|Courtesy Sean P. Anderson|
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Monday, 14 April 2014
|Your Main Character Screen|
- Cloning Vats
- Sick bays
Saturday, 5 April 2014
Public Domain Photo
Monday, 24 March 2014
Thursday, 20 March 2014
It's a sad fact that life has an annoying way of taking precedence over dreams. Several years ago I was working on a project codenamed Veure (the Catalan verb "to see"). People in my field would routinely ask me what it was about, but I didn't answer. I wanted it to launch as a surprise. Today I have to face the reality that my vision is greater than my free time. Running a successful business with my wife, traveling to conferences all over Europe and the US, along with trying to raise a daughter have meant that free time is something I have in limited supply.
Veure was nothing less than my attempt to create an MMORPG in Perl, but I'm a stubborn cuss and refuse to admit that Veure is dead. Who knows? Maybe this post can rekindle interest in it.
(Clicking on any image brings up a larger version of it).
|Ship's manifest for the Bootlegger "Serenity", a modified Corvette|
with a small, hidden cargo area supplementing the main cargo.
Monday, 17 February 2014
And in a classic case of l'esprit d'escalier, it wasn't until I was leaving the bank that I realized I should have asked about his bank's free checking.
Frankly, I thought the days of mocking open source were behind us. It's become such a powerful force in the world and I doubt there are any major businesses which don't rely on it in some way.
And that brings me to http://www.fusioncharts.com/. On their front page it reads:
Because hobby projects don't cut it for enterprise-grade applications
So what's an "enterprise-grade" application? The term isn't well-defined, but I think Facebook might be uncontroversially called that. As of this writing, they're the second most popular site on the Web, according to Alexa.
And what "not for grown-ups hobby projects" does Facebook rely on?
That's a damned impressive list and, I suspect, not an exhaustive one. Many of those projects were developed by businesses and then later released open source and others, such as Linux, were simply developed by non-Grown-Ups (with apologies to Linus).
However, what really amuses me is that the "hobby projects" line is full of hypocrisy. Here's what a few minutes of reading their html, some curl requests and a quick scan of their job adverts reveals they apparently use:
- Either MySQL or PostgreSQL
So to Fusion Charts I would say this: if you want to rely on the work of open source developers such as myself (and I guarantee that you have my source code on your servers), that's OK. I don't mind at all. But if you're going to then insult us, grow up.
Saturday, 8 June 2013
Unless you're living in a cave, you've probably heard about the US government's classified data mining program known as PRISM. First discovered when we learned that the US government required Verizon to tun over all of their customer's call data on a daily basis, PRISM is a NSA intelligence program that, well, we'll let the NSA's leaked slides explain for themselves.