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Wikipedia EN Blackout Protest against SOPA and PIPA bills in US legislature

Internet News

Wikipedia is protesting against SOPA and PIPA by blacking out English Wikipedia for 24 hours. SOPA and PIPA represent two US bills in the House of Representatives and the Senate respectively. Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect Intellectual Property Act are efforts to stop copyright infringement committed by foreign web sites, but in Wikipedia's opinion, do so in a way that infringes free expression while harming the Internet.

"They put the burden on website owners to police user-contributed material and call for the unnecessary blocking of entire sites. Small sites won't have sufficient resources to defend themselves. Big media companies may seek to cut off funding sources for their foreign competitors, even if copyright isn't being infringed. Foreign sites will be blacklisted, which means they won't show up in major search engines. And, SOPA and PIPA build a framework for future restrictions and suppression."

Wikipedia (and SPCR) urges US citizens to call your government representatives and tell them you oppose SOPA, PIPA and any similar legislation. For more information, please visit Wikipedia's SOPA and PIPA page

SPCR discussion on SOPA & PIPA

WD Livewire Powerline Networking Kit

Audio|Video|Misc
Western Digital's Livewire powerline AV networking kit provides a reliable, effortless method of extending a home network using the existing electrical grid rather than running ethernet cable or using WiFi. Our full review compares the Livewire networking performance and benefits against 100 and 1000 mbps wired ethernet as well as Wifi G and N.

Samsung HW-D550 HT Sound Bar

Audio|Video|Misc
Sound bars were created to bring home theater sound to match HD TVs without the complexity of amps, receivers, multiple speaker boxes and wires running between them all. Our first sound bar review: Samsung's slick, modestly priced HW-D550 2.1 system.

WD My Passport Essential SE 1TB USB 3.0 External HDD

My Passport Essential SE 1TB is Western Digital's flagship device from their revamped USB 3.0-enabled portable external hard drive line.

Cooler Master Cosmos II: Ultra Tower Case

Cases|Damping
The Cooler Master Cosmos II is marketed as an ultra high-end, extremely well-built case with an almost complete feature-set designed to house the best and most of everything a PC enthusiast would desire. For US$349, it better.

Raidmax Viper: A Modern Budget Tower

Cases|Damping
Despite being a budget tower, the Raidmax Viper has all the modern trappings one would expect in a more expensive product. On paper it looks like a great value, but in reality its ambition hampers both performance and functionality.

Seagate Barracuda 3TB: 1TB Platter Behemoth

Storage
The Barracuda 3TB is Seagate's new flagship desktop hard drive with 64MB of cache, a 7200 RPM spindle speed, and huge 1TB platters.

Paradigm Millenia HT Speaker System

Audio|Video|Misc
Comprising MilleniaOne main speakers and MilleniaSub, this stylish, mini-sized, all-aluminum, high-tech speaker system from Paradigm packs a big, convincing punch, whether playing music in a classic 2.1 stereo or movie soundtracks in a full-blown 5.1 home theater.

Fractal Design Define Mini MicroATX Tower

Cases|Damping
The Fractal Design Define Mini is a smaller version of the popular Define R3. It might just be the answer to those looking for a solid microATX tower with all the trappings and conveniences of a modern ATX case.

Antec P280: Performance One Refresh

Cases|Damping
The P280 is a new variant of the Antec Performance One series of ATX towers. The overhauled design features USB 3.0, better ventilation, improved fans, the removal of the power supply compartment, and a host of other changes to make it competitive with modern enthusiast cases.

WD TV Live Streaming Media Player

Audio|Video|Misc
The new WD TV Live is barely the size of a mobile USB drive and costs only a C-note, yet can stream 1080p24 video from any local or networked storage via gigabit LAN or wireless-N, access 20 online media services, and work as a music jukebox or a photo/slide viewer.

Intel Sandy Bridge Extreme: Core i7-3960X LGA2011 Processor

CPUs|Motherboards
The Core i7-3960X is Intel's flagship processor for their new Sandy Bridge Extreme (LGA2011) platform. This extravagantly priced US$990 chip is based on Sandy Bridge and has six cores, 15MB of L3 cache, a quad channel memory controller, and a souped up version of TurboBoost.

WD Scorpio Black 750GB & Scorpio Blue 1TB

Storage
A close look and listen of the Scorpio Black 750GB and Scorpio Blue 1TB, Western Digital's fastest and largest capacity notebook hard drives respectively. Whether they'll be in short supply due to the flooding of WD plants in Thailand is not clear.

Viako Mini Letter ML-80 H61 Sandy Bridge Barebones PC

Cases|Damping | Complete|Mobile Systems
The Mini Letter ML-80 is a slightly larger mini-ITX case than the previous Viako model we reviewed, and the H61 variant integrates a more powerful Sandy Bridge board, with the same front display, remote, and software.

Build the Perfect Lab or Office Workstation

Do-It-Yourself Systems | Silent PC Build Guides
A tutorial on building the perfect (quiet!) workstation for your office & lab by new contributor Bartek Plichta, a specialist in acoustics and linguistics.