Linux Luddites

not all change is progress

March 30, 2015

Episode #38

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A quiet fortnight for Linux offered up the ideal opportunity for us to step back and think about some broader trends in the world of technology.

In the news, we looked at Microsoft’s attempts to regain traction following missteps with Windows 8 and in the mobile space, wondered whether we should simply give up on trying to make our systems secure at all, and discussed how Google is moving from knowing all that we do towards determining all that we can we think.

After your feedback, we talked with journalist and author Doug Hill about some of the issues that rarely get an airing in a technological society where every new change is automatically viewed as progress.

0:02:54   News

National Videogame Arcade opens in Nottingham, UK

Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory?
Microsoft Hints at Windows 10 IoT SKUs
The Windows 10 free upgrade for pirates: More confusing than it seems
Windows 10 to make the Secure Boot alt-OS lock out a reality
Microsoft Expansion: Subverting Android One App at a Time
Cyanogen receives $80 million in funding from Qualcomm, Twitter, and others

Meet Cyanogen, The Startup That Wants To Steal Android From Google
Ubuntu phone ‘app’ creator launched
Firefox OS now running on a MIPS-based reference tablet

Security: the Give Up and Go Home Edition
X.Org Security Advisory: March 17, 2015
Google warns of unauthorized TLS certificates trusted by almost all OSes
BIOS Hacking (full presentation, 47MB PDF)
Everything is insecure and will be forever says Cisco CTO

Information Intermediation
Build your own Siri: An open-source digital assistant
Google now offering to proxy for Chrome on all platforms
Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links

0:53:05   Feedback

A huge thank you to Dave Allan for becoming our latest Monthly Supporter, and to HenrySprog for keeping our Flattr account ticking upwards. Thanks guys!

As we mentioned when flagging up LinuxFest Northwest 2015, if anyone has Linux or FOSS events that they’d like us to plug, do drop us a line. Whilst we turn the show around fairly quickly we do only record every fortnight, so 3-4 weeks’ notice prior to an event would be ideal.

A comment from Brad Alexander got us thinking about drive encryption again; and plenty of feedback – including from Glenn Skiner and Dave Allan – had us reconsidering prior comments on renewable and nuclear energy.

Jezra got in touch regarding the apparent ‘corporatisation’ occurring at the Linux Foundation, a concern that we all share.

Following some criticism from ourselves both of Firefox and the Mozilla Foundation in general, Matthew Beaven, klaatu la terible and Joel Ewing chipped in with some useful information and opinions of their own – thanks, guys.

Wrapping up the feedback this show, Mister Sterling echoed our own sentiments and hopes that FOSS development will remain open and welcoming for all – regardless of gender or other differences in identity.

1:09:46   Doug Hill Interview

We chatted with American journalist and author Doug Hill about some of the issues raised in his book Not So Fast: Thinking Twice About Technology. As Doug mentioned during the piece, he’s currently discussing alternative publishing arrangements which means that his book isn’t available to purchase right now. However, a review published on the LibrarianShipwreck website last year will give the reader a feel for the ground covered by the book, as will Doug’s own blog.

We’d like to occasionally run other pieces that aren’t strictly Linux related, but that encompass wider themes that we feel would be of interest to our tech-oriented audience. Do let us know if you have strong feelings either way about us somewhat stretching the remit of the show like this.


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