Podcast Season 6 Episode 0 - pilot

Podcast

Title: Winter is Coming

In this pilot episode: Be gentle with us in this least-festive, festive edition. We discover the abandoned Linux Format Towers, half of the new team introduces itself and we attempt to cobble together our first pilot podcast. There's news on an experimental audio-transmitted virus, yet another Canonical controversy this time involving Mint, then finally everyone's favourite gaming platform Steam enters the distro world with its very own Steam OS.

What's in the show:

  • News:
      We discover the abandoned Linux Format Towers, half of the new team introduces itself and we attempt to cobble together our first tester podcast with news on an experimental audio-transmitted virus, yet another Canonical controversy this time involving Mint and finally everyone's favourite gaming platform Steam enters the distro world with its Steam OS

  • Things to come:
    • Podications:
      • Want us to promote and chat about your favourite FOSS project, or do you just want us to just say hi? Write us a letter at lxf.letters@futurenet.com and we'll give you a mention.
    • Discoveries:
      • We all love discovering stuff, we'll probably get around to that over the Christmas period and talk about it.
    • Open Ballot:
      • Will return! We'll have all-new questions just waiting for your answers in the new year.
    • More team members:
      • We'll see if we can drag Effy and Chris kicking and screaming into our podcast booth of solitude.

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Presenters: Neil Mohr, Matthew Hanson, Alex Cox.

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Your comments

"News" standards

I've been listening to this podcast for a couple of years. I have no horse in this race and was willing to give the new guys a chance.

However, as soon as the news started and the totally incorrect "transmission of a virus by sound" story started... I had to turn it off. I read the whitepaper the story was based on several weeks back, and that is absolutely *not* what the whitepaper says was done (the paper is solely about exfiltration of data via sound). I couldn't even bring myself listen to the rest of the story to see if anyone corrected the horrifically incorrect and research-lacking initial statements.

If this is going to turn into the computing equivalent of FOX News (here in the US), I cannot abide. Hopefully the magazine will remain held to a higher standard of fact-checking.

I'll give you guys another chance when you've had time to settle in and set some editorial standards. For now, I'm unsubscribing from the podcast.

BTW: Though it looks like people should be able to respond here without creating an account and logging into the site, it does not work. If you try to post as the default "Anonymous Penguin", it will tell you that you must enter your email... and the form has no email field! If this is due to a recent change, you may want to fix that at it is very confusing for the user.

Unfoxed

mmm, you appear to be reacting more like a biased Fox News Bill O'reilly type than anyone else around here. The white paper reported a way to propagate digital data via sound, a potential use is for key loggers and malware to transmit data out of a secure system, which is what was discussed. But good luck wit that attitude.

Thanks guys, it's great to

Thanks guys, it's great to see the podcast rising from its ashes!

I've just followed a short chain of links from the New Scientist article, and while I do find it all interesting, nobody seems to be asking the (to me) most obvious questions:

(1) What is the difference between the high-pitched whine described and a simple audio feedback loop? Such loops are extremely common where speakers and mics are turned on in the same system, and a standard test/cure is to unplug a mic.

(2) What is in any way unusual about a clean Windows installation losing settings or otherwise misbehaving after a few hours or weeks of use?

(3) If a virus is running in a system, why would it need any external connection to repair parts of itself? Robin Hood & Friar Tuck, anyone?

Finally, (4) Given that data have been transmitted by sound since prehistoric times (and computers were doing it before I was born), why is this instance getting so much attention?

Willing to give you a go,

I'm prepared to give you guys a go and won't complain too loudly about meeting the prior highs set before you.
I knew about a lot of the stuff you seemed to find original
but really? Audio analysis of keyboard strokes to discern the password? Really? Welcome to 1998!
Audio analysis has come far further since those days, and laser guided reflective technology is just about in everyone's home by now - anyone heard of "Kinect"?
Nevertheless, you have taken up the reigns, so I have to give regards and hope that it will improve, after all you had a pretty hard act to follow. I also hope/expect that there won't be any fighting among you and the other guys. That would truly be a waste of energy!
Good luck - I really mean it!
I hope to hear something soon.
There is no such thing as a problem
without a gift for you in its hands

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