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Article 15 and 17

This is going to be an odd post for me, since technically, this shouldn’t affect me as this site is pitifully small and probably doesn’t get that much traffic anymore. I mean, why come here when I barely post anymore? lol

Alright, I’ve been saying I want to revamp this site and at some point, I will. What I’ll probably end up doing is just nuking the entire site and starting from a newly formed blog and then start doing whatever. This is the most likely thing that’s going to happen. But for now, let’s get to the main point I’ll be making.

As I said, the EU Articles 15 and 17, dubbed “Link Tax” and “Upload Filter” respectively, were the old Article 11 and 13 before the vote was finalized and passed. With quite a large margin for compared to against. You can find more on this article from TorrentFreak. So what does that mean for my site? Well… this may be extreme, but I am contemplating on blocking all EU member states from visiting this site. This may not matter too much considering that VPN’s are quite a thing now-a-days, but at the same time, I’ve not decided.

On a technicality, I live in the US. The website is in the US. I abide by local laws, Texas state laws, and US federal laws where I am personally located. EU laws should have no bearing on me whatsoever and should, in theory, have no legal justification on me. Same could be said in regards to GDPR that was passed a while back. I may see about talking to various people to see about getting advice on what it actually would mean for me since all I would really plan to do is just random rambles, maybe just a place to outline story ideas, anime/manga reviews, or crap like that.

That’s basically how I feel for now. So, a potential block of all EU users could occur, because copyright is a massively messy thing that I don’t want to have to legally deal with and… ugh, its just such a freakin’ mess. And anyone wonders why I won’t upload Youtube videos anymore… Eventually its just going to get to a point that we’d have to get permission from like 10 different entities because every small portion is copyrighted to some degree by different lawyers and thus have to get a license for every minor thing just to post one thing. I mean seriously, who in their right mind is going to go through that kind of trouble?

To put it blunt: Fuck Copyright. Fuck RIAA. Fuck MPAA. Fuck Hollywood. If it were me, I’d completely tear Copyright apart, abolish the entire law. Make a Copyright 2.0 law that fits with modern society that guarantees protection for 14 years, with a one-time extension of another 14 years. After that, your work is forced into public domain so people can improve on the original concept. But during the protection, one would have full access to the law behind them to protect their works in the meantime.

And for the record, any work that would have been under the old law would still apply. So, any works made while the old law was in force, would retain protection for however many generations of people that get fucked over by over-staying copyright laws. It would only apply to newly created works so that innovation can continue to move forward, instead of backward.

This was my rant for the day.

Future of ShadowHime

I think I got a better idea of what I want to do with the site.

I’m still going to keep a limited IRC presence here, but its more of a front for my bots I run which I need to re-do that page anyway; and set up a CRON again… I hate CRON btw.

Anyway, the idea I’m thinking is to basically wipe everything about the now-defunct IRC Server I used to run that went absolutely nowhere. About the only mentions of IRC after the revamp will be reduced to just about the XDCC bots really for Exiled-Destiny. The purpose I’m probably going to use this blog for is to qwip about things online, what I’m doing, post my thoughts on anime and games probably; so I’ll still be around here, but not what one would think.

I’ll also be posting some information on projects I’m working on for said games too, like the one I’m working on for Moero Chronicle for instance. The Twitter account will remain, I’ll probably just change up a detail or two or something; or I may change it over to the main twitter account I use which is @TwinShadow_SH. (TwinShadow was taken, so.. yeah)

So, in short:

  • Total revamp of the blog.
  • Removal of about 90% of IRC mentions. (I’ve gotten a couple emails recently about them, which is weird..)
  • New logo.
  • Brand new theme. (I’m exploring options of premium themes, but I may stick to the current one, but actually purchase it because I LOVE it that much.. However, if I find a suitable dark theme, I’ll look at it.)
  • Among other things.

There you have it. I’ve left this blog alone for so long that its about time I did something again. Maybe make it a fun side-project because I do want to do something for this site again and be able to link to it again.

New CAPTCHA for the Forum

I’m probably going to do the same for the blog too actually, but some of the spam comments I see in my queue are rather hilarious in how so painfully obvious spam they are. I’ll think about it, but for the time being the CAPTCHA has changed on the forum. Instead of the FACKWORS possibility, I got rid of the SMF default and replaced it with something a bit more… fun. Well, it has to be fun, or it wouldn’t be called FunCAPTCHA, now would it?

I think that’s all I got to report for now. I’ll still think about adding it to the blog, but I might not. The current anti-spam measure is doing a rather good job at weeding out those dumb spam comments. I just love how hard they try with the million letter comments with links all over the place. Obvious spam is.. obvious, nee~?

Going Offline? Nope.

Y’all may have heard about the protest for today that is against SOPA and PIPA that’s making their way through the US Government. I’ll make it clear, we, as ShadowHime staff, are against the two bills. But, we aren’t we going offline? No, its not to do with the fact we’re not popular or anything. I just don’t see a point as to why.

Wikipedia went offline, some other sites are as well, for 24 hours in a black-out as a protest. Coming from me, protests can work, but at the same time, they don’t. I don’t see a need, personally, to shut down ShadowHime’s website and forum in a protest that will most likely do very little against the two bills. What other site admins do is their business though, so if they wish to shut down, they’re welcome to do so.

There’s quite a few resources here on this site, as well as the forum that help the users is one reason why I won’t shut down my site.

Keep in mind, I don’t plan to post anything political here, nor on the forum. What goes on IRC is another matter, and we do have a channel for it: #politics. But I will say this. US Government is corrupted, has been for over a century. If nothing stops or delays the two bills, they will be passed before the 2012 elections occur. I firmly believe they will end up getting passed, bringing the destruction of the Internet pretty quick. Call me pessimistic if you wish, but I don’t see how these two bills will be stopped with the current administration. They want to stop piracy, but they don’t know the first thing how the Internet works, nor its fundamental values either. But don’t forget, there are many big name companies that are lobbying for the bills to pass, and they have the money to prove it.

You may ask me what I think might work… Eh, not easy. I’ll say this at least. Google for a list of companies that support SOPA/PIPA. Boycott them to make them understand your position. My own ISP is supportive of the motion, yet there’s nothing I can do. Time Warner is my current ISP, AT&T is my only other option, and they also have support for the same objective. Boycotting in my case would be pointless as that would leave me without an internet connection.

There y’all go. ShadowHime will not be going offline. Protesting in that sense is meaningless to me and serves no purpose in that regard. There are better ways to protest bills and acts of Congress than to take a website offline, even if its to show what could happen if they do pass in the end.

I love internet problems…

So uh, I have internet problems. This shouldn’t hinder me from doing light uploading or something that I’m going to need to do most likely for the servers, but my modem has been resetting itself when I am uploading huge files.

So, StatServ? Eh.. because my modem being stupid (I’ve had a replacement 2 times, all 3 modems are doing it), I shut down the box that StatServ was sitting on for now. For the time being, it will not be available until I can figure out what’s going on with my internet. My ISP has no clue what’s going on either, and I’ve showed them while in the act.

Its really strange, but there’s nothing much I can do. I suppose if someone has any idea of what’s going on, they can view the video from Youtube and we’ll go from there I guess.

Skip ahead to about 2:15 (I can’t do that in embeds) and watch from that point. You’ll see it happen pretty quick. Or you can watch the entire video, up to you.

The new modem is a Ubee combo piece of crap, and its doing the exact same thing, so I don’t really need to make a new video for it.