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2012.04.16 – Monday Night Tech Net News and Opinion

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2012.04.16 – Monday Night Tech Net News and Opinion

Hello, Indienation listener.  Join Brian, Lumpy, OmniDragon, and Cleta as we bring you Tech Net News and Opinion.  We have DukeNukem and Knowles joining us in Teamspeak tonight.  Tonights news consits of Gaming , Copyright, Science, and Technology News, a show full of informative news and opinion.

We started the show off with some music from: Sick Of Sarah:

  • Kiss Me
  • Hello, Good Morning (Live – Sent Out to Lumpy)
  • Autograph

From: Arstechnica

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Follow-up Rumored to Pack 16 Cpu Cores

Rumors are stating that Xbox 360’s follow-up is to have 16 CPU cores.  The next generation of consoles may have a big focus on more CPU cores as Microsoft has rumored to be bringing it for the Xbox 360 follow-up, code named Durango.  Sixteen cores seems like a bit over the top for a gaming system.  Most current PC games struggle to max out even three cores on current high-end Intel Sandy Bridge processors that are expected to hit store shelves near the end of 2013, but it has been speculated the cores might be needed to drive the next generation of Microsoft’s Kinect 3D camera, which they speculate will be able to track multiple players, “down to their fingertips.”  But, again, that’s just speculation on what a 16 core console could do.

From: Arstechnica

Valve Looking to Hire Hardware Engineers for Unknown Project

According to Arstechnica, Valve is looking to hire some hardware engineers.

The job postings don’t go into any specifics on what kind of hardware Valve is looking for help with exactly, but the company says it wants to “invent whole new gaming experiences” that can “enhance” the kinds of software it’s already making.  Some might immediately try to connect the job postings to recent rumors of a PC-based “Steam Box” game console designed to run Valve’s digital distribution service.

From:Arstechnica

Why Are Video Game Sales Looking So Weak Lately? Blame Nintendo

If you keep up with the monthly reports on new video game hardware and software sales, you would have seen that 2012 has looked like a bloodbarg as sales were down 37 percent, 24 percent, and 26 percent for the first three months of the year, respectively, if compared to the same period in 2011.  The suffereng is not equal across the industry.  If you turned the numbers into a single word, it would be Nintendo.  The Wii software segment is trending down 50 percent year over year and has been for the last 12 months.  Sales are also down for the PS3 and Xbox 360, but significantly less than Nintendo.

From:Techdirt

Friendly Pirate Challenges Minecraft Creator to Quake 3 Battle

The Minecraft creator, Markus Persson was challenged a Quake 3 battle by a friendly pirate.  Now, what happened is he had contacted this pirate about a website that was having his Minecraft install file available for download.  So, he asked them to please take it down.  Persson said he emailed the guy handing out Minecraft for free and asked him to take the site down.  The pirate challenged Persson to Quake 3, and after he made a comment saying, “What a great guy,” he had already taken down the site and is also suggesting Quake 3 Death Match 17, a Qake 3 battle.

From: Arstechnica

Thousands of New York Sex Offenders Blocked from Online Gaming Networks

They are calling it “Operation: Game Over.”  New York state law requires convicted sex offenders to register their e-mail addresses, screen names, and other online aliases with the state. The article sites 3,580 users have been blocked from gaming networks.

Calling the project a first-of-its-kind effort to “ensure online video game systems do not become a digital playground for dangerous predators,” Schneiderman defended the need for the restrictions by highlighting the case of Richard Ketovic, a Monroe County, NY man who last month pled guilty to sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy after first making contact through Xbox Live.

We had a song from Jonathan Coulton:

  • Code Monkey (Recorded Live at the Beachland ballroom)

From: Techdirt

Unfortunate: Appeals Court Revives Misguided Rosetta Stone Lawsuit Against Google

There have been numerous, silly lawsuits against Google for the fact that companies can buy AdWords ads based on trademarked terms.

