Loss of Perspective
According to the NYTimes
, George Lucas said the following at Comdex this week:
"I am begging for co-operation. There are unintended consequences of piracy. If piracy is not stopped, the rainforest of the entertainment business ecosystem will collapse. I am pleading for the creative people in this industry,"
As a software developer, I sympathize with the entertainment industry. However, it's not as if what Hollywood does is all that important. Certainly not as important as the rainforests. The truth is that their product is awful and has been for years. They are not artists working to share their gifts with the world, they are a collection of business people, marketers, hacks and people born lucky enough to be good looking. Almost anyone could do what they do. If they stopped, others would gladly take their place, and I'm sure we wouldn't be able to tell the difference. So, Lucas needs to get some perspective. What he should say is:
"Hey, I own Star Wars. It's mine, and I make my living off of it. If you like what I do, please don't download it off the net. I know that I try to squeeze every last dollar out of it, with toys, and fast food tie-ins, and rereleases, but I do that so I can afford to do other things that don't make much money (like Howard the Duck, ok bad example).
"Anyway, I love what I do, and I probably would do it for nothing, but it costs a lot to make a movie like Star Wars, and there are a lot of people involved who make their living off of it, not just the actors, but also software developers, such as yourselves. I know we in Hollywood tend to overvalue ourselves, comparing our worth to that of rainforests, but the truth is that we are a vibrant successful business with hundreds of thousands of employees who depend on our product being paid for. Thank you for giving me this chance to ask for your help on their behalf."
RealBasic a Real Contender
I was at OracleWorld last week and spent some time at the Apple booth looking at RealBasic
. It was very impressive. It is primarily a Mac IDE, but has been able to generate Windows .exe's, and version 5.0 will run on Windows, making it a contender for cross-platform client side development (at least for Mac and Windows--they do not have a Linux or any other Unix version). Here's my early assessment:
- Creates native controls - very important for me. I want my GUI's to look like they belong
- Allows native plugins - This is important for implementing things they don't support yet. There seems to be a decent 3rd party market of plugins
- Single file deployment - Produces a single .exe file with no runtime.
- Nice IDE - Lots of cool bells and whistles--very well thought out. DB support, plus it includes a single user DB engine.
- User community - there are enough RealBasic users out there to help you through the rough spots.
- Proprietary language - looks a lot like VB, but not exactly. This is not so bad for the presentation side--you can still write models in other languages if you think it's warranted.
If I start to look at 5.0, it looks like the alpha program does not allow reviews, so I won't be writing about it until it's released. From what I've seen of 4.5 on the Mac, it's worth a look.
points to this article
in the NYT about how Libertarians have cost the Republicans some Senate seats (including control of the Senate for the past year and a half). It's not the first time for either party, but I think the Libertarian's have some staying power. They are right on more issues than Republicans and have a more coherent philosophy (which doesn't make them better, just more consistent). Only a Republican could argue against a national education department, but be for giving money to religious schools. Libertarians are against both, which, of course, makes more sense (not actual sense, but "more sense").