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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How often do you push to production?

Stiletto writes: I work for a traditional "old school" software company that is trying to move into web services, now competing with smaller, nimbler "Web 2.0" companies. Unfortunately our release process is still stuck in the '90s. Paperwork and forms, sign-off meetings, and documentation approvals make it impossible to do even minor deployments to production faster than once a month. Major releases go out a couple of times a year. I've heard from colleagues in Bay Area companies who release weekly or daily (or even multiple times a day), allowing them to adapt quickly. Slashdotters, how often do you push software changes into production, and what best practices allow you to maintain that deployment rate without chaos?
Businesses

Submission + - Japanese Telco Near Deal To Purchase 75% Stake in Sprint (nytimes.com)

milbournosphere writes: Sprint has confirmed that it is in talks with the Japanese Telco Softbank to sell off a reported 75% stake in the company. If the deal goes through it could add substantial monetary backing to Sprint's US business, and add the Japanese company an entry into the US market. From the article:

Buying Sprint would give Softbank an entry into the American market, one of the largest and most profitable in the world. The Japanese company has steadily surpassed rivals in its home country, in large part through acquisitions. Earlier this month, it agreed to buy a smaller competitor, eAccess, to become the second-biggest service provider in Japan.

Sprint's stock is currently up around 17% on the news.

Games

Submission + - How Nintendo made the Wii U a small, efficient games console (geek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Nintendo's latest "Iwata Asks" session focuses on the Wii U hardware and some of the challenges faced when designing the new machine. What we learn from this discussion is the main objectives Nintendo set out to achieve with the Wii U hardware. They were:

- A console focused on HD content and output
- Very low power use
- As small a console as possible
- Backwards compatibility

And the key to achieving those goals? A multi core processor with integrated GPU from a collaboration between IBM, AMD, and Renesas.

Science

Submission + - Let's Build a God**** Tesla Museum (indiegogo.com)

An anonymous reader writes: TheOatmeal is heading an indiegogo campaign to purchase Nikola Tesla's old lab in New York state. From the article: "Tesla's final laboratory is located in the sleepy town of Shoreham, New York. It's known as Wardenclyffe and it's where Tesla attempted to build a tower that would provide free wireless energy to the entire earth. Unfortunately, Tesla lost his funding before the project was completed and in 1917 the Wardenclyffe tower was demolished. Subsequently, the land was so to a film and paper manufacturer.
However, the land, laboratory, and foundation beneath the tower are still there and very recently went up for sale. And right now a non-profit is trying to buy the property and turn it into a Nikola Tesla Museum. The property is listed at $1.6 million, and this non-profit has received a matching grant from New York State of up to $850k. This means that if we can raise $850k, New York State will match us for that same amount — putting the total raised at $1.7 million." There's a 501(c) foundation already founded trying to convert the land into a museum. Perhaps some /. members would be willing to help the project meet its goal?

Comment Another one bites the dust (Score 1) 295

"I used to play Elder Scrolls games like you, but then i took an MMO subscription to the knee."

Seriously, though...the ES games excel at making you feel like the lone hero in an immerse world. A bunch of heroes running around would kill the mood, not to mention ruining any ability to make long lasting effects stick based on player actions (permanently killing NPC's, etc.). If they want to do an MMO, fine; but the Elder Scrolls have too rich a world and lore that is too extensive to be left to an MMO. Bethesda, I understand that you want to cash in on this MMO goodness, but please keep making single player Elder Scrolls games.

AT&T

Submission + - US carriers finally doing something about cellphone theft (macworld.com)

zarmanto writes: In a move that is so long overdue that it boggles the mind, the FCC and the four largest cellular providers in the US state that they will be joining forces to combat cell phone theft. From TFA:

"Over the next six months, each of the four operators is expected to put in place a program to disable phones reported as stolen and within 18 months the FCC plans to help merge them into a central database in order to prevent a phone from being used on another carrier’s network."

