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Good books come to those who wait, don’t complain

By Luke Wilusz

April 18, 2011

Fantasy author George R.R. Martin has seen extraordinary success throughout the years. Most of his novels became New York Times best sellers. His series “A Song of Ice and Fire” was adapted into the HBO series “Game of Thrones,” which premiered on April 17. Legions of fans follow his every word on his blog and wait eagerly for the next novel in the series, “A Dance with Dragons,” for which Martin recently annou...

Social networks ripe for exploitation by stalkers, thieves

By Luke Wilusz

April 11, 2011

As social media and online interaction continue to be a growing part of many people’s lives, privacy becomes a more prominent concern. Despite the rampant complaints about Facebook’s latest privacy policy changes or the increasing threat of online identity theft and credit card fraud, people continue to post private information where anybody can access it with a little digging.Personal information, like full names, phone ...

AT&T makes moves against free Internet, consumer rights

By Luke Wilusz

April 4, 2011

Internet giant AT&T Inc. released an updated version of its terms of service on March 30 that effectively gives the corporation increased power to take advantage of consumers and charge them more while stripping those same people of their legal rights. Such action is not surprising after Congress refused to fund network neutrality legislation in February, leaving Internet service providers free to restrict Internet acc...

Manning’s courage rewarded with degradation, abuse

By Luke Wilusz

March 28, 2011

The treatment of accused WikiLeaks source U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning during his detention is appalling. Manning was detained for seven months without being convicted of any crime, first in a military prison in Kuwait and, more recently, at the U.S. Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va. Despite his history of good behavior as a detainee—Manning has yet to exhibit any violent behavior or disciplinary problems—he is regarded as a ...

Stop feeding Charlie Sheen’s ego, fueling his meltdown

By Luke Wilusz

March 14, 2011

Charlie Sheen captured the American public’s attention during the past few weeks with one of the most dramatic and public celebrity meltdowns in history, making Mel Gibson and Gary Busey look like amateurs. Sheen’s history of drug use, erratic behavior and domestic violence allegations were often overlooked by executives because of the success of the TV sitcom “Two and a Half Men.”However, CBS decided to halt the sh...

GameCrush insulting to gamers, geeks of both genders

By Luke Wilusz

March 7, 2011

Our society has long held a very specific, stereotypical image of a geek or gamer. It’s the image of an awkward, socially inept, mouth-breathing basement dweller who has never spoken to a girl and wouldn’t have the slightest idea of what to do if he were given the chance. Female gamers are often forced into a complementary stereotype. They’re idolized as if they were some sort of rare, mythical creature and placed on a p...

Cutting net neutrality hurts consumers, helps corporations

By Luke Wilusz

February 28, 2011

In a move that reeks of lobbyist-influenced legislation, House Republicans tacked an amendment onto a federal funding bill on Feb. 17. The amendment denies money to the Federal Communications Commission’s network neutrality measures and eliminates government funding for public broadcasting.The bill, which was passed by the House, seems to benefit large media corporations and Internet providers more than anyone else by simult...

Cherry graham cracker cheesecake

By Luke Wilusz

February 28, 2011

Cherry graham cracker cheesecake is a simple and versatile dessert. It’s perfect for parties, family gatherings or any time you need to entertain a large group. It’s so easy to make, you don’t need an oven.You will, however, require all of the following: a large mixing bowl, a 15 x 10 inch baking pan at least 2 inches deep, 1 box of graham crackers, 1 can of cherry pie filling, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 2 8-ounce package...

Private property should not be corporately controlled

By Luke Wilusz

February 21, 2011

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which was passed in 1998, was originally intended to ensure copyright protection for electronic content in the brave new world of the digital age. The act criminalizes the production or distribution of software or hardware that allows people to circumvent copy-protection measures on electronic entertainment such as movies, music and video games. It also makes it illegal to create or distribute h...

Internet censorship a serious offense in any nation

By Luke Wilusz

February 7, 2011

Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s regime shut down Internet access, mobile phone service and BlackBerry Messenger activity across the country on Jan. 27, in an attempt to stifle communications between anti-government protesters and activists in the country. If the millions of rioters who took to the streets of Egypt in the following days are any indication, that plan didn’t work as well as Mubarak might have expected.I...

National Internet ID program a risky proposition

By Luke Wilusz

January 24, 2011

The Obama administration recently announced plans to give the Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create a system of national Internet identification for Americans. The program will be part of the administration’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, which aims to enhance security, efficiency and convenience in online interactions.Details on the identity program continu...

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