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+ - Best practices for starting and running a software shop

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I'm a systems architect (and a former Unix sysadmin) with many years of experience on the infrastructure side of things. I have a masters in CS but not enough practical exposure to professional software development. I'd like to start my own software product line and I'd like to avoid outsourcing as much as I can. I'm seeking advice on what you think are the best practices for running a software shop and/or good blogs/books on the subject.

To be clear, I am not asking about what are the best programming practices or the merits of agile vs waterfall. Rather I am asking more about how to best run the shop as a whole. For example, how important is it to have coding standards and how much standardization is necessary for a small business? What are the pros and cons of allowing different tools and/or languages? What should the ratio of senior programmers to intermediate and junior programmers be and how should they work with each other so that nobody is bored and everyone learns something?

Thanks for your help."

+ - The EU has a plan to break up Google->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Google has been the target of repeated anti-trust scrutiny in Europe over the last decade. Today Financial Times is reporting that the European parliament is on the verge of taking even more drastic steps, preparing a plan that would call for the break up of the search giant, specifically the "unbundling [of] search engines from other commercial services.""
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+ - ask slashdot...

Submitted by Kekke
Kekke (236130) writes "You guys mod this up... im drunk.

here goes:

When you clear browser history after your favourite session....
I know, use dvd bootable blaa blaaa. How about the 99.9 something that cant cd/dvd boot ?
I will lookup to this, but has anyone checked it out all ready.....
Plain and simple does "erase/clean/empty" browser history REALLY do it or is the disk still fully readable?"

Comment: Dear doc... (Score 4, Funny) 155

by Kekke (#48088999) Attached to: Europol Predicts First Online Murder By End of This Year

Please use TOR when fetching My ventilator's new firmware.
And while yer add it, pls remove the rootkit from the darn Dialysis machine. My granddaughter charged Her iPhone from it's usb port.
My blood salts have been through the roof ever since....

My wheelchair threatens to ran me off cliff, if the payment isn't complete in three days.

+ - Aussie builds contactless Visa, Mastercard cloner app->

Submitted by mask.of.sanity
mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Aussie hacker Peter Fillmore has created an Android app that can clone contactless credit cards and process transactions that result in errors, not fraud detections.

The Aussie boffin probed the protocols behind Visa and Mastercard payment cards and proved the viability of an attack by successfully using cloned versions of his credit cards to shop at supermarket chain Woolworths, and buy beer at a Sydney pub.

Fillmore (@typhoonfilsy) demonstrated how a modded Nexus 4 could steal data from Paywave and Paypass cards that could be introduced into cloned cards. He said the phone could be subsituted with a larger suitcase-sized and a remote server for added ownage."

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