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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 2010-08-18 Inner Chapter: Scalability (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 reminder about the upcoming CopyNight here in DC and of my impending travel to Dragon*Con. There is no new hacker word of the week this week. The feature this week is an Inner Chapter on the subject of scalability. In it, I mention my previous discussion of speed and performance. 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.

    Aug 18, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-08-15 News (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

    This is news cast 222, an episode of The Command ...

    This is news cast 222, an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In the intro, letting everyone know Dragon*Con is coming up. I'll be taking a little more time this year off from the show to prepare for my travel there. There will be no news cast on either September 29th or the 5th. There will be no feature cast on the 1st and possibly the 8th, depending on what recordings I come back with and how much work they need. This week's security alerts are first Android SMS trojan and a vulnerability in OpenSSL 1.0. In this week's news artificial life evolves a basic memory, John Doe who challenged the FBI freed to speak, touch screens open to smudge attack, and the state of 3D printing. The book I mention in the a-life segment is "Complexity" by Mitch Waldrop. Following up this week just the announcement of what Google and Verizon were up to. There was an op-ed from the two CEOs though I don't think it added anything. There was also a ton of analysis and commentary though I am going to recommend that from EFF's Cindy Cohn. Not surprisingly, Google has already posted a defense. More news and commentary, the alternate feed, and downloadable show notes 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.

    Aug 15, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-08-08 News (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

    This is news cast 221, an episode of The Command ...

    This is news cast 221, an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In the intro, my thanks to Mike for his donation for which he has earned a merit badge. A final reminder there will not be a feature cast this coming week, I'll be out in San Francisco for most of the week. Also, a quick review of George Mann's "The Osiris Ritual". I reviewed his first novel, "The Affinity Bridge", earlier in the Summer. This week's security alerts are RFIDs can be provably read at over 60 meters and an algorithmic attack on reCAPTCHA. In this week's news an algorithm to improve the energy efficiency of mesh networks, concerns over a citizen vigilante group monitor ISPs though the groups claims may be overstated, Google ends Wave development though is dedicated to learning from its failure in this case probably from its complexity despite adding more resources and opening up to more users, and unpacking what exactly went on between Google and Verizon especially as they deny claims of an anti-neutrality pact (even on Twitter). Odds are good they are still meeting and talking to some end which may be why the NYT is sticking to its story. Cringely has the most intriguing guess at their possible goal. Following up this week EFF offers assistance to targets of the US Copyright Group and the FCC ends closed door discussions on its net neutrality plan. More news and commentary, the alternate feed, and downloadable show notes 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.

    Aug 9, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-08-04 Habits of an Infovore (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

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    This is a feature cast, an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In the intro, sharing Steve's badge photo, last month's revenue update, and a reminder there will be no feature cast next week as I'll be out of town. The hacker word of the week this week is finger trouble . The feature this week is a monologue my habits as an infovore. How I consume information is very much informed by current thinking on multitasking. More news and commentary, the alternate feed, and downloadable show notes 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.

    Aug 5, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-08-01 News (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

    This is news cast 220, an episode of The Command ...

    This is news cast 220, an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In the intro, an apology for missing the last two shows, though I had good reason. I will be in San Francisco from August 9th to the 11th for Cassandra Summit and a training day. If anyone is interested in a meet up Monday or Tuesday night, let me know. And if you don't read the web site, I am a finalist for a Parsec award. This week's security alerts are Apple fixes the autofill bug in Safari that I didn't get to discuss last week and AT&T said it wouldn't interfere with a Black Hat demo and was true to its word. In this week's news EFF wins three DMCA exemptions with deeper analysis from both them and Public Knowledge. There were two additional exemptions granted and many others that were not. I get why most of the coverage is so positive but I cannot help but give voice to my inner cynic. Also, the Senate prepares privacy legislation as industry discusses self regulation, a couple of stories about e-books in developing nations, and Slashdot is losing relevance on the social web. Following up this week Al Franken frames net neutrality as key free speech issue and Canadian C-32 is clearly following the US DMCA. More news and commentary, the alternate feed, and downloadable show notes 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.

