Dubstep is for failures
Shameless plug time!
I'm a student at Bowdoin College, and the current lead developer of the motion engine we run on our Naos to compete in the RoboCup Standard Platform League. The idea of the SPL league is that all teams use the same hardware (the Nao) so that the entire competition is about the software. My team, the Northern Bites has written our own omni-directional motion engine, vision system and behavior stack (the latter two in C++/ASM, the behaviors in Python). We recently hosted the US Open up at Bowdoin, and we're headed to Istanbul in early July for the world championships.
The Aldebaran guys rock, and the Nao is an extremely cool platform for bipedal research (it runs a stripped down version of Debian).
It's called Silverlight.
What can I do to be a member of this community?
Actually not...I do stuff with intellectual property for a living, including replication management and licensing for music and film.
DVDs in retail packaging (cased, 4/0 cover, 4 color disc face, shrinked, top spine label, etc.) can cost well below 50 cents when produced in very large quantities. The last batch I had made came in at about $1.05 a disc, and was a short run for a small publisher.
As for old films: The publisher/studio is contractually bound to pay residuals/reuse on DVDs for the entire life of the copyright. SAG/DGA/WGA want their (pitifully small) cut. For the soundtrack, the AFM wants their cut. IATSE also gets a cut, which helps fund pension and health plans. This list goes on.
The point is, a certain amount of money does, in fact, flow to the original artists.
jabber (RFC 3920, XMPP) hasn't missed any boat.
Yeah, tankers are vulnerable.
The one point of vulnerability in a wind farm is probably the power cable assembly...But if enough farms get developed, then a mesh network develops as well, insulating against single-point failures.
Unlike those major fibre chunks some captain was bribed to drag anchor over...
Another issue is that offshore oil platform are much more easily attacked by an enemy. If we are pumping 30% of our oil from offshore rigs, and we get attacked by an enemy, we could be crippled around the country by fuel shortages if they took out the rigs, which could be done very easily with submarines and torpedoes.
Related to that:
I use some very high end printer's inks...As in letterpress, woodblock printing, and whatnot. I've never payed more than $400/gallon equivalent. There are some specialty pigments that can seriously cost, and I've gotten those in 200 ml jars. A standard carbon black is dirt cheap, especially in bulk.
On the commercial side of things, offset litho inks can be had for less than $10/pound...Same ink that prints the world's magazines and books.
Inkjet ink is a ripoff, and yes, we are stupid.
There are some good laser printers...and some inkjet companies that tout cheap cartridges. It is time for people to smarten up.
linguistic cancer in my opinion