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SOPA/PIPA Would Directly Affect...

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None of the sites I use
  888 votes / 2%
A few of the sites I use
  6425 votes / 19%
Most of the sites I use
  12672 votes / 37%
All of the sites I use
  7469 votes / 22%
What is SOPA/PIPA?
  833 votes / 2%
Hey I think Wikipedia's busted...
  5519 votes / 16%
33806 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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SOPA/PIPA Would Directly Affect...

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  • Wikipedia? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by The Grim Reefer (1162755) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @10:56AM (#38737936)
    Has Wikipedia changed their mind about the blackout? On the main English page it states at the top, "The English Wikipedia is currently locked for the SOPA/PIPA blackout". However searches appear to be working as of 9:45 am EST.
  • Re:Missing Option: (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @11:00AM (#38737976)
    Really? That's funny, because in the past when someone has suggested that the United States Government should hand over the bits it controls directly to someone like the UN, Slashdot generally erupts into a massive whine-fest about how utterly terrible the UN are and that the USA should just keep control and look out for the best interests of everybody involved.

    I don't currently know what Slashdot's general view is on that, now we've had SOPA perhaps it's changed...
  • Re:Missing Option: (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @11:21AM (#38738232)

    That is the problem I am having with the poll.
    * Technically: Every Website.
    * If draconically abused: Near every website.
    * If abused as often as DMCA on Youtube: Eh, a noticeable amount. Enough to be annoying, but not broken. At first.
    * If used as rampant as ICE domain seizures currently are: None.
    * If used as it is claimed by supports: None.

    Realistically, SOPA/PIPA won't practically affect me. However, I don't like the trend. I know the hidden infrastructure will be groaning/weakened from this. I know it will hurt man and having a chilling effect just because it exists.

  • Re:Missing Option: (Score:4, Interesting)

    by sgt scrub (869860) < minus distro> on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @11:35AM (#38738384)

    Having any government control over root.db is bad, IMHO too. I doubt you will find anyone on Slashdot that will argue for a distributed system controlled by multiple governments or a single system controlled by one. The argument has always been between these two. However, I think you will find the posts marked +5 Insightfull/Informative have been ones pointing out the third option, a non-government controlled distributed system.

  • by Sloppy (14984) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @01:54PM (#38740040) Homepage Journal

    You're lucky these bills haven't passed yet, or you'd be breaking the law by discussing ways to circumvent content blocks. Clicking the stop button is piracy. Mozilla's site ought to be blocked until they remove the stop button and compulsorily enable Javascript in their browser.

  • Re:What about... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Grishnakh (216268) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @06:58PM (#38742542)

    Matrix nerds like Jar-Jar?

    Are you sure that this isn't another one of those cases of it being two different groups of people, who happen to frequent the same forum? I liked The Matrix (too bad there weren't any sequels), but all the Star Wars prequels were crap IMO, and even the originals weren't exactly masterpieces; the effects and scenery were great, but the acting and dialog was a little on the campy and corny side, but it was forgivable because nearly everything in the 70s was campy, the level of campiness wasn't that bad, and the dialog was OK (thanks to Lucas's wife (now ex-wife, that bastard) who edited his dialog and made it presentable). The prequels took it all to new lows that exceeded the threshold of bad acting and bad dialog by far, so that no amount of great FX could redeem them.

  • Re:What about... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Grishnakh (216268) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @07:30PM (#38742804)

    Many fans of the Matrix will paint the Star Wars prequels as "crap", but shrug off the terrible Matrix sequels with comments like "too bad there weren't any sequels".

    Huh? I don't see any inconsistency here. They shrug off the terrible Matrix sequels, and they also shrug off the terrible Star Wars prequels. What's the problem?

    Criticizing Star Wars for "bad acting and bad dialog" while being an avowed fan of the stilted dialog and wooden acting of the Matrix is bold.

    I never said The Matrix had wonderful acting and dialog, just that I thought it was a good movie overall. Not every movie can be a masterpiece of screenwriting, dialog, and acting. And those that are frequently have lackluster visuals, or very limited subject matter (i.e., it's pretty hard to tell a visual story about interstellar travel or fantastical creatures without good special effects, but it's easy to tell a visual story about some people having a family drama in present times without any special effects at all). So, my contention is that The Matrix and SW Episodes 4-6 are above the bar for "crap" overall, despite some lackluster acting and dialog, and quite enjoyable, while the others were far below that bar, because the combination of acting, dialog, and plot was so bad that it far overshadowed the films' good qualities.

    Keanu's not the best actor, but I thought his wooden acting actually worked OK in Matrix, for that role and character and setting. Hayden I don't really know about, because I've only seen him in Episode 5, and he was terrible in that; however, from everything I've read about Lucas's direction on those movies, the fault should really be with Lucas, and not any of the actors. It doesn't matter how great an actor is if the director is horrible; even Marlon Brando probably would look terrible in a modern Lucas-directed movie if you could resurrect him.

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