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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 2010-10-13 Monologue: Switched Back (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, just a heads up that due to a volunteer commitment, there may not be a news show this weekend. The hacker word of the week this week is firefighting. The feature this week is a book end to my switching to Linux feature from back in June. I mention the tag I used on the blog to track my incremental progress. I also refer to one of my earliest rants, on the subject of geek fatigue. The audio software I mention, the one written by Paul Davis and with the very active community, is Ardour. More news, commentary, and alternate feeds available at http://thecommandline.net/. View the detailed show notes online. You can grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

    Oct 14, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-10-10 News (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

    This is news cast 227, an episode of The Command ...

    This is news cast 227, an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In the intro my thanks to PseudoMorph for his monthly donation and some suggestions for ways listeners can help with the show beyond donations. This week’s security alerts are Comcast warns customers infected with botnet and borrowing health models to understand online security risks. In this week’s news historic audio recordings are at risk in part due to bad copyright laws, opting out of behavioral advertising which is a further development in some earlier work and may require more work still, an escalation in preventing jail breaking phones though we should probably avoid calling it a rootkit, and encryption pioneers formally recognized after initially being left out of history. Following up this week the final ACTA draft is not as bad as feared and the new Document Foundation has a strong first week. More news, commentary, and alternate feeds available at http://thecommandline.net/. View the detailed show notes online. You can also grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

    Oct 10, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-10-06 Monologue: The Singularity (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

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    This is a feature cast, an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In the intro, an update on last month’s finances for the podcast. The hacker word of the week this week is firebottle. The feature this week is a monologue on an idea I find fascinating and yet at the same time of which I am skeptical, the technological singularity. In the feature I mention the history of the idea, the Omega Point, “Accelerando” by Charlie Stross, True Names by Cory Doctorow and Ben Rosenbaum, the Ware Tetralogy by Rudy Rucker, my review of Rucker’s more recent duology, the “Eclipse Two” anthology containing David Moles story, “The Singularity is Near” by Ray Kurzweil, the Singularity University, the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, my Inner Chapter on why programming is hard, Gordon Moore’s criticism of the singularity, other criticisms, Rudy Rucker’s response to the ideal of simulating the earth, and “Diaspora” by Greg Egan. [display podcast] More news, commentary, and alternate feeds available at http://thecommandline.net/. View the detailed show notes online. You can grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

    Oct 7, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-10-03 News (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

    This is news cast 226, an episode of The Command ...

    This is news cast 226, an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In the intro, I sent off the Sham Rock CD to Michael in Israel and the signed Wizzywig books to Steve. I have also completed moving my podcast production to Linux. This week’s security alerts are malware running on graphics cards and map based passwords. In this week’s news the US government is pushing for wiretapping capabilities for the net which may have father ranging consequences though the private sector has been slow to react thus far, OpenOffice.org fork frees it from Oracle setting it up under its own foundation, working computer components crafted in a game, and an inherent peak with today’s OSes for many core computing. Following up this week net neutrality bill dies sending the issue back to the FCC and the Pirate Bay appeal gets under way. More news, commentary, and alternate feeds available at http://thecommandline.net/. View the detailed show notes online. You can also grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

    Oct 3, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-09-29 Review: Brazil (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

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    This is a feature cast, an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In the intro, good news about the enhanced/AAC version of the show. As reported earlier on the blog, thanks to my friend Jay I now have a tool to continue to add chapter marks to the AAC audio files. The hacker word of the week this week is finn. The feature this week is a review, from a hacker point of view, of one of my very favorite films, Brazil. More news, commentary, and alternate feeds available at http://thecommandline.net/. View the detailed show notes online. You can grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

    Sep 30, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-09-26 News (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

    This is news cast 225, an episode of The Command ...

