Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Jan 2012 00:09 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes ...and we're back. Like so many other sites on the web, OSNews joined the worldwide protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT-IP Act, which threaten to end free speech, economic innovation, privacy, and the free exchange of information on the web. I don't wish to waste too many words on our participation, so consider this item as a sort of comment lightening rod to make sure that when the next story is posted, we can focus fully on its topic. Update: DC seems to be getting the message the internet sent today.
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New browser extensions
by sbergman27 on Thu 19th Jan 2012 02:16 UTC
sbergman27
Member since:
2005-07-24

Well, I've certainly learned something. The "Cache" and "Google Cache Link Protector" extensions for Chrome/Chromium, and the Gcache+ extension for Firefox, are invaluable. As managers of the sites like Wikipedia, which we've come to depend upon, start thinking of themselves more as political lobbyists and less as the providers of valuable public resources, we're likely to see a lot more of these kinds of things. By effectively leveraging the Internet's ultimate mirror, the Google Cache, you can go on working almost as if nothing had happened.

Note that while Google did use its wild popularity to get the word out, and got millions of anti-SOPA petition signatures... they didn't skip out on us.

I never did understand how making knowledge more difficult to access was supposed to help the Internet.

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RE: New browser extensions
by historyb on Thu 19th Jan 2012 03:30 in reply to "New browser extensions"
historyb Member since:
2005-07-06

I found better resources other than wiki, but I still like the wiki ;)

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RE: New browser extensions
by shmerl on Thu 19th Jan 2012 05:12 in reply to "New browser extensions"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

Wiki was available, you could just disable the JavaScript. Their point was not to deprive people of content, but to raise awareness of the SOPA issue.

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RE[2]: New browser extensions
by umccullough on Thu 19th Jan 2012 05:22 in reply to "RE: New browser extensions"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

Wiki was available, you could just disable the JavaScript.


Better yet, you just click your browser's stop button before it brings up the blackout page...

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RE: New browser extensions
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 19th Jan 2012 05:33 in reply to "New browser extensions"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

The self censorship on display today was about as practically effective as the government kind.

Now, If I were going to disappear, I'd send everyone a HTTP response code of 410 GONE, and include a statement of protest/yo mama jokes in custom HTTP headers.

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