Web

SOPA and PIPA return… as toilet paper

sopa-pipa-tp

Following the January 18 mass online blackout against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), Congress flushed these contentious pieces of intellectual property legislation down the proverbial toilet thanks to a soiling of public outcry. And now a Kickstarter project wants to help you send these bills down the crapper again — literally.

The project, known on Kickstarter simply as “Print the SOPA and PIPA bills on Toilet Paper!”, is exactly what it sounds like — SOPA and PIPA on toilet paper. According to the project’s creator, who goes by Craig R. (he told us he’d prefer that his “moonlighting as an entrepreneur not become official office gossip”), the point of the project is to create a symbol around which SOPA and PIPA opponents can rally.

“I felt that no one really knew how to symbolize their frustrations with this bill,” Craig told us in an email. “Additionally, the anti-SOPA/PIPA groups appeared scattered across the internet. Typically groups with this sort of momentum have a physical emblem to bring them together…I asked myself what could motivate these demonstrators to forge a common alliance.”

If nothing else, says Craig, the SOPA/PIPA roll adds a “fun factor” to the heavy topic of intellectual property regulation. In addition to the text of both bills, the SOPA/PIPA roll also includes anonymous comments about the legislation, “so it makes it fun to unravel,” says Craig. “It can kind of be like something you save for afternoon reading. So if anything, even if you have problems with the kind of statement it makes, you can think of it as a gag item. A low-tech discussion board, if you will, in a place you never expected!”

While Craig says the response to the project has been “really positive,” it’s not actually doing well on Kickstarter. At the time of this writing, the project had only raised $45 out of the $2,000 goal, which must be met within the next eight days in order for it to be a success. Craig says the money raised “would go towards finding a custom print shop to mass produce the rolls with all of the quotes and pictures on it, and [to] get a place to warehouse them.” The prototype roll, pictured above, was made using regular paper and his home printer.

“That picture is a prototype,” says Craig. “I used my [PIXMA] ip6600d Canon printer, and taped sections of TP onto a sheet of firm paper and sent it through the machine using the SOPA/PIPA text. Then I taped the whole thing together to make 2 whole rolls! It took forever too.”

If you’d like to see the SOPA/PIPA toilet paper become a reality, check out Craig’s Kickstarter project here. Watch Craig’s (hilarious) promo video below:

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: A.I.-powered cat toys, wallets, food containers

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Mobile

Unleash your inner artist with the best drawing apps for the iPad Pro

The best drawing apps for the iPad Pro turn Apple's robust tablet into a canvas worthy of a true artist. Here are 20 of our current favorites, whether you're looking to keep things simple or take your art to the next level.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Amazon Prime right now (October 2018)

Prime Video provides subscribers with access to a host of fantastic films, but sorting through the catalog can be an undertaking. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.
Emerging Tech

Death from above? How we’re preparing for a future filled with weaponized drones

Drones are beginning to enable everything from search & rescue, to the delivery of medicines to hard-to-reach places. But they are also being used as cheap, and deadly flying bombs. How can we defend ourselves?
Cars

Carbuying can be exhausting: Here are the best used car websites to make it easier

Shopping for a used car isn't easy, especially when the salesman is looking to make a quick sale. Thankfully, there are plenty of sites aimed at the prospective buyer, whether you're looking for a sedan or a newfangled hybrid.
Computing

How to recover Google contacts

If you accidentally deleted an important person from your Google Contacts, they might not be lost forever. Recovering them is a fairly easy process -- as long as you do it quickly. Here's how.
Computing

Your ‘Do Not Track’ tool might be helping websites track you, study says

New research from the "Do Not Track" features embedded in popular browsers are being ignored, opening up the possibility of consumers having their information targeted by specific ads based on their web histories and cookies. 
Computing

Afraid that Bitcoin could be a bubble? Here's how to sell what you've got

If you're investing in cryptocurrencies, it's important to have your exit strategy in place if prices start to crash. If you've decided it's time to get out or just want to learn how to sell Bitcoins, here's how to get started.
Computing

Don't take your ISP's word for it: Here's how to test your internet speed

If you're worried that you aren't getting the most from your internet package, speed tests are a great way to find out what your real connection is capable of. Here are the best internet speed tests available today.
Web

Feed your fandom: These are the best YouTube channels for sports lovers

If you're a cable cutter who still wants to enjoy quality sports highlights and analysis, YouTube is the place to go. There are plenty of great sports-centric channels on YouTube, each of which provides great highlights and top-shelf…
Social Media

YouTube is back after crashing for users around the world

It's rare to see YouTube suffer serious issues, but the site went down around the world for a period of time on October 16. It's back now, and we can confirm it's loading normally on desktop and mobile.
Computing

Chrome 70 is now available and won’t automatically log you in to the browser

Google has officially launched Chrome version 70 on Windows Mac and Linux. The update introduces some new Progressive Web App integrations on Windows 10 and also tweaks the much controversial auto login with Google Account feature.
Smart Home

Here’s everything you need to know about Amazon Prime Pantry

The marvels of the Internet have made it possible to do all your shopping from the comfort of your living room. Amazon Prime Pantry allows you to buy groceries and household items online. Here's more info about the service.
Social Media

Grow your Twitter audience overnight with these simple tips and tricks

Using Twitter can be intimidating, but these tips will help you feel less inadequate when you look at your follower count. As long as you use a bit of moderation, you'll soon be one step closer to social media fame.