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I'm okay.  We lost power Monday evening, and ConEd won't say when it will be restored, but other than that we're doing fairly well.

We have water, (although no hot water) and a gas stove, and food and drink, and candles and batteries for the flashlights and lamps.

I'll be going back to work tomorrow, and will try to catch up online if the Internet is working.

I have limited battery time on this laptop, so Happy Birthday to redrose999 !

BAD Internet Laws Heading Your Way

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Originally posted by write_light at BAD Internet Laws Heading Your Way

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Website Blocking

The government can order service providers to block websites for infringing links posted by any users.

Risk of Jail for Ordinary Users

It becomes a felony with a potential 5 year sentence to stream a copyrighted work that would cost more than $2,500 to license, even if you are a totally noncommercial user, e.g. singing a pop song on Facebook.

Chaos for the Internet

Thousands of sites that are legal under the DMCA would face new legal threats. People trying to keep the internet more secure wouldn't be able to rely on the integrity of the DNS system.

Read this analysis from boing-boing.net

Get on the phone and call your representative. Express your disapproval. Tell him or her exactly how you feel, and that you don't support this. Tell your friends to call their representatives, their Congressperson, and complain. Mention that you are a registered voter that takes your civic responsibility seriously and that you will use that vote to express your feelings about this.


“We support the bill’s stated goals — providing additional enforcement tools to combat foreign ‘rogue’ websites that are dedicated to copyright infringement or counterfeiting,” the Internet companies wrote in Tuesday’s letter. “Unfortunately, the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities, private rights of action and technology mandates that would require monitoring of websites.”  The chamber-led coalition in support of the bill includes Walmart, Eli Lilly & Co. and Netflix.

Google and other opponents of the legislation argue that restricting the Internet in the U.S. sets a bad international precedent and that the language defines infringing too broadly.

Post hurricane report

We're fine; we didn't lose power and I slept through the worst of it. (We had lots of battery powered lamps and flashlights ready, though.)

It looks like what we got was sustained winds of about 30-40 mph, with tropical storm force gusts. And the fact that the storm moved through faster than predicted meant less rain than predicted.

I haven't been out, but my car looks okay and all visible trees are still where they should be.
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