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Submission + - Why Open Source Projects Can't Compete With Commercial Products (abettergeek.com)

archmcd writes: Claire from abettergeek.com takes a look at two puzzling UI design decisions from two separate OSS projects and explores why the developers' egos prevent them from competing with more responsive commercial products that actively solicit and consider the feedback from their user base. Pidgin back in 2006 decided to abolish the manually resizable input box, and Firefox more recently changed the behavior of the quit function in its OS X version, puzzlingly in a way inconsistent with its behavior in other modern operating systems.
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Submission + - Apple Upholds Sexist Termination (abettergeek.com) 2

archmcd writes: Is Apple a progressive new-technology company, or are they entrenched in the same discrimination practices that plague many Fortune 500 companies of old? An otherwise successful Apple Genius relates the story of her termination, appeal and subsequent affirmation of her failure to be a member of the correct gender. From the article:

In the end, I was fired from a supposedly liberal, pro-employee, open-minded corporation because an all-male team couldn'(TM)t deal with an intelligent, outspoken woman working with them. I was fired by a supervisor who was going out of his way to find reason to fire me, and who was investigated by HR for that very behavior. I was fired for being unwilling and unable to continue to tolerate hostile, antagonistic behavior from my coworkers.

Have other Slashdot readers experienced similar problems from progressive new-technology corporations?

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Submission + - Duke Nukem: Forever To Appear At Mana Bar (kotaku.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: On October 16th, Duke Nukem: Forever will make an appearance at the Mana Bar in Brisbane, Australia. From the article:
"We all know co-founder Yug has a little black box full of pictures of developers on their drunken adventures at the bar for future leverage and blackmail. But more likely this is the last stop of Pitchford's tour after travelling Europe, ending with Brisbane's EB vendor show, to show that, yes, this game does indeed exist."

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