Red Hat Uncloaks 'Java Killer': the Ceylon Project
I hear that argument often enough. What I never heard of is someone who consider himself one of these "Schmucks" -- the Schmucks are always "others".
In fact, it's my belief they don't exist. Not that there aren't bad programmers who write bad programs in any language they come in contact with -- just that there really isn't this mythical threshold beyond which some programmers can't write any program at all -- instead of just producing the bad programs they have always written.
And to write any enterprise Java program nowadays means a knowledge of application servers, annotations and annotation processors, JNDI, and, more likely than not, half a dozen frameworks such as hibernate, a web framework, testing framework and mocking library. Compared to learning all that, closures is a non-issue, currying and currying a curiosity. Path dependent types might be equivalent magic to stuff such as GUICE dependency injection -- something to be repeated by rote learning instead of truly understood (and one is way less likely to stumble on a path dependent type than on a smart annotation).
Much on the contrary of what is claimed here, Scala gains ease acceptance on Java shops that try it out. Take a look at INFOQ's recent interview about The Guardian's introduction of Scala for an example of that.
I have only ever heard of two persons who tried out Scala and didn't like it, one of whom was as much turned off by a bad experience with IDE support than anything else.
Spore, Mass Effect DRM Phone Home For Single-Player Gaming
Well, sounds like Steam. I love Steam. If that protection means no CD in the drive (and, possibly, buying through the Internet), then I'm all for it.
So what if it can't be played off-line? It can't be played without a computer either, so get in line and get on line.