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Submission + - Objectively brings OOP to C99 (

Jay Dolan writes: A new project on Github brings object oriented programing constructs and an Apple Foundation-inspired core library to the C programming language. Objectively's key features already include:
  • Single-parent inheritance through starts-with structure composition
  • Class and instance methods with strongly typed interfaces
  • Automatic class loading and lifecycle management
  • Automatic memory management with reference counting
  • Object primitives for Boolean, Date, Null, Number, String
  • Mutable and immutable collections variants such as Array and MutableDictionary
  • JSON parsing, marshaling and introspection with JSONSerialization and JSONPath
  • Low-level concurrency constructs such as Lock, Condition, and Thread
  • High-level concurrency with Operation and OperationQueue
  • Resource loading via Internet protocols with URLSession and URLSessionTask

Code examples, a brief tutorial and API documentation are available on the project's Github page.

Comment Re:I call BS (Score 1) 214

I have been told that external drives can possibly be comprised of a new enclosure for a remanufactured drive. That's one reason I've been told that the prices can be so low. So watch out for that, in addition to the warranty. I guess a person could call the company and ask, but they often don't know what's in the enclosure at all for an exact external drive order -- not even the drive's manufacturer or model.

So in order to be sure that we're getting a high quality deal, we just have to pay a lot more.

Comment and code bounties (Score 1) 424

Hey there guys. We're recruiting engineering talent for coding, and we're recruiting reasonably technical testers to install and test MacZFS on Mac OS 10.8.

And I'd like to know of any suggestions or experiences or recent articles about the concept of code bounties and of personnel recruiting for free software engineering. I know it's kind of a demure subject which has come and gone, mostly focusing on an already-established project which already has its engineering personnel and who just wants to get them paid, or an already-completed project who put a price on the source code (like Blender 3D). In our case, we want to get our current people paid to do what they already know how to do, but we also want to recruit and incentivize entirely new talent.

So far, the only place I've found is but I haven't researched it yet. Still looking. Thanks.

Comment Re:Lightworks, the recently open sourced NLE (Score 1) 234

Yeah I'd never heard of it outside of the announcement of the source code. I have read a lot of comments from its fans. In all of my intensive research over the history of NLEs, I find it hard to believe that there'd be a whole NLE that I'd never heard of!

The original poster is asking about abandonware, and I guess Lightworks is a sort of epically twisted abandonware.

Well thanks for your feedback. It was most LOLworthy.

AVI? Worse than Cinelerra? o m g

Comment Re:Lightworks, the recently open sourced NLE (Score 1) 234

Lightworks is an NLE (nonlinear editor, of video) which was recently open sourced due in part to its commercial decline and transfer of ownership.

Oops. I see now that its source code release date has slipped again. Oh well, for the purposes of the conversation, you can see the historical process and you can see the fact that it's probably coming.

Comment Re:No Mac Version yet (Score 1) 389

FYI, in case it interests anyone, I'd like to state that I finally got Final Fantasy XI working perfectly in Wine. I did it on Mac OS 10.7, having purchased the entire collection for about $20 (including one free month) on Steam. So I'm playing my first MMORPG.

Submission + - Verizon sees 'record' first-day sales with iPhone (

The Installer writes: Verizon Wireless on Friday said its first day of taking online orders for the iPhone produced record sales, and it's stopped taking orders until Wednesday.

The cell phone carrier said that in just two hours Thursday morning, between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., more customers had ordered the phone than in the full day of any previous phone launch.

The company didn't specify how many iPhones had been ordered. It halted orders at 8:10 p.m. Thursday, and said it will resume taking orders at 3 a.m. on Wednesday.

It's only taking orders from current Verizon subscribers. The phone will be available in stores for the general public next Thursday, but supplies are likely to be tight.

Submission + - Instant Browsing in Chrome 9 (

ninjacheeseburger writes: Chrome just got updated today and aside from webGL support it adds "instant browsing" a feature where the site loads as you type the address (Has to be enabled from the options menu).
Books Investor Sues Company For Lack Of Profit 181

The board of claims that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than to make money on the domain name, but an angry shareholder disagrees. From the article: "James Solakian filed the lawsuit in Delaware's Chancery Court against the board of for breaching their duty by refusing to sell the site or run the company in a profitable way. The lawsuit cites a valuation done by a potential purchaser that estimated could be worth more than, which recently sold for more than $100 million."

New Europe-Wide Radio Telescope To Look For ET 49

astroengine writes "A new radio telescope is under construction, consisting of 44 stations (each consisting of several antennae) spread across Europe. The pan-European Low Frequency Array is half built and already returning unprecedented observations of cosmic radio sources. The best thing is, when it's complete, SETI will be able to use the array to seek out transmitting extraterrestrial civilizations in these untapped low radio frequencies."

"Sometimes insanity is the only alternative" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.