PIPA, the PROTECT IP Act (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act) is an amendment/re-write of the failed Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA). Under the proposed law, PIPA, would give the government and copyright holders tools to prevent access to rogue websites that are dedicate to counterfeit goods or infringe the intellectual property act. The bill was introduced on May 12, 2011 by Senator Patrick Leahy.
On January 18, 2012, several thousand websites opposing the law, including Reddit, Boing Boing, Wired, WordPress, Wikipedia and Mozilla Firefox launched a service blackout in protest of PIPA and another controversial bill, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). During the service outage, participating websites left readers with information about SOPA and PIPA, citing examples of what “could” happen if the SOPA/PIPA bills were passed.
- SOPA - Stop Online Piracy Act
Introduced by U.S. Representative Lamar Smith, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is a United States bill intended to extend the U.S. law enforcement to “fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods.” The law would expand existing laws to include unauthorized streaming of copyright material and impose a maximum penalty of five […]
- cloud computing accounting software
Cloud computing accounting software is accounting software that is hosted on remote servers. It provides accounting capabilities to businesses in a fashion similar to the SaaS (Software as a Service) business model. Data is sent into “the cloud,” where it is processed and returned to the user. All application functions are performed off-site, not on […]
Etckeeper is a set of Linux server tools that lets you keep your /etc directory (and all the configuration files under it) in a revision control system. It hooks into apt (and other software package managers including yum and pacman-g2) to automatically commit changes made to /etc during package upgrades. The advantage of etckeeper is […]
MATE is a fork of the GNOME 2 desktop environment that offers compatibility with the newer GNOME 3 while retaining the look and feel of the earlier GNOME release. MATE’s compatibility with GNOME 3 enables the two desktop environments to run on the same system. The Linux Mint distribution of Linux includes MATE in version […]
- Linux Mint
A popular open source distribution of the Linux operating system that provides several desktop environment options for users dissatisfied with GNOME 3 or for users looking for a desktop environment more similar to the task-oriented GNOME 2 than the more application-oriented GNOME 3. Linux Mint users can select the GNOME 3 environment with the option […]