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2014.09.22 – Tech Net News and Opinion

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2014.09.22 – Tech Net News and Opinion

Tech Net News and Opinion

Monday Night News

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.

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Walking Dead News

  • 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

Closing Tunes

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

2014.08.25 – Tech Net News and Opinion

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2014.08.25 –  Tech Net News and Opinion

Sarah Donner

Sarah Donner

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:

2014.08.04 – Tech Net News and Opinion

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This Week We Start with a Long Rant and End with a Long Track

We started off with a few from the Monterey International Pop Fest. They were:

  • Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth
  • Otis Redding  –  Shake
  • The Mamas and The Pappas – California Dreamin

You can check out the artists above and others that performed at the event at Music Alley and The Razor and Tie Label.

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?

Germany Denies Seizure of MegaUpload Assets

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.

A New Home for MegaUpload?

POSTED ON November 12th  - POSTED IN Intellectual Property, Law, Law, New Media Order, news, Opinion, politics, Tech and Net Opinion

Kim Dotcom Announces “Lobbyist-Proof” Domain for Site

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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.

08.06.2012 – The Failed Social Experiment – Drunken Chaos as Usual

POSTED ON August 17th  - POSTED IN Law, news, Opinion, Podcasts, politics, The Failed Social Experiment
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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?

The 2nd half of the show includes our own coverage of the 2012 Olympics and the joys of America making little foreign kids cry.  If that ain’t patriotic, I don’t know what is.

Wrong Man Elected

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Typo Elects Wrong Man

Derby, Connecticut

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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.

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