The fact that it's called the "talk back bot" automatically puts the author in the victim's chair. To think that a TWSS joke in a chat room not directed at you personally is offensive to you smells of deep irrational insecurity to me. A suspicion supported by the project name. I know women who wouldn't like that joke directed at them, and I don't direct it at them, and I know some who drop more twss jokes than I do. If you overhear someone on street say one though and your first reaction is to be offended to the point of writing a bot that spews quotes of famous women in the chat room, that seems pathological to me.
What makes it beneficial for ripping/distribution groups to coordinate like this? I've previously seen them agree on a common standard for the number and size of rar files a release is to be broken up into, and other things i can't remember the specifics of. Why do they do it?
From reading many of the curiously well-informed comments, I suspect that the reason for standardization has to do with speed and validation for credit. Since it sounds like "scene" people arbitrage new releases across scene FTP drop sites for upload credit, a standard method of "settling accounts" via scripts/bots would be useful. Arbitrage would be less efficient if files had to be transcoded between FTP sites.
fn-arrow left/fn-arrow right is a pretty pathetic substitute for actual home and end keys. I've never used a Mac for a prolonged period of time so can't speak to other points, but I am baffled at how people can do anything without those keys. When I try to debug some code on one of my coworkers' Macs I feel like I suddenly can't type anymore because of their absence, not bs'ing or exaggerating.
Meh, who cares, TC was always yellow press to begin with. An added perceived conflict of interest doesn't change anything in my eyes, just adds to the drama of it all which is what the site thrives on in the first place. On a more practical note, whether the content of the site will be affected with Arrington leaving - that's to be determined by time only. My guess is it won't. On a personal note, I briefly met Arrington at one of TC conferences and he's an arrogant asshole, I would even say douchebag (he wasn't an asshole to me, that's just his demeanor), so if he doesn't get exactly what he wants that sounds fine to me.
Everyone keeps framing this as a competitor to the iPad, but it's going after a market that is not currently buying tablets at all. People who can't afford an iPad or don't want one at the current price:features ratio. If this means anything for the iPad, it's that it may expand the android tablet market enough to attract app developers, making it more sensible to produce an android tablet with high quality expensive hardware in the future, when the app eco system is more mature.
So this is just a simple way to get some memcached instances running. I guess it makes sense for amazon to target memcached since it's still the most popular caching system in use, and probably the easiest for newbies to get into, but it is very old technology at this point. There is no built in support for clustering, replication, or durability. There are solutions out there that provide a much better feature set. Heh, where did the original dynamo paper come from? All in all, underwhelming.
EDIT: I guess i forgot to mention the most obvious reason of all to go with memcached - what they have rolled out is by far the easiest caching system to implement. Not trolling, just stating the facts..
That is definitely plausible, but I'm more referring to the feature set, i guess i would clarify as the contract between them and the developer. That is basically memcached, from what i understood from their blog posts. As far as memcached itself goes, i hear it does what it does quite well, but that's ot.
I think one point has been ignored so far - this will be a really boring place to live compared to an average city. Can you imagine being stuck on a boat or a tiny island for years? That sounds like punishment to me.
Am I the only person who thinks this is a stupid question to ask? Either you are talking about a huge corp where you have employees that you can't trust to be honest about the amount of time they dedicate to the company, or a smaller company where if you can't trust your employees, you hired the wrong ones and just need to let them go. No naps in the former case and sleep whenever the hell you feel like it in the latter.