The $25/35 Raspberry Pi matchbox computer finally launched today, after much anticipation, impatience and extremely clever marketing. In the last few days, their web servers have been overwhelmed by the people hitting re-fresh to know when the device will go on sale. When it finally did, both distributor web sites melted. The 10k units produced were sold out before lunch.
So, if you’re like me, and did not get a device this time around, you might want to join the support group over at Slashdot. There you will find people crying like kids who missed Santa. If it was kids, that would be one thing, but some of these crying guys actually have jobs. Amazing. Then there was one guy who had missed the weekly, or almost daily articles and didn’t know what this stampede was about. I guess he didn’t get one either.
Well, there will be more of these devices, and then some bugs might even be ironed out.
Slashdot sarcasm at its best. Context not even necessary.
“This calls for action. The internet must be cleaned up. All PC’s must be outfitted with a Breathalyzer to ensure nobody is intoxicated while driving the mouse. Also, social security cards should be required for every transaction. Congress must solve this complex problem by instituting a ‘no toddler left alone’ policy by putting friendly DHS staff at the desk of every workstation in every house in the nation. Think of the jobs created! And the children saved! RealID Internet ID Security+ Cards (TM) will now be mandatory for all plebeians. Network monitoring will be installed on every home workstation per mandatory Child-Safe-Cloud-Initiative protocols. The Congress will pass laws dictating internet rationing, and you will be given 1/30 internets everyday. If you go over your internets, you will be taxed over 9000 E-Points, which will be filed on your 1040IEEE-Z form. Fingerprint-Retinal-An*l probes will be given to ensure the AAA during each online transaction. I, senator [INSERT NAME HERE] propose this bill to save the chilrens and this great nation that is under continual attack by anonymous super hackers.“
Best take on the pirate analogy so far. From md65536 on Slashdot:
We obviously need new terminology. By labeling people who let’s say “back up” data as “pirates”, the word “pirate” has come to mean something harmless, even cool. Yet the word is still used in the traditional sense to describe people who attack at sea, and destroy rather than create, and kill viciously, and actually take something away from people.
The pirate analogy is a bad one for copying data. The jesus analogy works better I think… he made some copies of fish and bread and distributed it free of charge.
People who copy data should henceforth be referred to as “miracle workers.” Now try to paint them in the same exaggeratedly bad light with that name.