Monday, December 21, 2015

Republic Records Class of 2016 Showcase

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Get a peek at the Republic artists that will be flying high at the top of the charts through this year and into 2016… Introducing: Republic’s Class of 2016.

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Video Spotlight: Watch The Weeknd + Nicki Minaj Perform on SNL!
Watch The Weeknd perform “The Hills (Remix)” featuring Nicki Minaj and “Can’t Feel My Face” on SNL! As an added bonus, Abel ...Read More
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DNCE Is Set To Release SWAAY EP Friday October 23!
Get ready to DNCE, because Joe Jonas and the crew are comin’ for you!

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THIS JUST IN: James Bay Will Perform at The 2015 MTV EMAs!
It’s official: James Bay is announced as a performer at the MTV EMAs in Milan on Oct 25! Get info the awards show and how ...Read More
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Republic’s 2015 American Music Awards® Nominees Are In:
We’re proud to announce our Republic nominees for the 2015 American Music Awards… Don’t miss the live show broadcasted from the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, November 22nd at 8:00pm ...Read More
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@JohnNewmanMusic's new album REVOLVE ft. "Come And Get It" & "Tiring Game" is out now! #NewMusicFriday
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@PostMalone took over the legendary @sobsnyc earlier this week, performing hits like #WhiteIverson & #TooYoung for a rowdy, sold-out crowd. (Camera= @theyoungshooter)
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Thank you to all who came out to our #RepublicClassOf2016 Showcase last night! We are so lucky that these incredibly talented artists are a part of the Republic family. @DNCE, @RuenBrothers, @ClairityMusic, @GraceMitchellMusic, @GiveMePowers (Camera= @MaxMercurio)
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Check out POWERS' sexy new video for their single "Hot" on @YouTube. And if you're in NY, catch @GiveMePowers at @cmjofficial shows all week long!
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Monday, October 05, 2015

Moog to Cease Minimoog Voyager Synth Production But there's something new...

Moog to Cease Minimoog Voyager Synth Production

But there's something new...

After 13 years, Moog has revealed that it will cease production of its beloved Minimoog Voyager synth.
Launched in 2002, the Voyager is renowned for being both the last synthesizer that founder Bob Moog designer “from start to finish,” and also signaling “the rebirth of Moog Music, and the re-emergence of the analog synthesizer as a viable creative tool in our increasingly digital world.”
The Minimoog Voyager is also considered to be one of the most beloved hardware synths, so as a special goodbye, the company will be thanking its customers by handcrafting 600 final units at its factory in Asheville, NC, along with offering 20% off on all Minimoog Voyager upgrades, modifications and calibrations to existing domestic customers until 2016.
While there has been some confusion as to whether every Voyager model will be discontinued, Synthtopia cites a contact at Moog Music who has stated that “[e]verything except the Minimoog Voyager XL is being discontinued.”
In happier synth news, the company has also announced the Eurorack-compatible Mother-32, a desktop semi-modular synth that functions both as a standalone unit and a Eurorack module that is fairly affordable, at $599. So, that’s pretty tight. Check the Mother-32 out here.
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Meanwhile, Moog has created a video to celebrate the Minimoog Voyager’s end, which features an interview with Trent Reznor, scored by The Haxan Cloak, using both the Minimoog Voyager and a prototype Mother-32. Watch below.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

2.5 Million Prisoners in the United States

DUNNINGAN CA (IFS) -- When it comes to prisoners, the United States leads the civilized world with people that are locked up for various crimes.  We love to use prison labor to make white box products, like washers, dryers, stoves, air conditioners,  computers, telephones systems and sets, wood furniture, beds, pots and pans, dishes and other things that are shipped to Europe, Mexico and South America, where the local manufacturing companies place their names on the products as locally reassembled with some engineering assistance.

First, I would like to add, that there are some people that deserve to be in jail and/or prison, and we need a place for these few people or we have to put them down because they can not function in our society.

We have over twenty-five million people that have been to prison and/or jail in our society, and we don't know how to deal with them.  We keep blocking their success and limiting job opportunities because of their past.  We are a non-forgiving society and we continue to punish them.

