TCLP 2009-08-26 Embracing Fair Use

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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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TCLP 2009-08-19 Rant: Owning Innovation

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In the intro a quick review of the movie, District 9.

The hacker word of the week this week is engine.

The feature this week is a rant on owning innovation. In it I mention VoloMedia claiming to have the patent on podcasting including their own words on the matter, Iain Bank’s publisher claiming first podcast novel, Christiana Ellis wins the preposterous claims contest that followed on Twitter, the Creative Commons and the Free Idea eXchange.

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TCLP 2009-07-15 Inner Chapter: Focus

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In the intro a quick review of the family friendly game, Qwirkle.

Listener Feedback this week comes from Marc who commented on the new Inner Chapter theme music and Dave who commented on the Inner Chapter of the role of leader as law giver.

The hacker word of the week this week is elite

The feature this week is an Inner Chapter on focus. This builds on my previous chapters on will and yak shaving.

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TCLP 2009-07-08 Inner Chapter: Leader as Law Giver

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In the intro a quick review of the family friendly game, Cheeky Monkey.

Listener Feedback this week comes from Philip Durbin who writes about using frameworks to help manage code complexity and Gladwell’s review of Anderson’s new book, “Free”.

The hacker word of the week this week is elephantine.

The feature this week is an Inner Chapter on when a leader must act as law giver.  This builds on my previous chapter on leadership.

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TCLP 2009-06-07 News

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In the intro, a quick review of J.C. Hutchins and Jordan Weisman’s new book launching this Tuesday and more details on how you can contribute to my upcoming anniversary show and possibly even win a prize for doing so. Visit J.C.’s site for more details about his work and for the prequel novella he is podcasting for a taste of what to expect in the novel. The reason I am reviewing this book, other than the fact that I am friends with one of the authors, is that Jordan Weisman is a giant in the gaming industry, largely responsible for fleshing out the genre of Alternate Reality Games but going all the way back to table top and RPG games and having worked with video games and some very recognizable franchies. PE:DA includes an ARG that ties in with the very compelling psychological thriller that is the novel itself.

This week’s security alerts are a mass drive by injection attack and the .org zone moving forward with DNSSEC.

In this week’s news gathering support for native media support in HTML5, Knuth speaks out against software patents, the EFF launches a terms of service change tracker, and a dreaded intellectual monopoly for fashion bill is resurrected including a form you can use to lodge your complaint and even an email address of a House Judiciary Committee member looking for feedback.

Following up this week the Bilksi appeal moves forward and a preview of the Jammie Thomas re-trial.

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TCLP 2009-05-06 Inner Chapter: Research

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In the intro a reminder that my interview with Thomas Cagley of the SPamCast is up if you haven’t checked it out already.  Also a quick and spoiler free review of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Listener Feedback this week is from Alex who compliments and asks after the audio from my interview with Jonathan Zittrain.  He also has a meta-correction, yes, I got DEE-bold wrong yet again.

The hacker word of the week this week is eat flaming death.

The feature this week is a new Inner Chapter on the practice of research.

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TCLP 2009-04-15 Book Review: Hackers, by Steven Levy

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In the intro I chat up Penguicon and share a promo.  Also, on a sadder note, the co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons, Dave Arneson passed away recently.  Tor.com has a very nice remembrance.

Listener Feedback this week is from Naht Ass who writes with some clarifications on the Shepard Fairey, Manny Garcia, AP case over the Obama Hope image.  He shared a link to an episode of NPR’s Fresh Air on which most of the principals were interviewed.

The hacker word of the week this week is dumpster diving.

The feature this week is a book review of an excellent book I finished recently, Hackers by Steven Levy.  As I mention in the review, the first two chapters are freely available.

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TCLP 2009-04-08 Monologue: Choosing a Development Platform

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In the intro a quick review of the geek family friendly movie, Monsters vs. Aliens.

The hacker word of the week this week is dump.

The feature this week is a monologue on choosing development platforms.  I wrote this in response to a question from Brand Gamblin the genius behind Calls for Cthulhu.  Brand is one of the first people I know personally who got a G1 and also recently looked into learning Flex.

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TCLP 2009-03-25 Inner Chapter: Coding Style

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In the intro, a review of the board game, Pandemic.

The hacker word of the week this week is drunken mouse syndrome.

The feature this week is a new Inner Chapter on coding style.  I mentioned this article of Python do’s and don’t’s and Sun’s coding conventions for Java.  And here is the Wikipedia article on Hungarian notation if you are unfamiliar.

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TCLP 2008-12-31 Year in Review, Part 2

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In the intro, I share my review of Ed Piskor’s “Wizzywig Volume 1: Phreak”.

The feature this week is part two of a round table discussion of some of the issues that were prominent this year. I was joined by Kevin Crosby, Vaskin Kissoyan, and Eric Christensen. The topic of this part is where we are at with copyright infringement and enforcement. Most recently the RIAA has announced it is stopping its individual law suits. However, they are pressing an unusual criminal case against an individual. The risk of the urge to perfect enforcement is the increasing irrelevance of copyright to the average person.

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