hugh / Hugh Rundle

Librarian and dilettante software developer from Melbourne, Australia.

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  1. corncon-2018

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    CornCon 2018 Talk

    by Darius Kazemi, Sep 21, 2018

    I gave a talk at CornCon 2018 about the history of the cron utility in UNIX systems, in the character of a man who gradually realizes that he is not speaking at CronCon, a conference about the time-based scheduler, but rather at CornCon, a conference about the cereal grain, also known as "maize". Thanks to Casey Kolderup for taking video, and Jen Tam for hosting me.

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  2. Prof. Mary Beard: “What’s the Point of Ancient Rome?”

    In connection with the Holberg Committee meeting in Rome on 8 January, 2019, Committee member Mary Beard held a lecture at the Royal Norwegian Embassy on 7 January. The title of the lecture was: "What’s the Point of Ancient Rome?"

    Mary Beard is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge, a fellow of Newnham College, and Royal Academy of Arts Professor of Ancient Literature. She is the Classics editor of The Times Literary Supplement, where she also writes a regular blog, "A Don’s Life".

    The Holberg Prize is awarded annually to scholars who have made outstanding contributions to research in the humanities, social sciences, law or theology. The recipient of the 2019 Holberg Prize will be announced on 14 March, at

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  3. USENIX Security ‘18-Q: Why Do Keynote Speakers Keep Suggesting That Improving Security Is Possible?

    James Mickens, Harvard University

    Q: Why Do Keynote Speakers Keep Suggesting That Improving Security Is Possible? A: Because Keynote Speakers Make Bad Life Decisions and Are Poor Role Models

    Some people enter the technology industry to build newer, more exciting kinds of technology as quickly as possible. My keynote will savage these people and will burn important professional bridges, likely forcing me to join a monastery or another penance-focused organization. In my keynote, I will explain why the proliferation of ubiquitous technology is good in the same sense that ubiquitous Venus weather would be good, i.e., not good at all. Using case studies involving machine learning and other hastily-executed figments of Silicon Valley’s imagination, I will explain why computer security (and larger notions of ethical computing) are difficult to achieve if developers insist on literally not questioning anything that they do since even brief introspection would reduce the frequency of git commits. At some point, my microphone will be cut off, possibly by hotel management, but possibly by myself, because microphones are technology and we need to reclaim the stark purity that emerges from amplifying our voices using rams’ horns and sheets of papyrus rolled into cone shapes. I will explai…

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  4. Cory Doctorow with Rebecca Giblin on author incomes, copyright and the book industry

    Author, activist and journalist Cory Doctorow sits down with ARC Future Fellow Rebecca Giblin from Monash Law to discuss the rapidly changing book industry.

    Author incomes are plummeting. What opportunities do we have for improving them? Could Doctorow’s ‘Shut Up and Take My Money’ platform be part of the solution?

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    Tagged with education

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  5. Can Anyone Live in Full Software Freedom Today?

    In one sense, we live in the paramount of success of FOSS: developers can easily find jobs writing mostly freely licensed software.

    Companies, charities, trade associations, and individual actors collaborate together on the same code bases in (relative) harmony.

    The entire Internet would cease to function without FOSS.

    Yet, the "last mile" of the most critical software that we rely on in our daily lives is usually proprietary.

    We, the presenters of this talk, live as the canaries in the coalmine of proprietary software.

    We have spent our lives seeking to actively avoid proprietary software but both personally and professionally, we find ourselves making compromises. In this talk, we will report the results of our diligent efforts to use only FOSS in our daily work.

    Ideally, it would be possible to live a software freedom lifestyle in the way a vegetarian lives a vegetarian lifestyle: minor inconveniences at some restaurants and stores, but generally most industrialized societies provide opportunity and resources to support that moral choice.

    Not so with proprietary software: often, the compromise is between "spend hours or days for a task that would take mere minutes with proprietary software".

    In other cases, important opportunities are simply not offered to those who chose software freedom.

    The advent of network services, which mix server-side secret software, and proprietary Javascript or "Apps", are central to the decline in the ability to live a productive, convenient life in software freedom. However, few in our community focus on the implications of this and related problems, and few now even try to resist.

    We have tried to resist, and while we have succeeded occasionally, we have failed overall to live life in software freedom.

    In this talk, we will report on where the resistance fails the most and why.

    Finally, we will make suggestions of where volunteer developers can most strategically focus their efforts to build a world where all can live in software freedom.

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  6. The Wheeler Centre: Search Me: Seth — The Wheeler Centre

    What was the last question you typed into Google, and what does it reveal about you? What does the data on all Google searches since the beginning of the internet tell us about our species?

    Seth Stephens-Davidowitz has a few ideas. He’s a former data scientist at Google and the author of Everybody Lies, a revealing and sometimes horrifying exploration of our accumulated internet search data. Diving deep into a truly awesome dataset (humans are estimated to amass eight trillion gigabytes of data in internet searches every day), Stephens-Davidowitz asks what our Google searches expose about human anxieties, biases and aspirations.

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  7. Palaces for the people

    Laurie Taylor explores the decline in civic life in both the USA and the UK.

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  8. Going Offline: Service Workers with Jeremy Keith

    We have special guest Jeremy Keith from ClearLeft to discuss Service Workers: what they are, how users can benefit from them, and how we implement them. Jeremy authored the book “Going Offline” which goes into glorious detail on the subject, so he’s well positioned to discuss the topic.

    We talk about how using a Service Worker can beneficially impact the user experience by allowing your website to still function despite spotty or no Internet connection at all. We also delve into many practical applications of the technology.

    We discuss how in-browser technologies like Service Workers allow websites to act more like “apps”, how Service Workers are installed, and how they are like a virus, a toolbox, and a duckbilled platypus at once.

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  9. Alissa McCulloch talks about critical cataloguing, zines and bibliographic data wizardry

    Alissa McCulloch, perhaps better known by her twitter handle @lissertations, is the most passionate and enthusiastic cataloguer you’ve ever met. She’s a new librarian with big dreams about the future of library metadata, and how it might be used to help people feel welcomed, supported and empowered by libraries. Alissa works to decolonise the GLAM sector and support the labour of library workers in times of austerity. Outside of libraries, Alissa can be found creating zines, cataloguing beer cans, and taking trams to nowhere. She blogs at

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  10. The Concept of the Digital

    ( Alexander R. Galloway) I’m posting the audio for my two recent seminars at the University of Dundee in Scotland.

    The Concept of the Digital (May 14th) — at the start I was relying on this sequence of images.

    The Concept of the Analog (May 15th) — at around the 1h12m mark I showed a short clip from Peter Fischli and David Weiss’s 1987 film "The Way Things Go."

    As you’ll hear the sessions oscillate between formal presentation and informal discussion, and there are frequent exchanges with the seminar participants. I’d like to thank all the faculty and students at Dundee who participated, and in particular acknowledge Sarah Cook, Tina Rock, and Dominic Smith, who were very generous with their time during my visit.

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    Tagged with digital

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