Along with large swathes of the internet, Cemetech has joined websites large and small in speaking out against the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act, SOPA and PIPA, two bills currently under consideration in the US legislature. If you've somehow managed to avoid every single protest and piece of news about these two bills, they both purport to defend creative Americans and American businesses against the scourges of piracy and counterfeiting, yet will only serve to destabilize the fabric that holds the internet together and usher in wide governmental powers to censor the global internet. We strongly urge you to voice your opposition to SOPA and PIPA, for with such legislation signed into law, sites like Cemetech will quickly disappear either from legal battles about user-posted content or to avoid such costly litigation. We stand with Wikipedia, Google, Reddit, the EFF, Wired, and all the other tech firms and websites holding their ground against this attack on the internet.
In other news, a mere four days remain until the end of Cemetech Contest 8, focused on arcade games. We're accepting games written for TI calculators, for the Casio Prizm, and in a few select computer programming languages. A bit over a month ago, we had fourteen intrepid members entering the contest; by now, I hope we have many more. Don't forget, you MUST complete your entry by Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 at 11:59:59pm Eastern Standard Time, and submit it to the contest judges. Every entry must contain the source and executable of the program (except for BASIC programs), a readme in plain text format, and be packaged into a zip file. Best of luck to all the contestants!