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A regularly published podcast by a self-described hacker, curmudgeon and hacktivist about the practice and profession of programming drawing on over a decade of professional experience and a lifetime spent hacking, the intersection of politics and society with technology and anything else clever, elegant or ...

A regularly published podcast by a self-described hacker, curmudgeon and hacktivist about the practice and profession of programming drawing on over a decade of professional experience and a lifetime spent hacking, the intersection of politics and society with technology and anything else clever, elegant or funny that catches my mind as a die hard technology geek.

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    TCLP 2010-03-24 Rant: I Am Not a Pirate (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

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    This is a feature cast, an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In the intro, a correction on the rant (I recorded it previously) based on further explanation by Cory in the Lab Out Loud interview about price discrimination and demand elasticity. Also, Happy Ada Lovelace Day. As pledged, I've written a blog post for the day. I also share a badge update. And thanks go to new monthly donor, Andrew. Listener feedback this week is from an anonymous correspondent agreeing with my thoughts on the Apple developer license. Also, David shares another vim/eclipse plugin and Jed and John share their thoughts in response to the Inner Chapter of Tools. The hacker word of the week this week is fandango on core. The feature this week is a rant entitled, I Am Not a Pirate. (Although big content is starting to agree though for very different reasons.) Mostly this is in response to Ars Technica's ad blocking experiment, in particular my friend Nuri's thoughts on that story. I mention Mike Masnick, of Techdirt, who champions a model he calls connect with fans plus reason to buy. I also mention Flattr and the recent roundtable on free content versus paying the author on The Secret Lair podcast. I also refer to ideas explained by Cory Doctorow on an episode of the Beyond the Book podcast. More news and commentary, the alternate feed, and downloadable show notes available at http://thecommandline.net/. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

    Mar 25, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-03-17 Inner Chapter: Tools (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

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    This is a feature cast, an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In the intro, my thanks to Lee and Cory for their generous support through their donations this past week. Both qualify for the limited edition cmdln merit badges. I also share an update on the badge experiment for the benefit of those who don't read the web site. There is no listener feedback this week. The hacker word of the week this week is fall through . The feature this week is a new Inner Chapter on tools. In it, I mention The Pragmatic Programmers. More news and commentary, the alternate feed, and downloadable show notes available at http://thecommandline.net/. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

    Mar 18, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-03-14 News (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

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    This is news cast 209, an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In the intro, a call for help with my new experiment, this time with a way to reward and encourage donors. Also, happy Pi Day. This week's security alerts are researchers build an 8K smart phone botnet and share their motivations for doing so and some findings and a serious Apache exploit is discovered. In this week's news theoretical breakthrough for quantum crypto, Apple iPhone developer agreement comes to light leading to my own moment of principle where I've decided once my iPod Touch is worn out I will be buying an Android based PMP, the value of BASIC as a first language, and improving the bandwidth of quantum memory. Following up this week web cames disabled in PA school laptops and Open Source for America rebuts IIPA's petition to the USTR including a post, a paper and a personal meeting. More news and commentary, the alternate feed, and downloadable show notes available at http://thecommandline.net/. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

    Mar 14, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-03-10 Hacking 101: Databases (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

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    This is a feature cast, an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In the intro, my thanks to Kreg Steppe and Geoff for their generous support through their donations this past week. Also, if you have not taken the Ada Lovelace Day Pledge please do so. Sydney Padua's madcap web comic has my favorite depiction of Ada, one I'll bear in mind as I choose my subject to blog on the day. Listener feedback this week is from Eric and Jon in response to my interview with Nina Paley, specifically our discussion of the non-commercial option with the Creative Commons licenses. Jon shared a blog post on the fuzzy nature of non-commercial. The hacker word of the week this week is fairings. The feature this week is a new Hacking 101 on databases. More news and commentary, the alternate feed, and downloadable show notes available at http://thecommandline.net/. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

    Mar 11, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-03-07 News (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

    This is news cast 208, an episode of The Command ...

