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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 2010-04-11 News (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

    This is news cast 211, an episode of The Command ...

    This is news cast 211, an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In the intro, thanks to new donor this week, David. This week's security alerts are a new site collecting privacy and security info on apps and services and a vulnerability in WebKit's handling of the blink tag. In this week's news reverse engineering facial recognition to develop dazzle camouflage (a story I also wrote up on the web site), asking whether IBM broke its open source patent pledge with their response and clarifying commentary from a couple of knowledgeable folks, a new memory management technique that could boost performance for multiple cores, and contending format shifting a book you own is ethical with supporting and dissenting responses. Following up this week court rules against FCC in Comcast case barring neutrality regulation on ancillary authority but not through other means and the Digital Economy Bill has been passed including what we should do now. 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.

    Apr 11, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-04-07 Java, the Gray Lady (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

    This is a feature cast, an episode of The Command ...

    This is a feature cast, an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In the intro, an update on the advertising experiment. There is no listener feedback this week. The hacker word of the week this week is farm . The feature this week is a monologue on Java, the Gray Lady. In it, I mention COM, specifically criticisms against it. I also mention a timely piece by Neil McAllister and the Zen of Python. 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.

    Apr 8, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-03-31 Why CopyNight is Important (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 call for help with topics for programming focused segments for the next few weeks and an announcement that there will be no news show this Sunday. There is no listener feedback this week. The hacker word of the week this week is faradize . The feature this week is a monologue on why CopyNight is important. In it I mention cultural critic, Mark Dery, and Christine Harold's book, "OurSpace". 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 31, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-03-28 News (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

    This is news cast 210, an episode of The Command ...

    This is news cast 210, an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In the intro, thanks to new donors this week, Rhonda and Jonathan. Also a very quick update on the badge experiment. This week's security alerts are attackers using attack-in-depth and security alerts for Gmail. In this week's news a detailed proposal for copyright reform, a side channel info leak despite web encryption, Chris Soghoian and Sid Stamm publish a paper on SSL spoofing and EFF proposes some means to deal with it, and considering whether math skills are essential for programmers. Following up this week constitutional concerns over ACTA and the Digital Economy Bill is set to go to vote without further public debate. 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 28, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-03-24 Rant: I Am Not a Pirate (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

    This is a feature cast, an episode of The Command ...

    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)

    This is a feature cast, an episode of The Command ...

    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)

    This is news cast 209, an episode of The Command ...

    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)

    This is a feature cast, an episode of The Command ...

    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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