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MegaUpload’s Cooperation Used Against Them

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This past Monday, live on the Tech Net News and Opinion, we had mentioned that the search warrants regarding the Kim Dotcom raid had been unsealed.  In our conversation, we had mentioned that numerous sites were reporting that there was no mention of any possible non infringing files  regarding the warrants.

While that is grave enough, an article over at TechDirt adds more stench to the stink.  It seems MegaUpload cooperated with the investigators in a previous investigation of NinjaVideo.  In short they cooperated by not removing files at MegaUpload that were put there by NinjaVideo, as requested by the authorities.  MegaUploaded cooperated only to have the same files used against them when it came time to go after MegaUpload.

I am curious.  Would that be some form of entrapment?

2012.05.18 – Stupid As Charged

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2012.05.18  –  Stupid As Charged

Bardus est ut Bardus Does

This week’s “Stupid As Charged” consists of four 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; being sure to use all applicable discounts with that stolen credit card,  how not to use a motion detecting camera, a coffee bandit,  and, what no more fish?

Wrong Man Elected

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Typo Elects Wrong Man

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According to ABC Blog, a Derby, Connecticut man was elected to an office due to a typo.  It seems that the officials put James J. Butler on the ballot for the town’s Board of Apportionment and Taxation.  He received the most votes and won the election.  The man is to be sworn in on 3 December.

Bad Audio Interview with Sick of Sarah at Vans Warped Tour

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For those of you who follow Lumpy, you know that gremlins also stalk me.  I tried to get rid of them with some holy water and that didn’t work out too well.  While Eric and Lumpy had a great time at Van’s Warped Tour, there were some bummers as well.  The first one being that it took the Blossom staff so long to figure out where the press tent was, that we missed the fabulous five piece’s performance.  The second which your ears shall certainly hear, was that the press area was right below one of the stages and full of background noise.

As they say, that is rock and roll. Nonetheless, I was not going to ditch this interview and thanks their label, I am already making plans to catch them in Cleveland in September.  I guarantee you the “do over” will be much, much better.

All in all though, it was a great day and a great event.  I ended up with so much material that I am going to have a hard time post processing all the audio and editing all the photos in less than a month.  Personally, Lumpy thinks that is a nice problem to have.

These ladies are not your typical “chick” band.  First off, they really, really get the new media order.  The bit torrent release of 2205 broke all records with over one million downloads. Add to that, while they may sound similar to bands like The Motels, they sure as the sun rising tomorrow add their own unique flavor and style. Listen close to the way Jamie thumps out the bass, you can tell she did guitar work as well.

In this interview, provided you can actually understand it, you will hear some great music by the quintet who have a driving hard sound and catch punk phrased lyrics.  We played three tracks in between interview and commentary segments.  Those tracks are, in order:

  • Over Exposed
  • Hello, Good Morning
  • Autograph

2011.08.11 – Pick of the Day – Jonathon Coulton – The Presidents

POSTED ON August 11th  - POSTED IN fail, Government, Holiday, independent music, music, Opinion, Pick of the Day, Podcasts, rock
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The good news is that President Obama has finally created some jobs.  The bad news it that they are all in India (Source)

Fear not listeners who still have faith in hope and change and those who are still hoping for a job and some spare change, I am jesting for today is Thursday, 11 August 2011 and it is Presidential Joke Day.  According to holidayinsights.com began in 1984 with a remark from President Reagan.  The president who thought he was doing a sound check said “My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes.”  The president was, in fact, transmitting to a live feed… and I thought I could put my foot in my mouth.

Stupid As Charged – Episode 006 – Stolen Clothes, Trees and Spraying Breast Milk

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Danger Will Robinson!  Not Safe For Work content ahead. If that bugs you, please go elsewhere.  This is a show about the stupid things criminals do.  Please  understand that they alone surpass our expectations for what would be safe at a workplace.  Perhaps that has to do with them not having much employment outside of the pen, perhaps it tis just lack of occupancy in the cranial cavity.  I am also leaving out our own need for epitaphs in order to describe the events.

We did this one a bit differently,  “Boz” is currently stuck working.  Lumpy and Leiser are on a slightly different schedule than him.  Lumpy can make time for both but Leiser had obligations that could not make the time Boz was available.  Thus you will notice only two of us on at any given time.  Nonetheless, still a great show.

How Not to Shoplift

Two similar and related stories to start off this episode.  Both were mentioned at Gawker but are worth the hops to the original articles as well.  To those of you eager to lift items from stores and evade the authorities, here are a few rules you might wish to incorporate:

  1. If you are trying to avoid the law, avoid court houses and police stations. Apparently, showing up for court, is one way to be recognized.  Shoplifting Academy flunky, Ashlie Marie Carter was arrested at the Provo Courthouse when she showed up to court for an unrelated charge.  Previously, she managed to flee a shop where she, according to staff, lifted some undergarments.  At first, she denied the shoplifting but, when returning the items was suggested by authorities to help with her sentence, she had her mother arrive with the items she supposedly never took.  As an editorial note, we may wish to add dough-nut shops to the list.   Such stupidity is, however, not limited to the State of  Utah… Let us cover rule two and skip across the pond to Britain.       
  2. If you are due in court, don’t wear the items you allegedly stole. While it may seem like a no brainer to those who have gray matter in their cranial cavities, Stephen Kirkbride must have let those cell slip on over to the dark and dumb side.  Not only did he show up in court wearing the top coat, complete with tears where the price tags were removed but his excuse was so flimsy that the prosecutor actually asked “You’re making this up as you go along, aren’t you?”  and the magistrate dismissed the excuse as “completely implausible”.  There was no mention of returning the damaged goods in this story. 

FCC Says leave the NET alone

POSTED ON May 5th  - POSTED IN fail, Law, news
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Tech news.  Net neutrality ya right.

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The FCC is warning congress that mucking with the internet providers will cost most, cost jobs and basicly gum up the works.  I don’t know about you but the retail internet in the USA suck poo.  Big corporation ride on the same backbone as you and I and share and share a-alike isn’t in the card.  How can a huge company have more bandwidth that 200 customers on cable or DSL, just those customer get shut down for ‘capping’ or over use.  This is all about money and not politics!

Original source http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20059917-281.html?tag=topTechContentWrap;editorPicks

Sony PSN Epic fail awards

POSTED ON April 26th  - POSTED IN fail, news, Podcasts, Software, Technology
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Sony PSN (PlayStation network) and media network known as Qriocity is down, hacked, broken none the less the PSN fanboys don’t seem to be bitching much.

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However the fanboys of the biggest competitor to PSN are laughing all the way to their XBL gold card.  Yes PSN is free if you own a PS3 and have multi player games,  however without the PSN you are forced to be in single player mode. LMAO!  Mr Rodgers Land of Make Believe or PSN?

If Sony charged for PSN I think they would have fixed the issue by now, but as of April 25th they have been down hard for five days.  *snicker.  I’m not trying to sound fanboyish, but I have to snicker that this makes world wide news considering its is a free service.  Yes you can get game add-on, music downloads and other bits from the PSN Qriocity side but its not required to play a game, again unless you want to play online.

No hacker group has come forward with bragging about the hack

To quote Sony:

Valued PlayStation Network/Qriocity Customer:
We have discovered that between April 17 and April 19, 2011, certain
PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user accountinformation was
 compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion
 into our network. In response to this intrusion, we have:
  1. Temporarily turned off PlayStation Network and Qriocity services;
  2. Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full and complete investigation into what happened; and
  3. Quickly taken steps to enhance security and strengthen our network infrastructure by re-building our system to provide you with greater protection of your personal information.

Wait Sony!,  you were hacked, and you know it then you should be able to provide the data that traces where it came from. Any guesses that this is from RIPE.net IP addresses.  Even worse,  personal information, email address, username, passwords, credit card info may have been compromised! Holy Epic Fail!

I am a tech enthusiast, a geek, a network admin and much more.  I enjoy computer games and grew up (or did I) living in Arcades.  This isn’t the first time a game network went down, but sure as shit is pretty bad when the billing information should be on a separate system that is linked to a user account. No duh Sony if you store information in the datawarehouse that is in the same database tables as the customer’s login instead of pointed to the data outside the PSN system you would have less of a risk of confidential user-data from being stolen.

Sorry sony,  you do make great products for the consumer but with PSN you fail big time.

Sony’s response to the outage.

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