These lawsuits are problematic on a few different levels. First, using trademarked keywords to trigger ads isn’t infringement.  It’s a perfectly reasonable use.  In the same way that a supermarket often places coupons for certain brands/products near competing products, advertising competitors is perfectly reasonable.  Second, even if there is trademark infringement, it should be limited to the advertiser itself, not to Google, who is merely the platform.

The courts have said this to Rosetta Stone in the past even though they keep pursing this case.

From: Techdirt

MPAA Just Won’t Quit: Jumps into Legal Dispute to Argue Links & Embeds Are Infringing

This is, to put it mildly, crazy talk from an organization that still seems to have an institutional cluelessness about how the internet works.  To be sure, there are a few different issues related to this case, which was really about porn company Flava Works suing the site MyVidster and its owner, Marques Gunter.  MyVidster lets people link or embed videos from other sites.  It did not host any of the content itself.  In accordance with the DMCA’s notice and takedown provisions, Gunter would take down any embeds or links when he received a notice. However, the judge said that the site lost its DMCA safe harbor provisions because he did not take any further action, specifically because he did not cut off repeat infringers:
“It is true that service providers are not required to police their sites for infringement, but they are required to investigate and respond to notices of infringement—with respect to content and repeat infringers.”  Now, it is absolutely true the DMCA requires that a site have a policy for terminating repeat infringers.  But, it does not go so far as to say that they then need to proactively “investigate” content related to repeat infringers, as the court stated.

From:Techdirt

Court Says That Copying Code is Not Really Theft Under the Law

From the deprived-of-use dept., they say they’ve been pointing out for awhile that copyright is not property and that infringement is not theft, but people can’t seem to understand and let it go.  Still insiting both claims are true, the court specifically cites the Dowling case, which we’ve discussed on many occasions, which makes clear that infringement is a different beast than theft.

The infringement of copyright in Dowling parallels Aleynikov’s theft of computer code. Although “[t]he infringer invades a statutorily defined province guaranteed to the copyright holder alone[,] . . . he does not assume physical control over the copyright; nor does he wholly deprive its owner of its use.” Id. at 217. Because Aleynikov did not “assume physical control” over anything when he took the source code, and because he did not thereby “deprive [Goldman] of its use,” Aleynikov did not violate the NSPA.

We played a song from Sudden Death featuring the great Luke Ski:

  • The Geeks Come Out At Night

From:Extremetech

The First Universal Quantum Network

German scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) have created the first “universal quantum network” that could be feasibly scaled up to become a quantum internet.  So far, their quantum network only spans two labs spaced 21 meters apart, but the scientists stress that longer distances and multiple nodes are possible.

From:Wired

Physicists Create First Long-Distance Quantum Link

For more than a decade, physicists have been developing quantum mechanical methods to pass secret messages without fear that they could be intercepted.  But, they still haven’t created a true quantum network — the fully quantum-mechanical analog to an ordinary telecommunications network in which an uncrackable connection can be forged between any two stations or “nodes” in a network.  Now, a team of researchers in Germany has built the first true quantum link using two widely separate atoms. A complete network could be constructed by combining many such links, the researchers say.

From:Arstechnica

1.5 Million Pages of Ancient Texts to Be Made Accessible Online

This week the University of Oxford and the Vatican announced a plan to collaborate in digitizing 1.5 million pages of rare and ancient texts, most dating from the 16th century or earlier.  The project is expected to span about 4 years and was made possible by a donation of £2 million (approximately $3.1 million) from the Polonsky Foundation—a charitable organization that supports higher education, medical research, and other general matters in the arts and sciences.  Specifically, the texts will include pages from Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV)

From:Cnet

Cameron Narrates Stunning Titanic Simulation

Just in case his billion-dollar blockbuster wasn’t realistic enough for you, not to mention the new $18 million 3D version, James Cameron has created another film about the Titanic, which presents its final minutes in stunning detail.