Chrome

Submission + - WebGL 3D Graphs on Google (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: WebGL 3D graphics is becoming a critical requirement for anything impressive on the web, but now Google seem to be pushing it into situations where it can do real work. If you type in a function like sin(x+y) into the usual search box you will see an interactive 3D plot created — or you will if you are using a WebGL supporting browser. If you happen to be using IE9 or later then you just see a message "3D charts require a web browser and system that support WebGL"
This is great news for math lovers but — for the first time Microsoft's browser fails on a mainstream site doing a standard task.
Put simply -
How long can Microsoft keep its head in the sand and claim that IE9 or IE10 are standards-based HTML5 browsers when missing out such a huge feature as WebGL?
Either Microsoft has to wake up and face reality or we have to wake up and switch to Firefox or Chrome.

NASA

Submission + - Joint Russian/NASA Moon Colony in the Works (theregister.co.uk)

milbournosphere writes: Russia and NASA are reportedly in talks to create a colony on the moon. They're looking to create either a base on the moon itself or a permanent space station in orbit around the moon.
"We don’t want the man to just step on the Moon,” agency chief Vladimir Popovkin said in an interview with Vesti FM radio station. “Today, we know enough about it. We know that there is water in its polar areas," he added. "We are now discussing how to begin [the Moon’s] exploration with NASA and the European Space Agency."

Businesses

Submission + - FCC Passes CALM act, lowering advertisement volume (engadget.com) 2

milbournosphere writes: The FCC today adopted the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, or the CALM act. From the FCC press release:
"The rules adopted today require that commercials have the same average volume as the programs they
accompany. The rules also establish simple, practical ways for stations and MVPDs to demonstrate their
compliance with the rules. They carry out Congress’ mandate to give viewers relief from overloud
commercials while avoiding unnecessary burdens on television stations and MVPDs."
The CALM act will take effect on 13 December, 2012, which gives networks and TV stations one year to become compliant.
Link to FCC press release: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2011/db1213/DOC-311479A1.pdf

Democrats

Submission + - Meet The Strange Bedfellows Who Could Stop SOPA (itworld.com)

jfruhlinger writes: "In a political environment that's become very strongly defined by partisan lines, the SOPA debate has offered an unexpected ray of hope: the two main Congressional opponents of the bill are Ron Wyden, an Oregon Senator deemed a "hardcore liberal" and Darrell Issa, a California Representative who is one of the Obama Administration's fiercest critics. (There are both Ds and Rs in favor of the bill, too.)"
Books

Submission + - The Kindle Skews Amazon's 2011 Best-Seller List (beyond-black-friday.com) 1

destinyland writes: "Amazon's released their list of 2011's best-selling books, revealing that 40% of the best-selling ebooks didn't even make it onto their list of the best-selling print books. The #1 and #2 best-selling ebooks of the year weren't even available in print editions, while four of the top 10 best-selling print books didn't make it into the top 100 best-selling ebooks. "It couldn't be more clear that Kindle owners are choosing their material from an entirely different universe of books," notes one Kindle site, which points out that five of the best-selling ebooks came from two million-selling ebook authors — Amanda Hocking and John Locke — who are still awaiting the release of their books in print. And five of Amazon's best-selling ebooks were Kindle-only "Singles," including a Stephen King short story which actually outsold another King novel that he'd released in both ebook and print formats. And Neal Stephenson's "Reamde" was Amazon's #99 best-selling print book of 2011, though it didn't even make it onto their list of the 100 best-selling ebooks of the year. "People who own Kindles are just reading different books than the people who buy printed books," reports the Kindle site, which adds "2011 may be remembered as the year that hundreds of new voices finally found their audiences.""
Cloud

Submission + - Google Apps Engine gets SQL (blogspot.com)

oker writes: Google has finally added SQL to its cloud platform offering — Apps Engine. So far developers had to use Datastore service which not only provides a vendor lock-in threat but also is not supported by most of existing software and libraries. The SQL service should definitely improve Apps Engine adoption. It is currently in limited preview mode.
Iphone

Submission + - Sprint iPhone pre-sales will be handled online; n (bgr.com) 1

hazytodd writes: Sprint has confirmed that iPhone pre-sales will be accommodated entirely online. Sprint’s retail stores will not have the ability to take iPhone pre-orders, and the carrier also confirmed to BGR that Sprint stores will not offer “Device Wait Lists,” meaning customers cannot add their names to a list in order to be guaranteed a device on launch day.

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