Mr. Jobs is indeed starting to behave like that other convicted monopolist we know and love.  Yet unlike the latter, Jobs did not engage in underhanded business practices to create his monopolies. They were handed to him on a silver platter by the rest of the market, which insists on peddling either outright crap [2] or cheap imitations [3] of Apple’s aesthetic. In order to resist the temptation this worldwide herd of mindless junk-peddlers and imitators have placed before him, it would not be enough for Jobs to merely “not be evil.” He would have to be a saint (and a traitor to his shareholders.)

What would I recommend learning?

   – C

   – Prolog

   – Erlang (I’m biased)

   – Smalltalk

   – Javascript

   – Hakell / ML /OCaml

   – LISP/Scheme/Clojure

A couple of years should be enough (PER LANGUAGE).

Notice there is no quick fix here – if you want a quick fix go buy “learn PHP in ten minutes" and spend the next twenty years googling for "how do I compute the length of a string”

– Joe Armstrong

The view that machines cannot give rise to surprises is due, I believe, to a fallacy to which philosophers and mathematicians are particularly subject. This is the assumption that as soon as a fact is presented to a mind all consequences of that fact spring into the mind simultaneously with it. It is a very useful assumption under many circumstances, but one too easily forgets that it is false

– Alan Turing

In an announcement that has stunned the computer industry, Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie and Brian Kernighan admitted that the Unix operating system and C programming language created by them is an elaborate April Fools prank kept alive for over 20 years.  Speaking at the recent UnixWorld Software Development Forum, Thompson revealed the following:

Hilarious April 1 post from ComputerWorld, a few decades ago. Read the rest here