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House overwhelmingly approves "Offensive Images" bill

06 December 2007 - 01:09 PM

House vote on illegal images sweeps in Wi-Fi, Web sites

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill saying that anyone offering an open Wi-Fi connection to the public must report illegal images including "obscene" cartoons and drawings--or face fines of up to $300,000.

That broad definition would cover individuals, coffee shops, libraries, hotels, and even some government agencies that provide Wi-Fi. It also sweeps in social-networking sites, domain name registrars, Internet service providers, and e-mail service providers such as Hotmail and Gmail, and it may require that the complete contents of the user's account be retained for subsequent police inspection.

Before the House vote, which was a lopsided 409 to 2, Rep. Nick Lampson (D-Texas) held a press conference on Capitol Hill with John Walsh, the host of America's Most Wanted and Ernie Allen, head of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Allen said the legislation--called the Securing Adolescents From Exploitation-Online Act, or SAFE Act--will "ensure better reporting, investigation, and prosecution of those who use the Internet to distribute images of illegal child pornography."

The SAFE Act represents the latest in Congress' efforts--some of which have raised free speech and privacy concerns--to crack down on sex offenders and Internet predators. One bill introduced a year ago was even broader and would have forced Web sites and blogs to report illegal images. Another would require sex offenders to supply e-mail addresses and instant messaging user names.

Wednesday's vote caught Internet companies by surprise: the Democratic leadership rushed the SAFE Act to the floor under a procedure that's supposed to be reserved for noncontroversial legislation. It was introduced October 10, but has never received even one hearing or committee vote. In addition, the legislation approved this week has changed substantially since the earlier version and was not available for public review.

Not one Democrat opposed the SAFE Act. Two Republicans did: Rep. Ron Paul, the libertarian-leaning presidential candidate from Texas, and Rep. Paul Broun from Georgia.

This is what the SAFE Act requires:

Anyone providing an "electronic communication service" or "remote computing service" to the public who learns about the transmission or storage of information about certain illegal activities or an illegal image must;

register their name, mailing address, phone number, and fax number with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's "CyberTipline" and,

(B) "make a report" to the CyberTipline that,

must include any information about the person or Internet address behind the suspect activity and,

the illegal images themselves. (By the way, "electronic communications service" and "remote computing service" providers already have some reporting requirements under existing law too.)

The definition of which images qualify as illegal is expansive. It includes obvious child pornography, meaning photographs and videos of children being molested. But it also includes photographs of fully clothed minors in overly "lascivious" poses, and certain obscene visual depictions including a "drawing, cartoon, sculpture, or painting." (Yes, that covers the subset of anime called hentai).

Someone providing a Wi-Fi connection probably won't have to worry about the SAFE Act's additional requirement of retaining all the suspect's personal files if the illegal images are "commingled or interspersed" with other data. But that retention requirement does concern Internet service providers, which would be in a position to comply. So would e-mail service providers, including both Web-based ones and companies that offer POP or IMAP services.

"USISPA has long supported harmonized reporting of child pornography incidents to the (NCMEC). ISPs report over 30,000 incidents a year, and we work closely with NCMEC and law enforcement on the investigation," Kate Dean, head of the U.S. Internet Service Provider Association, said on Wednesday. "We remain concerned, however, that industry would be required to retain images of child pornography after reporting them to NCMEC. It seems like the better approach would be to require the private sector to turn over illicit images and not retain copies."

Failure to comply with the SAFE Act would result in an initial fine of up to $150,000, and fines of up to $300,000 for subsequent offenses. That's the stick. There's a carrot as well: anyone who does comply is immune from civil lawsuits and criminal prosecutions.

There are two more points worth noting.

First, the vote on the SAFE Act seems unusually rushed. It's not entirely clear that the House Democratic leadership really meant this legislation to slap new restrictions on hundreds of thousands of Americans and small businesses who offer public wireless connections. But they'll nevertheless have to abide by the new rules if senators go along with this idea (and it's been a popular one in the Senate).

The second point is that Internet providers already are required by another federal law to report child pornography sightings to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which is in turn charged with forwarding that report to the appropriate police agency. So there's hardly an emergency, which makes the Democrats' rush for a vote more inexplicable than usual.


Okay, for one, NO MORE CAM [bleep]! (Hurray...?)

Secondly... does anyone else think is has to be one of the most stupidest thing ever slapped on the face of the internet?

I mean, im sure it has GOOD intentions... (Hitting on child pornography, etc...)

But we're talking about the internet here... You don't even know where this picture or that video is coming from most of the time, and yet if you fail to report it, you get a $150,000 fine?!

What the heck ever happened to net neutrality?!

Bah... to think we almost had one of these in Canada... :wall:

Well happy hunting US Government.

