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Comment Apple's Podcast Publisher and Podcast Library (Score 2) 126

This is exactly the design scenario for Podcast Publisher and Podcast Library.

http://www.apple.com/macosx/server/features/all.html#podcasting

While it can take advantage of a whole cluster of servers, it can also run (albeit more slowly) on a single Core i7 Mini Server. For more detailed docs, see:

https://help.apple.com/advancedserveradmin/mac/10.7/#apdEDF248EC-ED8E-473E-8166-E7D0B2A854D7

It's in use at lots of universities and some K-12 schools.

Hope this helps.

--Paul

Comment You wouldn't be getting something for nothing (Score 2) 848

When you go to look for your next job -- hey, it happens -- they're going to ask you "what did you do at your last company?" You want to be able to say, "I wrote this amazing piece of software, way above my paygrade, that made the whole office purr like a well-oiled kitten," not "I did what I was told, I got paid, I went home."

Similarly, if you stay in your current position, you want to be able to show off the wonderful things you've done for your office. Giving them the software means job security, because you can say, "Look at this. I am your god. And oh, by the way, nobody really knows how to maintain this sucker but me."* It's also a tangible reflection of your work ethic.

All this can open doors for you. Don't blow it by coming across as lazy, small-minded, or ungrateful to your employer.

There's an economic principle here called "sunk costs." You've already done most of the work on this project, and it sounds like this company is the only one that could really use it. If the software never gets used, then its whole value is the joy and enlightenment you got from writing it.

* I don't advise getting into a situation where nobody can take over your position. I've been there.

Comment Marathon and the Halo Series (Score 5, Informative) 105

As someone already noted, the Marathon series was made by Bungie.

By the time Bungie was bought by Microsoft, much of Halo's building blocks were done, a game originally designed for both Macs and PCs.

There's plenty of Marathon homages in the original Halo (haven't yet played 2 or 3 myself). First, look on Captain Keyes's uniform for the Marathon symbol at the game's starting adventure on the bridge. Just as you leave the captain, look on the bulletin board at the entrance: An ad there says "Colony Ship for Sale" (a reference to a Marathon game level). Cortana, the AI, is another name that parallels the name of another mystical sword, Durandal (Marathon's sassy AI). See http://halo.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_Marathon_references_in_Halo for more.

Marathon was among the first (if not the first) FPS with multiplayer support (thanks to the Mac OS local networking) as well as establishing the convention of using the mouse for head-target movement. The concept of the Vidmaster (See http://marathon.bungie.org/vidmaster/ ) (using the weakest weapon at the game's highest difficulty to completion) was a Marathon first.

Comment Re:Suprised they went on as long as they did (Score 1) 803

Having a gay friend doesn't make you not-homophobic. Having a black friend (or voting for a black politician) doesn't make you not-racist, especially when that black politician is espousing views and policies that would hurt the impoverished (which is disproportionately black).

Herman Cain is what Republicans thought Obama was for white liberals: racial absolution on the cheap. "I'm not racist! I voted for a black man! I didn't even have to change a single one of my misconceptions about the black underclass to do it!"

There's a reason that the African-American community isn't rallying around Cain. It's not -- as you imply -- because of some misguided, unthinking loyalty to Obama. It's because they know that the right wing policies that Cain (and pretty much every GOP candidate minus Roemer and Huntsman) would implement would be disastrous for the poor.

Santorum. Eeesh. Have you *googled* him?

Comment Re:Suprised they went on as long as they did (Score 2) 803

"The Tea Party wasn't trying to camp for weeks on end, they have jobs to get back to after all."

You mean the "job" of cashing their Social Security checks? The studies showed pretty thoroughly that the Tea Party crowd was -- despite their claims about representing a broad demographic -- predominantly white, old, male Republicans.

Comment Re:Occupy... (Score 1) 803

What's challenging for certain other people to understand is that, as your income goes up, the fraction of your income donated to charity goes way, way down. Here in Utah, most of our state legislators are real estate barons or other successful businessmen who constantly write laws for each other. Their stinginess towards the poor probably shows up in their private life as well as their victim-blaming legislation. Hell, one of the bastards runs a payday loan business that preys on those who are in desperate financial straits.

If you're arguing against government-run charity, you can't just wave your hands about how private charity will pick up the slack. You need to show how private charity will do at least as much to combat poverty as government programs like Social Security, Medicaid, housing assistance, food stamps, etc. Otherwise you're essentially arguing that it's better to increase human suffering than to edge away from an absolutely pure capitalist ideology.

And as you point out yourself, private charities aren't immune to corruption.

Comment Re:Occupy... (Score 1) 803

The point isn't about minimum wage. The point is that "household" income combines the incomes of multiple potential workers. Over the last few decades, hourly compensation has gone down for perhaps the bottom 80% of us, but we've sent more adults into the workforce to make up the disparity.

The picture remains: people are working harder for less, even as per capita productivity has risen dramatically. Who gets the excess? Mostly the 1%. Not because they're working harder than they did thirty years ago, but because the laws are now rigged so as to privilege their work at the expense of ours.

Comment Re:Goodbye banks (Score 1) 548

Not by a longshot. The vast majority of subprime loans were bought up by banks that didn't fall under the Community Reinvestment Act, and anyways the CRA was underenforced by the Bush administration. It's also important to recognize that CDOs, default swaps, and all the other weird new financial "tools" were entirely private sector inventions. Nobody was making the banks do them. Nobody was making them "securitize" mortgages so that they could print out reams of worthless mortgages, bundle them together, and turn them into AAA rated financial instruments which got sold to grandpappy's pension fund.

More along the same line of thinking: http://rortybomb.wordpress.com/2011/11/01/bloombergs-awful-comment-what-can-we-say-for-certain-regarding-the-gses/

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