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Submission + - SouthEast LinuxFest This Weekend (southeastlinuxfest.org)

An anonymous reader writes: The first ever SouthEast LinuxFest takes place this weekend in Clemson, SC. The SouthEast LinuxFest is a community event for anyone who wants to learn more about Linux and Free & Open Source software. It is part educational conference, and part social gathering. Like Linux itself, it is shared with attendees of all skill levels to communicate tips, ideas, and to benefit all who use Linux/Free and Open Source Software. LinuxFest is the place to learn, to make new friends, to network with new business partners, and most importantly, to have fun!
Software

Submission + - Are code reviews worth it? 1

JamaicaBay writes: I'm a development manager, and yesterday my boss and I got into an argument over whether it's worth doing code reviews. In my shop we've done both a code review or two, and a few design reviews. They are all programmer-led. What we've found is that code reviews take forever and tend to reveal less than good UI-level testing would. The payback on design reviews is meanwhile tremendous. Our code is intended for desktop, non-critical use, so I asked my boss to consider whether it was worth spending so much time on examining built code, given our experience not getting much out of it. I'm wondering whether the Slashdot crowd's experience has been similar?

Comment Re:Why are we deprived of this in North America? (Score 1) 578

The EU hasn't decided to remove IE from Windows 7, it is a move by Microsoft. The EU has not yet made a decision on how to deal with the misuse of the Windows monopoly on the browser market. With the Media player verdict of the EU, nothing actually changed and Neelie Kroes will probably come with a solution for the browser market that actually works. By the way, if Microsoft has the opinion that selling an OS without a browser is not an option, they still have the option not to sell Windows 7 in the EU at all.
Censorship

Submission + - Irish "Three Strikes" deal called into que (siliconrepublic.com)

Hacx writes: Back in January, The IRMA (The Irish Recorded Music Association, who represent the "Big Four" record lables in Ireland) threatened legal action against Eircom, one of Ireland's largest ISPs, if they did not implement a "Three Strikes" rule with regards to piracy. IRMA's grand master plan was that this deal would put pressure on Ireland's smaller ISPs to implement a similar regime.
Unfortunately for the IRMA, however, this deal has been called into question as of today, when The French Constitutional Court deemed a similar system implemented in France unconstitutional.
http://www.siliconrepublic.com/news/article/13175/comms/questions-over-three-strikes-deal

The Internet

Submission + - Disney strikes against net neutrality 1

1 a bee writes: Ars Technica is running a story by Matthew Lasar about how Disney's ESPN360.com is charging ISPs for "bulk" access to their content. According to the article, if you visit ESPN using a "non-subscribing" ISP, you're greeted with a message explaining why access is restricted for you. This raises a number of issues:

..it's one thing to charge users an access fee, another to charge the ISP, potentially passing the cost on to all the ISPs subscribers whether they're interested in the content or not.

Ironically, the issue came to fore in a complaint from the The American Cable Association (ACA) to the FCC. A quoted ACA press release warns

"Media giants are in the early stages of becoming Internet gatekeepers by requiring broadband providers to pay for their Web-based content and services and include them as part of basic Internet access for all subscribers. These content providers are also preventing subscribers who are interested in the content from independently accessing it on broadband networks of providers that have refused to pay."

So is this a real threat to net neutrality (and the end-to-end principle) or just another bad business model that doesn't stand a chance?

Comment What are the consequences of this? (Score 3, Interesting) 95

Does anyone knows how the Swiss law handles a wrongly done bidding? In the Netherlands and probably the rest of the EU, when a bidding was done against the law, the company that won the bidding may not enter the new bidding. At my old university they had this situation with the coffee machines, there was only one company that had a machine that produced decent coffee and so they won the contract. However a mistake was made in the bidding (the bidding was nationally, instead of European, contracts worth more then a ceratin amount get a European bidding procedure) and the bidding had to be done again, however the only company that could produce decent coffee was excluded and the university got stuck with terrible coffee machines.

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