I hope you have fun charging half your population... -.-

TV-Links - Shut down permanently

21 October 2007 - 12:58 AM

The video viewing website known as http://www.tv-links.co.uk has officially shut down as of October 20, 2007.

The site, which hosts links of videos from other websites like veoh.com or stage6 has more than 1000 shows, from music videos, anime, documentaries, TV shows and movies.

Although the site itself does not host the actual files, British police have arrested the site manager and shut down the site.

News article: http://business.guar...2195407,00.html


Im not a frequent user, but the past few days, I have been watching some documentaries (some of which are soo old, they can't be found anywhere else) and anime when I have spare time in between my university classes, and at home.

Fact is, the British police took it upon themselves after a few media groups complained and investigated the site.

Man... I feel like its Suprnova all over again...

All those documentaries... They were publicly released damn you! *cries* :cry:

Ace Combat 6 - Fires of Liberation

21 September 2007 - 06:24 AM

Well I normally wished that the franchise would have stuck with Playstation, but in this case, it was quite fortunate that AC-6 will be sold as an Xbox-360 game.

Problem is, someone told me the game costs... $150...?

They also said that a new joystick, specifically made for Ace Combat 6 will be 'bundled' together with the game.

Does this mean Project Aces will be switching over to the 360 platform instead of Playstation...?

As a long time fan... im not quite sure what to think...



21 September 2007 - 06:17 AM

Zombies - You cant go wrong with zombies :pray:

Even if the movie that has them totally butchered the game's storyline... <.<

It comes out September 21st - Today on North America.

Who else here is out to watch?

I know there are alot of RE fans in here.... >:c


http://www.sonypictu... ... index.html

Am I being selfish just cause I quit and still have a rare?

22 July 2007 - 09:58 AM

I quit about a year ago. And I also left this forum about 2-4 months ago.

But last Friday I met a guy who was asking me for stuff since he knows I quit.

I thought "Yeah I can probably give him some stuff I dont use anymore." :-k

So I gave him most of my runes and other stuff I found on my other accounts.

When I told him my main was lvl 110 and I have a santa hat and a green mask, he begged me to trade it for stuff on Gaia Online.

Yeah, I go to Gaia cause I know some people in there. :-w

Anyways he gave me an item worth 510,000 gold.

Which by Gaia standards, is alot of gold. :-k

Anyways this is part of what we talked about on MSN.

(10:59 PM) ☺ GUY: If your going to have holiday items, you need to play RS

(10:59 PM) ☺ GUY: I don't mean to harp at you, but they're kind of going to waste, just because you MAY come back to play RS

(11:00 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: Ive thought about it too

(11:00 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: but

(11:00 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: its just soo much work has been put on it

(11:01 PM) ☺ GUY: What's work if you don't get to fully reap the benifits

(11:01 PM) ☺ GUY: Do you realize how hard it is to get gold on gaia? I got over 500k just posting lol, i don't like merching

(11:02 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: yeah I know

(11:02 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: but im not really that commited o:

(11:03 PM) ☺ GUY: Dude, I would do anything for either or, can I make you a sign or something or get you more gold for even 1 of them?

(11:03 PM) ☺ GUY: I promise you, that I would never sell or anything like that

(11:03 PM) ☺ GUY: It just blows my mind, even being able to own one

(11:04 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: sorry man, I really like tha hat =[

(11:04 PM) ☺ GUY: Even the mask? don't you like the santa more?

(11:05 PM) ☺ GUY: You can't wear both at once lol, >.>

(11:05 PM) ☺ GUY: I can make alot of things... signs, videos, banners, signatures, avatars...

(11:06 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: err no thanks ^^;

(11:06 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: and wow...

(11:06 PM) ☺ GUY: *sigh*

(11:06 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: that wallet really is 500k D:

(11:06 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: are you sure you dont want it back?

He already gave me the item that is worth 500k in exchange for one of my rares.

I was asking him if he wants it back since I didnt want it.

(11:06 PM) ☺ GUY: I know.

(11:06 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: I dont really have much use for it =[

(11:06 PM) ☺ GUY: It's fine do whatever you want with it, just save it if you come back to playing Gaia someday.

(11:07 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: um okay then =(

(11:07 PM) ☺ GUY: I was making fun of you... lol

(11:07 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: <.<'

(11:08 PM) ☺ GUY: How about this... I can make you something, and if you do come back to playing, i swear to god, I will give it back?

(11:08 PM) ☺ GUY: I'll even give you my pass to make sure I don't sell it or anything

(11:08 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: Im sorry but the answer will always be no =[

(11:08 PM) ☺ GUY: awww man

(11:09 PM) ☺ GUY: ANYTHING...

(11:09 PM) ☺ GUY: I'll even give you my most sacred possesion

(11:09 PM) ☺ GUY: but you must not tell anyone about it.

