nosegay reports writes: Dan Grigsby at Rail Spikes blog takes a pretty well reasoned look at the amazingly rapid rise and fall of the Ruby on Rails contracting market. Interesting reading for those of us considering ditching our cubes for the wild west of Ruby on Rails development.
moogoogaipan writes: After a few days thinking about the quickest way to bring my website back to the internet users, I am still stuck at DNS. From experience, even if I set the TTL for my DNS zone file as low as 5 mins, there are still DNS servers out there won't update until a few days later(yeah you, AOL).
Here is my situation. Say, I have my web servers and database servers at a remote backup location. They are ready to serve. So my question for./ers is that if we get hit by an earthquake at our main location, what can I do in a few hours to get everyone to go to our backup location?
thefickler writes: A 12-member task force, consisting of top lawyers, doctors and scientists, has been set up by the South Korean Commerce Ministry to develop a code of ethics for robots by the end of the year, according to TECH.BLORGE.com.
"We expect the day will soon come when intellectual robots can act upon their own decisions. So we are presenting this as an ethical guideline on the role and ability of robots," said South Korea's Commerce Ministry.
ishboo writes: "Just recently myspace abolished the option to select "Gay" as a sexual preference in your profile while still leaving bi and lesbian. This comes form chairman of News Corps. (Myspace's parent company) Rupert Murdoch who made this choice based on "Personal Family Values" who has a history of being accused of being homophobic.
kanfil writes: Tikal, an open source provider of application development and deployment suites, has launched an enhanced version of Bugzilla, positioned as a high performance issue tracker with a new GUI and the much sought after "custom fields" option (due also in version 2.23 of the community edition of Bugzilla).
Tikal Bugzilla is available for download from Tikal's project at SourceForge.
While Bugzilla is considered an excellent and reliable bug tracker, it is lacking in usability and flexibility. On the other hand, extreme flexibility can be a drag on usability (see Scarab). Balancing all, Tikal has released a "crowd pleaser" version of Bugzilla which includes:
New, easy to use GUI
"Custom Fields" creation via a GUI, no coding needed True multi type issue tracking
"Easy Orientation" via a personal dashboard
Sub task fields (each can be attributed to a different user)
"View Version Control Activity" feature And more
Tikal's Bugzilla lets you manage and process the myriad of issues that are part of the development process — change requests, tasks, patches, features etc. Each issue can have several sub tasks, each can be attributed to several owners.
Certified versions and full support is available for Tikal subscribers.
Tikal previously released Tikal Update Manager (TUM), a YUM Extender like, GUI based update manager for Eclipse IDE.
Tikal provides additional open source high performance tools for application development and life-cycle management.