Podcast Season 5 Episode 14


Title: Daft Punk

In this episode: Tor (plus a Firefox vulnerability) has been compromised. Canonical's Ubuntu Edge compaign has some way to go (but they've just added a lower priced tier). And Jean-Baptiste Quéru is leaving the Android Open Source Project. We've got some great discoveries, Ben succeeds brilliantly in our challenge, and there's an awesome Open Ballot too.

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What's in the show:

  • News:
  • Discovery of the week:
    • Chris:
      • Remove unwanted operating system installations with an Ubuntu Live CD and OS-Uninstaller
      • Nvidia and AMD video drivers marked as experimental are really experimental.
    • Ben:
    • Efrain:
    • Andrew:
    • Graham:
      • Warp, generate, process and twist audio using the power of CSound and Cicilia 5.
  • Speak Your Brains:
    • Many thanks to Félim Whiteley for his contribution. Email graham.morrison@futurenet.com with your own suggestions/questions for next time.
  • Challenge Us:
    • Ben did something monumentally stupid; he gave his girlfriend the hair clippers.

      Ben did something monumentally stupid; he gave his girlfriend the hair clippers.

  • Open Ballot: Is the internet dead?

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Presenters: Ben Everard, Andrew Gregory, Efrain Hernandez-Mendoza and Graham Morrison.

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It should be fixed now - the accent in Jean-Baptiste Quéru's name broke the XML.

Clementine rules

Couldn't get into the new version of Amarok, so have been using clementine for a few years now, and it's a great music player... especially on KDE!


the sme time system you talked about in the'cast was used by the Babylonians, ancient Hebrews, Romans et al.... its a convenient way of measuring time when you have no accurate clocks! like I have on my home server :( just need to fit a light sensor, that'll fix it! :P


That picture of Ben just blew my mind.... I seem to have woken up with virtually an identical haircut!! And I don't even /have/ a flatmate, let alone girlfriend (I know - sad, eh?)
But lets be positive: Firstly I knew about Csound from years ago when a friend was using it in his final year physics project (mainly concerned with the physics of Bells, iirc).
I had tried it in my various sonic experimentations, and am currently toying with SuperCollider another opensource project but I am dual booting currently so when I went to try to download Csound, my AV complained about something in libsound or something and I couldn't download it? Does anybody know if this is (as I assume) a false positive? (no, /really!!/ ) and also, I don't know if it is available for linux users, but I have been using something called pd
(puredata) which I believe does something along similar lines - but it is quite technical, I wouldn't recommend it for everyone, but I understand it is also capable of video manipulation now. Has Graham heard about pd?

Also, a much simpler but excellent little noise generator is something called chaossynth, which does granular sysnthesis, and makes some pretty cool randomy type stuff.

So if anybody has any further info on getting cecilia (I believe it is named for the saint Cecilia? Muse or something?) running with Csound I'd greatly appreciate it.
Of course if I hadn't stuffed up my Mint 10 install manths ago I'd probably be running ti right now.

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

Umm .... one more thing

I just found this and I wondered whether Graham knows about this? It's apparantly a GPL-hardware synth-in-a-box a-la rasberry pi, perhaps?! (well, I know it's not linux-related directly, consider it a discovery of the week :)
check it out: mutable-instruments.net/shruthi1
There is no such thing as a problem
without a gift for you in its hands

great bug stories

Liked the story of the 'can't print on Tuesdays' bug. Here's another good one.

Type in '500 mile email bug' into a search engine.

Lots can be learnt from bugs.

Also this showed me my discovery of the week/fortnight/three weeks whatever it is this time. 'units' application. Just 'yum install units' and away you go on a magical trip of converting lots of things into other things.

You can use it on the next show if you want to.


Also, haven't any of you heard of 'Cecilia' by Simon & Garfunkel? The song is an example of how the name is pronounced...


Wasn't it Agent Smith that said that it was inevitable? ;)

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