(11:09 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: still no <<;

(11:09 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: I dont want anything

(11:09 PM) ☺ GUY: Even for my list... of over 3000 gaia accounts and passwords?

(11:09 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: I just want to keep the hat D;

(11:10 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: @___@'

(11:10 PM) ☺ GUY: And I can't even wear it?

(11:10 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: no sorry

(11:10 PM) ☺ GUY: man...

(11:10 PM) ☺ GUY: Your a hard bargainer

(11:10 PM) ☺ GUY: Take a look at this

(11:11 PM) ☺ GUY: Initiated a file transfer

(11:10 PM) ☺ GUY: Thats part of it

(11:11 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: err

(11:11 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: I dont really want anything D:

(11:13 PM) ☺ GUY: Dude, PLEASE DEAR GOD, Just give me a chance, PLEASE. I mean, even if you do come back, it won't be for, who knows how long, and you won't even fufill my dream of letting me even wear it? I mean, It's just sitting in your mains inventory, just collecting intrest, never to be worn, except from when you occasionally log in, I mean I would wear that [bleep]er every single day of my mundane existance...

(11:14 PM) ☺ GUY: I mean, I would treat that thing like [bleep]ing gold, I would never even think about keep wearing it when I log out at night

(11:15 PM) ☺ GUY: If your going to say no, don't even bother, I don't want to be crushed again.

(11:16 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: fair enough :x

(11:16 PM) ☺ GUY: Man...

(11:17 PM) ☺ GUY: Yeah, lmme have the chain wallet back then, I don't feel like playing RuneScape again.

I already gave him my stuff on RS, now he wants his item back. Which I really didn't want so I gave it back.

(11:17 PM) ☺ GUY: If you don't mind

(11:17 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: okay

(11:19 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: okay sent o:

(11:20 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: I hope I got the name right

(11:21 PM) ☺ GUY: No one would be so... IGNORANT, to leave something like that, just sitting there

(11:21 PM) ☺ GUY: I hate my life so much

(11:21 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: =\

(11:23 PM) ☺ GUY: I just can't imagin someone who blatently disreguards anyones wishes to have something that you don't even think about using, all it is to you is a back-up plan if you choose to come back to RuneScape.

(11:25 PM) ☺ GUY: So that's it?

(11:25 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: I guess so =\

(11:25 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: its not like youre the first one who has asked me for the stuff

(11:25 PM) ☺ GUY: You don't even care what I say

(11:26 PM) ☺ GUY: Ya i realize that

(11:26 PM) ☺ GUY: But I'm probobly the only one who wouldnt sell it.

(11:26 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: well you only did ask for stuff that you can use to start over in the beginning

(11:27 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: I just gave all I could spare

(11:27 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: which is pretty much what i give to anyone who asks if I can give them stuff on RS =\

(11:27 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: I just like the hat way too much to even consider selling it

(11:28 PM) ☺ GUY: Which hat?

(11:28 PM) ☺ GUY: You keep saying THE hat

(11:28 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: both of them

(11:28 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: and my trim armors

(11:28 PM) ☺ GUY: What the hell are you going to do with both? run through f2p just switching back and forth

(11:29 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: Look I was just being nice

(11:29 PM) ☺ GUY: It's not like I'm going to let it go to waste

(11:29 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: I just gave you the stuff I could and I didnt ask for anything in return

(11:29 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: Its my business what I do with my stuff

(11:29 PM) ☺ GUY: I don't even know why you won't even let me wear it until you want it back

(11:29 PM) ☺ GUY: my god! I even said I would give you my password even for the chance to wear it

(11:30 PM) ☺ GUY: do you have any idea what this means to me? I've had nothing since my main got banned

(11:31 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: Well I just hope you noticed how much those stuff means to me that I dont even give them to my friends even though ive stopped playing RS for a long time.

(11:32 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: Im just dont feel obligated to give stuff to anyone

(11:32 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: otherwise I owuld have given my accounts to my friends along time ago

(11:32 PM) ☺ GUY: and you won't even let me BARROW it until you come back to RuneScape?

(11:33 PM) ☺ GUY: The mask, not the santa

(11:33 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: I just dont want to, not for anyone

(11:33 PM) (>'w')> [ erick: thats all I have to say

(11:33 PM) ☺ GUY: Selfish son of a [bleep].

(11:33 PM) ☺ GUY is now Offline

Then he blocked me, so I blocked him too.

I gave my stuff on runescape, and I gave back his item, and I declined the list of passwords which would have probably made me rich in Gaia...

Only because I really like my santa hat which I spent 3 years working hard to earn...

My question to you guys is, was I being selfish just because I quit and don't want to give away my rare?

Even though I gave away all my other stuff...? :(


Also what do you guys think about people who hoarded alot of rares, but never released them back to the market once they left?

Can they be called selfish? :-X