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+ - The Collaboration Tools Used by Wesnoth Devs->

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stoolpigeon
stoolpigeon writes "In a post to gmane.emacs.devel Eric S. Raymond describes the collaboration toolkit in use by the developers for Battle for Wesnoth. He lists each tool in the set and follows up with an explanation as to why he believes that combination makes for a more productive team. There is nothing all that new or revolutionary but I thought it was an interesting look into how team development can take place."
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Programming

+ - Structuring a development team from scratch

Submitted by TourDirector1108
TourDirector1108 (1211234) writes "After some time as being the only developer with my company, company growth and related demands that come with it have led my Director of IT to ask me to build a development team basically from scratch. As a solo dev, I was in the fortunate position of basically being left to myself as long as certain (very flexible) deadlines were met. While the team is going to be very small at first (probably just one or two additional people), I've been told to plan for significant growth down the line. I want to get in place a series of practices, procedures and metrics for our group from both a management and a coding perspective. The only real considerations are that we're going to be doing most of our work in .NET/SQL2005, and that while I have the flexibility to structure this as I want, I don't have an unlimited budget. Any suggestions out there for building a team from scratch?"
Security

+ - Bioshock cracked

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In less than a week after the official release first fully-working cracks for popular Bioshock game are circulating in torrent communities. Most effective of cracks completely removes any need for any serial number, registration, or even the presence of the internet connection.

One can't help but ponder did the money poured into the protection scheme, support for the said protection scheme, and backslash caused by inconveniencing users accomplish any of the goals they were aiming for. I myself will be enjoying this title the way God intended — without anyone watching over me, and without my game calling home every 10 seconds."
PC Games (Games)

+ - Google Earth Flight Simulator->

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insidedesign
insidedesign writes "It has been recently discovered by Marco that the newest version of Google Earth includes a Flight Simulator. Though simple in comparison to the full-blow flight simulators available out there, the one available in Google Earth is fun and addictive. Getting started is easy and you can be playing in no time. Simply ensure that you have the newest version of Google Earth, which can be obtained from the Google Earth website, and press CTRL+ALT+A on your keyboard. A dialog will then appear, giving you option of plane (F16 or SR22) and airport. If you own a joystick, have no fear because they are supported! It has even been reported that force feedback is also supported. The game's controls are sensitive so it takes some getting used to. You can see all the available controls here on Google's Flight Controls Help Doc. If you want a quick overview, check out this YouTube video. Good luck flying!"
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The Almighty Buck

+ - What is the cost of using hosted applications?

Submitted by foniksonik
foniksonik (573572) writes "I work at a small company, less than 30 people, and yet the leadership refuses to consider using hosted applications for ANY purpose. They won't consider going to Gmail as a POP email provider, or using Basecamp for Project Management or Harvest for timesheets, Salesforce for CRM. etc. even though these hosted applications would save them a lot of effort/grief as well as time = money.

They claim that there is a huge downside to not 'owning' their own data in these areas and that it far outweighs the savings from not having to manage, maintain and support those tools internally. SO we have created a hodgepodge of opensource versions of the tools (dotProject, timesheet, Sugar) which don't interoperate well together either AND take a lot of time to set up, deploy, configure and customize for our needs. We have competent developers and a team in India we contract to for time intensive troubeshooting... but he time they spend on these apps takes away from time they could be devoting to PAID projects.

What do you think Slashdot? Are hosted apps a money loser, does not having ultimate control of your operational business data (as opposed to your code or other proprietary data) keep you from considering them as a time = money saver? If your company has already made the leap to hosted apps for business use, what are your experiences — good and bad?"
Businesses

+ - AT&T and BellSouth to Merge...Here comes Ma Be

Submitted by kangdangalang
kangdangalang (1032818) writes "News is amuck about a merger between AT&T and BellSouth AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) and BellSouth Corporation (NYSE:BLS) announced today an agreement to merge the two companies, a combination that will create a more effective and efficient provider in the wireless, broadband, video, voice and data markets. The merger will streamline the ownership and operations of Cingular Wireless, which is jointly owned by AT&T and BellSouth. The new company will be more innovative, nimble and efficient, providing benefits to customers by combining the Cingular, BellSouth and AT&T networks into a single fully integrated wireless and wireline Internet Protocol network offering a full range of advanced solutions. Seems like AT&T is trying to reacquire all the baby bells to get back to being the communications supergiant of decades past, do you think this will be allowed by the FCC or will this get shot down because of fear of AT&T becoming a monopoly once again?"

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