Storage is cheap with digital music. Even assuming 10 MB/song, you're looking at 40TB, less than $4k/mo on S3. It's not trivial, but it's probably a drop in the bucket compared to their other costs. Realistically the file sizes are much less than 10MB.
I have not gotten the test harness (written in python) to run on windows yet but the level0 executable is just a ruby script and can be run on Windows with some modifications. If you try to run "python test/harness", it will pull the dictionary down locally in the test folder. Once that's done, make the following modification to the level0 file:
Assuming ruby is in your PATH and the "test/data/words" is a renamed words dictionary file. It's a little work but you can definitely do it on Windows. I'm working on getting the python test harness to work on Windows.
Note that `vagrant up` NEEDS to be run from an admin console for Level 2. The sample application is written in node, and npm wants to make symlinks on the mounted Windows filesystem, which is apparently a privileged operation.
It's a bit of a shame the test harness isn't Windows compatible; it's rather small, and it doesn't look like the fixes required would have been very difficult.
I figured I could either spend the next week fighting script execution on Windows or just spin up a linux VM and be good to go. I wound up installing ubuntu manually on a VirtualBox instance. Had heard of Vagrant, but didn't realize what it offered!
It's all very important and necessary. Only the sheep-like are ok with a government that operates in secret against its own citizens. They have pitted themselves in an information war against their own citizenry. Like corporations amass patents, our only weapon to defend ourselves is as much information as we can gather about them.
Your experience mirrors mine to a large degree. I think most intelligent kids know their family's financial situation, and adjust accordingly. I didn't even ask for name brand clothing or toys because 1) I knew we couldn't afford them, and it would put stress on them, and 2) years of life in this environment made me not care about such frivolities. Kids aren't stupid, they learn proper spending behavior by what they see. I saw my parents buy bare necessities and working hard jobs. Naturally, I learned a hard work ethic and proper spending habits (barring a few years of excess in college when I started making actual money and felt it should be spent).
Right now we make good money (gotta love computing), and because of my habits the money fight is nonexistent in our family. If anything, I find myself constantly fighting to buy our kids less crap. I saw both kinds of kids growing up, and it's a really interesting thing to see how they are now as thirty-somethings. Many of the kids like me are in my boat now - even those who don't have education and professional jobs. Kids who got everything are now suffering in the current economy. It's a stark and obvious difference, at least where I'm originally from.
It's a nice life this way. I like getting a bunch of money for Christmas, and splurging on a tea mug and a set of digital calipers. Everything else is invested in the hope of early retirement. I hope my kids can see what I'm doing and do the same.
I think the key part of your comment is that kids learn by what they see their parents doing. All the tricks and schemes of trying to teach your kids the value of money will likely be useless if you, as a parent, don't have good money management skills yourself.
I think that holds pretty true for many things in life (i.e. the "teen pregnancy" gene), but definitely for money management. I also knew decently smart kids that didn't have a lot that now as adults go out and waste money at casinos and sports betting. They were a lot like us growing up, but their parents would spend anything extra on the lotto. So it definitely seems it has more to do with things we observe as children rather than actual income, education, and even learning from bad examples.
And when they're 24 and still at home because "working at the local gas station just isn't what fulfills [their] passion", you might wish differently. An easy environment rarely creates something worthwhile. Steel, and all that.
Agreed. I got really caught up in the "be your own boss" mentality and career path until I realized that I hated the business side of things, didn't like collecting money from people, and would rather spend time increasing technical abilities rather than learning business stuff. In the end, the corporate route (despite its obvious issues) made me happier. But, I also put in a lot of hours at lesser jobs along the way to get me to this point. No gas stations, but plenty of other jobs that are just a paycheck. Didn't make me happy, but they did pay the bills while I was getting a degree.
I find it refreshing. In an age where everyone on the internet is trying to "tell a story" it's nice to just have some plain facts and information presented in plain old text once in awhile. Seriously, how many "why our startup failed/succeeded/grew/shrank/lobotomized" articles do we need? It's nice to have people doing actual analysis with numbers once in awhile.