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This law is very bad and should better be stopped so please help spread the word."
The lack of a decent AI has long been one of the major complaints about strategy games (and being specifically poignant with Open Source Games). So why not come out and help fix the problem? With only a month left before entries must be submit everyone better get cracking!
Disclaimer: I'm one of the judges for the competition."
Is this sort of bounty based problem solving the new trend in the Open Source Industry? (This seems like the B-School version of the Google Summer of Code initiative). Notably, the contest is open to an international crowd including the United States, Canada, China, India and lots of European and other Asian countries. The winning team gets to walk away with USD 20,000. Registration is open online till March 25th at their website. Official rules here."
Brooks, Frederick P. The Mythical Man-Month.
DeMarco, Tom and Lister, Timothy. Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams (Second Edition).
DeMarch, Tom and Lister, Timothy. Waltzing with Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects.
Hunt, Andrew and Thomas, David. The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master.
Johnson, Jeff. GUI Bloopers: Don'ts and Do's for Software Developers and Web Designers.
McCarthy, Jim and McCarthy, Michele. Dynamics of Software Development.
McConnell, Steve. Code Complete (Second Edition).
McConnell, Steve. Rapid Development.
Norman, Donald A. The Design of Everyday Things.
Raymond, Eric S. The Cathedral & The Bazaar.
Weigers, Karl E. Software Requirements (Second Edition).
First, would you recommend any other "must-have" or "should-have" books? Second, what order do you recommend reading the books in to get the most out of them (ie — do any books build on content in another book)?"
The plan, confirmed yesterday by the California biotechnology company leading the effort, calls for large-scale cultivation in Kansas of rice that produces human immune system proteins in its seeds. The proteins are to be extracted for use as an anti-diarrhea medicine and might be added to health foods such as yogurt and granola bars.
Despite the benefits, some consider the project risky.
But critics are assailing the effort, saying gene-altered plants inevitably migrate out of their home plots. In this case, they said, that could result in pharmacologically active proteins showing up in the food of unsuspecting consumers.
Anheuser-Busch (the nation's largest rice buyer) has prevented the application of gene-altered rice due to concerns customers would not accept GM beer. Should they use their influence to shut this down too?"
- integration with standard calendaring packages so that billable time can be entered via a browser anywhere and be accessible to the AR package
- handle different bill rates for different service classes
- generate invoices and statements without much manual labor
- track account balances and service charges
- have the capability to integrate credit card payment processing
- not require endless hours of HOWTO or manpage slogging to get up and running
While I can muddle through with OO.org documents and spreadsheets + evolution calendar; this is not very efficient or clean. I have searched around the web, read innumerable articles, blogs and tried a bunch of stuff. Yet, I have yet to find a nice simple and user friendly package for my needs.
Compiere/Adempiere are overkill for what I need, and the personal finance apps that I managed to find are not good at doing things like handling multiple bill-rates and tracking receivables. I know that it is possible to get SlowBooks running with CrossOver or Wine, but, I have had so much misery with Intuit products in my clients offices that I will not allow them in mine.
I would really appreciate learning what open-source or commercial Linux apps you have seen working well for professional services firms that you run or serve. Thanks!"