Podcast Season 4 Episode 22


Title: Happy Thanksgiving

In this episode: Linux Mint 14 has been released. Planet KDE does awesome work. There's an OpenStreetMap map-a-thon. Australia's government is TLD-shy. Red Hat invests in MongoDB, there may be life on Mars, Apple will have to reveal how much HTC is paying it, and the UEFI saga is turning nasty. Hear our non-audio related discoveries, and your own brains and opinions in the Open Ballot.

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What's in the show:

  • Lightning News:
      Congratulations to the awesome Linux Mint team after the release of version 14, Nadia. KDE contributor, Daniel Nicoletti, is now safely back home, after being detained in Munich. OpenStreetMap is to start a US-based mapathon, called 'Operation Cowboy', tomorrow. Australia's government is getting picky over top-level domain names. Intel and Red Hat invest in MongoDB developer, 10Gen. Today's Metro newspaper reports that NASA may have discovered aliens on Mars. Jelly Bean not (yet) going to be banned in USA. Apple and HTC cross-licence patents, and HTC will need to reveal how much it's paying for the privelege. We're waiting for a ruling on the Motorola vs Microsoft FRAND (fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory) patent dispute. Lenovo UEFI laptops are only booting Windows and RHEL. Linux Foundation's bootloader held up by Microsoft's certification, and Microsoft will refuse to sign code released under GPLv3.
  • Discovery of the week:
    • Andrew:
    • Efrain:
      • Be careful when making wands with a Stanley knife.
    • Ben:
    • Graham:
      • An ace new Amiga emulator, FS-UAE.
      • Tvheadend is a completely awesome live streaming digital video recorder that works well on ARM devices.
  • Speak Your Brains:
      Many, many thanks to Phil the Sheep and James Eriksen for sending in their brains for this episode. If you've ever like to hear this section again, send your ideas for the next episode to graham.morrison@futurenet.com
  • Open Ballot: Taking over the world

  • Our scripts are updating Facebook again.
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Presenters: Ben Everard, Andrew Gregory, Efrain Hernandez-Mendoza and Graham Morrison

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Your comments

Haven't yet listened to the podcast but ...

I was waiting for hours on identi.ca to find out if you still announced/tweeted to that format. Seems like twitter is the place to follow, which is probably fair enough, though I believe you can somehow set up so both work? Wasn't there a tutorial in the mag somewhere about this very thing?
Also, I seem to recall that we already learned about /the dangers of using sharp knifes/ in an earlier podcast, please tell me it wasn't the same person who nearly took a finger off taking out the nut from an avocado?!
Anyway, I'm looking forward to catching up with the podcast later today, and may I say again I think Mint rocks as a distro.

There is no such thing as a problem
without a gift for you in its hands

Openstreetmap woes

I've been trying to join in the OSM project, however the android app fails to upload the data. I feel kinda sad about it.

Ben: Modern Langauge

Java appeared in 1995. Python has been around since 1991. According to the always accurate and correct always Wikipedia.


Knife mishaps

Mihaly, that was me with the avocado, not Effy. Tragically, he failed to learn from my mistake.

Small point: A small point,

Small point:
A small point, but a valid one. I guess Python just feels modern to me whereas Java, despite its relative youth, feels dated. Perhaps it's because I started with Java back in the late nineties, whereas I didn't come across Python until later.

The fact that Python was one of the examples they gave as a modern language in the exercise probably had something to do with my choice as well.


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