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2013.08.09 – The LumpCast

The LumpCast, Another Show of Eclectic Podsafe Music

Welcome to this week’s episode of The LumpCast. We opened with, as I almost always do, Housy Grooves by Dr. H.P. Winkler. The original net label is no more. However, you can find this awesome house tune at archive.org

This week’s episode features the music of Seer, Tvs Kyle, The Hush Now, Steve Goodie and many more. Join Lumpy as he spins swing, rock, hip hop and just about every other genre known to man.

You can get the full show notes and listen to the entire show at The LumpCast.

Music Sales Up… Finally? Huh? What?

POSTED ON February 26th  - POSTED IN site

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.

Welcome to The Whatever and Whenever PodCast

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Welcome to the First Episode of The Whatever and Whenever PodCast

Bloc Party

Bloc Party (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Welcome to episode 001 of the Whatever and Whenever PodCast, actually, when we recorded this episode, we had not even thought of a name for it. Meshelly and Lumpy just knew that we wanted to add another show to the line up at Indie Nation. We wanted to do news and music… and we wanted to simply use it to hijack the stream when nothing else was scheduled. We also knew we wanted something that would be fun and safe for work. Our thought was something like a drive time show, mostly music, some fun banter and some recent news.

So on the mics we go, fired up idjc (Internet DJ Console) and off into cyberspace we blasted. And remember, you will never know when a new show may stream live and, in the end, time-shifted or live, it is hopefully great content.

2012.06.04 – Tech Net News and Opinion

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2012.06.04 – Tech Net News and Opinion

Greetings listeners,

English: Wil Wheaton at the 2011 Phoenix Comic...

English: Wil Wheaton at the 2011 Phoenix Comicon in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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 news@indienation.fm or tweet us @indienationfm.

2012.04.30 -Monday Night Tech Net News and Opinion

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2012.04.30 -Monday Night Tech Net News and Opinion

Hello indienation listeners join Brian, Lumpy, OmniDragon, Cleta, Knowles217 and our special guest John Atkinson (Aka B00) For Tech Net News and Opinion as we bring you Copyright and hacking news in this show. You can find B00 at:
Twitter
BooTechTV

We started off with a set from Gavin Salkeld
We played:

  • She Rox
  • Pure

Copyright News

Hasbro Offers Nerf Blogger Free Samples, Sends Lawyers And Investigators Instead

From:Techdirt

This horror story comes from a Nerf fan who says he was contacted by a Hasbro product manager who wanted his mailing address to send him free samples of a rare-in-Australia Nerf gun to offer as a promotional giveaway on his blog. He gave it to her, and soon after got something in the mail from Hasbro: a legal nastygram. It wasn’t the nastiest of legal grams in fact he made a point to say how nice it was and he he decided to comply with its request that he take down some photos of an unreleased Nerf gun from the blog, which Hasbro claimed were copyrighted and confidential. And he never did get that free nerf gun.

Cultural Insanity: You Can’t Show A Painting In A Movie Without Paying The Copyright Holder

From:Techdirt

An article from The NY Times has yet another ridiculous bit of copyright law, the fact that moviemakers have to license artwork, even if they own the physical piece to show it in a movie. And it gets even worse, when you find out that the ridiculous position of the Artists Rights Society (think the RIAA/MPAA for artists) is that the newly released 3D version of Titanic needs a new license, because its use of artwork is somehow not covered by the original license:

It is there in the new 3-D version of “Titanic,” as it was in James Cameron’s original film: a modified version of Picasso’s painting “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” aboard the ship as it sinks. Of course that 1907 masterpiece was never lost to the North Atlantic. It has been at the Museum of Modern Art for decades — which is precisely the reason the Picasso estate, which owns the copyright to the image, refused Mr. Cameron’s original request to include it in his 1997 movie. But Mr. Cameron used it anyway. After Artists Rights Society, a company that guards intellectual property rights for more than 50,000 visual artists or their estates, including Picasso’s, complained, however, Mr. Cameron agreed to pay a fee for the right to use the image. With the rerelease of “Titanic,” the society wants Mr. Cameron to pay again, asserting that the 3-D version is a new work, not covered under the previous agreement.

China deletes accounts on Twitter-like service as part of social media crackdown

From:Arstechnica

Just two days after President Obama and the United States government hit Syria and Iran with new sanctions “to hold accountable those who assist in or enable such [human rights] abuses through the use of information and communications technology,” China has now stepped up its online crackdown in the wake of a political scandal. China has been embroiled in a massive political scandal involving Bo Xilai, a Chinese politician who had been seen as a rising star in the Chinese Communist Party prior to his abrupt downfall over obstruction of justice charges in a murder case involving his wife, as well as local political disputes. Last month, Bo was removed as party chief of the southwestern city of Chongqing. However, on Tuesday, as discussion of the case continues to explode across the Internet, the Chinese clone of Twitter, Sina Weibo, deleted the accounts of several users, “including that of Li Delin, a senior editor of the Chinese business magazine Capital Week, whose March 19 post helped fuel rumors of a coup in Beijing,” according to The Wall Street Journal Li has since been detained by Chinese authorities.

