Databases of Facts

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk a but about the problems the maintainers of databases (such as the lawsuit against the time zone database) of fact can face, despite their importance to society and the Internet as a whole. We take more than a moment to mourn the passing of Quickster, and wonder at the future of Google DART, We also have the answer to what "St Oui" was all about.

Link Rot

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about the problem of link rot. But first, we talk at length about MySQL in light of the nerd rage at its closed extensions (Apple no longer includes it by default). Also, scarily, kernel.org is STILL DOWN despite being hacked almost a month ago.

The Tech News that Wasn't

Tonight on GeekNights, we wonder what tech news really is, and what's really worth talking about. In the "tech" news, typosquatting is surprisingly powerful (and easy), and South Korea has draconian identity laws on the Internet forcing Google's hand. Don't forget the GeekNights Book Club choice: The Ear, The Eye, and The Arm. Also don't forget the GeekNights Worst Webcomic Contest.

HTPCs

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the humble HTPC (Home Theater PC). When in doubt, use this case and this PSU. In the news, Google buys Motorola Mobility at a premium, and Western governments are panicking about cell phones, messaging, and flash mobs.

Git

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about Git: the fast version control system. First, Scott discovers the sadness of attempting to develop iOS Applications on our poor old Mac Mini (Core Solo), Rym built his HTPC, and GeekNights has a fancy new Facebook page. In the news, commodity face recognition, data mining, and data aggregation will do exactly what we expected and can, among other things, reveal your SSN. Adobe releases a preview of Edge.

Face Recognition and Federated Clouds

Tonight on GeekNights, we begin a discussion on the ramifications of face recognition technology as manifest in its coming ubiquity (and hamfisted attempts at usefulness), then slide into some talk of why the federated cloud is (or at least should be) the real future of computing. We also discuss the "cartels" that can arise when the navigation of bureaucracy becomes more important than the services being rendered, and Google is trying to encourage bad behavior for its own benefit with Google News Badges.

DNS Today

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the ramifications of expanded top-level domains on DNS, as well as the current state of it. In the news, lulzsec exists (in one form or another), Libre Office exists, someone thought 250lbs of paper was a better option than a USB stick, and someone else scanned it all back in anyway.

Also, checkout Game Hack Day if you're in New York!

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