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Comment: HP? (Score 2) 726

by BattleBlow (#40388933) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy For Kids?
Some others have already mentioned 'The Hobbit', which is great for his age (I read it to my son at the same age yours is).

I can't believe no one has yet mentioned 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' yet though. That was about the age I read that to my son too. The only caveat is be careful how fast you progress. He's likely not old enough for 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'. We've tackled that by giving one a year for Christmas.

Comment: Try the opposite... (Score 1) 8

by BattleBlow (#35159118) Attached to: Belgian Senator Calls For: "No Sex Till Government Is Formed"
That will just result in them getting more argumentative and less likely to form a government. Instead, you must have sex with a different senator of another party each day until a government is formed. I predict either a government forming on day one or a unity government coming together after a month or so. I also predict a sudden surge in viewership for Belgian parliamentary broadcasts.

Comment: Re:Keep up or shut up (Score 5, Informative) 785

by BattleBlow (#34921228) Attached to: Should Younger Developers Be Paid More?
Did you even RTFA? Here is a quote: "I felt like I was letting down one of our most promising engineers. He was someone who had the most knowledge about the business we supported and was an expert in the core client-server application. " It wasn't someone sitting in a corner shooing kids off his lawn while he became an old curmudgeon, it was the team lead in the core application. I don't know about you, but I don't always have time to become an expert in every new IT technology that comes along. I have limited time and so I pick and choose. This guy had spent his time working hard and becoming their team lead, which naturally meant focusing on their core business and application. He then finds out they're hiring graduates at a 30% higher salary and expecting him to mentor them in the business requirements because he hasn't also had time to become an expert in mobile applications. Tell me you wouldn't be pissed off in such a situation? Yes, the salary for the graduates was driven by the market, and purely from a fiscal perspective the company did the best thing for it. Let's not pretend though that there aren't people involved and that they weren't screwed.
Handhelds

Apple Removes Wi-Fi Finders From App Store 461

Posted by timothy
from the you've-been-very-very-naughty dept.
jasonbrown writes "Apple on Thursday began removing another category of apps from its iPhone App Store. This time, it's not porn, it's Wi-Fi. Apple removed several Wi-Fi apps commonly referred to as stumblers, or apps that seek out available Wi-Fi networks near your location. According to a story on Cult of Mac, apps removed by Apple include WiFi-Where, WiFiFoFum, and yFy Network Finder."
KDE

KDE 4.2.4 Released 153

Posted by timothy
from the smoothing-a-smoothie dept.
An anonymous reader writes "KDE 4.2.4 has been released. See the release announcement for details." Barring a "security issue or another grave bug," this is the end of the KDE 4.2 line, which means for distros based on long-term support, it might be the thing to get used to for a while.

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