Tech Net News and Opinion Gaming Edition
Most of us at indienation.fm are gamers of one type or another. In fact we have had several gaming news shows in the past. Some will be returning in the future and a few new ones to be added. Of course there are a lot of variants to gaming. For the tech news show, we tend to focus on video and online gaming. However, keep your browser and podcatcher tuned here as we roll out more shows themed around RPGs and tabletop games as we head into 2015.
2014.09.15 – Tech Net News and Opinion
This is the recording of our weekly news show. In this episode we discuss some Celtic music news, Android news, Chrome OS app news, net neutrality, Minecraft, Microsoft, writing on maps from the era of Columbus, and more.
We opened with two from Ceil Moss
- As Far as the Eye Can See from the album of the same name
- Lies a Lurrighan
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2014.08.25 – Tech Net News and Opinion – Gaming News
Brian thought it might be a good idea to try 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.
The stories in this edited news cast shall focus on gaming. We feel the more choices we give the listeners, the happier they will be. Please comment, use our on-site form or email us with your opinion. Hopefully you shall enjoy this new, more structured, format.
Tech Net News and Opinion – Smart Cars
While doing our weekly live news broadcast, we noticed we had a good number of stories on newer tech in automobiles. This topic is something that Lumpy has followed for a few years. (Maybe it has to do with the fact that he converted a 1971 Impala while in high school.) Nonetheless, we are convinced that the cars of tomorrow are going to be considerably different from those of today.
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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.
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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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Through Gamer Goggles News Episode 004
Join Lumpy, OmniDragon and Cleta as we bring you Tonights Tech Net news and Opnion. News topics this week include Microsoft and child porn, Google and Facebook security issues, AOL selling off patents, some woman sues Apple and much more! Not to mention some great music.
Monday Night Tech Net News and Opinion Episode 009-2012.02.13
Hello, IndieNation listeners! Tonight, we have news about Googleplex expansion, Google TV’s YouTube app update, How to Download a Copy of The Pirate Bay, and we discussed about how Microsoft’s store site in India was, defaced.
We started tonight’s news with an article from Cnet.com
Googleplex Expansion to Include ‘experience Center’ Test Labs
Google is planning on adding an Experience Center to their Mountain View headquarters. It is, expected to, be a 120,000 square foot Google Experience Center that will act as a private museum and meeting area. It will also be an area to test secret projects such as the new at home entertainment device.
Then, we moved to,
Google TV’s YouTube app update to surface more videos
Google TV now has an update to their YouTube app which contains a new Channel page. This page will help users to browse and find content throughout YouTube based on topics. According to Google, this is just a hint at some bigger things that are coming soon.
From an article at Cnet.com
We then went on to some music by Automatic Static.
Then we played a song by Aluminum Forest
- Aqua Man
Then, we moved to more news with an article from Arstechnica
Microsoft’s Store Site in India Defaced; Hackers Find Plain Text Passwords
Chinese hackers recently defaced the homepage for Microsoft’s India store on February 12th The site is still currently off, line and according to the hackers they were able to gain user names and passwords from the site. They are calling themselves “Evil Shadow Team” and stated on their blog that the site had poor security and also commented that the passwords were, stored in plain text in the database.
Then we moved on to some more great music by Tom Smith
- Cruisin For Chicks On Google Maps
Our next news story of the night comes from a, article at Torrentfreak.com
Download a Copy of the Pirate Bay
The Pirate Bay has released copies of its site for download recently, and due to new technology, the file is only 90 megabytes. If you would like to download this file, feel free to head over to thepiratebay.se. The Pirate Bay has recently announced that they will stop hosting torrents. Instead, they will be using “Magnet Links” which will require minimal bandwidth to run a proxy site.
Our next song was by Acid42 feat. Yu:Mi
- Sitsiritsit Alibangbang
We played some music by Dan-O
We read another article from Torrentfreak.com
Why Pirate Bay Changed Their Name from .org to .se
The Pirate Bay Moves to .SE Domain To Prevent Domain Seizure After the court case against the founders of The Pirate Bay concluded, the operators quickly moved the site to change from .ORG to the .SE just to prevent the US authorities seizing the domain. This was a serious risk just because the court case has completed. They did find the owners of the Pirate Bay to, be guilty of certain things. Earlier today, Sweden’s Supreme Court announced its decision not to grant leave to appeal in the long-running Pirate Bay criminal trial. This means that the prison sentences and fines against the defendants are now final.
The Pirate Bay website itself, however, wasn’t part of the trial and will remain operational as normal. That is, unless the U.S. government chooses to intervene.
