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Where I've been

Busy working and reading. I've fallen in to some weird other world where I spend all my free time reading. Like seriously, hours upon hours - reading.

See me HERE at goodreads.
I occasionally check my twitter feed HERE.
And I go to my tumblr sometimes, too. HERE.

In other news. I'm going to Boston for a long weekend May 31-June4. And then in October... Italy. I can't wait.
Ashley leaves for her Europe backpacking trip May 22nd (thru June 27th). I'm nervous. My child will be on a different continent - backpacking. I'll be a mess of stressed nerves the whole time.

My brother is getting married Sept 14th in Charleston.

And that is all that is going on here. 
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Men - I just... yeah.

This story really got to me. There has been a ton of interviews and news on the shooting in Aurora. I'm not gonna lie, I didn't read it because it was so heart-breaking. I tend to avoid most news reports that would make me cry. I'm a wuss and got the news by twitter feed and blurbs on my homepage. But this headline caught my attention on the yahoo homepage and yeah, well, it got me right in the big ol' cold heart in my chest.

"Of the 12 killed in the Aurora attack, four were men who died shielding their girlfriends from harm."
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798 (129) - ALL U.S. INTERNET PROVIDERS WILL BE POLICING DOWNLOADS BY JULY 12, 2012

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All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Seriously. WHAT THE FLYING FUCK WORLD.

"File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US."

The article goes on to give details. After six notices, internet providers will decide to throttle a person's internet speed, or cut it off altogether. I don't know if they will crack down on torrents only, or if it is up to the internet provider. I get the sense it is up to the internet provider. So some people could get away with downloading non torrents, while others might get their internet service cut off. I urge you to click it and read, as we all know people who download.

No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly. I'm so sorry my friends. I don't even know if BT Guard will work to protect you, but I would google it if I were you. It is a professional service that supposedly can protect you from the invasive eyes of your internet provider.

Just, my friends, please make each other aware. Please be aware of the date JULY 12TH. Mark your calendar and double check with your internet provider by then. If you start receiving notices of downloaded activity, this is why. And your internet service could be throttled or cut off.

Fox News confirms this:
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/03/17/us-isps-become-copyright-cops-starting-july-12/

Youtube video explaining this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5OG0R-yS-c


ETA: Petition for RIAA and the Obama Administration: Stop ISPs from launching a massive copyright spying scheme this July 12th

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Google Privacy Issues: Web History

Reposted from: anjak_j and kitel78
Google Privacy Issues: Web HistoryIf you are going to do this, you need to do it before March 1st. It has been said that users will not be able to do anything about this after that date.

With reference to Google's policy changes and how everything you do with your Google account will be tied together into their super-cauldron of information, you will probably want to clear your Google Web History out - if you turned that feature on - before month's end. After that, you won't be able to clear it, and everything you search for will be connected with your account.

To check settings and/or clear out your Web History:

1. Go to Google. If you aren't signed in already, do so.
2. In the top right-hand corner you'll find your email address or name, perhaps an icon if you have a Plus account, and a little downward facing arrow. Click on the arrow and a menu will pop up.
3. Click to 'Account Settings'. This will take you to a page called 'Accounts'. (If you have a Plus account, you might go via a Plus sign-in page.)
4. Scroll down to a section called 'Services'. Here you'll find an option called 'View, enable, or disable web history', which has a link next to it. Click on the link.
5. If you never turned web history on, you'll get a page asking if you want to turn this service on. Just click 'No Thanks' and all is good. If you did turn it on, you should have a list of your searches. At the top there is a button that says 'Remove All History'. Click this and follow the instructions which will remove all items from your Web History and pause the feature so nothing else will be added in future.


Also, you can completely remove Web History as a service from your account by clicking THIS LINK, checking the tick-box and confirming you want to remove Web History. To be safe, it is probably best to do the steps above first to remove any history that might have already been collected.

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