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Comment Its the time spent (Score 1) 523

The agonizing for me at least isn't the $1, its the time I would need to spend to get to know the app and how it works and evaluate if it is the right one for me. The time spent on an app that turns out to be a dud was worth way more than the $1 outlay. That's where the real loss is.

"Super Monkey" Security Force Used At Commonwealth Games 66

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has increased the strength of its monkey security team for the Commonwelath Games. The large langur monkeys are used to scare away smaller, more troublesome primate species from sporting arenas and food stalls. "From tomorrow onwards we will increase the number of langurs from 28 to 38. The additional langurs will take care of the Games venues and other important areas," an NDMC official told the Press Trust of India news agency. Sounds like a good idea until the monkeys learn how to throw barrels.
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Valve's Battle Against Cheaters 336

wjousts writes "IEEE Spectrum takes a look behind the scenes at Valve's on-going efforts to battle cheaters in online games: 'Cheating is a superserious threat,' says [Steam's lead engineer, John] Cook. 'Cheating is more of a serious threat than piracy.' The company combats this with its own Valve Anti-Cheat System, which a user consents to install in the Steam subscriber agreement. Cook says the software gets around anti-virus programs by handling all the operations that require administrator access to the user's machine. So, how important is preventing cheating? How much privacy are you willing to sacrifice in the interests of a level playing field? 'Valve also looks for changes within the player's computer processor's memory, which might indicate that cheat code is running.'"

Comment Work for a tech company (Score 3, Insightful) 844

I'm sure I am in the minority, but I am proud of the fact that I got rich as a programmer and not by being a suit. How did I achieve that? I co-founded a small software company that was acquired by a large tech company. True we didn't pay ourselves much until we started making some good revenue, and it took us 7 years before we were acquired, but ultimately my ownership stake in the company got me more money in the end than if I had been working as an investment banker right out of college. I didn't turn into a manager or director or some suit who forgot his developer roots, I remained pretty much an architect/developer the whole time. I am really proud of that achievement.

But anyway, my salary at the acquiring company was quite good ($135k with bonus, stock, etc.). I checked on and it looks to be comparable to other developers at the company. I agree with some previous posters that if you want to be treated more than just a code monkey, work for a company that understands what developers bring to the table, that programming is very much a creative art and not at all like a bricklayer. If you work for a company whose core business is far away from tech (off the top of my head I am thinking a manufacturer or an insurance company, etc.) you will probably not be thought of as key and so I would assume your salary would reflect that. Check out salaries for software developers at companies like Cisco, Apple, Google, and Oracle and you will see they are pretty good.

Now you do have to consider the location. These companies are all based in expensive areas (Silicon Valley, east coast areas like NY and Boston) so their salaries will have to be higher just because of that. But still, overall I do believe that tech companies will give better salaries for developers than other companies.

Comment Re:Goodbye Flip? (Score 1) 521

True, I guess it all comes down to what is more important for people. I would venture a guess that its having convenient, easy-to-use video at your fingertips than having HD and better optics (if that was important, why not get a full-fledged HD video camera). So if you can get that on an iPod anyway people will take that over a dedicated camera. Just a guess.

Comment Goodbye Flip? (Score 5, Interesting) 521

I wonder how much the Flip's marketshare will be affected by the Nano getting a camera. Sure its not HD, but the original Flip was a huge seller and the Nano has that and a lot more while still retaining ease of use (though a single button to record is still probably a bit easier). I know if I were the founders of Pure Digital I am psyched Cisco acquired the company for $600 million a few months *before* this announcement! I wonder how much Cisco would acquire them for now?

Comment A different e-mail address for every purpose (Score 1) 481

A colleague of mine has his own domain and creates a separate e-mail address from that domain for each and every newsletter, internet site, etc. Basically any site that needs an e-mail, he creates a unique address for (i.e.

What this does is tell him *exactly* who has been selling his address. He has actually had several times where sites people would consider "legitimate" would deny that they sell the address but after he explained his system to them they admitted that they did. Another good thing about this is that you can disable an e-mail address if one of them is compromised.

Its a lot more work than just using a single e-mail for everything but it works well.


Submission + - Finding employment for a laid off team 1

Cheefachi writes: I am part of an entire team of Java/web developers and managers that have just recently been laid off a major technology corporation. We all joined via an acquisition that was based in an area (NYC) that the company does not have any development resources. While we have been part of the company for over 2 years and have become one of the most productive, innovative, and flexible teams in the division, the corporation in a cost cutting measure closed our office for various reasons but primarily because they wanted to consolidate their workers to established corporate campuses.

We are a close-knit team that works very well together and has repeatedly delivered under pressure. The core members of the team have been together for at least 7 years, with a few others that have been with us for around 3 years. We think of ourselves more as a family than as a "team", and we are sad that it looks like we'll be going our separate ways. But an entire, cohesive team of people becoming free at once does provide an opportunity that may not occur very often and so I wanted to ask the greater Slashdot community if they have seen any situations where an entire team (or most of one) can be hired by another company all at once. Would companies even consider this or is it just a pipe dream? I'd imagine that a huge advantage of hiring an almost complete team would be the ability to rapidly deploy that team on a problem, project, or product. But the disadvantage would be that the company would lose the flexibility to control everyone they hire and deploy as desired and would rather make individual offers than a blanket offer. Also the semantics of swallowing whole a team would be much more complex than just a single person here and there.

So have people heard of this before? Are there recruiters that specialize in placing entire teams? Any companies in the NYC area interested? :-) Or is this just not realistic?


Comment Re:Use a desktop (Score 1) 668

Yes, my company (Fortune 100 tech company) also makes everyone get a laptop. As a developer, I prefer using 2 screens and we have the tall monitors (1600x1200) that are so much better than the widescreen ones since it lets us see more code vertically. My big beef is that I prefer to use a Mac and I've been wanting to upgrade to a Macbook Pro to replace my G5 desktop and use it instead of my crappy company-provided Lenovo. The problem is that even the Pros don't support 2 external monitors like docking stations on the PC do. Sure I can use one extra monitor and the laptop screen but that is not ideal. Until then, I'll probably stick to my desktop.

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