Circlefade website & manuals -> spammy links

I couldn’t find a more appropriate forum to whine about this, so here I go.

For any of the Circlefade modules, the website and manual links redirect to a fake “Global News” site (at least for my location), and then any attempt to click out or back goes to a pitch to invest in Bitcoin.

The github page doesn’t appear to have any useful docs.

Most annoying. A whois search reveals this…

Domain Name: CIRCLEFADE.COM
   Registry Domain ID: 2610846657_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
   Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.namebright.com
   Registrar URL: http://www.NameBright.com
   Updated Date: 2021-06-05T12:50:09Z
   Creation Date: 2021-05-09T18:06:18Z
   Registry Expiry Date: 2022-05-09T18:06:18Z
   Registrar: DropCatch.com 719 LLC
   Registrar IANA ID: 2199
   Registrar Abuse Contact Email:
   Registrar Abuse Contact Phone:
   Domain Status: ok https://icann.org/epp#ok
   Name Server: NS1.ABOVE.COM
   Name Server: NS2.ABOVE.COM

…and the registrar dropcatch.com exists to snap up lapsed domain name registrations, and then auction them off.

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If I remember right, this was a French dude who also did hardware. He was on FB, but I’m spacing his name :confused:

Edit: Max Circlefade. Looks like he’s disappeared there too

Maybe this should be removed from library

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I dunno, not if the modules are still useful. Maybe just remove the affected links, and label it as an unsupported plugin or some such.

Random and Random2 look intriguing. It’s just a question of figuring out what they do.

I’ve so far resisted the urge to look into module code as programming is my day job so I want to just use VCV for music making, but is the rack built in such a way that it is nigh on impossible to upload a module to the library that could steal cpu to do bitcoin mining, for example, and communicate results with an external server?

Never occurred to me before people would think of using VCV for nefarious purposes before, but well we do live in the real world…

As far as I know, any code changes for the plugins provided via the library are reviewed for anything suspicious before being built and distributed.

@Vortico can probably confirm this though.

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If Max can’t be contacted, could someone fork the repo, remove the URL or replace them archive.org links, add a or something to the version, and submit their repo to the existing issue on GitHub - VCVRack/library: Database for the VCV Library?

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Looks like something has happened to 23volts too.

The github account is still there 23volts, but the plugin repo has been deleted 23volts-vcv modules.

Update: As of June 17, the 23volts-vcv repo is back online!

oh oh- I use his Midi devices all the time, useful to map button/rotary knob controllers… Quite a few other useful things he makes too! I emailed him to see what might have happened…

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That is pretty weird. Deleted the 23 volts repo, left up two clones repos. Must be a good story there.

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