GeekSpeak for 2016-01-02

Perl’s First Stage of Net Neutrality is Swift

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A successful SpaceX flight, Swift and Perl, mobile carriers and net neutrality issues. Disney using DMCA against individual’s photo of a Star Wars figurine.

And we round up the show with talk of Star Wars VII (at the end with warning).

SpaceX first stage lands successfully

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully landed upright on solid ground at Cape Canaveral, Florida this evening, after traveling into space and back. It’s the first time SpaceX has been able to gently touch down the Falcon 9 post-launch — something the company has been trying to do for the past year. It’s a big first step toward reusable rockets.

SpaceX’s reusable rockets will make space cheaper — but how much? :

SpaceX has promoted reusability as a major cost-saver for the private spaceflight industry. Right now, rockets are treated as trash once they’ve taken off, so companies must spend millions of dollars on manufacturing brand new rockets for every single flight. It costs $60 million to make the Falcon 9, and $200,000 to fuel it, according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. Reusing rockets could substantially lower these costs, he says; theoretically, a rocket would only need to be refueled to launch multiple times again.

Perl 6 Released

This is the Christmas release of Rakudo Perl 6. This version of the compiler targets the v6.c “Christmas” specification of the Perl 6 language. The Perl 6 community has been working toward this release over the last 15 years. Together, we’ve built a language that:

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  • Retains the core values of Perl: expressiveness, getting the job done, taking influences from natural language, and pushing the boundaries of language design
  • Has clean, modern syntax, rooted in familiar constructs but revisiting and revising the things that needed it
  • Is truly multi-paradigm, enabling elegant object-oriented, functional, procedural, and concurrent programming
  • Serves as a great glue language, allowing for easy calling of C/C++ (using NativeCall) and staying compatible with Perl 5 (via Inline::Perl5).
  • Provides composable constructs for working with asynchronous data and parallel computations
  • Dramatically reforms and sets a new standard in regex syntax, which scales up to full grammars – powerful enough to parse Perl 6 itself
  • Has outstanding Unicode support, with strings working at grapheme level
  • Values lexical scoping and encapsulation, enabling easy refactoring
  • Is extensible through meta-object programming, user-defined operators, and traits
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AT&T, Verizon named in FCC probe into business Internet deals

Two of the companies being investigated are giants Verizon and AT&T, along with CenturyLink and Frontier.
At issue is how the four service providers handle so-called “special access” deals, through wich Internet providers sell dedicated connections to organizations that need to send or receive large quantities of data.
Special access connections could be used by an ATM communicating with a bank’s central system, for example, or to connect a cell tower to a larger network.

Disney drops—then doubles down on—DMCA claim over Star Wars figure pic | Ars Technica

Marjorie and Arnie Carvalho run Star Wars Action News, a podcast about Star Wars collectibles. Earlier this week, SW Action News staffer Justin Kozisek purchased an action figure of “Rey” in an Iowa Walmart. The figure, which hasn’t been seen elsewhere, was presumably put on the shelves by accident ahead of its official release date. An image of the figure was posted on the SW Action News Facebook page—and promptly subjected to a wave of DMCA takedown demands by Lucasfilm. Many of those who had spread the image on social media were also subject to copyright claims.

My kids new programming toy

OzoBlockly gives you the power to fully control Ozobot Bit’s movement and behavior. Powered by Google’s Blockly,

ZFS Replication to the cloud is finally here—and it’s fast

ZFS :

ZFS is a combined file system and logical volume manager designed by Sun Microsystems. The features of ZFS include protection against data corruption, support for high storage capacities, efficient data compression, integration of the concepts of filesystem and volume management, snapshots and copy-on-write clones, continuous integrity checking and automatic repair, RAID-Z and native NFSv4 ACLs.

Star Wars Episode 7 - spoiler

We added a good 20min to the end of this episode to chat about the film. We give you warning, so it’s safe as long as you stop listening when we tell you.


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