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The Music Industry Wants to Kill LimeWire

The P2P network's founder Mark Gorton is in the fight of his life

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It was a fall day in 2005, and Mark Gorton was feeling chilled. He was sitting in a conference room high above the streets of New York City. Around a table sat six executives from major recording labels. The suits eyeballed Gorton, a clean-cut 37-year-old with short dark hair and bushy eyebrows. With electrical engineering degrees from Yale and Stanford and an MBA from Harvard, Gorton hardly fit the stereotype of the renegade hacker.

By day, Gorton works as a Wall Street player, running his Tower Research Capital and its affiliate Lime Brokerage, with a combined staff of 30 employees, out of a sprawling office in lower Manhattan. But in one corner of the place he has a team of coders working on his more controversial operation, LimeWire, the peer-to-peer software that has turned this mild-mannered engineer into the music industry’s most-wanted geek. According to the NPD Group, in Port Washington, N.Y., LimeWire is the leading peer-to-peer (P2P) program—with 62 percent of the transaction share, ahead of programs such as BitTorrent and Kazaa.

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Why Functional Programming Should Be the Future of Software Development

It’s hard to learn, but your code will produce fewer nasty surprises

11 min read
A plate of spaghetti made from code
Shira Inbar

You’d expectthe longest and most costly phase in the lifecycle of a software product to be the initial development of the system, when all those great features are first imagined and then created. In fact, the hardest part comes later, during the maintenance phase. That’s when programmers pay the price for the shortcuts they took during development.

So why did they take shortcuts? Maybe they didn’t realize that they were cutting any corners. Only when their code was deployed and exercised by a lot of users did its hidden flaws come to light. And maybe the developers were rushed. Time-to-market pressures would almost guarantee that their software will contain more bugs than it would otherwise.

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