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Humor: Everything is perishable – Twitter on toilet rolls

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Finally the perspiration and debris of so many that are clogging social networks with superfluous messages to the world like “I’m cooking xxx…” or “I have to go to the bathroom…” have found an adequate destination – printed onto a toilet paper roll.
A group that calls itself “shitter” has started a service that takes one or more feeds from your Twitter account and prints it out onto four rolls of toilet paper. The price is a bit steep ($35) but as a one-off if you for example know those who are spamming your account so eloquently, it will make the perfect gift to give back to them what they have so generously provided to you with their tweets in the past.
Now we would like to see a real-time version of that – a printer integrated into a toilet roll dispenser – as shown “a few weeks” ago there are plenty more applications for a device like that.
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Time Waster: Type like a hacker

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What started out as a small joke by its developer going by the handle Duiker101, quickly developed into a toy used by millions. Hacker Typer still fun to waste some time with. You can upload your on text and customize the background and text colors, so if you reduce the typing speed a bit it will look fully legit.

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Quote of the day: Internet regulations are like witchcraft

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The fact that there is no such thing as witchcraft didn’t stop them from burning a lot of “witches”. By the same token the ineffectiveness of the “remedy” is actually worse for us. It’s like the “five-year-plan” that produces no wheat that yields an even more drastic “five-year-plan” that also produces no corn …

Cory Doctorow @ 28C3 28-December-2011

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Internet: The Great Firewall of the USA – Stop SOPA before it is too late

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On November 16th, Congress is holding hearings on the first American Internet censorship system.

If this bill passes it certainly will be the worst piece of Internet legislation in American history. The House of Representatives opens hearings on SOPA soon, but has rejected all submissions and testimony from public interest groups and others who oppose the bill.

If this bill passes, the Internet and free speech will never be the same. And so will U.S. society and the Internet industry as a whole. In the U.S. where this industry in total is larger than energy, agriculture, communication, mining or utilities, this bill will put innovation and thousands of small to mid-size companies at risk….

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Internet: The Next Net

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The moment the "net neutrality" debate began was the moment the net neutrality debate was lost. For once the fate of a network -  its fairness, its rule set, its capacity for social or economic reformation – is in the hands of policymakers and the corporations funding them – that network loses its power to effect change. The mere fact that lawmakers and lobbyists now control the future of the net should be enough to turn us elsewhere…

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Books: 20 Things I Learned about Browsers and the Web

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Google has produced a wonderful animated online book called “20 Things I Learned about Browsers and the Web” that explains many concepts and tools that the Internet is build of today…

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