Megaupload’s Dotcom gets money and Mercedes back, involved in political scandal

From:Arstechnica

Kim Dotcom the head of the file-sharing website Megaupload will be getting some of his assets returned to him in the order of:
1.NZ$750,000 ($614,000) in cash that was confiscated from him.
2.His Mercedes-Benz G55AMG worth NZ$250,000 ($204,000) with the license plate “POLICE.”
3.He receives an NZ$20,000 ($16,000) monthly living allowance off of the interest of his NZ$10 million ($8.19 million) of government bonds.
4. His wife, Mona, will also get her living expenses and medical bills paid (she recently gave birth), and she will have the use of her seized 2010 Toyota Vellfire, worth NZ$60,000 ($49,000). And also Since early April, Dotcom has had the use of his mansion, including the use of his swimming pool for exercise. He is also able to use the Internet. And the the New Zealand Herald reported that Dotcom claims to have donated NZ$50,000 ($41,000) to John Banks, the head of the ACT New Zealand political party and the current minister for Small Business and Regulatory Reform, during his 2010 campaign for mayor of the city of Auckland.

No Record Label, But Amanda Palmer Raises Over $100k In Just Six Hours On Kickstarter

From:Techdirt

Amanda Palmer has had many sucess stories on Techdirt in the past even including her celebration of the fact that she finally got dropped from a record label two years ago.She has done a bunch of fun projects now she has decided it was time to do a “traditional” studio album again. So… of course, she turned to Kickstarter to help put together funds, seeking $100,000 in 32 days. Instead, she got it in SIX HOURS. Kickstarter has become a very popular way to raise money for projects like this and the details of what she’s offering are, quite interesting as well.Amanda’s offering has a lot of cool goodies and opportunities (including live events) for backers, allowing them to self-select in to how they’d like to support her. A lot of the offering is vinyl focused, which isn’t that surprising, given the renewed popularity of vinyl these days, but also the ability to do more artistic work in combination with a vinyl release. Of course, not everyone has a record player… but they’ve got that covered. At some of the higher level packages, they’ll include a USB-enabled Crosley turntable which they’ll custom-paint for you, making it awesome.

We went with some music from the wonderful Polina Kourakina And she has a Fundraiser for First Full Length AlbumThis Erie key of A”.
We played:

  • Not Done Dancing Yet

Hacking News

Court: Britain’s ISPs must block Pirate Bay

From:BBC News

File-sharing site The Pirate Bay must be blocked by UK internet service providers, the High Court has ruled. The Swedish website hosts links to download mostly pirated free music and video. Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media must all prevent their users from accessing the site. “Sites like The Pirate Bay destroy jobs in the UK and undermine investment in new British artists,” the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) said. A sixth ISP, BT, requested “a few more weeks” to consider their position on blocking the site. BPI’s chief executive Geoff Taylor said: “The High Court has confirmed that The Pirate Bay infringes copyright on a massive scale. “Its operators line their pockets by commercially exploiting music and other creative works without paying a penny to the people who created them.”This is wrong – musicians, sound engineers and video editors deserve to be paid for their work just like everyone else.”

Release of exploit code puts Oracle Database users at risk of attack

From:Arstechnica

Oracle has declined to patch a critical vulnerability in its flagship database product leaving their customers vulnerable to attacks almost all versions of the Oracle Database Server released in the past 13 years contain a bug that allows hackers to perform man-in-the-middle attacks that monitor all data passing between the server and end users who are connected to it according to Joxean Koret, a security researcher based in Spain. When Koret pressed Oracle to explicitly say if engineers planned to allow the bug to remain in current versions, an Oracle employee responded:

“To protect the interest of our customers, we do not provide these level of details (like versions affected) for the issues that are addressed as in-depth. The future releases will have the fix.”

Oracle released its own list of mitigations and strongly urged customers to implement them right away.

UK, US seize 36 domains tied to financial fraud

From:Arstechnica

ritish and US authorities have moved to seize 36 domain names associated with websites being used to traffic in stolen payment card data. The UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) said in a release issued today that the sites used Automated Vending Carts, a type of Web e-commerce software that allowed criminals to rapidly sell large volumes of credit card and banking account data. According to a report by Computerworld UK’s Anh Nguyen, two men in Britain were arrested on April 24 in a connected case. They were alleged to have made large-scale purchases of stolen payment data from AVC sites, and an AVC site operator in Macedonia was arrested by the Macedonian Ministry of the Interior’s Cyber Crime Unit.

