Podcast Season 5 Episode 15


Title: Bomba Kabisa

In this episode: No more Groklaw and no Ubuntu Edge. ZTE's Firefox phone sells out quickly on eBay, and the exFAT filesystem is now open source. And as usual, we also have discoveries, challenges, brains and a ballot!

What's in the show:

  • News:
      The wondeful open source software legal news site, GrokLaw, is to close. PJ's last post starts thus:
      "The owner of Lavabit tells us that he's stopped using email and if we knew what he knew, we'd stop too. There is no way to do Groklaw without email. Therein lies the conundrum."
      New Zealand bans software patents. The Ubuntu Edge unfortunately misses its crowd funding target by a considerable margin. 990 ZTE Firefox phones were quickly sold out when they appeared on eBay in the UK and other countries. The exFAT filesystem has been open sourced by Samsung after a leak appeared on GitHub and a Linux Trojan dubbed 'Hand of Thief' has appeared in the wild.
  • Discovery of the week:
    • Graham:
      • Android 4.3's 'Photo Sphere' in compass mode is rather good when used with your device's motion sensors. Spheres can be shared in Google+, apparently.
    • Ben:
    • Andrew:
  • Speak Your Brains:
    • Many thanks to Mark for sending over his question. Email graham.morrison@futurenet.com with your own suggestions/questions for next time.
  • Challenge Us:
    • We attempt a great challenge sent to us by Rob Plenderleith. Thanks Rob!
  • Open Ballot: Where will the free-software be in another twenty-two years?

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Your comments


Hello Ben,

If you like Python and Pygame you might *really* like Love2D which is a 2D game framework for Lua. Unlike Pygame it's all hardware accelerated by default, easy (trivially so) to distribute what you make for Linux, Mac and Windows and it's all nicely self contained. And the documentation (the wiki linked from the main site) is great too.

Python's alright but Lua is lovely.

eich tee tee pee colon slash slash love2d.org

That awesome Mario + Portal mashup game, which I'm sure you've seen, was made in Love2D.

eich tee tee pee colon slash slashstabyourself.net slash mari0 slash


Apparently it's "aitch".


I've heard it pronounced "haitch" on the podcast ;)

Python and Pygame. BEN DO SOME TUTORIALS!!!!!

Ben is Awesome.

Python and pygame are awesome.

Ben should do some python and pygame tutorials as they would be awesome. His recent articles on data compression and encryption were informative, easy to read for us noobs and awesome.

Ubuntu phone is only

Ubuntu phone is only associated with failure, unrealistic features, and Mir. I think you're all being a little too optimistic about this campaign, to techy people it's a failure, to "normal" people is barely exists.

Google Search

To get rid of the annoying behaviour in Google searches, click on 'search tools', then change 'all results' to 'verbatim'.

oh please

Aitch versus Haitch:?
thought that argument had left for the building years ago.
some say haitch aint the word, but ain't it a shame
that aitch aches as long as you go for
the sense of being spoken for.

Leave it alone. Haitch ain't aitch.
etch a sketch
speak the way you speak and let noone stop
you from speaking the truth. It may annoy some
me not the least.
But far more important is what you say, not
the way you pronounce it.
Did I already say? Let it be, seriously.
\There is no such thing as a problem
without a gift for you in its hands

Samsung's exFAT Implementation and Python

The link in the podcast description seems a bit outdated; the story has continued since that article was written. It looks like the code has actually been properly GPL'd, but a lot of people are still afraid to touch it because of the confusing patent situation which hasn't really been tested in court. That's my understanding anyway, and I would be interested to see how this plays out, hopefully in future podcasts.

As far as Python, I too like it for its ability to be written clearly and *very* quickly, but I really don't like the strong typing or the duck typing, and especially not together.

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