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Sitting Down with Polina Kourakina

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Polina Kourakina

Polina Kourakina

Indie Nation Listeners, we have a very special treat for you. We managed to catch up with the lovely and talented Polina Kourakina. An artists with a very unique and awesomely pleasant style. Listen in as we discuss her music.

Also, if you are in the greater Cleveland area, be sure and check out her FREE show at The Beachland Tavern. The fun show starts at 7:30 PM, tomorrow, January 26, 2013. Lumpy will be there and hopes to see you as well.

Interview with Tom Gee of the Tom Gee Band

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An Interview with Tom Gee

Every once in a while we have the special honor of interviewing one of these hardworking starving artists that we call musicians and better yet the superstars of tomorrow. As we change the way the world listens to radio, Tom Gee sheds some light on what inspired him to devote his life to recording and touring all for the love of music.

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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2012.03.16 – The LumpCast

2012.03.16 – The LumpCast

Readers and Listeners,

A new episode of The LumpCast has been published featuring the music of; Ana Popovic, Chillerstadt, George Clinton, Polina Kourakina, Sly Stone, Thomas Reed Smith Band, Jim Truth, 60 Seconc Crush, American Heartbreak, El Debarge, Sevendust, Alice Cooper, Ana Popovic, Andy Steve and Andy, Ministry, Candye Kane, Ben Sem, and Ampliphonic. Check out 2012.03.16 – The LumpCast

Polina Kourakina Needs Your Help

POSTED ON March 18th  - POSTED IN Community, independent music, music, Public Service

Help record, press, and distribute her first full-length album.
Released from Cleveland based Singer/Songwriter Polina Kourakina
This campaign will help fund her first full-length album. This Erie key of A is not only a collection of songs, splattered on an album cover, drenched with music to fill the notation of a page. It is a connection of the journey she embraced that landed her miraculously in the heart of a wonderful music scene. Which captured her soul into a state of enlightenment, unlike any other time in her life. With your help, this album can start a movement of joy and celebration!!!

What She Needs & What You Get

Here is where the fun begins. In detail this is what we need to do to make this the most stupefying album ever made!

  • Record, Mix, and Master the Album
  • Copyright, digitally distribute, and put on Pandora radio
  • Physical CD’s, and a few T-shirts to give you guys
  • Vinyl Press the album, small run (you know you want one!!)
  • Any Residual amount of money will go directly into the tour funding account.

In leu of repeating what perks are available, here is a summary of what you will receive:

  • LP Vinyl each one is different (random color vinyl pressing batch)
  • handmade t-shirt ( signed or unsigned)
  • a limited-time signed poster
  • a physical cd, (signed or unsigned your choice)
  • a download

AND A WHOLE-HEARTED THANK YOU!!


Fundraiser for First Full Length Album By Polina K
All of the wonderful ways you all can contribute will help make this dream a reality.
Spread the word and please help the beautiful Polina Kourakina reach her goal to complete her first full-length album.
You can find her at:
Facebook
Polinakmusic.com

2012.03.02 – The LumpCast and the Spotlight on Various Artists

For this week’s episode of the LumpCast, I thought I would kick back to some of the musicians we have had the pleasure to get to know in the recent past, some locally from Cleveland and others from elsewhere.

I am playing short sets and spotlights for this show. Many of them are recordings I actually did with a Zoom H2 Portable Recording unit when these musicians played live at local clubs in the Cleveland, Ohio area.

Listen in as Cleta, Omnidragon, Boz and Lumpy spin and eclectic mix of indie music.

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2012.02.27 – Tech Net News and Opinion – Episode 011

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We started tonight’s show off with some music from the wonderful Polina Kourakina.

We played:

  • Dance With Me
  • Not Done Dancing Yet
  • Liquor and Wine

You can find Polina Kourakina at:
Polina’s Web Site
Facebook
You can buy her music at:

You can buy her CD at CD Baby:

Wikileaks Pairs with Anonymous to Publish Intelligence Firm’s Dirty Laundry

This is the de-facto flag of the organization ...

Image via Wikipedia

In a recent story, wired.com has announced that Anonymous and Wikileaks will be working together to release 5 million e-mails that were retrieved from servers at Strafor, a private intelligence firm.  Anonymous states that releasing this information on Wikileaks will allow for sifting through the mass of e-mails more efficiently.  In a statement from Stratfor, they claim that the e-mails should not publicly embarrass the company.

Our next news article came from Arstechnica.com

FBI turns off 3,000 GPS trackers after Supreme Court ruling

Andrew Weissmann, the general counsel for the FBI, announced that they are switching off thousands of GPS devices that are used for surveillance after the recent Supreme Court decision this past month.  The recent ruling states that GPS devices attached to the underbody of a car require a valid warrant.  The FBI is developing new guidelines in how they will use these devices.

Plesk control panel bug left FTC sites (and thousands more) exposed to Anons

A very serious vulnerability has been found in versions of Parallels Plesk Control Panel software.  This is very troubling due to the fact that this is one of the most popular control panel software programs currently available.  The vulnerability allows a hacker to make significant changes to user accounts and files.  This allows them to gain root access and install custom software.  Anyone that uses Plesk and does not keep their control panel up to date on a regular basis is encouraged to upgrade to the most recent micro-patch of your available version.

