I agree: Lua is absolutely one of the best things to be teaching high school students. You can either sit entirely in the Lua language itself, or you can learn to extend the capabilities of the VM and interface with outside libraries and frameworks.
I think the big elephant in the room is more to be found further upstream, in the area of manufacturing. Worrying about software hacks is one thing - not having the faintest absolute clue exactly *what* is inside the chip package is something else entirely. Think its an accumulator bank? Oh sorry, maybe we forgot to mention the harmonic bundles associated with wave guidance within the interstitial distances of the rapidly blinking transistors
The game is over folks, or rather
We need to evolve to adapt to this new threat to the species, and instead of seriously *resisting* its effects on our being, we - the true power - direct the feature to our favour. If, out of the NSA catastrophe, we gain a "New Internet" wherein *everything, everywhere* for 15 years, was available to everyone, then we'd have indeed a new era in the human species. A truly evolutionary step, made by mistake - perhaps.
I'm in the process of standing up a new cloudy little provider and we don't count hours or minutes. Is that so wrong?
The assumption is that the Internet is open 24/7 so why should we be marking time when we know you want it 24/7? We would rather cultivate the developers and geeks as customers. We'll soon have one portal for instant gratification but we're also happy to hand-craft VMs in a private place for you too. And it's built around CloudStack4 so it should feel familiar to many.
Come talk to us while we're young and dumb, before we figure out that our prices are too cheap. 20Gb/s out to the net, BGP/4, IBM BladeCenters for hardware, and we also rent bare metal. Anything from 1vCPU/512MB up to 336 CPUs and 10.5TB of RAM in bare metal if you're willing to pay for it.
Disclaimer: Yup, its a commercial plug. I'm pretty much both the King and the garbage man.
Having been very close to WinAmp and the AmpDev team in general in its infancy (circa 1996-1999) it's good to see that someone else is taking an interest. When AOL/Time Warner bought it for $100 Million in 1999 we all knew the direction it was going: large, corporate, and stupid. Let's face it, AOL bought WinAmp for the community that came with it. It should be no surprise that they did nothing memorable with it. And I can't fault Justin for taking the money and running.
I remember well the Stupid Factor being turned up to 11 when AOL ditched FreeBSD for SunOS/Solaris when they moved the hardware off of its "home" network. They practically ended up doubling the hardware to accommodate a (much) less functional OS. I could see the downward spiral start months before that happened. So they bought it for $100 Million and they're selling it for $5-10 Million. Good job, guys. Way to build shareholder value. Go, Team!
The TAP/WinAmp Memorial Hot Tub still lives and I use it every day. And I still use WinAmp every day, just not a CURRENT version. ( I still keep the pre-brain-damaged versions around despite some known security issues.)
That little pieces of it survive here and there is a nice reminder of what was, and what could have been, and what still might be. We'll see what Radionomy does with it. I, for one, will be happy to give them a chance to become relevant again.
Good luck, guys! Whip that llama's ass!
Oh, I know those
So my attitude it going to be, "use my name servers, deal with my real-world choices." Oh, I'm censoring all right. I know this. And its really going to help with the spam sorting and tagging. Question is, "as a network operator am I really over-stepping my bounds?" What do you think?
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I've sired several companies that have done well in the past but this time its about giving back to the community that has been so good to me. And rolling it up with some other open source projects yields a decent security product. Could I sell it? I suppose, but the real answer is, "you don't sell it. You give it back to the community, maybe you productize one flavor of it, and you sell commercial support for it." Not a bad business model in my mind, so it is worth pursuing. But it's still mostly about giving back.
Oh wait..., enter the US Patent and Trademark Office, who'll let you patent "ones" and "zeros" and probably "twos" because they're new and innovative (even though there's no such thing as "two" according to Philip J. Fry). I have no doubt that reptiles in two-thousand-dollar suits will try to pursue intellectual property rights on my ideas again (as they certainly have in the past) but I am willing to take the effort now to protect future rights and freedoms up front.
So how do I do that?
How do I effectively "patent-proof," copy-left, and make-free-to-all-in-perpetuity, in the public domain, one or more of the core, innovative (and presumably patentable) ideas so that they remain free, simply because they could be useful to others? (That, and the fact that I wish to see a lot more encryption on the Internet in the future.)
I wish that John Gilmore, Bruce Schneier, Phil Zimmermann, or Vint Cerf had time to talk about such things but they really don't know, or care about, who I am or what I might be doing. So I thought maybe some snarky Slashdot comments might help. Well, they couldn't hurt.
So, what say you, Slashdotters? What is the intellectual property equivalent of taking a dump in a box and mailing it to the USPTO? I know this is right down your alley. How does one keep an idea truly free? How does one un-file an anti-patent?
The problem is OEMs have no incentive to put money into handsets they sold two years ago.
The OEMs should be profiting from their own app stores
I suppose its because of the draconian US laws about content delivery over telephone networks, in the end, though