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adonoman (624929) writes "The Canadian heritage minister is now comparing everyone opposed to Canada's upcoming DMCA law to terrorists. James Moore says, "the only people who are opposed to this legislation are really two groups of radical extremists." In a comment clearly directed at copyright expert Michael Geist he wants to "make sure that those voices who try to find technical, non-sensical, fear-mongering reasons to oppose copyright reform are confronted every step of the way and they are defeated."" Link to Original Source top
adonoman (624929) writes "After years of teasing us with tidbits of his hundred year language, Paul Graham has finally released a preview of Arc. It's still in a very early stage, but it's at least something to fiddle around with, and see where he's trying to take this project.
It's not for everyone. In fact, Arc embodies just about every form of political incorrectness possible in a programming language. It doesn't have strong typing, or even type declarations; it uses overlays on hash tables instead of conventional objects; its macros are unhygienic; it doesn't distinguish between falsity and the empty list, or between form and content in web pages; it doesn't have modules or any predefined form of encapsulation except closures; it doesn't support any character sets except ascii. Such things may have their uses, but there's also a place for a language that skips them, just as there is a place in architecture for markers as well as laser printers.