“From iceberg to bottom, it’s never been animated so precisely and so dramatically,” the Canadian ubermensch and premier Titanic obsessive says in the trailer to “Titanic: The Final Word With James Cameron,” which premieres on the National Geographic Channel on April 8.

We played some music from Sudden Death:

  • Pillagers

From:Cnet

Man Uses Google Earth to Find Long-lost Mother

Sometimes, Google Earth might just help you find your way home.  That is just what happened to a man that had been seperated from his family when he was 5 years old.  He had went on a train trip with his brother in 1986 when he fell asleep and awoke 14 hours later in the notorious slum of Calcutta…without his brother.  As he grew older, he desired to search for his family.  After numerous hours searching on the web, he zoomed in on Google Earth and there it was – the place where he grew up.  His mother did not believe that was her son at first, after 25 years of him being gone.

From:Arstechnica

Microsoft Job Ads Reveal Html5 Version of Skype Coming to Web Browsers

Microsoft is working on a new version of Skype to run in Web browsers, and is hiring developers to build it.  At least four job ads describe a “Skype for Browsers” project and show that Microsoft is looking for software engineers in London and Prague with “real world experience developing HTML5 UI’s including rich interaction based on JavaScript.”

Skype is already integrated with Facebook, with an app including instant messages, voice, and video calls.  But Skype for Browsers won’t be restricted to Facebook.

“Team Rendezvous at Skype is looking for passionate, team-oriented and self-motivated Developers to help us bring Skype experience on to the Web,” Microsoft writes in the job postings.  “You will have a chance to integrate existing Skype solutions on to the web with the support of the backend services built from the ground up using [the] latest Microsoft technologies.  [The] result of your work will be used by hundreds millions of thankful users worldwide.”

From:Arstechnia

Iran Moving Ahead with Plans for National Internet

Iran was on the top of a recent list of repressive regimes that most aggressively restrict Internet freedom.

In addition to developing its own Intranet system, Reporters Without Borders says that the Iranian government is also creating its own custom electronic mail service and a national search engine called Ya Haq (Oh Just One) that is intended to replace Google.  In order to obtain an account on the state-approved mail service, users will have to register their identity with the government.

We had some music from the great Luke Ski:

  • I Love You TIVO

We ended the show with a song from Aluminum Forest:

  • Nostalgia

Comments and feedback are welcome.  You can call us at (818)81-INDIE or hit us up with and email at news@indienation.fm.  You can follow us as @indienationfm on Twitter. You can also join our community on Facebook.

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2012.04.12-Stupid As Charged

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2012.04.12-Stupid As Charged

Bardus est ut Bardus Does

This week’s “Stupid As Charged” consists of three stories which all share the theme of stupid, dumb, strange, weird, or in some other way are worthy of a dunce cap rating.  In particular this episode; applying for work naked, the wrong job to do drunk, and booze and boobs.

2012.04.05 – Stupid As Charged Episode 0012

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Stupid As Charged Episode 012

Bardus est ut Bardus Does

This week’s “Stupid As Charged” consists of three stories which all share the theme of stupid, dumb, strange, weird or in some other manner are worthy of a dunce cap rating. In particular this episode; a dumb mother driver, what NOT to take to court and, last but not least, how NOT to pay for your warrant.

2012.03.05 Monday Night Tech Net News and Opinon – Episode 12

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Monday Night Tech Net News and Opinion 2012.03.05

We started tonight’s show with some music by Bob Ricci

Bob Ricci

We played:

  • Unhackable

You can find Bob Ricci at:
Bobricci.com
Myspace
Bobricci.net
The FuMP
Facebook
Then we had some music from Beatnik Turtle

2nd Annual Parsec Awards: Beatnik Turtle

2nd Annual Parsec Awards: Beatnik Turtle (Photo credit: Cryptonaut)

We played:

You can find Beatnik Turtle at:
Beatnikturtle.com
Myspace
Twitter
The song of the day.com
When then heard some music from Devo Spice
We played:

  • I’m Not Your Personal IT Guy

You can find Devo spice at:
His Web Site
The fuMp
Youtube
Facebook

Then we went back to some more music we played some music from Buddy Guy & Junior Wells

Buddy Guy & Junior Wells
We played :

  • Wrong Doing Woman

You can find Buddy Guy & Junior Wells at:
Mevios Music Alley and it is part of a large collection of blues artist on the Alligator Records Label, also available at Mevio.
Amazon (Junior Wells at Amazon)
Then we had another song from Buddy Guy

  • Are You Losing Your Mind?

