Episode 117: Sexbot Dinner

Samsung creates F2FS file system for NAND flash storage, submits it to the Linux kernel.  US Air Force’s 1950s Supersonic Flying Saucer Declassified.  First Community Release of Diaspora.  Prince of Sealand Dies At 91.  Lone Packet Crashes Telco Networks.  DRM Could Come To 3D Printers.  Apple Sued Over Distinctive “Eye Closeup” Photograph Used To Promote Retina MacBook Pro.  PETA Condemns Pokemon For Promoting Animal Abuse.  Microsoft claims ownership of the number 45, asks Google to censor the US government and Bing.  Laser Strikes On Aircraft Becoming Epidemic.

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Episode 110: Taxidermification, Jetpacks, and Designated Picnic Table Drivers

Mark Zuckerberg reportedly forcing Facebook’s Android team to use app and see how bad it is.  How Hollywood Is Encouraging Online Piracy.  WikiWeapons: 3D printed guns for everyone.  The White House open-sourced their petition software on GitHub. Drunk Driver Caught on Motorized Picnic Table. Servers Ultimate Turns Your Old Android Phone Into a Tiny, Multipurpose Server.  Bullied NY Woman Sets up Anti-Bullying Foundation.  Melky Cabrera’s fake website.  Neil Armstrong, First Man on the Moon, is Dead.  Dropbox Rolls Out Two-Step Verification.  All this, plus Science News, Epic Fail, and Oh Asia you so Crazy!

Show notes available at http://wiki.whatstherumpuspodcast.com/110

Episode 109: Loose Poopy is Best Poopy

The Oatmeal is raising funds for the Tesla museum at Wardenclyffe.  Wikileaks reveals “TrapWire,” a government spy network that uses ordinary surveillance cameras.  Putting an end to the biggest lie on the internet.  Garry Kasparov Arrested and Beaten at Pussy Riot Sentencing.  Pixar open sources production animation code, patents.  iAMScientist Looks To Crowdfund Scientific Research.  Insane Clown Posse To Sue FBI Over Gang Designation.  Buying Twitter followers is sinful, says SAUDI CLERIC.  FTC Censures Facebook, Then Asks You to Like It on Facebook.  Blurred Eyeglasses Unveiled To Help Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Avoid Impure Sights.

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Episode 62: 1,359,000 on the Podcast Scale

MAKE announces the winner of their 2010 Zombie Safe House Competition.  Ever hear of the Naga Viper pepper?  Just reading about it will start you on fire.  A researcher at the University of Nottingham has managed to etch the entire periodic table of elements onto a single hair.  The Kinect has been hacked to play World of Warcraft.  Vladmir Putin has ordered the Russian government to move to GNU/Linux.  A man caught UPS tampering with his packages, listen in to find out how.  Plus, the Study of the Week, the Fail of the Week, and this weeks “Oh Asia, You So Crazy!”

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Open Source FTW!

I feel pretty strongly about copyright. For me it started because of “free” software. I’m cheap and I don’t like to pay for things if I don’t have to and I was always happy to try out a free piece of software (and open to figuring out how to use a not-so-free piece of software too). This lead me to find open source software, which at first just meant “open source = free” to me. As my understanding of the open source movement grew, so did my opinion on copyright.

I feel pretty strongly about copyright. For me it started because of “free” software. I’m cheap and I don’t like to pay for things if I don’t have to and I was always happy to try out a free piece of software (and open to figuring out how to use a not-so-free piece of software too). This lead me to find open source software, which at first just meant “open source = free” to me. As my understanding of the open source movement grew, so did my opinion on copyright.

Copyright and patent laws in this country are outdated, outmoded, and generally ludicrous. The fact that Microsoft can patent some of the most basic algorithms in computer science for the sole purpose of suing someone for copyright infringement if they don’t like that product is absurd to me. Copyrighting what can be considered common knowledge or fundamental knowledge in the field is just plain stupid to me and I feel like its a travesty that there are all these worthless patents and copyrights out there miring people in the terrible legality of things. This kind of thing stunts innovation and hurts the industry.

While the open source movement is relatively young and still developing, look at how much innovation has come from that sector: projects like Open Office (an office application suite), Apache (what most web servers run to host web sites), Linux (operating system), GIMP (image editing software) all open source and all very well developed projects.

Each project has a community that builds up around it, drawing more people as it becomes more popular. People report bugs, people fix bugs, the project becomes better, more people start to use it, rinse and repeat. The most insignificant person in the world has a say in the project and anybody with the know-how is capable of patching bugs. If the project wasn’t open source, would things remain this way? Look at the way Microsoft handles things with their products. Most of the time a bug is found its treated the way most of corporate America operates and that is, hush the person that found it, stick your head in the sand, and hope it goes away. There was recently a security flaw discovered in Windows that reaches back to 1993 and every operating system released by Microsoft since then up to and including Windows 7. A 17 year old vulnerability that Microsoft just pretended wasn’t there until somebody made it public. I’m not saying that every piece of closed source software is maintained in the same way, I’m just saying its harder to find and patch bugs when only your people can look at the code.

At this point I’ve made it pretty clear that I like free software and that I don’t want to have to pay for things. How then, in my Utopian world where all software is free, does a developer or company make money enough to justify creating the software in the first place? I honestly don’t know, but I think the Red Hat folks are on the right path. Red Hat creates the Red Hat Linux distribution under an open source license, so its free to use and free to be tinkered with. The way they make money is by charging enterprises for support, and a nominal fee for CD/DVDs (this isn’t required, you can download a copy for free from their site). With a support contract, you can call them up when you have a problem you can’t solve yourself and they’ll have someone help you solve it to the best of their ability. If other companies can come up with similar ways to make money and just let us poor folks have our free software, the world would be a better place.

Episode 17: That’s So Gimmicky

Jack Thompson is in the news again.  Guess who he’s suing this time.  Google issues a cease and desist order to an Android Hacker.  Microsoft reveals a new open source multi-core OS.  Verizon takes a cheap shot at the iPhone.  Marge Simpson poses for Playboy.  Ryder loses his mind about the FloH club.  Tesla is designing a van.  All this, plus Fark Headline of the Week and the Question of the Week.

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Episode 16: The Chuck and I

Bend over!  Best Buy has a new plan to bilke you of your money.  New firefighter boots allow others to track them.  Pizza Hut has a deal for the lazy.  Bravo Gustavo: the new iPhone app that lets you flail around like an idiot.  French Parliament plans to mandate full disclosure regarding the use of Photoshop.  Information leaked about a new tablet project from Microsoft, and unlike other Microsoft products, this looks awesome!  Consumer-B-Gone allows you to annoy grocery shoppers.  Apple gets the okay to block third-party gadgets from syncing with iTunes.  OkCupid has analyzed over 500,000 introduction messages to figure out what works and what doesn’t.  Find out 10 dirty, little secrets about the restaurant industry.  All this plus the Question of the Week and the Fark Headline of the Week.

Show notes available at http://wiki.whatstherumpuspodcast.com/16