2014.09.22 – Tech Net News and Opinion
We opened this week’s show with Titanic and Cape Cod Girls from the album Choice Cuts by Water Street Bridge. You can find out more about this band by listening to the interview at the end of the newscast or by checking out the individual posting of the interview on Indie Nation. Join Brian and Lumpy as they discuss some Walking Dead spoilers and rumors, Google news in general, drones vs Star Wars and more in tech and science news. We would also like to remind the listeners that we encourage listener participation through chat, comments and you are welcome to actually join us on the air. To find out how to join us on the air, contact us via our chat room on the Listen Page.
- First off, the season premier is 12 October
- Season 5 Episode 2 – Another character from the comic, Father Gabriel.
- Carol is supposedly back at the end of the premier
- FYI – Lumpy did check, Walking Dead Season Marathon begins on 6 October
- The Air Herald reports that there will be a spin off
- There is talk about Beth, it seem that a trailer gave that and a few other things away
- Washington D.C. is in the storyline
- Beth has been in some of the teasers, possibly in a safe place
- It doesn’t look like Glenn dies by episode two
- The best cities for Internet (based on speed and/or price)
- Be kewl by looking the fool, strap your iPhone to your face
- Audible security loophole exploited
- A fewregarding Apple:
- Comcast denies TOR statements from customer
- Star Wars set needs a drone shield
- An analysis of the 5 million leaked gMail passwords
- Native Netflix support for Linux
We closed with a few more tracks from Water Street Bridge:
- Pay Me/Iko
- Zombie Jamboree
- Lumpy’s Interview with them at Gen Con 2014
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- TSA Grope Passenger AFTER Flight
- Brennan Refuse to Tell Who Authorized Spying
- California Stifles Carpooling
- Court Shuts Down 11 Broad Patents
- TSA Attempts To Conduct Additional Screening After Plane Has Landed, Passenger Refuses (libertycrier.com)
- TSA agents now accepting Facebook as ID (mynamebadges.com)
- Doing it right: man refuses TSA screening after flight (rinf.com)
Government Related News on Tech Net News and Opinion
Brian thought it might be a good idea to break the news up into more organized groups. After only one show’s worth of hindsight, I would have to agree that it seems like a great idea. It certainly seems to encourage more conversation from the chat room and I already know it made it easier on the post edit.
So, if it is received well, we shall not only publish the full news show, but edited segments to better serve the listeners. Feel free to comment or email us with feedback. This edited edition is all about government related news.
2014.08.25 – Tech Net News and Opinion
Brian thought it might be a good idea to try and break the news up into more organized groups. After only one show’s worth of hindsight, I would have to agree that it seems like a great idea. It certainly seems to encourage more conversation from the chat room and I already know it made it much easier on the post edit.
We opened with some Sarah Donner. They were live tracks recorded with her permission at this year’s 2014 Gen Con. The tracks were Going Under and Fossil Girl You can find out more about her at:
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.
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)
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)
Yeah, you read that right. I can’t make this stuff up. GoDaddy, has actually been granted a patent for just what the headline states! I am baffled at what is so unique and novel about this particular idea. Honestly, who wouldn’t promote their new web site via social sites and networks? For that matter who hasn’t done so already?
We’ve written about judge Beryl Howell a few times before. She’s the recently-appointed judge whose immediate job prior to that was as a lobbyist for the RIAA. Before that, she worked for the Judiciary Committee and was apparently a key player in drafting the DMCA. It seems pretty damn clear that she holds a strong viewpoint on the nature of copyright law and copyright infringement — but that hasn’t stopped her from taking those cases, even when her rulings appear to be exactly the opposite of nearly every other court. For example, while most courts have been throwing out copyright trolling lawsuits for improper joinder, Judge Howell had no problem with the practice and ordered various ISPs to cough up names based solely on IP addresses.
I wonder if the Pussy Riot trails inspired any of this sham version of justice? Honestly, judges, lawyers, and politicians, this is why the public is becoming more and more sympathetic to organizations like Anonymous. If the “legitimate” government and court systems become a scam only to serve lobbyist, corporations, and the élite, should you not expect a revolution? How could this judge, having any semblance of mental stability, NOT remove himself from the case due to a conflict of interest? Are we supposed to believe that this is some type of justice and not simply a guise for corporate coersion and collection?
- RIAA lobbyist turned judge runs a fantasy courtroom, the only one in America where they don’t laugh copyright trolls out the door (boingboing.net)
- Pro-Copyright Judges Never Drop Cases Over Conflicts, So Why Does Megaupload Judge Have To Step Down? (informationliberation.com)
- Are 30 Songs Really Worth $675,000? The Justice System Thinks So (webpronews.com)
We’re joined this week on our first show back from some time off by Jennie and Jenn. Big thanks to Jenn for taking the time to join us so late when she had shit to handle the next morning.
We’ve all seen the Chick-Fil-A news over the last couple of weeks. Instead of picking a side, we decide to just rant on both sides of the stupidity of the whole situation.
The NFL is back!! It is a glorious time!
We also recapped highlights from the last few weeks of our absence. It’s always good to catch up right?