We went to some music by The Hush Now

  • Cameraphone
  • Sitting on a Slow Clock
  • The Glow

You can find The Hush Now at:
Myspace
Facebook
Twitter
Mevio’s Music Alley

Google sells off Clearwire stake for $47 million

Cnet.com reports that Google recently sold off their $47 million dollar stake in Clearwire.  Google has not made a public statement on why they have decided to unload Clearwire, but, the huge losses Clearwire has been seeing in recent years might be an indicator.  Clearwire is hoping that the 5,000 LTE sites it plans on having operational mid next year will change their current course.

Google Aims to Offer Kansas City TV

Google

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The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Google, Inc. has applied in the past week to provide video service to residents of Kansas City, Missouri.  This sets the stage for Google offering a Cable-TV like service in addition to the high-speed internet service they plan on marketing later this year. This would place Google into competition with satellite and cable TV providers.  They are looking to launch this TV service in the coming months.

Google, Apple sued over Street View Technology

According to CNET, a recent lawsuit has been filed against Google and Apple stating that they infringed on a patent filed in mid-2003.  The patent covers an interactive system for displaying detailed view and direction in panoramic images.  The law suit claims that Google’s street view product is in violation and that Google and Apple were both aware of this before releasing their Street View product.  The company filing the suit is named PanoMap Technologies and they don’t even have a website.

Then, we had music from Beatnik Turtle
We played:

  • How Did I Google This?

You can find Beatnik Turtle at:
Beatnikturtle.com
Myspace
Twitter
The song of the day.com

Then, we played some music by Tom Smith:

  • Cruisin’ For Chicks On Google Maps

You can find Tom Smith at:
Tom Smith Online.com
Mevio’s Music Alley
Tom Smith at The FuMP.com

Then we had some more music by Beatnik Turtle

  • Beatnik Turtle – On Her Blog
  • Beatnik Turtle – Cube Farm

Buckyball Solids Found In Space

Extragalactic Space Balls

Image via Wikipedia

Last year, scientists found gaseous clouds of buckyballs.  Astronomers have now discovered these carbon balls in solid form about 6,500 light-years from earth.  Buckyballs are microscopic spheres where 60 carbon atoms are arranged with alternating patterns of hexagons and pentagons in a football like pattern.  This makes the structures incredibly strong and perfect for making superconducting materials, medicines, water purification systems, and armor.  The particles they have discovered are miniscule and are much thinner than the width of a human hair.

Faster-Than-Light Neutrino Results May Be Due to Bad Cables

This one comes from wired.com.  In past broadcasts, we discussed tests that claimed to have sent neutrinos faster than the speed of light.  This, however, seems to not be due to a scientific breakthrough, but, due to bad cabling.  The issue they detected was a faulty fiber optic connection that brought the GPS signal to the experiment’s master clock.  This caused the GPS to provide the wrong timestamps during the synchronization between events.  The OPERA collaboration is looking to perform new measurements of the neutrino velocity as soon as they continue operations in March.
Then, we played some music from Chris Ayer. 
We played:

  • Starfish In The Front Yard
  • Evaporate
  • The Center Ring

You can find Chris Ayer at:
Myspace
Facebook
Bandcamp.com
Twitter
Mevio’s Music Alley

Code Hero raises over $100,000 for shooter that teaches Computer Programming

Our last news of the night was from Arstechnica.com.  Code Hero recently completed its Kickstarter project and successfully raised over $170,000.  Over 7,400 backers showed support for the product and are able to download and install a beta version of the game.  Code Hero is a co-op first person science shooter that allows you to manipulate code with a code gun.  Code Hero uses a gaming atmosphere in an educational manner to teach programming concepts.  The game uses the Unity Game Engine and is actively being developed.

Next we played some music by Bill Mecca

  • Grover’s Tune

You can find Bill Mecca at:
Billmecca.com
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Artist Spotlight on Polina Kourakina

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Talent and a Unique Style, Polina Kourakina


Today we have spotlight on an artist and we bring you the wonderful Polina Kourakina who joined Lumpy in the studio. He and Cleta had the chance to talk with Polina about the show she played at the Beach Land Tavern and other exciting things she has going on and Lumpy was able to record the show she did there. The songs she played were from her Wanderlust EP:

  • Catching the Port
  • Dying to Meet You
  • Liquor and Wine
  • Don’t Tell My Mom

Polina is a talented singer/songwriter who is currently in the greater Cleveland area. She is of Russian decent as you may have guessed by her name. She has a beautiful voice that will just melt your heart.

You can find Polina at:

2012.02.17 – The LumpCast with Special Guest Jamie Gray

Welcome to this week’s LumpCast. Remember, you can always join Lumpy live for the stream of the show on Fridays at 10 PM to Midnight almost every Friday night. This week, Boz stayed on the show with me and we are joined by guest Jamie Gray…. Read the show notes! At some point and time, I will tell you how to get some FREE stuff!

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