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Submitted by Zondar
Zondar (32904) writes "Former Obama "digital strategist" Brad Schenck has been accused of creating multiple fake Twitter accounts to send pro gun control tweets to members of Congress. One recipient of these tweets, Rep Steve Stockman (R-TX) said his staff noticed identical tweets coming in from multiple Twitter accounts. Of those, a disturbing trend was discovered:

"Stockman said that in response to Obama’s call for people to tweet their congressman in support of gun control legislation, he received just 16 tweets. But he said all of these messages were identical, and that a closer look at them revealed that only six were from real people."

Brad Schenck, Obama's former digital strategist, somehow managed to follow these some or all of the 10 allegedly fake Twitter profiles before they ever sent a tweet or interacted with anyone.

Is this Twitter sockpuppeting? You decide."

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Comment: Re:Stop Rewarding Mass Killings (Score 1) 1388

by Zondar (#42536099) Attached to: Smart Guns To Stop Mass Killings

Shame you can't mod higher than +5.

Everyone recognizes the name Dylan Klebold, but almost no one recognizes Lauren Townsend or Isaiah Shoels.

Stop giving the killers 24/7 coverage for literally MONTHS and maybe you'll reduce their motivation. Couple this with bringing back real mental health facilities and we'll get somewhere.

Comment: Re:LHC data sets, eat your heart out (Score 1) 79

by Zondar (#42126083) Attached to: Caltech and UVic Set 339Gbps Internet Speed Record

Earlier this year, Gizmodo reported that the LHC generates a petabyte of data every second. Actually, that's just one of the two primary experiments.

The have to preprocess the raw data through a filter that determines if the collision is interesting or not. Then they further parse that down and only store a tiny fraction of the raw data generated every day. If they were able to store and distribute that raw data, who knows what kinds of information is being thrown away simply because we can't store it and can't transmit it offsite fast enough.

Comment: Re:Collaboration and self-publishing are the answe (Score 1) 567

by Zondar (#40103221) Attached to: New Music Boss, Worse Than Old Music Boss

Since we were talking about the RECORDING INDUSTRY here, I had hoped you would limit the conversation to the realm of the RECORDING INDUSTRY and RECORDING music.

The thing that is new is that the musician(s) / band no longer absolutely needs the studio executives, the studio marketing people or the studio provided recording facility / engineers to produce a quality product and successfully market it directly to the consumers. The musician also no longer needs the studio to make the connections to those who need music produced, such as filmmakers and TV ad producers.

Comment: Collaboration and self-publishing are the answer (Score 3, Interesting) 567

by Zondar (#40102071) Attached to: New Music Boss, Worse Than Old Music Boss

Not to be prophetic or philosophical, but it will be in the end like it was in the beginning.

In the beginning, bands formed and recorded music in their garage, with the best equipment and recording technology that they could afford. The collaborated in the best space they could find (someone's garage) and they self published the recording they made. Maybe they made money, maybe they didn't.

Today, musicians can record with (nearly) the same quality in their house as they can in a major studio. Musicians can collaborate over the internet either directly or with the help of a collaboration service that helps musicians find each other and exchange / submit tracks. Musicians can publish their tracks on services where they either get money per track or as a donation model (see for a perfect example of this).

Musicians can self-promote on the internet, and perhaps reach greater audiences than they can through traditional media and distribution channels.

The musicians simply need to embrace these new ways of doing things and be willing to take on these tasks directly instead of having someone else do it (and probably rip them off in the process).

"I'm not a god, I was misquoted." -- Lister, Red Dwarf