90% of popular SSL sites vulnerable to exploits, researchers find

From:Arstechnia

Less than 10 percent of the most popular websites offering Secure Socket Layer protection are hardened against known attacks that could allow hackers to decrypt or tamper with encrypted traffic, researchers said Out of the 200,000 sites examined, only 19,024 were configured to withstand an attack discovered in 2009 that allows attackers to inject data into encrypted traffic passing between two endpoints. What’s more, just 25 percent of the sites are able to withstand an experimental attack unveiled last year that allows attackers to silently decrypt data that is passing between a webserver and an end-user browser. He also said that SSL Pulse uncovered 19 private keys generated with 512-bit encryption, making them susceptible to brute forcing attacks that allow man-in-the-middle hackers to decrypt the protected traffic.

Microsoft patches major Hotmail 0-day flaw after apparently widespread exploitation

From:Arstechnica

Microsoft quietly fixed a flaw in Hotmail’s password reset system that allowed anyone to reset the password of any Hotmail account last Friday. The company was notified of the flaw on April 20th and responded with a fix within hours—but not until after widespread attacks, with the bug apparently spreading “like wild fire” in the hacking community. Hotmail’s password reset system uses a token system to ensure that only the account holder can reset their password: a link with the token is sent to an account linked to the Hotmail account, and clicking the link lets the account owner reset their password. However, the validation of these tokens isn’t handled properly by Hotmail, allowing attackers to reset passwords of any account.

VMware confirms source code leak, LulzSec-affiliated hacker claims credit

From:Arstechnica

VMware has confirmed a leak of source code from the ESX hypervisor. The code was posted on Pastebin on April 8 by a hacker calling himself “Hardcore Charlie.”VMware confirmed the theft yesterday, and said there is a “possibility that more files may be posted in the future.” The good news is that the code dates from 2003 to 2004. While VMware ESX is still heavily used, VMware is shifting customers to a newer hypervisor called ESXi, which has a smaller attack surface and is designed to be more secure.”The fact that the source code may have been publicly shared does not necessarily mean that there is any increased risk to VMware customers,” the company said. “VMware proactively shares its source code and interfaces with other industry participants to enable the broad virtualization ecosystem today. We take customer security seriously and have engaged internal and external resources, including our VMware Security Response Center, to thoroughly investigate. We will continue to provide updates to the VMware community if and when additional information is available.”

Google’s new search algorithm to crack down on “black hat webspam”

From:Arstecnica

After changes to Google’s ranking and page layout algorithms they are pushing yet another update to its algorithms with the hopes of curbing “black hat webspam” from creeping into search results. The changes are targeted at sites engaged in tactics such as keyword stuffing, or “unusual linking patterns” where unrelated links are sprinkled throughout a fake or manufactured article. There have been at least nine major updates to Google’s “Panda” algorithms since they were introduced last February.

Backdoor in mission-critical hardware threatens power, traffic-control systems

From:Arstechnica

Customers of Ontario, Canada-based RuggedCom have the bad news of there is a good chance those Internet-connected devices have backdoors that make unauthorized access a point-and-click exercise. Because the equiment that RuggedCom system is using has an undocumented account that can’t be modified and a password that’s trivial to crack. Researchers say, for years the company hasn’t bothered to warn the power utilities, military facilities, and municipal traffic departments using the industrial-strength gear that the account can give attackers the means to sabotage operations that affect the safety of huge populations of people.

Indicted BitTorrent group used FM, infrared receivers to record movies in theater

From:Arstechnica

According to an indictment unsealed this week, the four alleged members of the BitTorrent movie release group IMAGiNE have now been charged with one count of “Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Copyright Infringement,” four counts of “Criminal Copyright Infringement,” and one count of “Distribution of a Work Being Prepared for Commercial Distribution.” Each count brings a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison. The group, which TorrentFreak called “one of the P2P scene’s most prominent release groups,” was busted up by federal authorities in September 2011. It is not very common for BitTorrent-related groups to be split apart with federal criminal charges brought against them. Court documents filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia report that the lead defendant, Jeramiah B. Perkins (aliases: “Butch Perkins,” “Stash,” and “theestas”) was arrested and then released on bail on Monday. The other defendants are Gregory Cherwonik, 53, of New York, Willie Lambert, 57, of Pennsylvania, and Sean Lovelady, 27, of California. The four are accused of running their BitTorrent ring from September 2009 to September 2011.

Skype exploit reveals user IP addresses

From:Cnet

A simple Skype exploit can reveal IP addresses remote and local of any user. This Blog Post runs through the process of obtaining a user’s IP address apperently all someone has to do is start the process of adding a contact with a specific user name and instead of sending a confirmation the person can click on the information card to obtain the IP address of that particular user. But this only works if the user is on line and the IP address do not give a persons’s name or other specific information but does provide country and in some cases city of origin. Skype says they are looking into the issue

“We are investigating reports of a new tool that allegedly captures a Skype user’s last known IP address. This is an ongoing, industry-wide issue faced by all peer-to-peer software companies,” said a company representative. “We are committed to the safety and security of our customers and we are takings measures to help protect them.”

We ended with some music from the very talented Gabriel Redding he also has a Kickstarter Project For his upcoming video for the song “Run The Edge
we played:

  • Untethered

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