Pirate Party Wins Seat in Eu Parliament

Wired reports that the Pirate Party took 7.1% of the vote allowing them 1 seat on the EU parliament. It’s a start at least. While the trials (literally) and tribulations of the Pirate Bay are what started the party, it was the recent enforcement of IPRED that really spurred an unprecedented amount of young voters to join the Pirate Party. This has led to the Pirate Party becoming the 3 largest party in Sweden, and if they keep expanding membership at current rates they will be the second largest party by the end of June. Now while one vote may not make a difference, it at least ensures that arguments… Read More

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Thought Crime comes to the U.S.

Breaking news from WIRED. Christopher Handley, described by his lawyer as a “prolific collector” of manga, pleaded guilty last week to mailing obscene matter, and to “possession of obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children.” Three other counts were dropped in a plea deal with prosecutors. Anyone who owns manga should be very afraid of this decision. I had no idea that such a law existed in the U.S.. This has happened in Australia already. The original U.S. law The Child Protect Act was ruled overly broad by the U.S. Supreme court so it apparently was rewritten to use “community standards” to decide if what you possess is… Read More

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Square-Enix Kills another Fan Game

So once again an awesome fan made game is crushed by a studio that refuses to release any more games in one of their series. Over at Chrono Compendium they have been working on a fan mod of the original Chrono Trigger called Chrono Trigger: Crimson Echoes. After getting to 98+% completion a C&D letter was sent. (Copy of the C & D letter found Here). I’m sick of two things with this. 1) To Square-Enix. Either make more games in the god damn series or allow your fucking Intellectual Imaginary Property to be used by the fan base.  There is obviously a market here.  Or better yet, why don’t… Read More

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How did moot become Times #1 Influential person?

Paul Lamere at Music Machinery has the scoop on how /b/ hacked Time and not only made moot the most influential person of the year, but also embedded a message into the poll. “Zombocom joked to one of his friends “it would be funny to troll Time.com and put us up as most influential, but since we are not explicitly on the list we’ll have to spell it out. ” His friend thought it was impossible. But two weeks later, “marblecake’ was indeed spelled out for all to see at the top of the Time.com poll.” Pretty brilliant work really. Just imagine what Anonymous could do if they set themselves… Read More

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PA to Tax Violent Video Games?

In Nov. 2007 the ‘The Task Force on Violent Interactive Video Games’ was established by the The Children and Youth Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. They were tasked with determining if and how violent video games affect children. In December 2008 the final report of this committee was released. Full PDF here via GamePolitics.com. A summary of the results of their study. There is a small correlation between viewing of violent media and violent behavior in some children.  Although this is contested by many researchers. Correlation does not equal causation.   Children that are violent for other reasons may be drawn to violent games.  More research is needed.… Read More

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