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Comment Re:Neat UI after Battle.Net changes (Score 1) 244

Assuming you're close enough to the exchange for ADSL to not suck, switch to O2. They've been the best ADSL provider I've had here in the UK.

No caps, no "peak-time" and the speeds are close to as advertised (I pay for a 20Mb line and get 18Mb, with BT it was down at 12Mb, on the same telephone line as well, so figure that one out)


Are Complex Games Doomed To Have Buggy Releases? 362

An anonymous reader points out a recent article at Gamesradar discussing the frequency of major bugs and technical issues in freshly-released video games. While such issues are often fixed with updates, questions remain about the legality and ethics of rushing a game to launch. Quoting: "As angry as you may be about getting a buggy title, would you want the law to get involved? Meglena Kuneva, EU Consumer Affairs Commissioner, is putting forward legislation that would legally oblige digital game distributors to give refunds for games, putting games in the same category in consumer law as household appliances. ... This call to arms has been praised by tech expert Andy Tanenbaum, author of books like Operating Systems: Design and Implementation. 'I think the idea that commercial software be judged by the same standards as other commercial products is not so crazy,' he says. 'Cars, TVs, and telephones are all expected to work, and they are full of software. Why not standalone software? I think such legislation would put software makers under pressure to first make sure their software works, then worry about more bells and whistles.'"

Comment Re:Where's the tricorder (Score 1) 99

When people start paying 2grand per visit to pay off all the diff machines needed.
Hopefully though we'll see the costs come down in the future, the doctors can take the symptoms and do their best guess at what it may be, but its not always easy to spot. If they can find out enough to know where the problem may be, send u off for a blood test etc, see a specialist, whatever, then the treatment process can begin.

Comment Re:Personally I'd rather you were honest with me (Score 1) 344

I don't write cover letters anymore but I do get interviews at big name companies usually followed by a strong offer; to name a few: Apple, Google, Mozilla, Netflix, Palm, Yahoo.

A few years ago, when I was still writing cover letters since I was 'junior' I did send a cover letter to Palm ... I said I was thrilled at the idea to work for Apple, oups. I got the job anyway and it convinced me that cover letters are a waste of time. Also it is quite frequent when interviewers do not bother to read the resumes because they're too busy with their work to prepare the interview.

Comment Re:what does open mean? (Score 1) 197

(this comment didn't really go anywhere, but I'll post it anyway...)

I'm glad you did, as I've never seen the book you linked to before... and now I'm going to be buying it.

As in my mind, it teaches C++ the "right" way, at least for me, who is trying to move from C#/Java into C++.


Submission + - Cash for Pirate Bay file-sharers (bbc.co.uk)

ADT7 writes:

The new owners of file-sharing website The Pirate Bay say users will be paid for sharing files.

According to Mr Pandeya, GGF's chief executive, the business model for The Pirate Bay would be that it continued to be a file-sharing site. The only difference — at least in terms of content — would be that the files would be hosted legally, rather than stolen from copyright holders.

"Let's say a popular song comes out. Rather than a million downloads from a site — which would cause a considerable strain on that ISP — we can take that song and put it out on P2P. The copyright holder still gets paid, the users still get their file, the ISP doesn't have a million people all grabbing a file and — for the users who share that song — a payment for putting that file on the P2P network."


Submission + - Best way to get closer to the metal?

ADT7 writes: I'm currently a fairly compotent programmer in C#/Java and various other "high level" programming languages. I'm looking to move closer to the metal with my knowledge however, specifically C++, but most of the books I've seen assume that you are moving from C to C++, rather than coming down from higher-level languages. Are there any good online resources or regular dead-tree books for people coming the other way, or that assume you are learning C++ with no prior knowledge of C? Or am I better off learning the basics of C and moving from there to C++?

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