feeds | grep links > IBM-Oracle Java Pact, Interactive HTTP Tool, Future of the Cell Processor, and More

feeds | grep links > Desktop 3D Scanner, 64-Bit Flash for Linux, Diaspora Releases Source Code, and More

Another day of light posting between mental heavy lifting while coding for $employer and burning much of my usual end of day hour on a personal hacking project. The latter is an itch that had started to drive me insane, automating my podcast feed management to both reduce the amount of manual work around that task in my podcast work flow and to move the step entirely over to Linux. I’ll post more details of how I manage this later, including links to source.

  • Makerbot 3D scanner
    Bruce Sterling at Wired points out a new offering from the desktop printing and home fabrication innovators at Makerbot, a desktop 3D scanner. While it is likely to have similar limitations as its printer counterpart, it along with free and open source 3D design software completes the trifecta for not just ginning up your own tangible parts and goods but to designing and customizing them in the first place.
  • 3D printing commercial air craft parts, Make
  • IBM patents choose your own adventure movies, Slashdot
  • Adobe releases 64-bit Flash, including Linux version
    I’ve only had some minor trouble with Flash under Linux but this beta, as Slashdot points out, should eliminate all kinds of jiggery-pokery most 64-bit Linux users have to go through. I wish we didn’t have to keep supporting Flash, either with official builds or via free and open one offs but for online video it is still effectively king.
  • Diaspora releases source code
    The link is directly to their site which also includes a simple screen shot. I haven’t had time to download and test but have read elsewhere that this is really pre-alpha quality code. I would suggest holding off unless you are willing to help test and maybe even send along patches.
  • Law suit over another post-cookie tracking technique, Wired

feeds | grep links > State of WikiLeaks’ Site, What to Expect in Firefox 4, and More

Following Up for the Week Ending 6/27/2010

feeds | grep links > Data That Fades, More on the Shift to Parallel Computing, and More

TCLP 2010-06-06 News

This is news cast 215, an episode of The Command Line Podcast.

In the intro, just a pointer to my thoughts on Balticon 44 and a recap on advertising, the badge experiment, and Flattr so far.

This week’s security alerts are OS choice does not equal security and an Android rootkit.

In this week’s news Google drops Microsoft for internal use citing security reasons though some are skeptical, figuring out if Wikileaks spun up using documents intercepted from Tor with thoughts from both the Tor project and Wikileaks itself, IBM’s 40 year old Muppet sales films, and a new paper debunks certain suggested advantages of quantum computing.

Following up this week, if you are tired of Facebook then check out a Firefox extension that aims to help preserve your privacy while using it and India tries to gather opposition to ACTA.


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Following Up for the Week Ending 4/18/2010

IBM May Be Resurrecting OS/2

“Rise from the grave!” (+5 geek points for anyone getting that reference.)

According to Slashdot, what Big Blue is contemplating would indeed be a beastly alteration on its original creation. The revivified operating system would have a Linux core and undoubtedly all of the higher level layers that adherents praised and critics scoffed.

Sadly, the reasoning behind this doesn’t appear to be for the enjoyment of the two people CmdrTaco identifies as haveing used and enjoyed OS/2 (yes, I was one of them), but rather as a drop in replacement for aging installs of the last gasp of the retired platform, still in use inside of the software giant and a few other institutions.

If they do pursue this idea and release it publicly I probably will stand it up on a VM, just for nostalgia’s sake.

TCLP 2010-04-11 News

This is news cast 211, an episode of The Command Line Podcast.

In the intro, thanks to new donor this week, David.

This week’s security alerts are a new site collecting privacy and security info on apps and services and a vulnerability in WebKit’s handling of the blink tag.

In this week’s news reverse engineering facial recognition to develop dazzle camouflage (a story I also wrote up on the web site), asking whether IBM broke its open source patent pledge with their response and clarifying commentary from a couple of knowledgeable folks, a new memory management technique that could boost performance for multiple cores, and contending format shifting a book you own is ethical with supporting and dissenting responses.

Following up this week court rules against FCC in Comcast case barring neutrality regulation on ancillary authority but not through other means and the Digital Economy Bill has been passed including what we should do now.


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End of Life for the Cell Processor, Debunking the Cat Brain Simulation, and More

  • When piracy isn’t theft
    Glyn Moody linked to this excellent consideration of some of the rhetoric around the tabled Digital Economy Bill. The Guardian article pulls together much of the objections, dismissing most as irrelevant as it suggests that there is a positive aspect we need to be emphasizing: free access to knowledge as its own normative right.
  • EC warns Spain over three strikes plan
    According to The Register, Viviane Reding is once again surprisingly speaking in defense of consumers, not only advocating for judicial oversight of any disconnection policy but also a presumption of innocence. The article also points out that it may be likely that any such disconnection plan would be for commercial piracy. This is certainly more consistent with Spain’s declaration for access to broadband as a right and its existing levy on blank media.
  • IBM bringing the Cell processor to an end
    I was a fan of this processor at the time it came out. Jon Stokes at Ars paints this as perhaps a consequence of the processor being a bit ahead of its time. He also clearly calls out the few but critical differences between the Cell and later, similar designs that no doubt make chips like Larrabee more approachable to program and ultimately better performing.
  • Rebutting a public option for media
    I don’t often agree very strong with Adam Thierer or the usual suspects at TLF as I am just too darn skeptical of an unregulated free market. However, I think he’s done a fine job taking apart what appears to me to be a very bad idea, Free Press’ suggestion of essentially government run media. I can understand why they proposed such a plan, there simply is no clear resolution for the current situation big media is foundering in but here I have to side with the TLF’s usual view, that innovation will be better served by the market. More than that, the critical role of journalism is a check on the government could be seriously compromised by this public option-like idea.
  • Criticism of IBM’s announced cat-brain simulation
    Judging from the IEEE Spectrum post, there appears to be a history with this critic. That doesn’t make his objections wrong and in the letter quoted, he cites what seem to me to be some pretty compelling details to rein in the announcement back to some version of reality. I’m going to have to go back and see if there was any peer review of the original work or just press releases.
  • Is Chrome OS about free, ad supported netbooks?
    I hadn’t really though about the privacy concerns of Chrome OS until Glyn Moody pointed them out alongside suggesting this theory. I think it is plausible but I’d still pay a premium to be able to control my own software and data as well as to be able to perform tasks that the cloud just isn’t up to yet, like serious multimedia heavy lifting.