    Aug 1, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-07-21 The True Burden of Forking (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 review of the tabletop game, "The Stars are Right". Listener feedback this week is from Andrew and Carey, both of home responded to the last feature on complex privacy . The hacker word of the week this week is Finagle's Law. The feature this week is a monologue considering the true burden of forking. It was inspired by my recent reading of Clay Shirky's excellent, "Here Comes Everybody". More news and commentary, the alternate feed, and downloadable show notes 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.

    Jul 22, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-07-18 News (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

    This is news cast 219, an episode of The Command ...

    This is news cast 219, an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In the intro, an admission of a mistake around correctly observing the licenses of some works I used after I stopped using the non-commercial clause in the license for the podcast. The net effect should be none to you, the listener, but it seemed like a good teaching moment and a reminder that as easy as Creative Commons makes it to understand their licenses, that doesn't prevent making honest mistakes. Thanks, Randal. This week's security alerts are Mozilla blocking an add on that was nabbing passwords (via ZDNet) including how the backdoor was discovered and a crack that could affect libraries used to implement OAuth and OpenID. In this week's news Android App Inventor, in keeping with Google's spirit of developer inclusion vs. Apple's puzzling decisions, promises creating apps without coding though some interesting questions remain, a comic book on digital civil rights in Europe produce by EDRi among others that I think would be a good companion to Cory Doctorow's "Little Brother", NSA whistle blower exhausted all official channels to raise a complaint, and consider the question of search neutrality and whether co-opting the rhetoric of net neutrality is wise. Following up this week European ACTA negotiators update the EP in secret and ACTA is coming down to a fight between the US and the EU. More news and commentary, the alternate feed, and downloadable show notes 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.

    Jul 18, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-07-11 News (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

    This is news cast 218, an episode of The Command ...

    This is news cast 218, an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In the intro, thanks to new donor, Scott, and a request that existing donor Ryan contact me so I can send him his merit badge. Also, there will be new feature cast this week. I need to catch up on writing features for the show and I will be attending two events in DC this week: What Does Light Taste Like and Decoding Digital Activism. This week's security alerts are researchers form collective in response to Microsoft's dismissal of a security concern and REMnux, a linux distro designed for reverse engineering malware. In this week's news new quantum states could lead to new approaches to quantum computing, the Apache web server conquers the world, another constructive criticism of transparency, and the NSA is looking to implement domestic surveillance of our infrastructure though they are quick to deny any active monitoring. Following up this week, two UK ISPs are taking the Digital Economy Act to High Court. More news and commentary, the alternate feed, and downloadable show notes 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.

    Jul 11, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-07-07 Will We Ever Have Effective Complex Privacy Controls? (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

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    This is a feature cast, an episode of The Command Line Podcast. Listener feedback this week is from quite a few folks. Matt wrote in about outliners, asking what I do in particular to bend vim to this task. I use a vimrc line like "autocmd BufEnter,BufNew *.notes set sw=4 ts=4 expandtab spell tw=0 foldmethod=indent smartindent". Colin posted a comment about AAC and chapter marks. John had a much more incisive comment on my switching to an open stack segment. Ian also wrote about outliners, suggesting org-mode and in particular a couple of screencasts. And Max shared his experiences switching to Linux not once, but twice. The hacker word of the week this week is filter. The feature this week is a rant digging into the question of whether we'll ever develop effective controls that match our complex expectations of privacy and digging into the source of that complexity. I mention a couple of posts by danah boyd, some criticism of the demands made of Facebook by privacy advocates, my reading of Clay Shirky's "Here Comes Everybody", and small world networks. More news and commentary, the alternate feed, and downloadable show notes 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.

    Jul 8, 2010 Read more
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    TCLP 2010-07-04 A Declaration of Independence for Cyberspace (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. Rather than try to shoe horn a full news cast in, amongst the weekend's festivities, I figured I would share a reading of a piece inspired by the Holiday here in the US but more appropriate to an audience on the net: A Declaration of Independence for Cyberspace, original penned by John Perry Barlow in 1996. The music I used underneath it is track 34 from Nine Inch Nails' Ghosts, used under a CC BY-NC-SA license. More news and commentary, the alternate feed, and downloadable show notes available at http://thecommandline.net/. There are no detailed show notes for this episode. 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.

    Jul 4, 2010 Read more
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