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Submission + - Is the Tech Recession Over?

s0rk writes: I just read a Feb 11 post on Joel on Software where he posted, that for him, business is returning to normal. Some of the posts on his discussion forum, seem to agree with Joel. Just wondering what Slashdot reader were experiencing?

Submission + - Is Delphi the next Database dev platform.. again?

santakrooz writes: Delphi's always been known as a solid database application development platform, it just had it's 12th birthday on Valentines day, and now the Delphi guys are coming up with a completely new database architecture. The interesting thing is that it's backward compatible, insanely extensible, single sourced between .NET and Wintel native code, and... and written completely in Delphi. Ok I know Delphi's written in Delphi and there are "wow" apps out there written in Delphi like Skype that Delphi guys always like to mention, there was a loosely supported Linux version, so my question is, what can't you do in Delphi? Or a better question is... what have Slashdot readers written in Delphi?

Submission + - Asteroid impact threat

Maggie McKee writes: "Kamchatkans and Venezuelans beware. A 20-million-tonne asteroid could be heading your way. Californians have even more reason to worry — the asteroid is more likely to hit the Pacific Ocean, triggering a tsunami that could devastate the west coast of North America. These are among the scenarios projected for asteroid Apophis, which researchers now say has a 1 in 45,000 chance of hitting Earth on 13 April 2036. Calculations show it would strike somewhere along a narrow track that stretches eastward from Siberia to the west coast of Africa. The threat, while small, is real enough to merit a United Nations protocol for dealing with the problem, experts say."

Submission + - Videoconferencing server for Linux ?

Hymer writes: Well it is really a simple question: Does anyone here know a vidoconferencing server for Linux ? It may be a non-standard solution but the clients have to exist for at least Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. The communication channel should preferably encrypted. I need video and some kind of common workplace or desktop sharing, audio is optional. I've searched the Net and found nothing... geeks do not need to look at other geeks to understand eachother but CEO's obviously does... ;-)

Submission + - Zink Imaging to launch inkless printer

Vinit writes: "Zink Imaging has developed a unique technology which can print pictures without ink! The innovation could be applied to make hand-held printers that can be integrated into mobile phones and digital cameras. While printing one only needs a paper, I mean Zink paper which is initially colorless, looks and feels like ordinary white photograph paper and is not light sensitive. You can get a copy of picture (5 cm x 7.5 cm) in 30 seconds and the photos are are very durable — they cannot be torn and are also water resistant. The firm plans to launch two products by the end of the year: a small battery-operated, pocket-sized printer for camera-phones and a digital camera with a 2 inch x 3 inch (5 cm by 7.5 cm) printer built in. The company recently demonstrated a working prototype of the camera phone printer at the DEMO 2007 technology conference in California, US. The printer is expected to cost $200 while 100 sheets of paper will cost $20. ng_to_launch_inkless_printer.php"

A Tour of Googleplex East 109

An anonymous reader writes "In Googleplex East: Search And The City, IWeek has posted a visual tour of the search giant's NYC HQ, complete with the requisite massage room, candy machine, and funky cafeteria. (There are even — surprise — work areas.) A companion story argues that New York City has reemerged as a tech center, citing the access to the Big Apple's media as a powerful pull for Web 2.0 companies. It also argues that NY's business community is more important these days to startups than Silicon Valley's deep pool of talent. Do you buy this thesis? Isn't it really unimportant these days where you work, geographically?"

Submission + - Where's Java 6 for Mac

Jari Mustonen writes: Time to hide your Mac-fanboy hat. Or maybe you are beliver enough to defend Apple even on this one. The question is simple: Where is the Java 6 for OS X? Let the gossips fly and let the slashdot do what it is best at: to summon an anonymous coward from Apple to tell us what is happening and where is my Java? But in the mean time, let's hear your theory.

Submission + - Teaching the 21st Century Skills Set?

Grishknash writes: "I'm a teacher at a well known private, international high school. We recently had David Warlick present at our school about 21st century literacy. efiningLiteracyForThe21stCentury I'm also a member of the recommendation committee at the school for science curriculum on content and skills. Being a techie type guy I naturally desire technological integration and literacy in my classroom, but I keep asking myself — when, how much, what types. So I thought to ask you, the slashdotters. What do you want your children to learn in science classes and how? To what degree content vs inquiry? What are the 21st century skills your [and my] children need for 21st century success? Are they the same skills my older colleagues [problem solving, critical analysis, creativity] say they are, or have they changed in some way? Like this group suggests?"
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Submission + - Halo 3 Gets Official Fall 2007 Release Date

notd665 writes: Developer Bungie released the first in a series of teaser images for its game today, along with one very useful tidbit: Halo 3 is indeed slated for a late 2007 release on the XBOX 360. Next week's major XBOX 360 release, Crackdown, will contain an invitation to the Halo 3 beta, which is expected to launch in the spring.

Submission + - Estimating custom software development cost

GL82 writes: As a student studying CS right now, we came across the subject of estimating software development cost. Out of curiosity, what kind of methods (eg. function points, use case points, COCOMO, and others) do you or your company used to estimate the cost required to develop the software for your clients (after you have complete a fairly comphrensive specification)? My question is directed toward custom software development, but methods for development of software product is also welcome. Also, how well does your method works? If you found out later that your number are way far, then what techniques do you use when re-negotiating with your clients about the pricing or scope of the projects?

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