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Comment: Re:Nonsense (Score 1) 763

by bateleur (#22586934) Attached to: How Do You Find Programming Superstars?
This in itself was surprising because he often deployed changes without checking in code. We tried many times to tell him never to do that.

At the risk of stating the obvious: this should be impossible. Your deployment path should go through your version control system, not exist in parallel with it.

How do you respond to someone like that?

Peer reviewed code is a good start. Not hierarchical necessarily, just make sure that whenever somebody codes something it gets read by at least one other person before it's deployed.
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$499 PlayStation 3 Confirmed 555

Posted by Zonk
from the finally-come-down-a-bit dept.
Gamespot is reporting that the rumoured price drop from earlier this week is a reality. Starting on July 10th, the current 60GB model will sell for $499. Coming to US shores in August is the 80GB version only available in South Korea at the moment, which will retail for $599. They're bundling that unit with Motorstorm, so it's not just another 20 gigs for $100. "The price drop further indicates that, after a slow start, Sony is now aggressively trying to expand its customer base in the US. The move comes none too soon. According to the latest figures from industry-research firm the NPD Group, the PS3 only sold 82,000 units in the US in May, compared to the Xbox 360's 155,000 units and the Wii's 338,000 units." So, is this it? Will this price drop make you buy a PS3, or are you still holding off for the big games this fall?

Blu-Ray Should Have Been Optional on PS3? 228

Posted by Zonk
from the signs-point-to-yes dept.
Ars Technica has a piece looking at reasons why Sony may have wanted to make the Blu-Ray player optional in their next-gen console. From the article: "By tying what is essentially a gaming device to a new optical disc format, Sony is hoping to kill two birds with one stone, but they're expecting consumers to pay for the stone as if it were a diamond. That is, in hoping that consumers will see the Blu-ray player as a good investment in the future, they're risking the fallout that comes when consumers realize that diamonds aren't investments at all. They're for show. And the way the PS3 is priced right now, bling appears to be the operative word. But bling sells, and when manufacturing costs come down, we can all look forward to this edition of Sony Style... at least so long as we're not satiated by a competing product."

FORGET DRAGONS! TIME FOR PONIES!!!1! 87

Posted by Zonk
from the ponies-and-polyhedrals dept.
.yosh, who's totally cool I know him textd me to say that Wizards of the Coast is totally making a My Little Pony Roleplaying Game!! OMG! Now I don't have to play with that stupid dungeons and dragons book with all the impossibly clothed women characters. Ponies 4EVA! From the site: "If it's on Butterfly Island, it's in the My Little Pony RPG core rulebook, and we expect the book to be an invaluable tool for RPG fans and game developers alike,' said Jonathan Tweet, senior game designer with Wizards of the Coast. 'Not only will this RPG appeal to current fans of My Little Pony, but it will also help core roleplayers come to appreciate the depth and possibilities in this unique fantasy world. I know I did.'"

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