Another article about Pirate Bay at
The Pirate Bay avoids walking the plank, for now
Can The Pirate Bay exist without torrents? The future of the Swedish torrent tracker arrives on the last day of February, which is when the site administrators have announced that they will be phasing out torrents in favor of magnet links. Although it sounds like The Pirate Bay will be closing, the move is, designed to ensure that the site continues on.
We ended with this song Butterfly Effect by Lamb-Sounda Alien Spy Remix Sounda.
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A great application that many people don’t know about is CCleaner. This application will clean out your temporary files, optimize your system registry, and increase your privacy with a number of products you use. Many people don’t realize it, but, you are accumulating files on your computer with typical daily use that don’t need to be there. Internet browser temporary files and Windows system files take up space on your computer and should be cleared up from time to time. I encourage everyone to head over to www.FileHippo.com and download CCleaner. This is the best application currently out there to solve this problem. After installing the program you will see a bunch of check boxes for different things the program will clean up. Personally I choose to disable clearing my browser history and recently typed URLs under the browsers that I use regularly. If you don’t care about your browser remembering links you typed previously feel free to leave those options checked. I do however recommend checking to clear all Temporary Internet Files. People can get gigabytes of information stored there over a period of time.
The Windows Explorer section doesn’t do anything that drastic so I tend to keep them all checked. Under system, however, there are some important boxes to check. I have in the past run into people who use their Recycle Bin as a storage area. They were shocked when I emptied their Recycle Bin and said “I had important files in there”… If this is your method of file backup I ask that you take your computer to your local charity and donate it for your own protection and for the benefit of someone less fortunate. The Recycle Bin is a trash bin. If you keep your important documents in the trash can out on the curb of your house and are surprised that the truck drove up and took them away this is the same situation. The next option is Temporary Files. These are files that your operating system creates and are usually not something you will need to access later. Clear out Memory Dumps also. Depending on your settings these can be very large at times. I check all but Font Cache in this section and have never had any issues. The Desktop and Start Menu Shortcuts option made me nervous at first, but, it seems to clear out icons that are no longer valid.
The advanced section has some options that won’t make a huge difference. You will get a notification on some that you will need to restart certain services if you select those options. Choose what seems beneficial to you in this section. I would not recommend selecting Wipe Free Space unless you want to ensure that someone could not “undelete” files from your computer.
Under Applications the top will show settings for each of your browsers. Internet Cache is fairly safe to remove. Internet History is depending on your personal preference. I would be cautious of whether to remove Cookies or not. Cookies are what remember your preferences for individual sites throughout the Internet. If you check the Saved Form Information box this will make your browsers forget information like City, State, and Address information that might be remembered from a previous form you may have filled out previously. At the bottom you will see a Compact Databases choice. Your database stores your bookmarks, history, and other data. CCleaner can defragment this database to help save some space.
The Applications, Internet, Multimedia, Utilities, and Windows sections are based upon the software installed on your computer. There are not individual settings for each of these programs, but, it will not do any drastic changes to your application. I leave all of these checked so that files are not built up over time from these applications. It is fairly safe for you to choose all of these boxes.
At the bottom of the screen you have an Analyze option and a Run Cleaner option. If you Analyze it will only tell you what could be removed and how much space it would free up. This is generally a good idea when it is your first time running the application. This will give you an idea of what you are getting yourself into. If you are content with what it is telling you go ahead and press the Run Cleaner button. You will, however, need to close any browsers that you have open before pressing this button. If you do not close your browser it will not be able to clean out the temporary files in some instances.
Next lets look at the Registry tab. The Windows Registry is a set of files that contain all of the settings for your Windows operating system. It will remember settings such as what program do you open a .doc file with or what programs will start-up when you logon to your computer. As programs are added, updated, or removed from your computer your registry will build up items that are broken or missing. The Registry cleaner will remove these items allowing your registry to run more quickly. If you are an advanced user you may see entries that you want to be there and don’t want to be detected in future scans of this application. You can right-click on that entry and add it to the Exclude List. Next time you select Scan for Issues it will not show that particular item in the results. The CCleaner Registry cleaner is not an aggressive registry cleaner. I have never had a case where it has caused problems with any computes that I have run it on so you should be fairly safe when using it. Select Fix selected issues and then choose Fix All Selected Issues. You may want to run this application once a week or once a month at a minimum. Many users will see some noticeable performance improvements from doing these steps. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment and I will try to respond.
Just in case you just crawled out from under a rock, TechCrunch (and the rest of the world) reports that Google has dropped 12.5 billions dollars and bought Motorola. The entire Internet is buzzing about why, what and and whatever but ARS Technica likely has it right.. they needed the patents. It is rather sad that patent trolls have turned net survival into a matter of preemptive strikes but in my opinion that is what it is.