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This photo is inside Google’s South Carolina data center.
"In case anything should happen to our data, we have it all backed up. One of the places we back up information is here in our tape library. Robotic arms (visible at the end of the aisle) assist us in loading and unloading tapes when we need to access them."
It’s amazing how much people on the internet disqualify someones intent behind writing something. Intent is everything. It’s basically saying “screw what the writer was actually meaning by his piece, it’s what your emotions think he meant that’s true.” Makes you seem high and mighty.
Security company IID (Internet Identity) believes that half of all Fortune 500 companies and more than two dozen major government entities in the US are still currently infected with the worm as of early 2012. Unless they take the proper steps to eradicate the Trojan from their systems, millions of users worldwide will be left hog-tied, helplessly attempting to navigate to nonexistent servers and, in effect, without the Web.
BTJunkie, the largest torrent indexer on the internet, closed their doors today, leaving this message on their homepage:
2005 - 2012
This is the end of the line my friends. The decision does not come easy, but we’ve decided to voluntarily shut down. We’ve been fighting for years for your right to communicate, but it’s time to move on. It’s been an experience of a lifetime, we wish you all the best!
Started in 2005, BTJunkie had nearly 4 million active torrents, and was the 5th most popular torrent website on the internet in 2011.
The shut down follows the closure of MegaUpload, as well as Filesonic and Fileserve’s decision to end file-sharing. Like Filesonic and Fileserve, the move by BTJunkie was voluntary.
Also in the news, was the Pirate Bay’s domain switch from .org to .se following a refusal by Sweden’s Supreme Court to hear an appeal by the website. The New Zealand Herald noted that the move was most likely made to prevent US authorities from seizing the domain, like they did with MegaUpload.
Highlights: The company claims to have 845 million monthly users; in 2011 Facebook recorded $3.7 billion in revenue (an 88% increase from the previous year); Zynga, the makers of FarmVille, apparently make up 12% of Facebook’s revenue; Mark Zuckerburg owns 28.4% of Facebook; 2.7 billion likes and comments pass through Facebook every day; 250 million photos are uploaded every day; there are 100 billion friendships on Facebook. While the exchange that Facebook will be trading on has not yet been announced, Facebook will have “FB” as it’s ticker. At $5 billion, it’s Silicon Valley’s largest-ever IPO according to Reuters.
More: Ads accounted for $3.154 billion of Facebook’s 2011 revenue; it has $6.6 billion in total assets; effective Jan 1, 2013, Zuckerburg’s salary will fall to $1/year. His recorded total compensation in 2011 was $1.3 million. (Thanks Matt)
A change in policy: Twitter announced Thursday that it would begin restricting Tweets in certain countries, marking a policy shift for the social media platform that helped propel the popular uprisings recently sweeping across the Middle East.
“Starting today, we give ourselves the ability to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country while keeping it available in the rest of the world,” the Twitter blog said.
Well, you’re asking a conservative about the economic interests of Hollywood. …If a company finds that it has genuinely been infringed upon, it has the right to sue. But the idea that we’re going to pre-emptively have the government start censoring the Internet on behalf of giant corporations’ economic interests strikes me as exactly the wrong thing to do.
— Republican NEWT GINGRICH, when asked how he feels about SOPA and PIPA. (via inothernews)
According to Torrent Freak, MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom was arrested in New Zealand, and another six alleged members of the “mega ‘conspiracy’” (as it has been called) were also charged.
- Finn Batato, 38, Mega’s chief marketing officer and a citizen and resident of Germany - Julius Bencko, 35, Mega’s graphic designer from Slovakia - Sven Echternach, 39,Mega’s German head of business development; - Mathias Ortmann, 40, the German CTO, co-founder and director of Mega - Andrus Nomm, 32, programmer and head of the development from Estonia - Bram van der Kolk, 29, a Dutch citizen who oversaw programming and network issues.
While Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and van der Kolk were arrested today in Auckland, Bencko, Echternach, and Nomm are still at large.
According to the DoJ, the people named in the indictment could face:
- Maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on the charge of conspiracy to commit racketeering - 20 years in prison on the charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering - 5 years in prison on the charge of conspiracy to commit copyright infringement - and 5 years in prison on “each of the substantive charges of criminal copyright infringement.”
Hollywood’s in a showdown over its TV shows, movies and music with an up-and-coming opponent in the Washington arena: the Silicon Valley gang.
And that can only mean a huge payday for lobbyists.
According to figures compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, the film, music and TV industries have spent more than $91 million on lobbying so far this year — an amount that puts them on pace to beat all of their previous spending records.
How not to offend. Which on the internet is near bloody impossible.
So, you’ve managed to offend someone. Congratulations! Welcome to the World Wide Web, home of people who don’t know you personally but now hate your guts. Don’t fret, it’s happened to everyone. Sooner or later, something you say will offend someone, and bam you’re in Angry Town. Population: you, and everyone who has an immediate reaction to things they see on the internet that they don’t agree with.
So, how do you keep yourself out of Angry Town you ask? Well, it’s simple really. All you have to do is not say anything. That’s it. Don’t say anything. Ever. Just keep your mouth shut and don’t talk. Hell, don’t even breathe if you can because, hey, you might offend the fishes with all your fancy breathing. Also, don’t voice your opinions, or call out someone else’s opinions, oh and don’t say anything someone could misinterpret (which, on the internet, is a lot). Just cover your eyes and go stand in the corner over there. Everything will be ok.
Or so it would seem at least, for you see, if everyone followed this rule, we wouldn’t have any discussion or debate, people wouldn’t become more knowledgeable, problems wouldn’t get solved, opinions themselves wouldn’t be formed. And that’s not good, right? Everyone would just be sitting, silently twiddling their thumbs for fear that someone will be offended. If thumb-twiddling was deemed offensive by someone, then we would really be screwed.
Someone said something ignorant? Better not say anything, they might get offended. You found something stupid? Want to vent about this? Want to call that opinion illogical? Well, better keep it to yourself. Someone could be offended! Wouldn’t want that now would we? Imagine, someone being offended. I can’t think of a worse thing really. I honestly can’t. I’m trying really hard here. … Nope, nothing. Yay, happy times!
So there, now you know how to not offend anyone. I told you it was simple. Yes, I know, it might feel strange at first, not saying anything that’s on your mind, but it’s ok. No more feeling the wrath of complete strangers on the internet for you! No more wanting to just crawl into bed and tell everyone to go to hell! No more month-long bouts of depression! And you know why? Because no one is offended by something you said. And the fun thing is, they never will be, because before you know it, you will have become an empty, opinionless, silent, shell.