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Congress slips SOPA into law while Internet blacked out

In Politics and Law, Technology on January 18, 2012 at 6:56 pm

The Stop Online Piracy Act passed through Congress today with alarming speed and an even more alarming majority vote of 94%.

“I’m really glad we could all pull together and do this,” said Senator Al Franken, one of the bill’s co-sponsors. “People say it’s partisan politics holding us back from progress, but it turns out it was really the Internet all along.”

The vote happened while most of the Internet was blacked out in protest, ironically temporarily disabling all opposition to the bill.

Alexis Ohanian of Reddit, one of the largest blacked out sites, had this to say: “It’s really ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ ▓▓▓▓ ▓ ▓▓ ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ ▓▓▓▓▓. Why would we ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ ▓▓▓ ▓▓▓ ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ ▓▓ ▓▓▓▓?”

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After his appearance on Al-Jazeera, Ohanian has been held indefinitely on ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ ties with terrorist groups.

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DHH, seven other 37signalers commit seppuku over cat picture incident

In Startups on January 17, 2012 at 7:24 am

Ruby on Rails creator David Heinemeier Hansson and seven other 37 Signals employees have committed ritualistic suicide to restore honor to their company and families.

The ritualized disemboweling came after public outrage over the “outing of a file” in the now infamous Signal vs. Noise post.

Their initial response did little to quell the overwhelming cries of injustice and calls for blood. Faced with immense shame, they chose the only way known to them: Seppuku, the go-to suicide method of the ancient Samurai.

“We have brought great shame upon ourselves,” said Hansson, readying a traditional Japanese tanto at his side. “We do now what we must. We hope that spilling our entrails here today rights the great wrong we have committed against the owner of the cat picture, who of course we cannot name.”

“Since our users’ privacy is of such great importance,” added Hansson, plunging the blade into his own abdomen.

Seven of his employees immediately followed suit, turning the 37 Signals foyer into a bloodbath.

The infamous cat.jpg, the publishing of which here will undoubtedly bring even more shame upon 37 signals.

“I thought their blog post was enough,” said James Stanton, Basecamp user. “But I’m glad to see they went ahead and put out a real, full apology.”

The corpses will be set out in the sun to disgracefully rot for “an appropriate amount of time,” according to 37 Signals’ PR department. ejected from Ruby on Rails community for not being smarmy enough

In Startups, Technology on January 13, 2012 at 3:49 am

A recent post on has rocked the Ruby on Rails community with the news that is leaving the crystalline palace for the Django slums.

“What happened? I’ll tell you what happened,” said Justin Kan, founder and namesake of the company. “I was at a Ruby event and I said ‘Ruby is just a tool like any other.'”

Kan, sporting an arm cast, declined to comment any further. “My lawyer tells me not to say anything past that.”

Investigation by Founder Daily reveals extensive blacklisting in the Ruby community. The Django community, on the other hand, has accepted the spurned startup with open arms.

“Community?” asked James Penn, avid Python programmer and Django user. “Oh, you mean like, people who use it? Yeah, I guess it’s cool if uses Django too. Is that what you meant? I don’t really understand the question.”

“Ruby is just better,” said every Rubyist we interviewed. does not yet have a date set for the decidedly worse Django version of their video service.