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Comment: MT Radio.Net (Score 1) 35

It's great to see how others utilize open source software. Last year myself and some friends started MT Radio.Net. We are Community Internet Broadcasting, showcasing Montana talent and more. Staying away from FM/AM transmission allows us to operate uncensored with material that is sometimes explicit. Importantly, it has allowed us to begin broadcasting with very little overhead or financial investment. With donated microphones and mixing consoles and many hours programming, our NEW Player (beta) is now up and running!

With this new custom player we rotate band images as their music plays. Next feature to add is chat room for the live shows. However, though I have much help running the station I am the sole developer here, so these things take time. I'm using software such as ICECast, MPD, and Tomcat with custom code all running on Gentoo Linux. JACK is used on the input PC and I use Audacity for editing. WordPress is also used (with integrated automated posting). I wrote a BASH-like "web" shell language called IOVAR that is the foundation for the MT Radio.Net operations dashboard and player.

If any other developers want to help work on any of this stuff let me know (reply here), it'd be great to collaborate!

Comment: Re:Trust (Score 0) 136

by lannocc (#47373685) Attached to: Microsoft Backs Open Source For the Internet of Things
Chill. "M$" is close enough to "MS" that I bet many people don't interpret it in a derogatory fashion. In fact, I think it's a rather cool re-branding. Anyways, I don't whine when people call Linux linux, linus, lennox, GNU/Linux, whatever. Besides, you're the first to be throwing out the term "Microshaft" on this story's forum here; perhaps you're just here to feed the trolls!

Comment: Hurray for CLI improvements! (Score 1) 176

by lannocc (#47342275) Attached to: Meet Carla Shroder's New Favorite GUI-Textmode Hybrid Shell, Xiki

I like what Xiki is shooting for and look forward to trying it out. I have a similar interest in finding new ways to interact with a command shell. One such feature would be a shell and simple commands (in the Unix spirit) that natively work with URI resources rather than simply (local) file handles and sockets. My attempts to achieve this over the past 5 years has resulted in what I call IOVAR (hosted on Google Code and, a BASH-like shell for the web written in Java and currently running in Tomcat on Linux. It supports a mix of shell scripts and single-purpose servlets, among a mix of any other system commands, to easily chain together processes that work with web resources.

IOVAR works, I've been using it to build a new back-end services and front-end player for our community Internet radio station MT Radio.Net. We'll be launching the new system July 4th!

I'm glad to see there are others that are finding really cool ways to improve our interaction with the PC, and this Xiki looks interesting! Now if I could just complete some more documentation and ease the installation for IOVAR, in combination with the working use cases I've now built, it could turn into something. But I really could use the help! The entire stack is open-source and everything I have written is MIT-licensed.

Comment: Give IOVAR a try? (Score 1) 466

by lannocc (#47244017) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?
I would like to mention my pet project, IOVAR, hosted on Google Code. One of its goals is to aid in rapid development/prototyping as it bring shell scripting concepts to the web. IOVAR is currently in a usable state but lacks a "getting started" guide so I won't yet call it a beta release. I've licensed it with MIT license and would love some feedback or help!

Comment: Re:How about "no thanks" .... (Score 1) 218

by lannocc (#46975725) Attached to: Google Testing Gmail Redesign

Web-mail is just implemented poorly, pretty much everywhere. I get a lot of use out of email and sieve filtering with nested folders in a functional hierarchy. IMAP makes for a good (generic) message-handling protocol, but mail clients are lacking features. I'd like a federated contact/messaging/calendar client and server that someone could run as their own service if they wanted. It could expose via IMAP access to stored chat or SMS messages in addition to email, from any number of sources/accounts. As a client, it needs to let me maintain a customizable client view, where for example IMAP folders that can be listed in any particular order, not necessarily alphabetically or based on their archival storage hierarchy.

As to UI design and separating form from function, I have spent the past few years (slowly) developing a server-side shell-like environment on Linux+Java/Tomcat, with a focus on XML and rapid-prototyping, quick database access. Just about to go beta as I add some more documentation:

Comment: Re:so does this mean.... (Score 1) 433

by lannocc (#45671379) Attached to: Simulations Back Up Theory That Universe Is a Hologram
Thank you for this explanation! I am by no means a physicist but I continue to follow what I can. As a programmer, one concept I like to explore is that any perceived loss of entropy in our universe could simply be a tighter compaction of information with redundancy removed and described by a smaller process outside of our boundaries, much like a document is compressed by a compression algorithm. When you look at the resulting (compressed) output you see less information (bits) and what appears to be a random distribution or noise. Studies like this and your explanation help me to align my layman conjectures with the more rigorous theories and focused terminology used by those in the field. One of these days I really do hope I get to dig into the math on problems like these!

Comment: Re:Toooootally Didn't See That Coming (Score 1) 294

If I create a fake ID saying I am old enough to drink alcohol and use it that way, that's a victimless crime.

I guess you've never owned or managed a bar in the U.S. then. The onus is on the establishment to prevent underage drinking, and often heavy fines can be assessed even if the customer had what looked like a legitimate ID.

Comment: Highway Patrol (Score 1) 736

by lannocc (#44710287) Attached to: Technologies Like Google's Self-Driving Car: Destroying Jobs?

I believe the article overlooked one significant class of jobs that is extremely difficult to remove: those employed by the government (local, state, federal). An example for this story would be the Highway Patrol. It seems like their necessity will severely decrease, if not evaporate, if we're all in autonomous vehicles.

I for one want to see more forward-thinking politicians who are looking at the coming changes in technology and are interested in developing a road map towards peaceably reducing our government workforce, and that means figuring out an amicable solution for the newly laid-off workers!

A bug in the code is worth two in the documentation.