Named after everybody's favorite civil liberty-crushing legislation, the Patriot Act (extended by President Obama for another 4 years, BTW), this handy iPhone app "encourages active citizen participation in the War on Terror and in protecting their families and surrounding communities."
That's right, all you have to do is press the Suspicious Activity or Whistle Blower button to submit a report directly to the FBI! Then just sit back and relax while they go about investigating and/or apprehending that bald, burly man with tattoos you saw loitering outside the grocery store or the Muslim family who moved in down the street that mostly keeps to themselves. You're a patriot!
Tuesday July 12, 2011
How many of your Steam games have you not played?>> 02:51 PM - Jacob Vandy VanDerWerf ( 29 comments ) We've all felt at least a little guilty for buying too many games on Steam, especially in the wake of one of their epic sale events. Well, now you can really wallow in self-pity because this handy-dandy script will tell you what percentage of games in your Steam library you have never even launched once, as well as play time counts and other fun stats. Just fill in your Steam user name or account ID number at the end of the URL:
First, you might receive a warning letter for copyright infringement, like they have been doing for years now. In the past, however, that's where it would stop unless the content owner decided to take legal action. If this new deal comes to fruition however, repeat offenders may be subject to more severe reprimand.
Participating ISPs might elect to throttle your connection speed or even limit your access to the web. Potentially, your go-to torrent site or other favorite destinations will be blocked off to you, leaving only a short list of approved/popular/safe places for you to visit online until your behavior improves. A virtual time-out, of sorts.
In serious cases, you might even be required to attend "pirate school" if you want to keep your internet service. Similar to traffic school for bad drivers, you would be forced to learn more about the laws you're breaking if you want to continue cruising down the information super-highway.
Forces in the U.S. government have been at work in helping this arrangement move forward, with President Obama himself encouraging both sides to come to an agreement. There is also legislation trying to pass through Congress that would make it illegal to stream copyrighted works over the internet -- such a law might send you to jail for watching videos on YouTube faster than you could spin around in your office chair.
The above-pictured man from North Carolina robbed a bank for $1, then calmly sat down in the lobby for cops to come and arrest him. He had a growth on his chest, two ruptured disks in his spine, and a problematic left foot, but no medical insurance. He's since been treated in jail, for free.
Here's an excerpt from their "press release" as to why they're taking an interest in this:
RYAN DUNN IS IN HELL!
DRAB PERVERT HAWKED PORN-LEVEL FILTH (E.G., TOY CAR UP HIS RECTUM FOR ENTERTAINMENT) TO GET RICH OFF A PERVERSE GENERATION. HIS “FRIENDS” & FAMILY LIED TO HIM ABOUT GOD & TAUGHT HIM TO BE A PROUD SINNER. IT’S TOO LATE FOR HIM; NOT TOO LATE FOR THE LIVING! WBC will picket any public memorial/funeral held for Dunn, warning all not to make a mock of sin, & to fear & obey God!
Yep... If that screenshot of the website for new Chinese game Final Combat (probably a shooter) isn't enough to convince you, check out their version of a "Meet the Soldier" video they have through here. They call theirs "the Rocket" instead, so that makes it all better, right?
Rapper Spyrul1 launches debut album>> 03:43 PM - Dan Turner ( 3 comments ) One of our own has gone gold with his debut song "Insecure." You may remember Alex from just about every video production ever done on FiringSquad. Hopefully he'll remember us little peeps when he picks up his first MTV award.
Apparently he was killed in Pakistan yesterday by a special forces strike team, with no friendly or civilian casualties. They say they his body was recovered, his identity verified through DNA records, but also that he's already been dumped into the sea... That's a bit odd.
After bin Laden was killed in a raid by U.S. forces in Pakistan, senior administration officials said the body would be handled according to Islamic practice and tradition. That practice calls for the body to be buried within 24 hours, the official said. Finding a country willing to accept the remains of the world's most wanted terrorist would have been difficult, the official said. So the U.S. decided to bury him at sea.
Starting Monday, the majority of broadband users in the U.S. will have arbitrary limits on their bandwidth usage. AT&T, the second-largest broadband provider behind Comcast (which has had a monthly limit for more than 2 years already), is placing restrictions on the amount of data DSL and U-Verse subscribers can transfer in a month (150GB and 250GB, respectively). AT&T plans to charge you an extra $10 for every 50GB over the limit, which isn't as bad as the $5 per GB overage fees seen in Canada, at least.
On the other hand, Comcast doesn't even give you the courtesy of an overage fee... They have been known to cancel internet services after the second instance of surpassing their 250GB cap. They have even begun rolling out 105 Mbps service in major markets (San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia, and such), but it STILL carries the 250GB per month cap! What's the point of that? As far as I'm concerned, Verizon can't roll out more of their fiber lines fast enough -- I would switch to them from Comcast in a second.
As you may or may not have heard, Donald Trump is posturing to run for president in 2012 as a Republican. You'd think he wouldn't have a chance in hell, but by diving off the deep end and siding with the asinine Birther movement, he's actually gained some traction in the political arena. You know the Birthers, right? That far-too-large group of dim-wits and racists that have been disputing the citizenship of our president for the past 3 years? Why they're still banging that drum is beyond me; Obama has certainly been enough of a disappointment to warrant plenty of legitimate criticism...
Anyhow, Trump has really been sticking in Obama's craw as of late, finally spurring the release of the latter's long-form birth certificate in an attempt to shut everyone up about it. Trump was quick to take credit for resolving that "issue," even though now the Birthers are calling the document a forgery. It seems a bona fide rivalry has spawned through all of this, which only lends an extra measure of lunacy to American politics: a womanizing real estate tycoon-turned reality TV star has become what many consider to be the forerunner of the Republican party leading into next year's presidential election!
President Obama even saw fit to make his triumph over Trump and the Birthers the focus of his speech at last night's White House Correspondents' Dinner. Cheesy patriotic video set to Hulk Hogan's theme song "Real American," emphasis on the 'fellow' in "My fellow Americans...," showing his "birth video" (actually a clip from The Lion King), etc. Then he started roasting Trump, who was in attendance (see troll face above), with jokes about his lack of political experience and proclivity toward conspiracy theories and gaudy casino-hotels. Is this really what politics has come to?