We have yet to talk about the 2 million people that are awaiting trial and those that are ready to be sentenced.  We are the only country on the face of the earth that keeps punishing our ex-felons.

We use the Bible to talk about forgiveness and rehabilitation.  Well let's talk about the word rehabilation.  First, I don't want anyone to be rehabilitated into breaking into houses and stealing one personal effects.  I don't want anyone rehabilitated into killing his neighbor for a flat screen television or electric saw.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Officer James Frascatore has history of excessive force allegations

The police officer who tackled a retired tennis star in an apparent case of mistaken identity this week was the subject of a WNYC investigation last year that revealed a history of civilian complaints.
Police Officer James Frascatore was the plainclothes cop who body-slammed former tennis-pro James Blake on Wednesday, a law-enforcement official confirmed for WNYC.
Frascatore was part of a plainclothes unit investigating credit-card fraud and identity theft when he mistakenly went after Blake, who bears a striking resemblance to a suspected fraudster.
In December, WNYC reported that Frascatore was named in five civilian complaints during one seven-month period in 2013.
The story, part of a series on police misconduct and discipline, included a recording of Frascatore and other officers arresting a mother in front of her crying children because she wasn't quick enough to hand over a bike they wanted as evidence.
The Civilian Complaint Review Board said Frascatore made false statements under oath in that case, and referred the matter to the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau, records show. The NYPD declined to comment for that story.
Wednesday’s incident shows Frascatore was still on the street. Police Commissioner William Bratton moved quickly to place Frascatore on modified duty and issued a statement Thursday afternoon.
“I spoke to Mr. Blake a short time ago and personally apologized for yesterday’s incident,” Bratton said in the statement. “Mr. Blake indicated he would be willing to meet with the Internal Affairs Bureau as our investigation continues. Additionally, he said he would be returning the Mayor’s earlier phone call to speak to him.  Mr. Blake said he would like to meet with the Mayor and me at a future date, which we would be agreeable to.”
The mayor also apologized to Blake.
Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch issued a statement questioning the decision to put Frascatore behind a desk.
“We agree with the Police Commissioner that the first story is never the whole story and believe that placing this officer on modified duty is premature and unwarranted," Lynch said. "No police officer should ever face punitive action before a complete review of the facts.” 
The union declined an interview request and its law firm — which represented Frascatore in front of the CCRB — did not respond to a request for comment.  Frascatore could not immediately be reached for comment.

 Click here to listen to the original WNYC investigation, part of our award-winning series "NYPD Bruised."

