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Comment Full time programming, logging hours (Score 1) 547

I'm a full-time programmer - all I do is program. Rarely have meetings (every other week), don't deal with customers. Just program. My boss is strict on me logging hours - not to keep track of time, but to bill clients. He doesn't mind if I'm only getting 4-5hrs in an 8hr day, because he knows I'm being honest. The important part is logging accurate hours for billing the customers. In a good week (where I'm dealing with new issues each week, resolving lots of bugs, adding new features), I will log around 25-30 hrs. In a slow week (one problem bug), I get bogged down and do around 20hrs. I find that if it's difficult, it's best to clear my head and do other activities (walk, surf the tubes), but if it's not frustrating, I really get immersed in my work, and am really productive. It really depends on how the person handles what they're working on. If it's tedious and drains your attention, I find that most people turn to distractions to clear their head, like going on Slashdot an hour before you get off work (hehe). Other days, I'm so caught up in knocking out bugs left and right and getting a lot accomplished that time flies and I might put in a full 8hrs of work. Really depends on your work environment and what work you're doing.

Comment OLD news (Score 1) 494

USAA has been doing this for some time now. Most of USAA customers (military personnel and families) aren't around a local branch, mainly because the only branch is in San Antonio. They were the first bank to allow faxes of checks to be sent in, then when the iPhone came out, they had an app to take pictures and upload. It's a very helpful service, and they rarely get the credit they deserve. Yet no mention of them anywhere in the article or the comments? Boo.

Submission + - Google Toolbar Tracks Browsing Even On "Disable" (

lordguha writes: Ben Edelman presents screenshots and screen-capture videos demonstrating that even after a user specifically chooses to "disable" the Google Toolbar, and even after the Google Toolbar disappears from view, Google Toolbar continues tracking users' web browsing — including the specific sites visited, pages browsed, and searches conducted. He also compares Google's current notice/consent process to Google's 2004 version, finding important declines in both the presentation and substance of disclosures.

Comment Re:Peoples Ignorance (Score 1) 2

That's pretty much what I've heard from everyone. I don't see how she has grounds, but I wanted to see if there was anyone with IP law experience that would know of some court cases. There's a court case in 9th circuit court that says the exact same thing ICANN does, but I don't live in that area. Yeah, it's around $300 to register. My friends have said the same thing, but I don't feel like shelling out that money. If the problem persists, I might (she's not that bright).
The Military

Submission + - US Seeks Strategic Deterrent against Cyberattacks 1

Hugh Pickens writes: "The Washington Post reports that earlier this month, top Pentagon leaders gathered to simulate how they would respond to a sophisticated cyberattack aimed at paralyzing the nation’s power grids, its communications systems or its financial networks. The enemy had all the advantages: stealth, anonymity and unpredictability and no one could pinpoint the country from which the attack came, so there was no effective way to deter further damage by threatening retaliation. “We are now in the phase that we found ourselves in during the early 1950s, after the Soviets got the bomb,” said Joseph Nye, a professor at the Kennedy School at Harvard. “It won’t have the same shape as nuclear deterrence, but what you heard Secretary Clinton doing was beginning to explain that we can create some high costs for attackers." Deterrence involves making it clear to an adversary that the consequences of an attack would out-weigh its advantages and the deterrent will differ for different potential attackers says Air Force General Kevin Chilton. "You worry about North Korea doing bad things in the cyber domain, as well as you might worry about China potentially doing it, or some other country. So, you have to consider who it is you're trying to deter, and what it is they fear and value," Chilton says. This is what makes the Google-China standoff so fascinating. Google broke the silence that surrounds most cyberattacks and has said it will stop censoring searches conducted by Chinese, even if that means being thrown out of China. The threat alone is an attempt at deterrence: Google’s executives are essentially betting that Beijing will back down, An Obama administration official who has been dealing with the Chinese mused recently, “You could argue that Google came up with a potential deterrent for the Chinese before we did.”"

Submission + - The Fight to Save MySQL: Monty Widenius Speaks Out (

jammag writes: MySQL developer Monty Widenius is pessimistic about the database's future under Oracle. In this interview, he essentially describes it as a corporate takeover of an open source project, where it will languish without proper support. