2014.09.27 – Tech Net News and Opinion
Greetings Listeners, Welcome to this episode of Tech Net News and Opinion. This is the full show edition and usually runs about 2 hours in length. We also publish topic related editions. Typical topics are tech, Google, net, science, and government news. When it is close to or during the season of The Walking Dead, we also discuss and review the AMC Show. In this show we discuss:
- Some generalsite news
- The new theme
- The new editor
- Lumpy is almost done with Gen Con
We opened the show with Sarah Donner and her two songs:
- Going Under
- Follow Suit
The tracks you heard were recorded live at this years Gen Con. We would like to again thank her for both her time and her permission. Be sure and check out the interview lumpy got with Sarah at the Starbucks across from the Indianapolis Convention Center.
Be sure and listen at the end of the show for we will play some more music from her and the interview I got at this year’s Gen Con.
Indie Nation Science News
- India is in the Space Race
- First nation to get to Mars on the first try
- Cheaper than any other program, less to launch than to make the movie Gravity
- Mars rover takes first sample from Mount Sharp
- Could we cancel a manned mission to Mars?
- Good timing for new probes, a comet to come very close to Mars
- their atmospheres are going to collide
Other Science News
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We closed the show out with a few tracks and an interview with Sarah Donner
- The Rebuttal of Schrodinger’s Cat
- Her interview at Gen Con
- Lovely, Lovely, Lovely
Indie Nation Tech News
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This Video Explains How Patent Trolls Came to Be
If you listen to our news broadcasts here, you are very likely to hear stories about patent trolls and “copywrong” as Lumpy uses to refer to the current state of intellectual property law. It has reached the ridiculous point where trolls are laying claims to broad matters such as playlists and podcasting. This is about as logical as patenting the alphabet. The video below, explains how old law and new tech combined to create software patent trolls.
Happy Birthday Song Turns 90 and Warner Still Owns It
As we often comment here, the system is broken. Stephen Colbert, as usual, has a great take on it. Check out him poking fun at this “copywrong” situation in the video which follows.
I found out about this funny mock commercial from Funny or Die at a post which is much more serious. I would encourage you to read the more serious post at TechDirt. Unfortunately, the reason this video, featuring former porn star Sasha Grey, is funny is because it is true.
- GLENN GREENWALD: The NSA Can Store ‘One Billion Cell Phone Calls Every Single Day’ (businessinsider.com)
- Navy Vet Asks If NSA Is Spying On Him – NSA Says It’s None Of His Business (sgtreport.com)
There has been a lot of talk about guns, and gun control since the tragic events that happened at Sunny Hook elementary school. Watch this video, in it Penn & Teller discuss gun control, and exactly why it’s bullshit.
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?
- Megaupload Assisted FBI vs NinjaVideo, But Evidence Then Used Against Them (torrentfreak.com)
- U.S Court Partially Unseals Warrant Against MegaUpload (thedroidguy.com)
- Germany Denies Seizure of MegaUpload Assets (indienation.fm)
- A New Home for MegaUpload? (indienation.fm)
Disclaimer – This Post is Mostly Editorial
While I do not endorse, encourage or in any shape or form endorse piracy, I extend that “unendorsement” to include any illegal activity. I also consider illegal search and seizure and a lack of due process equally illegal. I also believe one is innocent until proven guilty.
You are free to form your own opinion about Kim Dotcom and this entire MegaUpload issue. I am pretty sure that some illegal activity did occur at MegaUpload. However, I do not believe that all of the activity was illegal, nor do I have any information as to whether most of the activity was illegal. Nonetheless, by shutting down and entire server, I am certain people who used the site completely legitimately were harmed as well.
Kim Dotcom Announces “Lobbyist-Proof” Domain for Site
For those of you who follow the Indie Nation News, you know we have followed Kim Dotcom and the MegaUpload story for some time now. While it was recently announced that the new domain would be “me.ga”, it seems that he has met snags in securing that particular domain.
Before we get into any of this news though, here is our usual disclaimer. Those of us here at Indie Nation DO NOT endorse, encourage or support illegal activity. We feel this story is important not because MegaUpload may or may not have been a hub for piracy but because it is a classic example of a government ignoring due process, the needs of its citizens and listening only to corporations.
That said, Mr. Dotcom, according to several sources such as Torrent Freak and ARS Technica, has announced that he will be hosting his site(s) in New Zealand. The new site will be mega.co.nz and is now up and running. This new venture is supposedly “completely” legal. While this may imply that earlier ventures allowed some legal activity, I must note that ALL the user’s of MegaUpload were not using the site illegally and the government still shut down ALL of the site.
In the end, the now famous raid, will certainly be remembered as an illegal raid lacking due process. Thus Dotcom’s motivation for New Zealand, quoting Torrent Freak:
“The judiciary in New Zealand works. Judges are independent and not influenced by politics. That has been our experience so far,” Dotcom told TorrentFreak.
All in all, I am not surprised. Mr. Dotcom, in the context of due process, in my opinion has a very valid point. I am confident that there are other business owners who would also consider such when choosing a host country. If the Internet is the future of commerce, should a country not make its borders a desirable place to host a server?
Also, note that I am waiving my editorial and free speech flag as I say this, is it not terribly ironic that government largely responsible for his current motivation is one which boasts of being “innocent until proven guilty”? Sorry folks, not only does the USA send entirely the wrong ethical and legal message when it acts as it did in the Dotcom raid, but I am one who believes we are simply motivating e-business to do business outside the USA.
- Kim Dotcom’s Sequel To MegaUpload Is Finally Online (businessinsider.com)
- Dotcom’s Mega storage site sets up shop in New Zealand (techhive.com)
- Kim Dotcom Chooses New Zealand as Home for His ‘Mega’ Project (mashable.com)
- Dotcom’s ‘ultimate file hosting solution’ to be launched on Megaupload raid anniversary (EndtheLie.com)
I can not imagine the rage of those who have these computers in their homes. According to ARSTechnica, hundreds of thousands of computers are, best word in my opinion, infected with spyware. I mean one would be frustrated enough to just have malware but how would you feel if you found out that the company you rented the machine from actually installed it… furthermore, what if you found out they had video of you during sex?
Being in the news is nothing new for Kim Dotcom. I recall the YouTube take down fiasco, his song to the president, the raid, and, as almost all of us at Indie Nation News believed, learning the raids were very likely illegal. If you need to catch up on this ongoing adventure, I suggest this page at TechDirt with lots of articles on Dotcom, otherwise wait for the movie. I am sure that someone is going to do one soon.
However, I wonder how many others remember “Megabox” and Mr. Dotcom’s pledge to take down the modern music industry?