2016.01.07 – International Programmers Day
Featuring Code Monkey by Jonathan Coulton
Today is International Programmers Day. You can take part by liking the Facebook page. I would urge you to check out their website and page. They have some very interesting and entertaining material there. Check out the “Lady JAVA” video I share after the break.
Let Us Talk About “Walkers”
Musically, we opened up the show with RE: Your Brains by Jonathan Coulton
As some of you know, most of the staff at this station are HUUUUUGE Walking Dead fans. Brian and I actually have a hard time getting to the news stories sometimes because we start the Monday night Tech Net News and Opinion Show off with a quick review of the week’s previous episode. Brian and I thought we might do a Walking Dead only podcast. We hope you enjoy it and welcome your opinion.
2013.08.23 – The LumpCast
Talk About Misleading Headlines!
I happened across an AP news article which, paraphrasing so that we don’t get sued, claimed that music sales are finally inching up… for the first time since 1999. (I know I am taking a chance even using “1999” for Prince and the Universal Goons may still be lurking out there, just waiting for another opportunity to swoop down and swing their IP sword of death.) Fortunately, they provided a link to the source. It is a report from the IFPI which is short for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. While not the RIAA, it is a similar such organization certainly spouting similar rhetoric with this report.
I have been aware that many associations in the music and film industry are not the best at math and statistics. I have often written about how the legal system is skewed by political favoritism regarding IP, how the industry skews law enforcement and, recently, their further adventures on the road less logical.
This week’s episode of Gamerr Goggles features the music of Jonathan Coulton and Heart. We opened with Blue Sunny Day by JoCo. We closed out with Code Monkey and Curl from JoCo. And, last but not least, for our OmniDragon, we played Magic Man by Heart to honour his addiction.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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:
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.
Microsoft Job Ads Reveal Html5 Version of Skype Coming to Web Browsers
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.”
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:
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For now, enjoy this episode of Indie Soup… where we continue with our “fumploration”, a lumpismic word meaning”exploration of The FuMP. They have so much music to explore, we may stay on this deviation of our normal show format for a good while.
Christmas Music, One Last Show
Some material may not be considered safe for work (NSFW), children and arachnids over 3 feet tall
Cleta, Knowles217, OmniDragon and Lumpy were still up for spinning some Christmas music. This one, as well is about the music and not talk. We didn’t cover any news. We simply spun Christmas music and told you what we played. We hope you all had a great holiday season last year and hope you are starting off having a great new year. Enjoy the last in the Podcast of Christmas here at indienation.fm
Greetings and Happy Christmas Listeners,
Welcome to our first annual Christmas party, held both on-line and in the Cold Crank Studio in Cleveland, Ohio. At one point in time during this three and a half hour live stream almost every member of the staff was able to join us.
The party thought started rather impromptu when some of us locally got together to do some Christmas IDs for the stream. Then Cleta got busy at geekshed and got in touch with a few of the other regulars. Regrettably we did not manage to contact everyone due to the impromptu nature of it. So if you didn’t get and invite, don’t be offended, that is just the way it worked out this time.
As usual, we started with some music:
- We started with a few from Brother Love
- Soccer Girl
- From Alice Cooper
- I’m Eighteen
- No More Mr Nice Guy
- From Chance
- Finger on the Trigger Makes a Man Feel Bigger
Band Width Hog Myth Debunked
A study done by DSL Reports seems to beating up a falacy. TechDirt reports that the myth of the “bandwidth hog” has long been used as a justification for band width caps. To be brief and short, the study can find no data to back the ISPs claims. The article at TechDirt also states that, since many ISPs will not provide any data to back their claims, they are and have been well aware of the fact that the bandwidth hog is not disruptive.
Back to the queue for more music:
- My Atari by Sudden Death (actually Devo Spice)
- Platform Wars by Devo Spice featuring The Great Luke Ski and Dual Core
- From Jonathan Coulton
- Creepy Doll
- At Work Now and Code Monkey
Google Chrome Reported to be the Most Secure Browser
The research was funded by Google, which might make any reasonable person suspicious of its conclusions. Accuvant insists that Google gave it “a clear directive to provide readers with an objective understanding of relative browser security” and that the conclusions in the paper “are those of Accuvant Labs, based on our independent data collection.” Accuvant also made the supporting data available as a separate download so that it can be scrutinized by other researchers.
The article states that the 102 page report is very fair and the lab stated it will update the report as the browsers continue to develop.
Quoting the OpenDNS web site:
DNSCrypt has the potential to be the most impactful advancement in Internet security since SSL, significantly improving every single Internet user’s online security and privacy.
- Three from Jeff Ronay
- Michael Angels Cosmic Grab Bag
- Someone Took the Money
- Open the Pod Door Hal
More Woes for Adobe and Flash
CNET is reporting the the troubles for Flash just won’t seem to stop. The Adobe company’s Reader program has vulnerabilities. Similar problems are reported in Flash Player In both the Mac and Window versions the program can be hacked to crash and the culprit can gain control of the computer.
The article states that it gets around the Internet Explorer sandbox on windows machines. It also states that it is unknown how or if it works in other browser. While some versions of Adobe products have fixed the problem, others are not expected to be mended for about a month. The article suggest using alternative products.
New Windows Defender Runs Outside Windows
CNET reports via an instructional article that the newer version of Windows Defender will be able to run outside of the Windows OS. The malware protection software will be available in both 32 and 64 bit versions and could be run off a thumbdrive, CD, or DVD. The program is under 300 MB in size and also offers the option of saving it as an ISO file vs. an executable program.
A few more songs:
- From Pale Hollow
- Rolling Through The Days
- Satisfied Mind
“Native Client” Showcased at Google
After hearing about this one, I asked “how can one not be impressed”. According to a post at CNET, Google had unveiled a project it has kept under wraps for three years. Native Client, as it is called, is claimed to improve browser performance by by two to ten times.
To demonstrate this, they played games in a browser tab… games normally played in a console. Those who viewed the demonstration claim that the games moved smoothly and performed well. Native Client, also dubbed NaCl, is open source.
The goals, according to the Google spokesperson are to bring more to the web and security. They state they are in the “prove it” state of the technology. The review at CNET is more extensive and has a very impressive video of the platform in action. Native Client is to go public in 2012.
This one was a last minute addition thanks to Cleta and Meshelly.
We closed it out with three more songs:
- From MC Lars
- What Is Hip-Hop?
- Distant Planet
- The Giving Tree
- Chrome sandboxing makes it the most secure browser, vendor study claims (arstechnica.com)
- Google adds console quality games to Chrome Web Store thanks to Native Client (9to5google.com)
- Chrome Is Most Secure of the Top Three Browsers, Study Finds (pcworld.com)
- Tech and Net – News and Opinion – Episode 001 (indienation.fm)
- Google-Funded Study Says Firefox Less Secure than Internet Explorer [Security] (gizmodo.com)
- Browser Study Sheds Light On Firefox’s Insecurity (And Google Approves This Message) (forbes.com)
Tech and Net News and Opinion, Monday, 5 December 2011
This week we will discuss things net, tech and kewl including “earthscrapers”, a printer hack, a hybrid hard drive, a Grooveshark whistleblower, hackers hit the UN and Global Chokepoint. We wish to warn the listener in advance that there is some material in this podcast that would be considered not safe for work or children.