Not much about Roy Trubshaw the original inventor of MUD but then again I used to work with Roy and had no idea he'd done such a thing in his student days. Lovely guy but not exactly a self publicist!
ADVENT was a great game, am pondering porting David Platt's A-Code to our rules engine...
First of all, research has shown again and again that harsh penalties simply do not work as a deterrent to other offenders.
Citation please and without it, why has this been modded up to 5? The sentence has created huge publicity here in the UK and that if nothing else should make the looter cretins think twice before posting similar incitements to riot.
And yes, it's quite possible that another riot is around the corner. NOBODY expected what happened last Monday and who's to say it won't happen again.
Linkedin is the only other "social media" account I have and I will never have a Facebook account and shunned MySpace when it was introduced. For me, the lack of any social decency that stems from anonymity is simply not worth it.
Unless you have some very strange friends you should give Facebook a try. Everyone I know (and as far as I can tell everyone that they know) uses their own real name.
The perfect storm is coming, Wall Street CEOs have been dumping their own stock holdings at unheard of ratios, they know what is going to be happening.
Citation please. When I tried googling for evidence it appears to be a recurring story over the past few years.
Internally, the user-facing side of Facebook is in PHP. But the front end machines don't talk directly to the databases. They use an RPC system to talk to other machines that do the "business logic" parts of the system. Building a Facebook reply page may involve a hundred machines. There's heavy caching all over the system, of course, so the databases aren't hit for most read requests.
The RPC system isn't HTML, JSON, or SOAP. It's a binary system that doesn't require text parsing. Otherwise, RPC would be the bottleneck.
Um, if a single reply page involves a hundred machines, I don't think the RPC mechanism is the root cause of their problem.