    This is news cast 225, an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In the intro, thanks to Steve for his latest donation which also means he gets the signed copies of Wizzywig 1 & 2. Also, an announcement of audio and feed changes to go in effect on October 3rd. This week’s security alert is a more in-depth look at the Stuxnet worm. In this week’s news Intel to use DRM to charge for processor features and why that is problematic, an Ubuntu designer shares his thoughts on a context aware UI, a course on the anthropology of hackers (one I wish UMD’s MITH would offer), and the FCC finalizes rules for white space devices (including details on those rules) prompting one commissioner to speculate we no longer need net neutrality rules. Following up this week the MPAA wants to know if it can use ACTA to block WikiLeaks and one judge quashes a US Copyright Group subpoena. More news, commentary, and alternate feeds available at http://thecommandline.net/. View the detailed show notes online. You can also grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

    Sep 26, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-09-22 Interview: Ed Piskor (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 heads up that changes are coming on two to three weeks as I complete the migration of my podcast production to Linux. A will announce a firm date once I have one and give a better run down of the potential impacts to the listener, hopefully minimal. Also, a clarification on the giveaway of the CD Randy gave me. All you need to do is email me between now and the end of the month and say you’d like the CD. If I get more than one response, I’ll pick one at random. Lastly, I have signed copies of the first two volumes of Ed’s graphic novel, WIZZYWIG. The next person to qualify for a custom nerd merit badge, whether they have one already or not, gets the books. There is no new hacker word of the week this week. The feature this week is the interview I recorded with Ed Piskor at the Small Press Expo. In the interview we mention Nedroid (that’s the beartato), 2600, Off the Hook, Ed’s talk at HOPE, the documentary “Freedom Downtime“, Chris Ware, Daniel Clowes, Charles Burns, and Tommy Blacha creator and write of Metalocalypse. More news, commentary, and alternate feeds available at http://thecommandline.net/. View the detailed show notes online. You can grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

    Sep 23, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-09-19 News (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

    This is news cast 224, an episode of The Command ...

    This is news cast 224, an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In the intro, three items of administrivia. First an update on my Linux switch progress, which I wrote up on the blog earlier. Second, I am changing how I managed the feeds for the show, this shouldn’t affect anyone but let me know if you have any issue. Lastly, I am moving my media hosting to the Internet Archive and share my reasons for doing so. This week’s security alerts are a crypto attack affecting millions of ASP.net apps and a flaw is found and fixed in Samba. In this week’s news a profile of an original database innovator and his new big data project, understanding the problems with Haystack and the various press criticisms, Nina Paley points out a new documentary series explaining how everything is a remix, and more on the HDCP crack including an in depth technical explanation and confirmation the leaked key is legitimate. Following up this week Google and Microsoft experiment with wireless network over white spaces and UK ISPs must help fund P2P crackdown. More news, commentary, and alternate feeds available at http://thecommandline.net/. View the detailed show notes online. You can also grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

    Sep 20, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-09-15 Interview: Randy Chertkow of Beatnik Turtle (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

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    This is a feature cast, an episode of The Command Line Podcast. There is no new hacker word of the week this week. The feature this week is the interview I recorded with Randy Chertkow of Beatnik Turtle. If you are interested, here are the 2007, 2008, and 2009 interviews as well. In the interview, we mention the Indie Guide web site, Randy and Jason’s columns at Electronic Musician, and TrackMyDisc.com. More news, commentary, and alternate feeds available at http://thecommandline.net/. View the detailed show notes online. You can grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

    Sep 16, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-09-08 Creative Commons, Legal Issue Panel from Dragon*Con 2010 (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 quick end of month update on the podcast's finances and you can find all my posts from Dragon*Con past and present using the dragoncon tag. There is no new hacker word of the week this week. The feature this week is the panel audio from the Creative Commons and legal issues panel I moderated at Dragon*Con 2010. I was joined once again by Randy Chertkow of Beatnik Turtle and Courtney Perry, lawyer and now law professor. The new panelist this year was Brian Ibbott of Coverville who was very generous in sharing his experiences as an early and still active music podcaster. In the discussion we mention both "Free Culture", by Lawrence Lessig, and "The Public Domain", by James Boyle. More news and commentary and alternate feeds available at http://thecommandline.net/. View the detailed show notes online. You can grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

    Sep 8, 2010 Read more
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