracy, your personal freedom will be under violent blows. You can read more here, there or there, for instance.
The magic with international treaties is the hierarchy of norms : by definition and by essence, an international treaty is stronger and overwhelms national constitutions and laws, a law or constitution contradicting it is wrong and must be changed otherwise it won’t be valid. Yep, a piece of paper signed by a dozen fattys under the supervization of a hundred lobbyists will be forever stronger than the local constitutions and bills of rights for which your ancestors died with a proud heart. What, consulting the people firsthand, democratic procedures ? Fuck it, not with international treaties ! The ACTA is protected by secret-of-state secrecy status, violating this secrecy and telling anything about its details would be a high-ranking penal crime !

My examples are about the internet interacting with our daily lives, but it’s just an example, precisely :-/

Here’s another link that could help, maybe. This is also a collateral result of all the efforts of governments to restrict your freedom, tools previously only known by pedos or terrorist-wannabes become very widely known and so easy to manipulate a child could use them.

If you want to surf anonymously, you may consider using a VPN. See it as a second ISP subscription, you send all your data to them in an encrypted form, then the data uses their tubes to connect to the rest of the world, and they send it back to you in an encrypted form. Your own ISP, soon required to spy on your ass, will only see garbage passing.

One of the best VPN to suggest would be Ipredator, they’re the only one to my knoweledge who aren’t keeping any logs at all, so they really can’t tell anything about you, even if they’re asked. Ipredator used to be in private beta, and it’s now gone public.
The downside : slower ping, a bit slower connexion (I fell to 90 kB/s in upload and 2 MB/s in download – bytes, not bits). The good sides : once again, freedom without the risk of being spied upon, that can be for your emails, for torrents, whatever, you connect or disconnect to the VPN in two clicks.The price is close to nothing, 5 € per month.

Oh well, let’s call it a day with that acid note, this is no big news to anyone, anyway ;)

If YOU feel you can do something about it (e.g. ranting about ACTA with your representatives), why not give it a shot.


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Naem
Naem

ACTA is so horrible. But it's also going to cost a approximately infinite dollars to enforce, so it will be yet another losing battle, like the war on drugs.

TheyCallMeTomu
TheyCallMeTomu

In writing, theoretically treaties supersedes the US Constitution, but in practice, the individual sovereignty of nations takes precedence. Still, it definitely sets a bad precedent, and it’s not like the US Constitution isn’t routinely ignored even domestically…

SafeTan

This might be a one-sided comment, being that I do frequently "Acquire" items without neccasarily spending money to attain them;

But I've always felt that Copyright laws were meant to deter Copycat products like God-Of-War ripoff games or Frosted Flakes/Crips/Chips etc. Even without the internet people can get something for nothing. Try Policing the Streets first instead of the Private Networks.

Also personally, I like Koreas laws concerning Piracy and Cyber Crime. I think America would be better if we didn't constantly try to start a Crusade every time someone asks a question.

V170

This reminds me of drm (one of the reason I don't play PC games). I thought you couldn't regulate the internet.
On a side note while you're catching up with things, you think you'll ever reupload the usercash links? Some were pretty good.

ags
ags

The fact of the matter is that we don't have a democracy. We (U.S) have an oligarchy of rich people working for their own interests. At least their goal is to get rich (meaning they have to make the U.S relatively not shitty), better than Kim Jong Il's goal of holding onto power for as long as possible.

Ryu
Ryu

wow I just learned something new. I new of some of this but it seems a bit bigger than I realized.

IlPala_fr

Olivier, in France, it's Constitution > Treaties > Law > Jurisprudence.

So ACTA shouldn't theoretically be able to break French Constitution. (and therefore 1789’s Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen)
But it could indeed be very dangerous without breaking it. (extend time before public domain, promote three-strike rule, re-enforce DRM-likes, etc.)
What scares me the most is net filtering : I’m not sure institutions like the Conseil Constitutionnel will understand the fact that it’s the highway to extinguish democracy…

To learn about ACTA, you have La Quadrature du Net’s website too : http://www.laquadrature.net/en/acta (available in English and French)

IlPala_fr

Olivier, in France, it's Constitution > Treaties > Law > Jurisprudence.

