DNA Lounge: Wherein the video webcast is down again, because the Youtube robots are capricious and fickle.

The video webcast is down again. This time, it is because Youtube has put us on Double Secret Probation for some unknown reason. (The audio archives are fine, it's the video stream that is down.)

Their belligerent robots have this to say:

Proceed with the appeal of the Community Guidelines warning strike for the following videos
    DNA Lounge Live Stream
The YouTube team will review our decision and reinstate your video if appropriate. It is possible that the strike may be removed but your video will remain down.

Elsewhere it says, "Live stream restrictions last for 90 days or until the associated issue(s) are resolved." But since they won't actually come out and tell you what the "issues" are, good luck with that.

Why did it happen? Who knows. All they will tell you is, "It was probably one of the hundreds of possible vague reasons in this FAQ entry". Could it be that some band's backing video triggered a pattern match against a video? Maybe? Could it be that some disgruntled customer "reported" us for something, and all it takes is one griefer to take your stream offline for three months? Maybe? Who can tell! Only the robot know and they aren't talking.

Anyway, it's fair to assume that we can't use Youtube any more.

Youtube was always a flaky, halfassed solution anyway: for the last three years, we've been webcasting silent video through Youtube while simulcasting the audio from our own server, and having your web browser press play on both streams at the same time. Which is awful because it means audio and video can never, ever be in sync. But if we ever allow Youtube to hear our audio, their robots completely freak out and shut us down because they have no mechanism to understand that, as a nightclub, we are, in fact, fully licensed to play Other People's Music.

So. Do you watch our webcast? Would you like to continue doing so? Then help me figure out how to solve this problem without spending any money.

Here are some possibilities, unlikely though they are:

  1. Befriend someone inside Youtube who can make this go away. (Right.)

  2. Find me some service who will rebroadcast my video stream for free, 24/7. They need to support video ingestion via RTMP, not a custom app, or I probably can't make it work.

  3. Show me instructions for installing free software on a CentOS 6.9 system that will let me run my own RTMP-based video rebroadcaster. Bonus points if you have actually done this successfully yourself. Going this route will probably require massively throttling the number of simultaneous viewers.

  4. You pay for it! Set up an EC2 or DO server running the aforementioned RTMP server, let me broadcast through, and and let's just put the bandwidth bill on your credit card instead of mine, ok?

Long shots, I know. But absent something like that, I guess the plug on the video has finally been pulled.

Meanwhile, please enjoy this month's mixtape 188.

That first video is by Lucy In Disguise + Tonebox who are performing here this Friday at Turbo Drive.

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Apparently Dropbox Spam is a thing now

A cursory glance didn't reveal an option for "Never allow anyone to send me a file ever", so I've uninstalled it again. The only thing I use it for is 1Password, but the last time I tried to make that work without Dropbox, I found that their "wifi sync" option was way too flaky. But now they can sync the vault through iCloud instead, so I'll give that a try.

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jwz mixtape 188

Please enjoy jwz mixtape 188.

(And come see Lucy In Disguise + Tonebox at DNA Lounge this Friday!)

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Current Music: as noted

DOJ Says Trump Can Destroy Records Without Judicial Review

The Covefe Response.

It's a question that pops up pretty much every time that Donald Trump deletes a tweet: Is he violating the Presidential Records Act?

In a court filing Friday, not only do attorneys at the Justice Department say that courts can't review this, but they also argue that when it comes to laws pertaining to government record-keeping, judicial review would be inappropriate even if Trump deleted secret recordings with administration officials or even if his staff purged phone records because they expected to be subpoenaed in connection with various investigations. [...]

In particular, CREW nodded to news reports that White House staffers were using Signal to send encrypted, disappearing messages as well as resorting to the secret chat app Confide to duck any record preservation. Also mentioning Trump's famous tweet implying a taped conversation with former FBI Director James Comey and the president's repeated deletion of social media messages, the plaintiff is asking for injunctive relief compelling Trump and his staff to comply with duties under the Presidential Records Act. [...]

Trump is most concerned with allegations directed at the use of disappearing messages and the consolidation of power to evade disclosure, but does tackle the other stuff in a footnote. This appears to be the first time that the Trump Administration has addressed whether deleting tweets is a violation of law.

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Some mice just want to watch the world burn.

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President Zuckerberg Doesn't Care About Corporeal People

Zuckerberg Slammed for Tone-Deaf Virtual-Reality Tour of Devastated Puerto Rico

In a move that rivaled the president tossing rolls of paper towels, free-throw style, into a crowd of hurricane survivors, Mark Zuckerberg created his own completely avoidable public-relations disaster Monday when he chose to demonstrate Facebook's new Facebook Spaces app -- which lets users explore real destinations as Wii-like cartoon avatars -- in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. [...]

"We're in a 360 video in Puerto Rico... we're on a bridge here, it's flooded," grinning cartoon Zuckerberg said in the Facebook Live video. "You can get a sense of some of the damage here that the hurricanes have done, and one of the things that's really magical about virtual reality is you can get the feeling that you're really in a place." [...]

Evidently, Zuckerberg didn't anticipate that his Puerto Rican tour might add fuel to the flames. "This street is just completely flooded," he said. "Can you see this behind me? I mean, this is what it looks like down here." Franklin responded: "It's crazy to feel like you're in the middle of it." "Yeah," Zuckerberg said. "You want to go teleport to somewhere else?" They then took off for the surface of the moon.

Zuckerberg Exploited Disaster with Puerto Rico Virtual Reality Stunt

Zuckerberg drew criticism from some Facebook users after appearing to forget the name of Hurricane Maria, the Category 4 storm that devastated the island in September, while simultaneously describing how VR is "magical" in its ability to virtually teleport people to disaster zones. [...]

Zuckerberg then went on to give Franklin a virtual high five while their cartoon avatars stood in front of a virtual street of flooded homes.

In demonstrating new virtual reality tech, Facebook's mastermind showed that the future will be tone-deaf, apparently.

Even when Zuckerberg and Franklin's Disney-fied avatars aren't pulling an Al Roker in front of Puerto Rico disaster porn, they still sound eerily like Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein doing a Portlandia sketch. From their time "on" the moon:

Franklin: "Do you wanna take a selfie?"

Zuckerberg: [silently staring off into the cosmic middle distance for way too long] "Yeah, sure."

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