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Linus Torvalds, slightly annoyed by ever-resurfacing thread-vs.-events discussions: "Use select/poll/epoll/kevent/whatever for event mechanisms. STOP CLAIMING that you'd use threadlets/syslets/aio for that. [...] Event mechanisms are *superior* for events. But they *suck* for things that aren't events, but are actual code execution with random places that can block. THE TWO THINGS ARE TOTALLY AND UTTERLY INDEPENDENT!" A No-Frills Introduction to Lua 5.1 VM Instructions

"Compared to Perl or Python, the compactness of Lua makes it relatively easier for someone to peek under the hood and understand its internals. I think that one cannot completely grok a scripting language, or any complex system for that matter, without slitting the animal open and examining the entrails, organs and other yucky stuff that isnít normally seen."Compare and contrast: The BBC's 15 web principles and those of other public broadcasters'.

Aus dem Erkennen einer gewissen Ähnlichkeit von weiland Röhrenmonitoren mit not-quite weiland Fernsehgerätschaften schliessend die Rolle des Webs auf die des kleinen Helferleins zu degradieren wäre definitiv die deppertstmögliche und uninteressanteste (aber mit Sicherheit nicht unwahrscheinlichste) Variante gewesen, mit der der ORF an den Aufbau seines Onlineangebots herangehen hätte können. Stattdessen hat sich ORF ON (und dabei v.a. die Now-News-Schiene) über die Jahre hinweg als Modell eines tatsächlich netzadäquaten & -nativen Angebots etabliert und - beinahe noch bemerkenswerter - gehalten; mit entsprechendem Erfolg.

Nichtsdestotrotz könnten (und, m.E.: sollten) die BBC'schen Punkte 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13, 14 und 15 durchaus Anregung darstellen. Das Pflegen althergebrachter Animositäten findet sich unter diesen wohlweislich nicht; dass im ON-Jahre 10 immer noch schmerzhafte Ressourcenknappheit in zentralen Bereichen zu herrschen scheint spricht zum einen Bände und zum anderen nicht eben für die Arbeit der Online-Direktion der letzten Jahre.So Metaweb is behind Freebase ... interesting, interesting.

Not having invented it himself, Dave Winer summarizes: "It seems like a secret rehash of Google Base, which hasn't exactly been revolutionary."

If you happen to disagree wrt/ the general noteworthiness of such systems, you could certainly do worse than to have a look at Structured Wikis like Gobi or System One or their close relatives, [create Semantic Wiki]s like Semantic MediaWiki.

And yes, reading Tim O'Reilly's enthusiastic prose today is slightly painful.

As an aside, I don't think the "Let's build a DataWikipedia operated by a private company" approach makes any sense; extracting structured data from Wikipedia where it exists (and heck, there exists a lot already!) is a much more interesting one.

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