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
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.
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?
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?
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)
2012.06.22 – Stupid As Charged
This week’s “Stupid As Charged” consists of three stories which all share the theme of stupid, dumb, strange, weird or in some other manner are worthy of a dunce cap rating. In particular this episode; Robbed you thrice, same place, and almost got away with it, drug money, a dirty cop, strippers, and you got a DUI?!? That’s okay, I left the baby on the roof.
2012.06.08 – Stupid As Charged
This week’s “Stupid As Charged” consists of three stories which all share the theme of stupid, dumb, strange, weird or in some other manner are worthy of a dunce cap rating. In particular this episode..; You are free to go; wait; you stole our handcuffs, When shoplifting don’t forget the baby, and When pregnant the best plan is to be drunk, and get pierced.
We are also pleased to have Knowles join us for this episode. So strap on your head phones, check your funny bone and get ready to hear about some less than intelligent crooks.
2012.06.04 – Tech Net News and Opinion
Welcome to this week’s episode of Tech Net News and Opinion. This week we accidentally/intentionally did things a bit differently. For those of you who have been asking for more news and less music, you got it. Brian, Knowles, Meshelly, Knunez (iPhone at Geekshed), OmniDragon and Lumpy start and end this week’s show with music but the rest is all news talk.
Remember listeners and readers, if you wish to participate, the way to do so is to get on over to the Geekshed IRC Network and join us in #indienation. We do the news live almost every Monday from 8-10 PM EST. (As a general rule, if a Monday is a holiday in the USA, we do NOT do the news.) If you have items you think we should cover as news, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us @indienationfm.
2012.06.01-Stupid As Charged
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; a drunk and his zebra, poison gas, and No Ticket the baby is coming!
A Drunk and His…. Zebra
Lumpy got word of this one via his local Fox News Channel, one of those headlines that makes you do a double take… like did I read that right? The original headline read Man Charged with OVI, Had Zebra in Vehicle. Yeah, I read it right.
An Iowa man has been arrested, charged with OVI and had his, pets taken to a friend’s house. The police received a few call regarding a zebra and a parrot trapped in a car at, no surprise, at a bar. The article state that “quite a few people called”. I bet that is a good thing since one might cross such a thing off as a hoax.
Nonetheless, it was no joke and when police arrived, they did see a zebra in a car and, perched on the driver’s shoulder, there actually was a parrot. Why is it I just can’t get the image of Raoul’s Wild Kingdom from Weird Al’s UHF out of my head? Wildlife aside, the driver blew a .148 and was charged… oh yeah, his girlfriend stated “They love going for ride”.
This one averaged out to a 3.5 on our dunce-o-meter.
We closed this one out with Seven Drunken Nights by The Brobdingagain Bards.
Poison gas? Fuck it let’s just put T-Shirts over our face.
found at blogs.Browardpalmbeach.com
20-year-old Darrin Green and 17-year-old Jamarion Lee are either really brave, or really stupid. They decided it was in their best interest to burglarize a home that was being fumigated for termites. The owner of the house pulled out his smartphone around 4am to check security cameras and was surprised to see two men holding T-Shirts over their faces rummaging through his belongings. He called the police, who couldn’t enter the house, you guessed it; because it was filled with deadly poison. The police called a fumigator to clear the house, however the men had already escaped.They were arrested after a tip led police to the men trying to sell the items they had stolen. Fort Lauderdale Police spokesman Det. Travis Mandell is quoted as saying: “What kind of person does that?” “What kind of person risks their life for a couple of pieces of property, going into a house with ‘Danger! Do not enter! Poison!’ signs all over it?”
Though Mandell said the gas was “definitely not for human consumption,” the burglars didn’t show any signs of injury.
We really ranked this one pretty high. It averaged out a 4.5.
We closed this story with, Poison of this Lifestyle by Morphine Killer
Pregnant woman fakes labor, to avoid a ticket
This one comes from Huffington Post
It sounds like a scene in a movie, but a pregnant woman in New Zealand lied to police that she was about to give birth to get out of a speeding ticket.
Police were getting ready to lay spikes in the road to stop a Honda Civic speeding at more than 90 mph on a highway near Tauranga on Monday morning, according to the New Zealand Herald,
When the man driving eventually pulled over, he told police his friend was about to bring a new life into the world. She played the part, sitting with her feet spread apart on the dashboard, while the allegedly expectant father rode in the backseat, the Herald reported.
The police called for an ambulance and cordoned off the road as the paramedics arrived. Police later called the hospital to check in the patient, but discovered that that the pregnant woman discharged herself as soon as she arrived, reported the Oatgo Times Daily.
“I think she’s tried using her pregnancy to put a smokescreen to give some justification for the driver’s action. It’s not just a waste of our time but a waste of the time of St John ambulance staff helping people who really need their help,” Acting Senior Sergeant Mark Holmes told the paper.
Cops later busted the 23-year-old driver for dangerous driving.
This one metered in with unanimous 4s.
We closed out this story with Road Tripper by Carrie Dahlby w/Possible Oscar
Man Arrested for Tampering at WalMart
It seems a man, according to a link over at Country California, sent into us by blackspyder from Geekshed.net, actually decided to enrich his communities’ musical taste by replacing hundreds of CDs at a local WalMart with his own personal collection. The article is worth a read and the mug shot is worth a look. Yup, that’s right… he replaced the enclosed CDs with his personal collection and ditched the contents elsewhere in the store.
This one hit 3.5 on the dunce-o-meter.
We closed with Ron Jay’s The Prettiest Girl in WalMart.
Background music provided by Gavin Salkeld. Gavin is kind enough and with the new media order well enough to provide Indie Nation with all it’s background music for IDs, themes and promos. You can find out more about Gavin and his music at Salkeld Music.
The song “Stupid as Charged” is by Carrie Dahbny (also check out Bad Rapport) and Devo Spice (also at The FuMP) of The FuMP which is short for Funny Music Project. Also, many of the artists we feature on Indie Nation can be found at Mevio’s Music Alley.
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- 2012.04.05 – Stupid As Charged Episode 0012 (indienation.fm)
- 2012.05.11 – Stupid As Charged (indienation.fm)
2012.05.18 – Stupid As Charged
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?