Meeting Minutes for 2011-02-09

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Kyle Brogle

BUILDS Electronic Orchestra


Kyle Brogle

Drawbot Project

Russell Shomberg

John-Nicholas Furst

meeting ended 6:53pm

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What is Derpnet?

Derpnet is intended to create a free and open source, secure, private method of communication. As communication is our primary goal, we will implement an IRC setup and increase security and privacy from there.

As our goals are different than those of a standard IRC setup, so too will our implementation differ in a few important ways. These include:

  • encouraging the use of proxies and Tor (with the exception of Freenode, most networks today block such activity); the server will have a .onion address
  • increased use of SSL and OTR security, in places like private messaging
  • non-standard NickServ implementation, requiring all users who wish to join channels or message others be registered (as a derivative, we will be establishing an extremely secure mail server as well), as well as reserving “blocks” of nicks rather than a single nick

Other aspects of the traditional IRC will be implemented normally (for example, the channel-oriented setup, etc.). To accompany the IRC setup, Derpnet will also maintain a webpage (full of things like what it is, how to register, etc.) in the OpenNIC space (and possibly also in the normal webspace).

Why Derpnet?

The Derpnet project exists to fill the vacuum of secure, open source group communication. Currently the only such implementation is face-to-face conversation and while the release policy on that source may be debated the point is that it is rather inconvenient. The IRC protocol is an existing framework that allows for a variety of clients already implemented to be used with no additional modification.

Why C++?

C++ is a compiled language (which allows for fast execution) without being interpreted (I am looking at you right now, Java). In addition, its similarity to C allows it to be approachable by many programmers (unlike the other languages we wanted to use, Haskell and ATS).

Why git?

Due to our association with BUILDS, we are able to make use of BUILDS hosting. This requires us to use git, which although some view as more difficult to use, is functional and adequate for our current needs. Currently commits are restricted to project members. Our git repository is publicly accessible at for those interested in following along.

Who are we looking for?

  • programmers who are willing to write code to be released under an open source license (probably GPL or similar)
  • anyone who makes frequent use of IRC or is willing to do so to test
  • anyone else who is willing to help in whatever way they can

Who are we?

The leader of this project is currently Robbie Harwood, who can be reached at rharwood at bu dot edu. Additionally, until our own server is operational, we will occupy channel #derpnet on foonetic.


Meeting Minutes for 2011-02-16


John-Nicholas Furst and Kyle Brogle

  • To everyone who came to the Microsoft hackathon, you’re awesome.
    • To all those interested, BUILDS may be acquiring a Kinect for computer vision purposes.
    • Robbie’s Improvement to Gutenbach
      • Gutenbach now ( scrobbling, screen blanking)

Valerie Young

  • Musical Stairs
    • Rusty has conquered the mounting problem via the extensive use of zip-ties
    • Software implementation now works (everybody say thanks to John!)

Kyle Brogle

  • LED Cube
    • The LEDs have been shipped and should arrive within the week.

Russell Shomberg

  • BUILDS building extravaganza
    • This saturday at noon, Rusty et al will be hosting a carpentry workshop
    • Great way to get acquainted with the power tools


  • Derpnet
    • Server goes in git today or tomorrow, but no meeting this week

Kyle Brogle

  • Updating the BUILDS website
    • If you’re interested in helping update the website and make BUILDS proud and happy contact John or Kyle

Danny Cooper

  • Ferrous fluids
    • Primary progress is currently blocking on the acquisition of materials

Monica Gribouski

  • Multitouch Table
    • Meeting tomorrow, will be discussing camera and projector choices


  • Meetings will be set at mondays 5:00pm

Chris Woodall

  • Hack an Orchestra
    • First meeting sunday at 3pm
    • Bring ideas/videos. We may start creating a parts list for our first project if we have time.

Meeting ended 6:50pm