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Comment depends on the application (Score 1) 403 403

I think it depends on the needs of your client. My adviser's field of study is educational software and games, through working with her I have learned that the most difficult part of the development process is the design and not the coding. I feel to design very effective educational software you will have to understand the pedagogical context of your clients. And to design engaging educational games, you will have to understand the students background and interest. Especially since our school system and culture is radically different from say India, it is difficult to develop something that is fits well with the requirement of the client. You can probably write a very detailed requirements doc. But if it has to be detailed to the point where you are listing all the functions, you would probably feel its easier to just do it yourself. The big question is how well divided will the design and software development processes be? If both can be considered separately, then out sourcing won't hurt the company too much. Otherwise outsourcing may cause the company to lose more money than they save. Good luck, may your job be safe.

Comment 1985 (Score 1) 1054 1054

Doesn't 1985 have umm actual sex? I just started reading the "Tale of Two Cities", the scene where Madame Manette reunites with her father is disturbing incestuous and erotic. Is the shower fight seen between two boys? Maybe the lady has another problem on her mind. Because it's still socially acceptable to bet up on pornography but not homosexuality.

Comment but algos don't write themselves (Score 1) 150 150

doesn't life itself forms according to algorithms? don't we live our lives and preform most of our duties according to some set of algorithms? the way were thought to brush our teeth or the way you file paper work into a cabinet. It is that for certain types tasks, we have developed devices which can execute the algorithms we develop faster than we can with our brain's capacity. but in the end, algorithms cannot produce themselves. we can write an algo to take on different sub-algos depending on the situation, or have it modify itself to preform better given certain inputs. even with non-deterministic algorithms, there still is another algo which simulates the randomization, which is also written by someone. I don't understand why this article makes it sound like the algorithm is dependent of the human being. Isn't any algorithm just an abstraction of the way we live our lives? If I found a better way to preform a task or solve a problem, what is wrong with generalizing my method and sharing it? But then again, maybe my complaint here is fruitless... I am probably not the only slashdotter who dreams about optimizations and theoretical runtimes
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ITC Investigates Xbox 360 After Motorola Complaint 71 71

FlorianMueller writes "The US International Trade Commission, which is increasingly popular as a patent enforcement agency, voted to investigate a complaint filed by Motorola against Microsoft last month. Motorola claims that the Xbox infringes five of its patents. In October, Microsoft complained against Motorola, alleging patent infringement by its Android-based smartphones. Apple, Nokia and HTC are also involved with ITC investigations as complainants and respondents. A new one-page overview document shows the ongoing ITC investigations related to smartphones and the products that the complainants would like to have banned from entry into the US market. The good news is that any import bans won't be ordered until long after Christmas. The ITC is faster than courts, but not that fast."
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Motorola Countersues Microsoft Over 16 Patents 62 62

FlorianMueller writes "As if there weren't already enough patent suits related to smartphone technologies, Motorola just announced its widely anticipated countersuit against Microsoft. Its subsidiary Motorola Mobility filed complaints with two US District Courts (Southern District of Florida and Western District of Wisconsin). Motorola already litigates with Apple in those and other courts. According to Motorola, the patents relate to technologies in the fields of operating systems, video codecs, email, instant messaging, object-oriented software architectures, WiFi, and graphical passwords. Motorola claims Windows, the Live messenger, Windows Phone, Outlook and other Microsoft products infringe. Motorola's action is no surprise given that all of the companies sued over patent infringement by Android — with the exception of Google — have already countersued."
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Motorola Sues Apple 176 176

rexjoec writes "Just a week after Motorola Inc. (MOT) itself became the target of legal action by Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), it sued Apple Inc. (AAPL) for the alleged infringement of 18 of its patents. Motorola subsidiary, Motorola Mobility Inc. also filed patent suits against Apple in federal court in Illinois and Florida."

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