TCLP 2010-08-15 News

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.


View the detailed show notes online. You can also grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive.

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Album Composed with Algorithmic Swarm

This story from Make is a little different than the couple of other recent AI music stories I’ve written up. In those instances, the music is being generated or processed at a much lower level, in a more integrated fashion. As near as I can tell, the work here, by Evan Merz’s, is more like an audio assemblage that happens to be driven by a predator-prey cellular automata. The inspiration and borrowing from Cage is hardly surprising as so much of his work was governed by a meticulously following of how systems unfolded by seemingly simple rules.

Swarm Controlled Sampler – Becoming Live from Evan Merz on Vimeo.

I enjoyed the three tracks in the embedded video. They are more coherent than I would have guessed but do have a thrilling edge to them arising either from the structural changes the CA wrought or just the knowledge that this form of primal, computational complexity was harnessed in creating these creative expressions.

feeds | grep links > Working with Powered Off Transistors, Investing in Broadband to Save Journalism, and More

I know I don’t usually post anything over the weekend but the podcast, but since I am foregoing this evening’s news cast, here are some thoughts and links on the stories I had set aside.

  • Exploring what powered off transistors can do
    Turns out this EETimes article isn’t about transistors as used in CPUs but rather in other kinds of electronics. The limitations of using them below the normal voltage threshold has promise for analog sensing as is common in medical devices. Imec, Europe’s biggest research center for nano-electronics and nanotechnology is doing some very promising work in this fields. There is a lot more detail in the article of how these transistors would work and the challenges that remain.
  • Gillmor argues investing in the net will save journalism
    Via Cory at Boing Boing. There is no guarantee in what Gillmor, a respected thinker in the realm of journalism, is suggesting. It certainly makes sense to me in terms of bracing the very nature of the internet to has spawned so many disruptive innovations on top of its open and accessible plumbing. The historical example he uses gives hope that his idea will bear fruit though it may be amongst the compost of print journalism as we know it.
  • WikiLeaks inspired media haven passes in Iceland
  • First replicating organism in artificial life system
    Via Hacker News