So ACTA shouldn't theoretically be able to break French Constitution. (and therefore 1789’s Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen)
But it could indeed be very dangerous without breaking it. (extend time before public domain, promote three-strike rule, re-enforce DRM-likes, etc.)
What scares me the most is net filtering : I’m not sure institutions like the Conseil Constitutionnel will understand the fact that it’s the highway to extinguish democracy…

To learn about ACTA, you have La Quadrature du Net’s website too : http://www.laquadrature.net/en/acta (available in English and French)

Angelraider
Angelraider

total free information brought about this… but the internet should be and is free… and the internet is a combination of data… as we walk towards total data (information) sharing… we must seriously take a very grave look at our look of personal intelligence and property and what it means for our race to share "information"… sigh… I understand the idea… but it's difficult to enforce and impossible to be effective without dealing a severe blow to personal freedoms. Perhaps we are all moving towards a different form of government and a new way of life… we may not find out in our life time though… change… is painful… and takes time… this is a change… for good or bad… Q.Q

streetpilot
streetpilot

This is for the bad. In case you had not noticed. Not all change is good.

Rainy Day
Rainy Day

when it comes to "change" whether it good or not it still so painful…. n suppressing our freedom is so not good!!

Darkfirez

Money makes the whole frigged world spin. The moment companies show money to the government, expect shit to go down. Soon it's going to be like china where loads of things are going to be banned on the internet. Yay. Just what we need. Less freedom and more control from those with power.

Well guys, I guess our last save-haven is going down. Anyone have any better suggestions? Coz honestly, how is this fair. Common folks vs money-greedy corporations. They already make a fucking profit, so why keep punishing their users? = =

Milius

Meh, in Spain is 3/4 of the same. The goverment here wants to make a law to cut your internet connection if they "find you use it for ilegal downloads". AH! How he hel could discover for wat are you using internet except violating your privacy? And they'll not require a judge in order to close your conection or a web!!!

Yue
Yue

hahaha, Right that what every government want to control it's people like doll nonetheless. But thankfully at my country at least there's a written law but they don't use it. they just legislate it so they seems to have done something so we don't say they spending our tax money uselessly.

Nekoo
Nekoo

There is something called peerguardian for not showing ip on torrents . I never used it but i heard about it before hadopi was on the news. Now let be serious , yeah it is sad to see that some new laws are coming out and fucking up our privacy . But most of the countries need those new laws to move forward, do you really think you could download for life without anyone able to say anything to you ? I mean you are stealing , i for myself downloaded 100 times more games than i ever bought .My motto was , if that game have no multiplayer then why should i buy it ?So i know oliver you were not talking about that . But hey i m just making the subject back to that bitch hadopi :D

Nekoo
Nekoo

Oh yeah ! Check the Free speech online Blue ribbon campaign

Andr1v

WOW Oliver!! You must be the first webmaster that actually cares for us!! :')
But you really got a point in what your saying, caus nowadays you never know who to trust…
Good thing i live in Mexico and here no one gives a rat's ass about spying on the Internet. Most likely they don't even know how to do it.

Captain Arepa
Captain Arepa

And to think I was talking about this very same thing with a friend today at the university XD

Captain Arepa
Captain Arepa

And to think I was talking about this very same thing with a friend today at the university XD

mib
mib

Just a brief remark: Ipredator is OK, but only uses 128 bit encription, which can be broken if for some reason if someone (govt agency) wants to… TorrentFreedom uses unbreakable 2048 bit, and also has a no-logs policy, but the price is a bit steep, 15€, if I remember, with a couple servers to choose from. I'm no salesman, it's just what I use…

Rainy Day
Rainy Day

So it like that huh…(=__=)…
>>privacy is the all poeple like…. the secret word that bring a good or bad… n spying on other poeple privacy life is [email protected]$#%^%$ for them…. even a superstar need privacy ya know…
>>i wonder if my place know how to do that?! if yes! lets say your life will fall from heaven to HELL

"Some time… it better that we dont know anything at all. Because before u know it have change u to other soul of living"…. think wisely…

>>thank for caring about us!!(^__^)!! hmm…. i dont really know what im saying but it just came out from my brain….

T1mBNL

It's better here in Holland (for now…), we may not download illigal stuff, only exception on this is if we download it for personal use. Which means I may download all the shit from the internet, as long as only I use it. Bad thing is that they wanted to change that and try to see what we download. And there goes our privacy… What is freedom nowadays? Money?

Sol
Sol

Dang… That sucks. I mean, don't give a rat's ass if people know if I download porn and torrent video games, but… Still. I'd like some dang privacy. (-_-")
Thanks for caring Oliver, appreciate it much.

(not so) anon
(not so) anon

A government with the power to give you everything has the power to take it all away – Thomas jefferson

booty
booty

Well, thats not all.
Your little trick won't work, because they can still use acta to take down Hentairules.
They only have to state:"there are copyright protected things on HR" and without any proof or anything HR is taken down.
Same will happen to Youtube, Wikipedia, onemanga, any site which lowers someones profits.