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Comment No Access for Amateur Coders (Score 1) 469

Amateur programmers couldn't run and test their own code on it.

If nascent code monkeys weren't interested, then you lose the wow factor pretty quickly.

GEnie, Compuserve, Applelink, and AOL had some success because they were 1/2 BBS-like and 1/2 virtual desktop publishing.

One look at Mosaic + HTML, though, and it was painfully obvious that not only could you publish your random crap without AOL, but you could spend an eternity tinkering and extending it.

Comment Re:sony all over again.. (Score 5, Informative) 270

On December 8, 2011, U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg dismissed the last remaining count of the class action lawsuit, stating: "As a legal matter, [..] plaintiffs have failed to allege facts or articulate a theory on which Sony may be held liable." He then removed massive amounts of wax from his ears after the trial.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OtherOS

Once again, I am in the wrong damn business.

Comment Re:I for once, welcome our ...nevermind (Score 1) 148

Ron was good with tools. It would not surprise me a bit if he knew enough about copseyes to knock out the whole system.

Maybe someone ought to stop him.

But knocking down copseyes wasn't illegal. It happened all the time. It was part of the freedom of the Park. If Ron could knock them all down at once, well . . .

Maybe someone ought to stop him.

- Cloak of Anarchy, Larry Niven, 1972

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1, Offtopic) 176

Today: "Yeah, Steve screwed us, but at least he didn't post the video on YouTube."

2050: "The MPAA and RIAA led the fight to make media cheaper and more accessible worldwide."

Come to think of it, the survivors of the Confederate States of America went through the same mental gymnastics.

Comment Re:MEETING (Score 4, Funny) 134

The Social Media Twelve Steps
We admitted we were powerless over social media - that our lives had become unmanageable.
Came to believe that a better broadband connection can restore us to sanity.
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of a All Knowing Server Admin as we understood Him.
Made a searching and fearless inventory of our posts.
Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our spulling erroz.
Were entirely ready to have The Next Thing Better Than Facebook remove all these defects of character.
Humbly asked Customer Service to remove our drunken posts.
Made a list of all persons we have stalked, and became willing to block them all.
Avoided making direct amends to such people wherever possible because it pretty much looks like even more stalking.
Continued to hide our personal baggage and when we were wrong to rise above the desire to ragequit.
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with cute kittens as we understood Them, praying only for the power to not forward it.
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to social media addicts, and to practice these principles in all our status updates.

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