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Submission + - Reddit Forces Remote Workers To Live In San Francisco Or Lose Job (venturebeat.com)

Kethinov writes: Having just raised $50 million, reddit suddenly decided to force all its remote workers to move to San Francisco. From the article: "Company CEO Yishan Wong took to Twitter to confirm the new employee policy, which he said was unrelated to the new investment. 'Intention is to get whole team under one roof for optimal teamwork. Our goal is to retain 100 percent of the team,' he said." The decision was not well received by everyone, with some suggesting that perhaps Yishan should get with the 21st century instead.

Submission + - It's time for a 21st century successor to Agile: Async (asyncmanifesto.org)

An anonymous reader writes: A parody of the Agile Manifesto and Scrum called the Async Manifesto has been floating around recently and despite its satirical framing device, it makes some good points by stressing modern tools and flexible work environments over meetings and office hours. The parody has inspired some good debates on /r/programming and hacker news so it seemed worthy of a discussion here too. What does Slashdot think of Async development? Should it or something like it replace Agile/Scrum?

Submission + - A Free Internet, If You Can Keep It (techcrunch.com)

Kethinov writes: "My Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, a prominent opponent of the infamous Stop Online Piracy Act, has introduced two bills to the U.S. House of Representatives designed to protect the free and open internet, expand the protections of the Fourth Amendment to digital communications, and protect against the introduction of any further SOPA-like bills. Since these are issues Slashdotters care deeply about, I wanted to open up the bills for discussion on Slashdot. Is my Congresswoman doing a good job? Is there room for improvement in the language of the bills? If you're as excited by her work as I am, please reach out to your representatives as well and as them to work with Rep. Lofgren. It will take a big coalition to beat the pro-RIAA/MPAA establishment politics on internet regulation."

Submission + - Why Microsoft Shouldn't Copy Apple's iOS Walled Garden (arstechnica.com)

Kethinov writes: "Will the computers of the future be tools for freedom or for censorship? An insightful Ars Technica editorial examines this question in depth, concluding that Apple's walled garden approach to iOS is fundamentally flawed and thus Microsoft should reconsider their plans to apply the same model to WinRT. The authors are careful to present a nuanced analysis that adequately weighs the competing interests of security, convenience, and user freedom, ultimately concluding that Mac OS X and Android offer better models because while their walled gardens are on by default, they offer supported mechanisms to opt-out if desired, thereby offering users the same security and convenience benefits without sacrificing user freedom in the process."

Submission + - Opinionated Tech Blogger Claims Node.js is Cancer (teddziuba.com)

Kethinov writes: "While doing some quick learning about Node.js recently, I noticed that the third result of the Google search query for 'node.js' was this scathing rant by opinionated tech blogger Ted Dziuba. Among the arguments in his harshly worded article are that Node's claim to have a non-blocking I/O model is a lie and that it disobeys the UNIX way, concluding that Node's poor quality puts even 'Rasmus Lerdorf to shame.' Since I've been intrigued by what Node.js has to offer lately, I'll put it to Slashdot. Do Ted's arguments have merit?"

Submission + - Adobe Acquires Nitobi (PhoneGap) (phonegap.com)

Kethinov writes: "Adobe has entered into an Acquisition Agreement with Nitobi, the creators of PhoneGap. According to Nitobi, 'this acquisition will allow Nitobi to focus solely on PhoneGap and work with Adobe to offer developers more efficient, expressive design and development across devices with HTML5, CSS and JavaScript.'"

Submission + - The enterprise is wrong, not Mozilla (arstechnica.com)

Kethinov writes: "Ars Technica has an insightful editorial criticizing enterprise IT backlash against Mozilla's new update policy. From the article: 'Now that Mozilla has released Firefox 5, version 4, just three months old, is no longer supported. Enterprise customers aren't very pleased with this decision, and are claiming it makes their testing burden impossible. We're not convinced: we think Mozilla's decision is the right one for the Web itself.'"
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Submission + - Ars Technica review slams Duke Nukem Forever (arstechnica.com) 1

Kethinov writes: "Ars Technica writes one of their most negative reviews of a game in a long time referring to Duke Nukem Forever as "barely playable" and "one of the worst games from a major studio in quite some time. The jokes border on hateful. The graphics are a blurry mess. The shooting is unsatisfying." Their verdict? Skip this one."

Submission + - BSG Prequel Series Caprica Canceled (ign.com)

Kethinov writes: The sci-fi TV series Caprica, a prequel spinoff from Battlestar Galactica, was just canceled by the Syfy channel. In response to the cancellation and the recent theme of many similar good sci-fi shows getting canceled over the last few years, I've written an editorial arguing that Caprica's cancellation reflects the decreasing sustainability of the cable TV business model. A better, more modern business model could have saved Caprica from cancellation. If this model is adopted in the future, it could save many other similar niche genre shows from the same fate down the road.

Submission + - New open source programming language from Google (arstechnica.com)

Kethinov writes: Go is a new programming language from Google that aims for performance that is nearly comparable to C, but with more expressive syntax and faster compilation. What it won't do, however, is liberate the coding masses from bracist tyranny. Google's Go is yet another take on C.

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