Our First news of the night was from BetaNews.com

Sony Loses $250 Million in Michael Jackson Digital Tracks, and Hides It

Michael Jackson

Image via Wikipedia

Betanews.com has reported that Sony confirmed over the weekend that hackers have downloaded around 50,000 tracks and music related files from the Michael Jackson estate. Sony purchased these files for $250 million dollars last year. British authorities arrested two men in, connection with the hack back in May and they appeared in court this past Friday. Trial is, scheduled to begin in January of 2013.

We had some more news from ExtremeTech.com

Github Hacked, Millions of Projects at Risk of Being Modified or Deleted

GitHub, which is one of the largest repositories of commercial and open source software, was hacked over the weekend. A developer named Egor Homakov exploited a vulnerability in GitHub which allowed him to gain administrator access to some very well-known projects.

The next news was from Arstechnica.com

The Pwn Plug is a Little White Box That Can Hack Your Network

This is a little white box that looks like a power adapter. A nation wide bank sent in what looked like a technician to go in and say I need to test for power fluctuations on the power circuit, and what he did was just plug this white box into a power plug and then there was a little network cable that went over to the network. What it does is it will hack the network without you even touching it. It’s got a Linux type of operating system on it. You don’t even have to have a computer hooked to the network. Just plug this in, it hacks the network, and you can buy these for 480 dollars for a basic model. And for $250 dollars more, you can get an elite version. You can connect to it over a mobile network and it pretty much gets you into the network. So, this is a big security concern for places like banks, financial service companies, etc.

We went on to some music from Ana Popovic.

We played:

  • Ana Popovic – Nothing Personal
  • Ana Popovic – Putting Out The APB

You can find Ana Popovic at:
anapopovic.com
Facebook
Twitter
Youtube
Then we had some music from Beatnik Turtle

  • How Did I Google This?

You can find them at:
Beatnikturtle.com
Myspace
Twitter
The song of the day.com

We have some more news from HunffingtonPost.com

Google Street View Lands Search Giant in Lawsuit over Urination Image

A Frenchman in Nantes, France is taking Google to court because of a photo published by its Street View application. The image shows him urinating in his front yard and he claims this has made him the laughing-stock of his village. The man is around the age of 50 and lives in a village with only about 3,000 people. He has demanded the removal of the photo because people have recognized him even though his face has, been blurred. Along with the removal of the photo he is demanding the, equivalent of $13,300 U.S.
dollars in damages.

And then some more news from Cnet.com

English: Google Logo officially released on Ma...

Image via Wikipedia

Google Patent Application Reveals Broadband Dreams

Google has applied for a patent for general edging system and methods which they say is a low-impact, convenient, time-efficient, and cost-saving optical fiber deployment technology. This edging is a bendable strip that carries fiber-optic lines or coaxial cables. It allows the lines to be run along fences, driveways, or be dug into lawns. It can also be camouflaged to fit into gardens or decorated to be publicly displayed. This is looking to make installation of fiber cheaper and easier.

More news from Cnet.com

Google dishing up Key Lime Pie for Android?

Google has announced the official name for its next Android version which will be Key Lime Pie. It will be after the already announced release of Jelly Bean. Jelly Bean is expected to be released later this year and will be optimized for tablets. It is reported it should also be capable of being installed on Windows 8-based tablets and notebooks.