Maybe It's Time To Build a New Internet

Maybe It's Time To Build a New Internet

Last month, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted to advance a plan that would strike down one of the core tenants of net neutrality, the principle that asserts that all internet traffic be treated equally. This act marked the latest move in a decade-long fight between internet users and large service providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T.
Playing the role of referee, the FCC has been advancing both slowly and clumsily toward enshrining some definition of net neutrality in the law—it's the nature of that definition that is hotly contested. The plan proposed last month would reportedly allow service providers to sell access to "fast lanes" to moneyed interests—effectively transforming the internet from a level playing field into a two-tired system. While many were surprised by the speed and resolve with which the FCC unveiled this plan, careful observers noted that the agency's new chairman, Tom Wheeler had previously lobbied on behalf of virtually every large cable and mobile service provider.
Meanwhile, Comcast, America's largest provider of internet services,is seeking to absorb Time Warner Cable, its only real competitor on a national scale. Having become the world's largest media and communications company following its purchase of NBC Universal in 2009, Comcast now seeks to reshape the landscape of internet service providers in its image. If its acquisition of Time Warner is approved, Comcast will control roughly a third of all U.S. internet connections and will be the dominant player in nearly all of the nation's top markets. Despite the clear threat to competition (not to mention the additional weight this would lend Comcastin negotiations with infrastructure and device providers), regulatory opposition is anything but guaranteed. Comcast is among the top spenders on lobbying in Washington, making large campaign contributions on both sides of the aisle; its CEO is known to play golf with the President.
And then there's the pervasive surveillance of internet communications by the U.S. and its allies, new facets of which are still being revealed on a monthly basis. As the Snowden documents have shown, many of these surveillance programs are made possible by the National Security Agency's ability to intercept and decrypt data in transit, a technical feat previously thought to be near impossible. Given the nature of these programs, online privacy now seems unattainable for all but the most sophisticated cryptographers. What's more, it's likely that consolidation among service providers will only make conducting mass surveillance easier.
Thoroughly commercialized, consolidated and surveilled: this is the state of the network in 2014. Once hailed for its revolutionary potential, the historically open, decentralized, egalitarian internet seems to inch closer toward centralized control with each passing day. But what can be done?
Here's a modest proposal: perhaps it's time to build a new internet.
This might seem like a radical idea but it's not without precedent. As Columbia Law School professor Tim Wu demonstrated in his 2010 book,The Master Switch, the history of American communications technology has followed the rough arc of a pendulum swing. In their infancies, all of our communications networks were largely open, decentralized and free of corporate or governmental control. After demonstrating their economic value, these networks were slowly captured by large communications firms, who exerted greater control over each network until a new, more open medium arrived to usurp its place. So a closed radio network begat an open phone network; a closed phone network begat an open television network; a closed television network begat an open cable network; and a closed cable network begat the open internet. Might we be approaching the point at which the internet's centralization begs for a technological solution?
The thought of building a new global network from scratch might seem herculean but similarly ambitious projects have been successfully undertaken in the past by hobbyists. Take FidoNet, a global, decentralized communications network built by the hobbyist Tom Jennings during a few weeks of downtime between jobs in 1984. FidoNet allowed computers attached to phone lines to send messages that could be received by users on the other side of the globe. Using a "hub and spoke" model that was in many ways even more distributed than that of today's internet, the network connected 50,000 machines at its peak, spread across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Similarly, the Usenet networking protocol, developed by a small group of North Carolina graduate students in 1980, offered public access to a worldwide computing network far in advance of the internet (ARPANET, the internet's direct predecessor, was only available to academic and military institutions). At its peak, Usenet was far larger than even FidoNet, with a userbase in the millions. Computer historian Howard Rheingold once described Usenet as, "[A]n anarchic, unkillable, censorship-resistant, aggressively noncommercial, voraciously growing conversation among millions of people in dozens of countries." When Tim Berners-Lee decided to announce the launch of the World Wide Web to the public, he did so on Usenet. Like FidoNet, Usenet was wholly decentralized and built and maintained by a small group of volunteers.
Remarkably, both FidoNet and Usenet were crafted using technology that now seems downright antediluvian: phone lines, dial-up-modems and computers less powerful than modern calculators. The situation today is, of course, very different. Powerful, WiFi-enabled devices can be found in the majority of American homes, be they laptops, smartphones, tablets or routers. This provides massive potential for so-called "mesh networks"—networks that connect devices directly to each other, forming a sort of daisy-chained connection that requires no central access point. Historically, mesh networks have been used mostly to connect machines to the existing internet, though a modern equivalent of FidoNet or Usenet could easily leverage this technique. Because a mesh topology allows computers to connect with no intermediary, mesh networks are inherently resistant to surveillance, censorship and centralization. There are a number of mesh networking projects currently in progress that could potentially form the basis for a new global network—this piece by Adrienne LaFrance in The Atlantic describes some of them.
It's possible that somewhere out there, a hobbyist is already hard at work, building the robust, next-generation network that will supersede the internet. Whether or not it takes hold will likely depend on the outcomes of current political battles. Following a public outcry, the FCC has decided to accept public comments on its proposed net neutrality plan. As a result, the agency was flooded by more than 45,000 comments in May, crashing its servers. Congress has also been spurred to action, with Democrats introducing a bill yesterdaythat would force the FCC to explicitly ban "fast lane" agreements. It's difficult to imagine that the FCC will capitulate to service providers if the public remains engaged on the issue. But rest assured that if the FCC fails to save the internet's soul, technologists will.

Mehan Jayasuriya is a creative technologist, writer and researcher who lives in Brooklyn, NY. He is currently a software development fellow at Fractured Atlas and has previously worked for Tumblr, Public Knowledge and the NYU GovLab. You can visit his website at and follow him on Twitter at @mehan_j.
This piece originally appeared on Medium. It was republished with permission.