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+ - SPAM: The ethical decay of Turbosquid

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skyphyr writes "Turbosquid mailed its top sellers asking if they'd be interested in entering an exclusivity agreement. Competitors warned their vendors about the risks of going exclusive with Turbosquid. Potential loss of income in the short term, and reduced royalty rates in the long term. Rather than shelve the clumsy attempt at a stealthy cutoff of the competition's air supply Turbosquid instead effectively held their vendors' future income hostage. Royalty rates for vendors who do not go exclusive will be dropping from 55% to 40% on September 1st 2009.

How will this impact vendors, clients and Turbosquid?"

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Books

+ - JRoller altering poster comments without consent->

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skyphyr
skyphyr writes "A couple of weeks ago I read a review on jroller.com which I felt was inaccurate and glossed over important pieces of information which a developer considering the purchase of a book would want to know. So I added a comment on the site citing these issues to help make the review more useful to others who may be considering purchasing the book. I dropped by today and saw they've changed my comment attempting to make it another gushing complimentary coverage of the book. This is not an accurate reflection of my opinion of the book so I'm counting on Slashdot to set the record straight.

You can find the review and comments here http://www.jroller.com/bookreview/entry/professional_android_application_development

Seeing I'm here my original comments were almost exactly as follows.

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I feel your compliments for this book are a bit excessive here. While it is useful their coding is a little sloppy with inconsistent naming conventions used, creating variables for return values from functions used only once which not only makes the code less readable, but also adds extra memory allocation overhead on a device where this is damaging to performance and battery life. It also includes at least one piece of incorrect information (regarding SQLite databases).

Having said that the book is certainly good enough to get you up and running providing a more application centric overview of android development than the android sdk documentation (which is more API centric) does.

So perfectly written, no, but worth reading if you're a competent coder and just wish to get familiar with the details of android development.
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To add some additional information about the book for those interested. It contains significant portions which detail APIs that have been removed since the API was finalized for version 1, and in all likelihood will either never return, or been in a significantly modified form in order to ensure sufficient abstraction for the underlying implementation to provide a good base for application development without pushing internal android classes into the SDK.

So to reiterate the book certainly has some value, but I'd be most interested in having a good look at Ed Burnette's Hello, Android and Mark Murphy's Busy Coder's Guide(s) to Android Development. I would recommend that interested developers look at all three before deciding which to purchase."

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Movies

+ - Adobe engages VFX pros in PR disaster->

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skyphyr writes "A storm is brewing on the Adobe forums where members of the VFX industry is requesting that Adobe restore the CS2 handling of OpenEXR files. The OpenEXR format was designed by ILM and has received wide ranging support within the VFX industry. Adobe has taken a disputed interpretation of the EXR specifications which causes data to be destroyed with the files are opened within photoshop.

Adobe's response to user concerns so far has been to tell the professionals for whom the format was designed that they are wrong. As if it wasn't enough to take advantage of their monopoly to turn a blind eye to the industry's concerns, they decided to engage using derisive language their opening response saying "you're still asking for your imagined solution to a problem as you understand it (back the the screwdriver for nails thing). If you want a useful solution, we're going to have to talk about the larger problem, larger workflows, and consider alternative solutions (you know, reach for a hammer)." Soon followed by "Please read some file format documentation." and sinking back to ridiculing metaphors "And even more so when you are clearly ignoring standards or misusing the tools ("But I want my screwdriver to drive nails better").""

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Linux Business

+ - HeliOS project surges ahead spreading linux->

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skyphyr writes "The HeliOS project is surging ahead with having just made another two announcements. They've landed sponsorship from a well-known linux company. Those of you who don't follow the HeliOS project may not be aware that Ken tirelessly works to be the change he wants to see and the linux community is better for it. If you've got any spare hardware or a few bucks they are, as always, after hardware to help the community."
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