Monday, April 24, 2017

SCOTUS: Your Cosplaying is Illegal

It's over. Cosplay is officially illegal in the US. SCOTUS ruled 6-2 in favor of Varsity Brands.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Legislation would give Trump power to appoint a Copyright Czar

House has introduced a bill that would give President Trump and other future presidents the power to appoint a copyright czar.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Mike Pence to push for TPP vote if Trump resigns over Russian hacked election

As far as I can see it, Mike Pence will become interim president and push for TPP vote, If President Trump resigns. As far as how the news about the Russian hack of the 2016 election results, it seems likely that the TPP could get a vote.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Star Era is closing its doors.

This is sad news. It really sucks.

Poppace is closing down Star Era on March 10th, 2017.

RIP Star Era  You had a good run.

Dear players,

It has been more than two years since the Star Era was launched. Due to various reasons, we have to make a difficult decision: The operation of Star Era will be terminated at 23:59 on March 10th, 2017, GMT-4. Game can be played normally until March 10th. You can still enjoy the game and use the diamonds or items until the servers being closed.
Your companions gave us greatest encouragement and we will never forget your support for so long. All the members of Star Era Operation Team extend the most sincere gratitude to each players.

Schedule for terminating game operation:

  1.  Players can log in to the game before servers being closed.
  2.  The recharge entry will be closed on February 20th, 2017.
  3.  All servers will be closed at 23:59 on March 10th, 2017, GMT-4, including all links servers contain.

Finally, we want to express our gratitude to all players again for the long-term support and help. And sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We appreciate your kindly understanding.

We wish other PopPace games can capture your imagination like Star Era did.

Star Era Team
February 16th, 2017

RIP Star Era (2015-2017)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

DMCA Agent to Bloggers and Website owners: Censor or lose liability protection

The DMCA Agent is warning me and anyone who runs a wiki, a fanfiction, fan art hosting site. To register with DMCA or they'll shut them all down.

AFAIK, Fanfiction dot net never registered for DMCA protections. DeviantArt has but they need to renew their registration.

But here's the new thing. The Copyright office is considering on removing DMCA protections to website owners if they do not comply in this big corporate censorship. So in other cases DeviantArt for example once they renew their DMCA protections they must take down all the fan art or they'll be held liable.

This is typically a bait-n-switch. Either way, you'll lose liability protection, renewal for censorship or not.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Despite Donald Trump's opposition against the TPP Secretary of State nominee signals congressional passage of trade deal.

The TPP is still alive and Trump's nominee Tillerson for Secretary of State is using the defibrillator to give it a jolt of life, signaling the passage of the trade deal through Congress.

Trump has picked the wrong nominee. A CNN report showed that he supports the TPP, leaving Trump and Tillerson divided.

It's going to pass and it's time to demand President Donald Trump go on his promise of what he campaigned.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Why are you still using Windows XP? Firefox will disable its browser by September 2017

Still using XP with Firefox? Your browser will stop running starting in September 2017 according to Mozilla.

In approximately March, 2017, Windows XP and Vista users will automatically be moved to the Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR).

Firefox is one of the few browsers that continues to support Windows XP and Vista, and we expect to continue to provide security updates for users until September 2017. Users do not need to take additional action to receive those updates. In mid-2017, user numbers on Windows XP and Vista will be reassessed and a final support end date will be announced.

In the meantime, we strongly encourage our users to upgrade to a version of Windows that is supported by Microsoft. Unsupported operating systems receive no security updates, have known exploits, and are dangerous for you to use.  For planning purposes, enterprises using Firefox should consider September 2017 as the support end date for Windows XP and Vista.