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Submission + - Are code reviews worth it? 1

JamaicaBay writes: I'm a development manager, and yesterday my boss and I got into an argument over whether it's worth doing code reviews. In my shop we've done both a code review or two, and a few design reviews. They are all programmer-led. What we've found is that code reviews take forever and tend to reveal less than good UI-level testing would. The payback on design reviews is meanwhile tremendous. Our code is intended for desktop, non-critical use, so I asked my boss to consider whether it was worth spending so much time on examining built code, given our experience not getting much out of it. I'm wondering whether the Slashdot crowd's experience has been similar?
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Submission + - Disney strikes against net neutrality 1

1 a bee writes: Ars Technica is running a story by Matthew Lasar about how Disney's ESPN360.com is charging ISPs for "bulk" access to their content. According to the article, if you visit ESPN using a "non-subscribing" ISP, you're greeted with a message explaining why access is restricted for you. This raises a number of issues:

..it's one thing to charge users an access fee, another to charge the ISP, potentially passing the cost on to all the ISPs subscribers whether they're interested in the content or not.

Ironically, the issue came to fore in a complaint from the The American Cable Association (ACA) to the FCC. A quoted ACA press release warns

"Media giants are in the early stages of becoming Internet gatekeepers by requiring broadband providers to pay for their Web-based content and services and include them as part of basic Internet access for all subscribers. These content providers are also preventing subscribers who are interested in the content from independently accessing it on broadband networks of providers that have refused to pay."

So is this a real threat to net neutrality (and the end-to-end principle) or just another bad business model that doesn't stand a chance?


Out of Office Reply Printed On Traffic Sign Screenshot-sm 2

Atari400 writes "The BBC is reporting on an unfortunate sign-post translation problem. Officials asked for the Welsh translation of a road sign and got a welsh away message as a response. Guess what got printed on the sign?" Has anyone ever found an away message to be useful?

Submission + - 10 Plane Crashes That Changed Aviation (popularmechanics.com)

mattnyc99 writes: As horrifying (and voyeuristic) as they are, plane crashes have actually done a lot of good. There's only been one fatal crash in the U.S. in the past five years, and, in a follow-up to their safest seat on an airplane investigation, Popular Mechanics says that's because 10 accidents spurred new technology that keeps air travel safe and routine today.

Submission + - Internet growing too large for current hardware?

rkohutek writes: "There has been a very interesting discussion happening on the North American Network Operators Group (NANOG) mailling list about the scalability of today's Internet routers. A vast quantity of those routers support only 256,000 unique networks. According to the CIDR-Report, there are ~233,216 routes on the Internet, and at the current rate of 3,500 additional routes per month, we are going to be bumping into those hardware limits very quickly. Not many people are aware of the situation, and even fewer are prepared to perform the expensive upgrades. Has anybody already dealt with this and have solutions?"

Feed Engadget: Core 2 Duo Mac mini gets tested (engadget.com)

Filed under: Desktops

Apple's new Mac mini may not have gotten quite the overhaul that the iMac got last week, but PC World thinks there's still quite a bit to get excited about, largely due to the system's new Core 2 Duo processor. In its tests, PC World found that to give the mini a significant boost across the board including, for example, a 24-percent jump in Photoshop performance over the old 1.83GHz Mac mini (the new 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo mini showed a 19-percent increase). In other tests, the new top-end Mac mini managed to pump out 13-percent more frames per second in Unreal Tournament 2004 than the old top-end model, and it proved to be about even with the new 2GHz Core 2 Duo iMac in tests like Compressor and Cinema 4D, although the mini's slower 5,400 rpm hard drive caused it to drag in tasks like importing files into iPhoto. If you're itching for even more benchmarks, you can get your fix at the link below.

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