Who are we?
Dr. Chris Zimmermann is a FOSS fanatic, communist (sometimes) and expert on esoteric software aspects how to configure Mail Transfer Agents while not carving in to insanity, troubleshoot computer networks without the use of recreational drugs and the advanced enjoyment of craft beverages. He mostly lives in Frankfurt, Germany. In contrast to Mr. Visser the size of his brain has a reverse correlation to the size of his head.
Martin Visser is a slightly less egocentric (actually far from egocentric) computer scientist and engineer, non-communist from Birmingham, UK. In contrast to Dr. Zimmermann, he has human interaction and social protocols down to a fine art.
Why another FOSS podcast?
For those who use any means of transport on a regular basis it is a great way to stimulate the brain.
Others have come before us, tried and failed to achieve this level.
What's in it for me?
Invaluable tech tips helping with aspects of everday life including the proper recital of Vogon poetry in that worst-case scenario that Brexit finally shadows the Vogons’ landing and how to take care of the proper biological foundation for recreational drugs
A chance to feedback your comments. Glowing ones will be published, others ignored.
The opportunity to request expert knowledge and discussion on a topic of your choice!
What's in it for the Inlaws?
The impending fame and successful broadcasting careers (Martin’s vision) play a small part in this decision.
Which is of course totally overshadowed by the reason of world domination. Donations are encouraged. Ideally in liquid wheat brew format (of course rye, barley, spelt and other assorted grains go as well).
How to get up and running?
(this is how we do it, your mileage may vary)
- Pick an open source operating system of choice that features a decent package management system (unless you’re really technical and know what you’re doing) and is Posix-compliant. In this instance Ubuntu 19.10 was the preferred candidate
- Don't worry about Mumble. Many have tried, most have failed to use this piece of
software for synchronous podcast recording
- Get some really cool music licensed under CC-BY(-SA) from places like Jamendo
- Install a Synapse server on a publicly accessible server and use Riot-Web as a front-end for this instance
- Get Audacity and tty-clock (if you really want to accurate synchronise your system clock with an NTP server)
- Using Audacity and tty-clock, record your friendly podcast locally using Riot-Web's audio call feature to synchronise the hosts and guests
- For the post-production, simply mix the individual streams together and edit to your
- Stick to mono when producing the final ogg or mp3 file, adding music and other content as appropriate
- Upload the audio file to HPR
- Create associated website using some cool HTML/CSS framework
- Watch it go viral (the important bit!)
- One home server running Ubuntu 19.10 with mumble-server and Synapse (a reference implementation) of the federated protocol known as Matrix for comms
- One cheap bit of kit running somewhere in Germany at a snails pace (Martin’s opinion before the D-Wave upgrade - little did he know :-)) => much patience is required attempting to use this
- Two laptops for remote access, running a Murmur client (typically Mumble itself), Audacity and various text editors in addition to riot-web or another Matrix / Synapse client
- One MPow USB headset and one interim Logitech 2 Pro (thank you MPow for the countless hours of debugging x-talk issues - we learned a lot! :-)
All episodes are hosted
on Hacker Public Radio
The following only represents the last ten episodes, you find the
full backcatalog of all episodes release so far here.
- S01E36: Open Source Licenses
In this episode Chris is trying hard to get Martin to sleep by elaborating on the
subject of free and open source software licenses but fails miserably. Listen to a
more than riveting episode on the ins and outs of licensing FLOSS code bases in addition
to banter about Brexit, plans for a reshaping of Europe after the invasion of England
and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scottland leave the UK.
- S01E35: The Free Software Foundation Europe
In this episode our aging heroes host the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). Its president, Matthias
Kirschner talk about the past, the present and the future of free and open source software not only
from an FSFE perspective. Never mind how he got into computers in the first place. Also, different opinions
about communism in general and its implementations (and the flaws of the first rounds of implementations)
are touched upon. So historians, FLOSS users and enthusiasts, communists and free spirits: This is your episode!
Plus: Ever wondered what the Towel Day is all about? Check out the second half of the episode! At our guest's
request: Please note that this episode was recorded on June 1st 2021.
- S01E34: The one with the intelligence
In this fourth part of our three-part miniseries on Deep and Machine Learning our two heroes shed some
light on a DL architecture called Generative Pre-Trained Transformer (GPT), a pretty sophistic piece
of software that fools most humans when it comes to authoring text (ideal for budding writers with
a block in place). Other topics of discussion includes OpenAI (the company behind this framework),
Elon Musk, Bitcoin, Microsoft and if the GPT can actually pass the Turing test. All will be revealed -
don't miss this episode!
