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An assortment of links:

I was reading this article at More Intelligent Life written by Enid Stubin (who appears to be an assistant-professor of English) and the first comment in the comment section literally says:

Brilliant. This chick can actually write.

Behold: the future of the Internet!

3 Quarks Daily links to a 2 hour discussion between Dennet, Dawkins, Harris and Hitchens (in two parts). If you have some time and have read some of the material of any of the authors, you may find their commentary on religion and current events interesting.

So, Movable Type has gone open-source: the announcement was made this Summer but effectively a couple of weeks ago the official sources were (finally) published. You may remember that earlier versions of xsamplex ran on Movable Type 3. Heck, you can even steal my original MT template!

A couple of months ago, I happened to run into the sources of MyJabber IM: Much to my surprise, the sources were open-sourced (GPL). It appears that the MyJabber site doesn’t exist anymore, so, I assume that the (original) programmer’s goal was to ensure the program continues to live on. Good choice: the code is a bit ‘old’ fashioned and relies heavily on the agsXMPP library (which is dual-licensed). [Note: this is all C# stuff]

And finally (as in: the last paragraph), Toshiba has developed a Micro Nuclear Reactor, which measures only 20 by 6 feet and can deliver up to 200 KW. I read that the reactor is self-sustaining and should last more than 40 years. If you want one of these things, you can apply for one at your local security agency. People with last names that rhyme with ‘laden’ do not need to apply. If you have certificate in theoretical quantum physics, that is a plus. Oh: and you may need to allow UN inspectors on your property.

MT, ToolTips

You may have noticed that version 4.0 of Movable Type has been officially ‘open sourced’ (at Digg). I prefer the rather more correct ‘Movable Type has been relicensed under a less restrictive (or more restrictiver, whichever you fancy) license’. After all, the MT package has always included the code.

Does MT still matter these days? They do but not as much after that famous ‘relicensing’ hot-discussed event in 2004. A lot of people have moved to WordPress since that: however, I thought the generation of static pages was one of the plus-sides.

To .Net then: if you use the ToolTip class and create instances dynamically you may have noticed that the class showcases a design paradox: if you don’t dispose these instances after you’ve finished using them, you’ll end up with (what Microsoft calls) a ‘managed resource leak’ (obviously, there is a limitation of GDI objects a program can create. My favourite part is ‘There is a theoretical limit of 65,536 GDI handles per session’). However, a timed ToolTip (the type that disappears ‘magically’) obviously has ‘visibility’ issues when being disposed too soon (it will never pop-up). So, the questions is: When do these tooltips need to be disposed then? It looks like that’s a paradox unless you drop them in your project at design-time.