    This is news cast 208, an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In the intro, a huge thank you to Chris Miller for his ongoing donation. Also inspired by my latest appearance on The Secret Lair to discuss free content and supporting artists, some brief thoughts on my own views towards the show and earning something from it. This week's security alerts are a several OpenSSL flaw and research on statistical attacks on security questions. I recommend treating security answers where they are required like passwords, storing them in a password vault and securely, randomly generating them. In this week's news a fan sequel to King's Quest is shutting down (the original publisher playing a large role in Steven Levy's "Hackers" which I reviewed previously), a hearing was schedule last week to discuss internet freedom abroad including circumvention though we might do well to apply the same standards at home, two storied about plugless brain-computer interfaces with a compelling first hand account of one, and Google search index to go real time. Following up this week the USTR responds to Senator Wyden's letter about ACTA with some good analysis and the problems with a revised censorship amendment to the DEB that now targets weblockers. More news and commentary, the alternate feed, and downloadable show notes available at http://thecommandline.net/. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

    Mar 8, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-03-03 Chris Miller on PyCon 2010 (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

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    This is a feature cast, an episode of The Command Line Podcast. No listener feedback this week. Due to the length of the interview, there is also no new hacker word of the week this week. The feature this week is an interview with my good friend and fellow podcaster, Chris Miller. Chris has provided me with conference reports twice before, for Google I/O in 2008 and SCALE 7x in 2009. This time he joins me to report on his experience at PyCon 2010. In the course of the discussion, we mention his employer, The Linux Outlaws, Watts Humphrey's Personal Software Process, David Beazley's presentation on the Python GIL, Mark Shuttleworth, and Catherine Devlin's presentation on cmd2. If you want to hear more conversation between Chris and myself on less technical but still crunchy subjects, check out episode 24 of The Secret Lair. More news and commentary, the alternate feed, and downloadable show notes available at http://thecommandline.net/. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

    Mar 4, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-02-28 News (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

    This is news cast 207, an episode of The Command ...

    This is news cast 207, an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In the intro, explaining my advertise experiment, a change to the podcast's license going forward, and OggCamp 10. This week's security alerts are OpenDNS adopts and explains DNSCurve and anatomy of a SQL injection attack. In this week's news a new technique for improve random number generation, circumvention is not enough to foil censorship, trade association wants USTR to equate open source with piracy (I've talked about the watch list being abused previously and Jesse Brown at Search Engine has an excellent discussion), and an early computer manual encourage bypassing proto-DRM. Following up this week the internet chapter of ACTA has leaked. More news and commentary, the alternate feed, and downloadable show notes available at http://thecommandline.net/. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

    Feb 28, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-02-24 Interview: Nina Paley (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

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    This is a feature cast, an episode of The Command Line Podcast. No listener feedback this week. Due to the length of the interview, there is also no new hacker word of the week this week. The feature this week is an interview with cartoonist and animator, Nina Paley, creator of "Sita Sings the Blues". I've spoken and written about Nina's story before, the troubles clearing her use of Annette Hanshaw's torch songs that led her to work with Karl Fogel at QuestionCopyright.org. In the course of the interview, we also mention the store for "Sita" merchandise , the creator endorsed mark, "Minute Memes", the "Sita" soundtrack by Todd Michaelsen, "Sita" on a persistence of vision wheel based display, and Bill Cheswick's poster made from every frame of "Sita". Sadly, by the time you hear this, you'll have missed her talk at AU but I discuss it a bit in the intro to this episode. More news and commentary, the alternate feed, and downloadable show notes available at http://thecommandline.net/. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

    Feb 25, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-02-21 News (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

    This is news cast 206, an episode of The Command ...

    This is news cast 206, an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In the intro, a reminder that CopyNight is Monday and that Nina Paley is speaking at American on Wednesday, the 24th. This week's security alerts are the first denial of service attack and botnets attacking each other. In this week's news PA school district caught spying on students via laptop web cams (which may be part of a larger trend) resulting in a letter from the school officials who feel they did no wrong though now the FBI and DA are looking into the incidents, an essay on when transparency is useful which is similar to Lessig's thoughts on the subject, and the 32nd anniversary of the BBS which is clearly a prescursor to the modern internet. Following up this week leak of details on last ACTA negotation round and the Jacobsen case is finally settled. More news and commentary, the alternate feed, and downloadable show notes available at http://thecommandline.net/. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

    Feb 22, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-02-17 Copyright, Copywrong (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

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    This is a feature cast, an episode of The Command Line Podcast. There is no listener feedback this week. There is no hacker word of the week this week, due to the length of the feature. The feature this week is audio I recorded from a panel I moderated this past weekend at Farpoint. Farpoint was the first convention where I was invited as a participant, four years ago. The panel audio is from the Copyright, Copywrong discussion panel I moderated. More news and commentary, the alternate feed, and downloadable show notes available at http://thecommandline.net/. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

    Feb 18, 2010 Read more
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