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Comment: a word on the matter (Score 3, Insightful) 283

by mariuszbi (#33867686) Attached to: Grad Student Looking To Contribute To Open Source
As a C++ developer and boost user, I advise against starting to code for it. API design and implementation are quite hard as opposed to "normal" programming, as you need to factor several other problems: building a easy-to-use generic interface, mandatory in a library, is much more difficult to code than in project that works with specific data models. Also, I had specific problems with boost::filesystem API so I can tell you getting a bug acknowledged and fixed in a particular version might be frightening at first(no, I don't want to update my boost version to get it... I want it backported). I suggest you find a piece of code that you are interested and find useful and follow this simple roadmap:
1.Install it and use it
2.Subscribe to user/devel mailing lists
3.Write missing documentation and unit tests for components
4.Offer to implement features/fix bugs that have been appearing for some time but have a low priority.
Games

BioShock 2 Interviews and Early Looks 105

Posted by Soulskill
from the hello-big-daddy dept.
Parz writes with word that new information is emerging about the much-anticipated BioShock 2. Eurogamer has a detailed write-up about the game, saying that it raises curiosity and exhibits plot-depth in a manner similar to the first game. Gamespot has a video interview with some of the developers, in which they talk about some of the new environments and how they're able to do more with the story in a sequel by not having to explain the fundamental characteristics of the setting. In an interview with Gameplayer, Lead Level Architect Hogarth de la Plante said, "You'll see locations in BioShock 2 that are completely flooded interior structures that you can walk through out in the ocean." A gameplay trailer was recently released, and screenshots are available as well.

Vista Post-SP2 Is the Safest OS On the Planet 1010

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the color-me-skeptical dept.
pkluss noted Kevin Turner, COO of Microsoft making the proclamation that "Vista today, post-Service Pack 2, which is now in the marketplace, is the safest, most reliable OS we've ever built. It's also the most secure OS on the planet, including Linux and open source and Apple Leopard. It's the safest and most secure OS on the planet today."
Image

South Park Creators Given Signed Photo of Saddam Hussein 1297

Posted by samzenpus
from the respect-my-authority dept.
Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park, were given a very special gift by US marines: a signed photo of Saddam Hussein. During his captivity, the marines forced Saddam to repeatedly watch the movie South Park: Bigger, Longer And Uncut, which shows him as the boyfriend of Satan. Stone said, "We're very proud of our signed Saddam picture and what it means. It's one of our biggest highlights."
Movies

Columnist Fired For Reviewing Pirated Movie 466

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the don't-mess-with-rupert dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "Roger Friedman, an entertainment columnist for FoxNews.com, discovered over the weekend just what Rupert Murdoch means by 'zero tolerance' when it comes to movie piracy. On Friday, the film studio 20th Century Fox — owned by the News Corporation, the media conglomerate ruled by Mr. Murdoch — became angry after reading Friedman's latest column, a review of 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine,' a big-budget movie that was leaked in unfinished form on the Web last week. Friedman posted a mini-review, adding, 'It took really less than seconds to start playing it all right onto my computer.' The film studio, which enlisted the FBI to hunt the pirate, put out a statement calling Friedman's column 'reprehensible' while News Corporation weighed in with its own statement, saying it had asked Fox News to remove the column from its Web site. 'When we advised Fox News of the facts,' the statement said, 'they promptly terminated Mr. Friedman.'"
Microsoft

+ - OOXML rejected!->

Submitted by mariuszbi
mariuszbi (1113049) writes "It seems the OOXML is about to be rejected! There is quite a negative vibe against the Microsoft's format, as one can see from the NY Times article. Quote:"Of the 87 countries that participated, 26 percent opposed Microsoft's bid. Under the rules for approval, no more than 25 percent of the countries could oppose the bid.""
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