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Oh, the love is in the air. For Valentine's Day, LUG got together and shared pieces of software or technology that they loved.

rTorrent - Jacques Uber

Tell subsonic to look at directory where music is downloaded. rTorrent watches a directory for new torrents. When it sees one it downloads it. Subsonic then sees the new media file, indexes it, and serves it. You can simply scp a torrent file over and it will automatically torrent and serve it. Ready to listen!

Flask - Corbin Simpson

Flask is a Python web framework that lets you create website insanely fast yet scales well.

    import flask
    app = flask.Flask(__name__)

    counter ...more
            

What is SOPA?

The Wild West of the clouds, the group of rampant pirates known as the Internet, has thrown their gloves to the ground against bills proposed in the House and the Senate in an effort to preserve its very own existence. The land where people are free to share pictures of their cats and seed virtual farms is being overrun by dinosaurs. The dinosaur leading the charge is a stegosaur representing Texas that some know as Lamar Smith.

In late October, Smith proposed a bill named the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) that would:

  • allow government and the entertainment industry to seek court orders against websites merely accused of "enabling" or "facilitating" copyright infringement"
  • bar advertising networks and payment facilitators (Paypal) from doing business with alledgely infringing sites
  • criminalize unauthorized streaming of copyrighted ...more

It was a cold November evening in the bullpen at Oregon State University. uberj and ngoke were sipping tea and getting work done, when the idea of an impromptu hackthon came into our minds. At the strike of 5, we powered ourselves up into coding mode and set off to hack away at a Python Soundcloud API that would allow us to download music from the streams.

We first attempted to use Mechanize to scrape the pages. uberj had previously used Burp to monitor what requests the browser was sending to Soundcloud and found that it was passing a "stream token", which was needed to request the stream, and the song's "uid". And we figured we needed to have a valid cookie as well. Security by obsurity much?

We ran into a slight hitch. We were able to compose a valid URL with the stream token and the uid, but we weren't able to print out the ...more

Ian Milligan, a math graduate student, gave the LUG an introduction to Haskell. Haskell is a functional programming language that is quite different from the usual imperative programming languages. We did calculated Fib numbers and generators (infinite lists on the fly) Haskell-style. It was an intense experience that left several of us dazed, but it was interesting to see something different. At the end, here was our demo code.

module Demo where 
import Prelude hiding (fst)

{-
    function notation doesn't ...more
            

Beaver Bar Camp 8 was a large success. For those who don't know, Barcamp is ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from attendees. This year, Mozilla signed on to generously sponsor BBC8 and gave a focused, hands-on workshop on Web Security. Along with Mozilla was ThumbArcade who also sponsored BBC8 and hosted a couple speed-hack sessions and commentary on how Apple killed the publisher.

barcamp board

Not only did companies give talks but students and former students as well. For example, Ben Kero, who recently gave a talk last meeting about ...more