- S01E33: The Return of the Rust
In this episode - aptly named "The return of the Rust" our two heroes host a very special guest: no
other than Steve Klabnik of Rust fame himself. Needless to say, this hipster programming language
which is on everbody's mind at the moment (apart maybe from a few lost souls still crying over spilled
coffee) plays a very important role in this show in addition to the newly founded Rust Foundation
hosting such eclectic members such as Microsoft, Mozilla, Google and Facebook just to name a few looking
after the language.
- S01E32: Politicians and artificial intelligence part 3
In part three of the 27.64 episodes long mini-series on artificial intelligences, machine and deep learning
and other hipster topics around machines trying to imitate humans (marketing made us do these :-), our
two heroes discuss domain-specific frameworks on top of (more generic) infrastructure like TensorFlow or PyTorch.
As usual, all will be revealed and no details be spared (apart from a very few) including how to
tell animals apart from humans (a tricky feat as any journalist can tell you who's ever faced a
stampeding horde of angry politicians!).
- S01E31: Interview with Paul Ramsey FOSS afficionado and enterpreneur
In this episode the inlaws host Paul Ramsey of OpenGeo fame. Apart from his PostgreSQL contributions,
Paul is probaby best known for GIS work and geo DB contributions in general (in addition to
off-the-beaten track stuff like URL of his website among other things). Don't miss this for nuggets
on geo databases and beyond!
- S01E30: Politicians and artificial intelligence part 2
After successfully navigating through the shallow (or not-so-shallow) depths of the first episode on
deep learning fundamentals, our two heroes tackle a more concrete topic in this episode: How to use the
damn stuff! No expenses will be spared to bring to the listeners the finer details of tensors, TensorFlow
and other frameworks which serve as the basis for modern artificial intelligence / machine learning
applications running on back-propagation networks (see the first episode on the foundations). Lifting the
curtain even more, all will be revealed about a little corner shop called "Google" (well, almost all :-).
- S01E29: The (one and only) Linux Kernel Contributor Panel
In this episode, our two ageing heroes host an eclectic panel of kernel contributors of a small, mostly
unknown operating system called "Linux". The panelists hail from all over the planet (sadly, no money
or love would buy Richard's or Linus' way onto that panel :-) but the discussion proves more than interesting
regardless of these uber-nerds being absent. All will be revealed including the true age of Linux,
one of Chris' secret obsessions (hint: it's not software bugs), Linus Torvald's thought
process and evolution as such. Never mind Linux's second future high-level programming language...
Plus: a philosophical discussion of the social impact of insulting from a pan-cultural perspective.
Don't miss out on this!
- S01E28: Politicians and artificial intelligence part 1
In this episode, our two heroes explore the realm of artificial intelligence, paying special attention
to deep learning (hoping that some of the stuff may rub on them :-). In this first part of a three-part mini-series
the chaps discuss the foundation including networks, neurons and other topics of advanced black magic, carefully
avoiding the tempations of introducing too much maths (we'll leave this to the Grumpy Old Coders :-).
- S01E27: The Big Uncertainties in Life and beyond
In this episode, our two heroes explore the realm of the great uncertainties also known
as probabilistic data structures. For this adventure they managed to retain one of the
experts in this field from the open source realm. Check out the episode to get in on this
secret and its details!
All content licensed under
The DarkSide Tech Support (DSTS)
The DSTS is loosely inspired by the Bastard Operator From Hell,
where a somewhat misguided support specialist tends to break all hell loose on innocent callers who expect help
and guidance on various computer problems. In contrast to this purely fictional prototype, the DSTS deals with
real-world problems such as rewriting history aided by computers, how American presidents tackle virus issues and
how an ancient Egyptian pharaoh tries to remedy the seven plagues inflicted on his empire by talking to God herself.
More episodes in the making - stay tuned!
Similar to other parts of the show, DSTS welcomes listeners' suggestion about topics they would like
to see covered. So if you have a plague you cannot get rid of or need divine intervention otherwise, don't
hesitate to send us a mail.
Joking aside, we do appreciate feedback. So please email us at email@example.com
Or talk to us at various open source events!