Then we have some music by Todd Chappelle
we played:

  • Google

You can find Todd Chappelle at:
Mevio’s Music Alley and toddchappelle.com. You can friend and follow him at MySpace and Reverb Nation.
His music can, be purchased at Amazon and on Todd Chappelle.
Then we had a couple of songs from Gavin Salkeld

  • She Rox
  • The 9:30 Shift

You can find him at:
Salkedmusic.com
Facebook
Imdb

We had some more news from Cnet.com

Portal’s Valve to Release Steam Box Console, Says Report

Portal's logotype.

Image via Wikipedia

Valve, which is well-known for popular products such as Portal, Half-Life, and Left 4 Dead, are expected to announce at the Game Developers Conference or at E3 the release of a console to rival the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii. The Steam Box is expected to ship with a proprietary controller with swappable components to fix different styles of games. The device is expected to rock the console gaming community in the way that Netflix rocked the home movie industry.

Next we discussed news from Cnet.com

Slowloris Ddos Tool Used by Anonymous Hacked to Include Zeus Trojan

Some members of Anonymous have found themselves victims of a hack which has installed the infamous Zeus Trojan on their systems using their own slowloris hacking tool. The attacker changed a couple of Pastebin guides on installing their tool to also install this virus. Symantec has reported that this modified version of Slowloris has been widely downloaded. The compromised version is no longer linked in the Pastebin tutorials.

This news was from Wired.com

Sunspot Shoots Powerful Solar Storm Toward Earth

On Sunday two large solar storms erupted, but the first one should entirely miss the earth. The second, however, is expected to give the earth a glancing blow tonight. It is also expected to impact Mercury, Venus, and likely Mars. We are currently at the end and peak of an 11 year cycle.

We had a couple of songs from Mydols
we played:

  • Hot Rod Your Home
  • Super Bowl mix 2 (master)

You can find them at:
Mydols.com
Facebook
Twitter
Comments and feedback are welcome. You can call us at (818)81-INDIE or hit us up with an email at programing@indienation.fm. You can follow us as @indienationfm on Twitter. You can also join our community on Facebook.

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2012.02.27 – Tech Net News and Opinion – Episode 011

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We started tonight’s show off with some music from the wonderful Polina Kourakina.

We played:

  • Dance With Me
  • Not Done Dancing Yet
  • Liquor and Wine

You can find Polina Kourakina at:
Polina’s Web Site
Facebook
You can buy her music at:

You can buy her CD at CD Baby:

Wikileaks Pairs with Anonymous to Publish Intelligence Firm’s Dirty Laundry

This is the de-facto flag of the organization ...

Image via Wikipedia

In a recent story, wired.com has announced that Anonymous and Wikileaks will be working together to release 5 million e-mails that were retrieved from servers at Strafor, a private intelligence firm.  Anonymous states that releasing this information on Wikileaks will allow for sifting through the mass of e-mails more efficiently.  In a statement from Stratfor, they claim that the e-mails should not publicly embarrass the company.

Our next news article came from Arstechnica.com

FBI turns off 3,000 GPS trackers after Supreme Court ruling

Andrew Weissmann, the general counsel for the FBI, announced that they are switching off thousands of GPS devices that are used for surveillance after the recent Supreme Court decision this past month.  The recent ruling states that GPS devices attached to the underbody of a car require a valid warrant.  The FBI is developing new guidelines in how they will use these devices.

Plesk control panel bug left FTC sites (and thousands more) exposed to Anons

A very serious vulnerability has been found in versions of Parallels Plesk Control Panel software.  This is very troubling due to the fact that this is one of the most popular control panel software programs currently available.  The vulnerability allows a hacker to make significant changes to user accounts and files.  This allows them to gain root access and install custom software.  Anyone that uses Plesk and does not keep their control panel up to date on a regular basis is encouraged to upgrade to the most recent micro-patch of your available version.

