My point wasn't to brag about the kid. My point was to make clear the languages in demand, and that if our experienced programmer wasn't able to pick up half a dozen languages, he should get out. I'm not young myself and trying to reposition from Electronic Hardware, and hardware is not a good place to be, as it's a big company market. Everybody wanted me to turn to IT or programming, but I'd be working days and studying nights and I'm not up to that. As for your point, if you as an employer had to choose between a programmer with one useful language, and one with four, which would you choose?
I am out of this in Ireland. I am uneasy with breaking copyright. If someone steals my car, that's a simple case and he owes me. If someone steals intellectual property . . .
I also think the idea of a replacement for Hollywood, while sorely needed, needs work. Let me give you an actual serious example:
I would like to make a feature about Jesus Christ - not just the crap Hollywood produces, but a grasp of the man as he was, the real person, and the King that he is now. It would educate adults and kids in their faith and be unquestionably bible based, and directed in line with that alone. Another revenue stream would be teacher's notes & a dvd set for schools. Est. cost for a low budget version would be $10-15 million. The dvd set for schools would facilitate teaching religious instruction.
Do Slashdotters feel like forking that sum into the doubtful investment of a film which may end up being pirated and copied by sites like megaupload? That is a serious proposal which will remain just that unless people express willingness to invest. The $10-15 million is a barrier to me. Then investors really own it. Are they prepared to open source (= throw away) their investment and how are they expected to make money at it?
My Signal Generator is a Heath Kit. It does 30khz to 100 Mhz with attenuation for testing signal stages of radios/tvs. You can have pure sine wave, or 3khz AM modulation. Pots on everything are still functional.
I have used it for testing FM stages, and MW stages. It still does 100Mhz, despite the fact that it runs 2 x ECC 83 thermionic valves. Obviously an excellent (if extremely old) design. Will this make it valuable?