TCLP 2010-08-25 Inner Chapter: Superstitions

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

In the intro, the last reminder of my impending travel to Dragon*Con. Also a quick review of Neil Netanel’s “Copyright’s Paradox“.

Listener feedback is a thoughtful and thought provoking email from Grant who wrote in response to my discussion of ebooks in the developing world.

The hacker word of the week this week is finger-pointing syndrome.

The feature this week is an Inner Chapter on the subject of superstitions.

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TCLP 2010-08-08 News

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.

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TCLP 2010-07-21 The True Burden of Forking

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 whom 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“.

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TCLP 2010-05-26 Inner Chapter: Legacy Code

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

In the intro, a reminder there will be no news show this Sunday as I’ll be at Balticon. Also, a quick review of “Dreaming in Code“, by Scott Rosenberg.

Listener feedback this week is from Randal on the Dr. Who as a hacker and DeepGeek in response to my discussion of Danah Boyd’s essay on Facebook as a utility.

The hacker word of the week this week is featurectomy.

The feature this week is an Inner Chapter on the subject of legacy code.

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TCLP 2010-05-12 Review: Postsingular and Hylozoic

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

Listener feedback this week is Philip, Jed and Brad who all commented on my Dr. Who monologue. Sergio, Claudio, and Curtis also chatted up the segment on Identi.ca. Mr wrote in about my NoSQL rant. And pseudomorph wrote in response to the Mozilla Account Manager story from the 2nd news cast. He shared a couple of links on digital identity and whether intellectual monopoly is making us dumb.

The hacker word of the week this week is fear and loathing.

The feature this week is an in depth book review of “Postsingular” and “Hylozoic” by Rudy Rucker. In the review, I mention the two short stories from which the first book was developed, Rucker’s blog post questioning the wisdom of computronium, my earlier review of one of Rucker’s non-fiction works, the internet of things, and the free download edition of “Postsingular”.

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Cory Doctorow’s Latest, “For the Win”, Launches Today

Long time listeners and readers know I am a huge fan of Cory Doctorow’s writings, both fiction and non-fiction. I am thrilled that his latest novel, “For the Win“, is out today. I was lucky enough to get an advanced reader copy and can definitely recommend the book highly for those that enjoyed Cory’s previous young adult novel, “Little Brother“.

I would say without hesitation that I enjoyed “For the Win” even more than “Little Brother”. I dug the ideas explored in the book more than I expected–organizing labor, virtual economies, the effects of online games on globalization and youth culture. The dialectic is very well woven into the stories of all the characters, you rarely if ever feel like you are receiving an info dump. The only thing I suspect some people may not like, depending on their tastes, is that the narrative is shared across the points of view of several characters. I don’t mind that, personally, but I have friends who do. For the younger readers, there is a bit of violence but it isn’t gratuitous and should be fine for teen aged readers.

I read my copy during the big blizzard earlier this year, when we had no power for a few days and no heat. It thoroughly kept my mind off of a very worrying situation and held up to non-stop reading over the course of a few days. Not many books would have held my interest well enough to read pretty much continuously like that, “For the Win” definitely did.

Of course, as with all of Cory’s books, you can download a free electronic copy of the book, in a number of formats, and see for yourself if you enjoy it enough to pick up a print edition. I love that this time out he included my favorite format, ePub. That format is a fan conversion and is made possible by the liberal license Cory uses. You can remix or convert the book any which way you like as long as you share your changes and don’t charge for the end result.

As with “Little Brother”, Cory is working with educators and librarians to get this book into the hands of kids. There are more details on how you can help with that effort at the book’s web site. You’ll also find a link to the book tour that is kicking off this week. I encourage you to go out and see Cory if he’s coming to your town. He’s a dynamic and engaging speaker and reader plus you can pick up a signed copy of the book if you are a fan.

Lastly, I will be interviewing Cory while he’s on the book tour specifically to dig into various aspects of the book and the tropes he explores in it. If you have a relevant question you’d like me to pose, send it to me before Thursday the 13th and I’ll include as many of your questions as time allows. That interview should go out next week, Wednesday the 19th.

TCLP 2009-12-09 Monologue: Social Gravity Well

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

In the intro, a quick review of the film, “Astro Boy“, based on the original manga by Osamu Tezuka. I also highly recommend Dan’s review of the film on Geekadelphia.

Listener feedback this week is from Philip who wrote in to comment on my nowhere to go rant.

The hacker word of the week this week is exec.

The feature this week is a monologue on the social gravity well.

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TCLP 2009-11-11 Hacking 101: Front End, Back End

This is a feature cast.

In the intro, a quick review of the expansion, On the Brink, to the game Pandemic. I reviewed Pandemic on the March 25th podcast.

There is no listener feedback this week.

The hacker word of the week this week is evil.

The feature this week is a Hacking 101 segment on the terms front end and back end development. I mention the model-viewer-controller design pattern and refer to my interview with Celeste Lyn Paul.

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TCLP 2009-10-28 Inner Chapter: Perfection and Compromise

This is a feature cast.

In the intro, two books that just launched that I want to recommend to you, J.C. Hutchins’ “7th Son: Descent” is now in print and Cory Doctorow’s “MAKERS” was released today. Additionally, J.C. has offered to give away three signed copies of his book to listeners. Send a note to 7thSonNovel at gmail dot com with the subject line, “cmdln sent me”, and the phrase, “Kilroy 2.0 is everywhere”, and your mailing address in the body. J.C. will draw three lucky winners on November 6th so get your emails in now.

There is no listener feedback this week.

The hacker word of the week this week is epsilon squared.

The feature this week is an Inner Chapter on the subject of perfection and compromise.

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TCLP 2009-08-26 Embracing Fair Use

This is a feature cast.

In the intro a quick review of the file, “Sita Sings the Blues“, by Nina Paley.

The hacker word of the week this week is enhancement.

The feature this week is a monologue on embracing fair use. Here’s the promised links defining fair use and fair use for trademarks. I mention Open Media Review and The Arbiter Chronicles.

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