We went to some music by The Hush Now

  • Cameraphone
  • Sitting on a Slow Clock
  • The Glow

You can find The Hush Now at:
Myspace
Facebook
Twitter
Mevio’s Music Alley

Google sells off Clearwire stake for $47 million

Cnet.com reports that Google recently sold off their $47 million dollar stake in Clearwire.  Google has not made a public statement on why they have decided to unload Clearwire, but, the huge losses Clearwire has been seeing in recent years might be an indicator.  Clearwire is hoping that the 5,000 LTE sites it plans on having operational mid next year will change their current course.

Google Aims to Offer Kansas City TV

Google

Image via Wikipedia

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Google, Inc. has applied in the past week to provide video service to residents of Kansas City, Missouri.  This sets the stage for Google offering a Cable-TV like service in addition to the high-speed internet service they plan on marketing later this year. This would place Google into competition with satellite and cable TV providers.  They are looking to launch this TV service in the coming months.

Google, Apple sued over Street View Technology

According to CNET, a recent lawsuit has been filed against Google and Apple stating that they infringed on a patent filed in mid-2003.  The patent covers an interactive system for displaying detailed view and direction in panoramic images.  The law suit claims that Google’s street view product is in violation and that Google and Apple were both aware of this before releasing their Street View product.  The company filing the suit is named PanoMap Technologies and they don’t even have a website.

Then, we had music from Beatnik Turtle
We played:

  • How Did I Google This?

You can find Beatnik Turtle at:
Beatnikturtle.com
Myspace
Twitter
The song of the day.com

Then, we played some music by Tom Smith:

  • Cruisin’ For Chicks On Google Maps

You can find Tom Smith at:
Tom Smith Online.com
Mevio’s Music Alley
Tom Smith at The FuMP.com

Then we had some more music by Beatnik Turtle

  • Beatnik Turtle – On Her Blog
  • Beatnik Turtle – Cube Farm

Buckyball Solids Found In Space

Extragalactic Space Balls

Image via Wikipedia

Last year, scientists found gaseous clouds of buckyballs.  Astronomers have now discovered these carbon balls in solid form about 6,500 light-years from earth.  Buckyballs are microscopic spheres where 60 carbon atoms are arranged with alternating patterns of hexagons and pentagons in a football like pattern.  This makes the structures incredibly strong and perfect for making superconducting materials, medicines, water purification systems, and armor.  The particles they have discovered are miniscule and are much thinner than the width of a human hair.

Faster-Than-Light Neutrino Results May Be Due to Bad Cables

This one comes from wired.com.  In past broadcasts, we discussed tests that claimed to have sent neutrinos faster than the speed of light.  This, however, seems to not be due to a scientific breakthrough, but, due to bad cabling.  The issue they detected was a faulty fiber optic connection that brought the GPS signal to the experiment’s master clock.  This caused the GPS to provide the wrong timestamps during the synchronization between events.  The OPERA collaboration is looking to perform new measurements of the neutrino velocity as soon as they continue operations in March.
Then, we played some music from Chris Ayer. 
We played:

  • Starfish In The Front Yard
  • Evaporate
  • The Center Ring

You can find Chris Ayer at:
Myspace
Facebook
Bandcamp.com
Twitter
Mevio’s Music Alley

Code Hero raises over $100,000 for shooter that teaches Computer Programming

Our last news of the night was from Arstechnica.com.  Code Hero recently completed its Kickstarter project and successfully raised over $170,000.  Over 7,400 backers showed support for the product and are able to download and install a beta version of the game.  Code Hero is a co-op first person science shooter that allows you to manipulate code with a code gun.  Code Hero uses a gaming atmosphere in an educational manner to teach programming concepts.  The game uses the Unity Game Engine and is actively being developed.

Next we played some music by Bill Mecca

  • Grover’s Tune

You can find Bill Mecca at:
Billmecca.com
Comments and feedback are welcome. You can call us at (818)81-INDIE or hit us up with an email at programing@indienation.fm.  You can follow us as @indienationfm on Twitter.  You can also join our community on Facebook.

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