Eben’s talk from Hacker News London

Just before we went on holiday, Eben gave an hour’s talk at the Hacker News London Meetup. (Check out their community too – we’re big fans.) You’ll have heard some of what he has to say before, but there’s really interesting stuff here on raising capital, supply and demand, the charity model – and some brilliant questions which I don’t think we’ve ever answered in public before.

It’s an hour long, but it’s a talk that is worth running in the background just so you can listen to it while you’re doing whatever else it is you do to fill an hour (which is exactly what I’ve been doing while I answer email). I really, really recommend this one. In particular, Eben has a bit to say in the Q&A about the really nice interactions we’ve been having with Richard Stallman, which I know will make some of you stand up and pay attention.



stevepdp avatar

Many thanks for sharing this. I actually tried to make it down to the event after learning that Eben would be speaking but I was unfortunately too busy with work.

For anybody curious, the HN London event page is here: http://www.meetup.com/HNLondon/, and of course Hacker News which is a great news and discussion community which can be found here: http://news.ycombinator.com

liz avatar

I love Hacker News. The discussion on things hardware and software there tends to be of much higher quality than you find on places like Reddit (no offence to Reddit, which is awesome for a whole different variety of reasons); they should get more attention than they do. (And I should have put a couple of links into the blog post – I’m running around like a blue-arsed fly today trying to get on top of things from last week. Heading over to fix it now.)

Andy Scholes avatar

sudo apt-get install washer_dryer
sudo apt-get install ariel_non_bio
sudo apt-get remove grass_stains blood gravy egg mud
sudo apt-get update freshness

ukscone avatar

I hope Eben bought some new teeshirts while you were on holiday

Mic Edwards avatar

I hope so too. It does seem like Eben’s been wearing this particular shirt in most videos I’ve watched recently.

liz avatar

It’s his favourite. I found myself hand-washing it twice while we were on holiday. I agree that some new shirts are probably the way forward.

Gert van Loo avatar

He does wash his clothes himself? I have to!

Gert van Loo avatar

Ooops should have been : He does NOT wash his clothes himself? I have to!

liz avatar

Most of the time – but I kind of felt he needed a bit of a break last week, so they got done for him. (I should point out to all those weirdos out there interested in our domestic habits that Eben did the laundry this morning before I’d even woken up.)

Henri Tuhola avatar

It’s bit OT but I keep wondering.. You seem to be having camera module going on well, but when are you going to publish the first display module prototypes?

Gert van Loo avatar

According to the local ‘experts’ (Broadcom colleagues who are each very knowledgeable in their field) it is technically easier to connect a display then a camera. The camera was done first because you can already get an image out of the Pi but not yet in. Also we knew that we had to choose from a very small set of cameras. But there are soooo many displays out there.

Bill C avatar

liked the talk! very interesting…

now where’s my CV… ^_~

rustybikes avatar

Thanks for posting this Liz! I’m looking forward to watching this when I get home later. I’m especially interested in hearing about your interactions with Stallman around RP. Stallman’s been a kind of hero of mine for a long time. I suspect Eban’s going to become one too.. :)

TheTap avatar

I didn’t know a can of Carlsberg lasted as long as that.

liz avatar

I didn’t know he was prepared to *drink* the stuff; this video was a surprise to me too.

Anton avatar

“I got an email from Richard Stallman yesterday…” – 31:04

tobiz avatar

Is there any way I can down load the video to watch it later? My ISP account gives me un-metered downloads between 00:00-08:00.

doremi avatar

try google this ‘how to download video from vimeo’, you should get url of sities that offer this, but i didn’t tested them myself i will try later (i have free time between 00:00 and 08:00 to)

doremi avatar

link to the video: http://vimeo.com/43039279, choose download link and format to save (the lowest is mobile .mp4 – 131MB)

Roger Wolff avatar

If it’s on vimeo, can’t you go to the site and click “download” whenever you’re ready for it?
Maybe it’s even a normal link. so you can “copy link location” and use “wget” to download it in an at-job ?

Goobler avatar

Hi. Is there a way you could please post this as a podcast for those of us that don’t have the bandwidth to stream an hour long video PLEASSEE?

Andrew Wiate avatar

Good to know that the 1 Pound RasPi sticker that I brought months ago helped to pay for the CE qualification of RasPi.

Dennis avatar

Could someone post a brief summary? I really don’t have much time to listen and I’d like to hear about the RMS communication.

foobar avatar

Eben said “I didn’t know what the [free software] issues were”. What are the issues exactly? What arguments does Eben find compelling or not?

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