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Submission + - 5 Strange But True Ways To Find a Job (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: Ever gotten hired while sketching seminude women? Yeah, me neither. But that's how Marc Holmes got hired to work in a visual effects studio. Now, I'm not suggesting that you ditch the interview suit and file away your resume, but in this job market it pays to leave yourself open to serendipity. And by that I mean, don't tune out the people around you. 'News about job openings, training programs, or business prospects is more likely to come from people who aren't close to you,' says social trend expert Melinda Blau. Your next boss could be riding the elevator with you or hogging the arm rest on your next flight.
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Submission + - SPAM: Bizarre Droid Auto-Focus Bug Revealed

itwbennett writes: Pity the poor engineer who had to find this one. One of the more interesting of the handful of bugs that have appeared since the launch of Verizon's Droid smartphone has to do with the on-board camera's auto-focus. Apparently it just didn't work. And then suddenly it did. Naturally, this off-again, on-again made the theories fly. But the real reason for the bug was revealed in a comment on an Engadget post by someone claiming to be Google engineer Dan Morrill: 'There's a rounding-error bug in the camera driver's autofocus routine (which uses a timestamp) that causes autofocus to behave poorly on a 24.5-day cycle,' said Morrill. 'That is, it'll work for 24.5 days, then have poor performance for 24.5 days, then work again.The 17th is the start of a new "works correctly" cycle, so the devices will be fine for a while. A permanent fix is in the works.'
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Submission + - HTC refuse to release gpl sources for 'Hero' phone (ipetitions.com)

Squiff writes: It's been called an 'object of lust' http://www.engadget.com/2009/07/23/htc-hero-review/ and has been beating the iPhone for awards http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1220535/HTC-Hero-beats-Apple-iPhone-T3-Gadget-Awards.html as the first Android phone that really is 'the phone to have'. It has also just become available in the USA having been released in Europe in June. Unfortunately, despite being based on the Open Handset Alliance's Android platform and using several open source components, HTC are effectively refusing to release the source for the GPL parts of the code, citing that they are 'waiting for their developers to provide it' http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=569288&page=3. A petition has gone up today too http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/herokernel/index.html. They are ignoring their customers and their legal responsibilites, will they (can they?) ignore the Slashdot effect?

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