adelagia: (pixar | birds hate life)
So much for a fun snow day. Here I was envisioning a day of relaxation and resting up to get rid of my stupid cold (and possibly even vacuuming), but no. Of course that wouldn't happen. Because of course the power at my condo had to go out. It's been out for ten hours and counting now, with no ETA from the electric company as to when it'll be restored.

Thankfully, I could charge my phone in my car, and once the roads were cleared, my parents came to get me (they don't trust that I can drive in winter conditions and they're probably correct, as I can barely drive properly in fully clement weather). Now I am warm, with electricity, and with wi-fi at my parents' house. Huzzah!

Here's to hoping that the power will come back soon and no pipes get frozen and maybe another school closure for the one I didn't even get to enjoy. Lol.

adelagia: (arthur has an angry)
Well. It took nine years, but I've finally been plagiarized!

A kind fellow fandomer alerted me to the plagiarism, and there is absolutely no question that it's my fic with different names slotted in, because the "author" barely bothered to change anything else at all. And apparently he/she/it has done this to several other authors as well.

Right now I'm vacillating wildly between DENOUNCE! DENOUNCE! PUBLIC SHAMING! and privately contacting the person to give them a chance to just take it down. But also one of the other affected authors is going the public denouncing route, so perhaps that will take care of it all at once. Hrm.

Thoughts?

ETA: About ten minutes after posting the above, the tumblr was deactivated. And then she apparently set up a new one with a slightly different username. I'm just laughing now. I mean, it still sucks and she still obviously hasn't learned a thing from this, but... god, people are so silly sometimes.

ETA 2: And now the second tumblr has mysteriously vanished as well! I'm excited to see where she pops up next. Stay tuned for the next installment of Assholes on the Internet, folks!

adelagia: (kermit no)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] elle_blessing at So. This is going to be about politics. Meet ACTA.
Online Censorship



If you thought SOPA was bad, just wait until you meet ACTA. Also, Find out what ACTA is, and why it's a problem.

ACTA is not the European SOPA. It’s an INTERNATIONAL treaty that will apply to every country that signs it. ACTA will not just affect websites, and have them blocked out of the internet - its measures go as far as surveillance of anything you share through private channels.

Oh, yeah. And the Obama administration already signed it without Congressional approval a few months ago. So much for the White House's sentiments against SOPA that "Any effort to combat online piracy must guard against the risk of online censorship..."

Apparently they didn't really mean it. You can read all about how the Obama administration is trying to pass this off as an "executive agreement" as opposed to a international treaty so they didn't have to ask for the Congress's permission. And how it's fundamentally unconstitutional. Basically, Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution says that intellectual property is an issue under Congress's purview, and not the President's. Since it is an issue clearly stated in the Constitution as not being under the President's control, ACTA should be submitted to the Senate for approval.

Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon even wrote the President on this very issue last October:

“[T]he executive branch lacks constitutional authority to enter into binding international agreements on matters under Congress’s plenary powers, including the Article I powers to regulate foreign commerce and protect intellectual property,” the letter from Wyden states. “Yet, through ACTA and without your clarification, the USTR looks to be claiming the authority to do just that.”

So, what can we as Americans do to stop ACTA?

Well, if you already signed the White House petition to "End ACTA and Protect Our Right to Privacy on the Internet," IT'S NOT ENOUGH. The US has already signed the agreement. The only way we can get out of ACTA as a country is if it is brought before the Senate for ratification.

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

Alright. So now what?

Well, did you know that over 10,000 people in Poland have flooded the streets in opposition to ACTA? And that Ireland and 26 other European countries will sign tomorrow? What is especially fishy about ACTA is that not only was it developed (AND SIGNED HERE IN THE US) behind closed doors, but in Europe unelected officials were part of its development.

Eight of the 11 ACTA participating countries have signed the agreement and the battle now mainly lies in the European Union. This week, the Council of the European Union—one of the European Union’s two legislative bodies, composed of executives from the 27 EU member states—adopted ACTA during a completely unrelated meeting on agriculture and fisheries. It is now up to the European Parliament, the EU’s other legislative body, to give consent on ACTA in the coming year.

So y'all getting it? Done in secret. Unelected officials were involved in the development. Signed in secret in many countries. Has the potential to change the internet as we know it.

After ACTA is signed by Poland, Ireland, most European countries and the EU itself tomorrow, the only thing that stands between ACTA and the world, really, is the European Parliament. If they don't ratify ACTA, it won't go into effect in Europe.

SO WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO ON A GLOBAL SCALE? Sign the petition at accessnow.org to encourage the European Union to take a stand and vote "NO" on ACTA.


After you've spread the word, watch the video Anonymous made about ACTA. Be educated about this y'all. Our ability to even write and share posts like this one are in danger if we're not in the know and DOING something.


adelagia: (oregon trail fail)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] elle_blessing at ACTA. The New SOPA. Only not.
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] cantarina1 at post
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] electricdruid at The fiasco continues
ACTA in a Nutshell –
What is ACTA? ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.
Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”
What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.
Essential ACTA Resources -
  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video
Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.
Via Tumblr



This entry was originally posted on Dreamwidth.

What. No.

Dec. 23rd, 2011 11:49 am
adelagia: (pixar | seagulls have a freak-out)
I've been casually reading the comments threads at the latest LJ news release and found a bunch of people complaining that their accounts had been set to Autopay without their consent. So, just to be safe, I checked mine. Lo and behold.

I have never agreed to use autopayments before on LJ. And yet, there it was, bright and bushy-tailed and ready to charge my credit card, which should not have been stored on the site in the first place because I DON'T USE AUTOPAY.

Check your accounts, dudes.

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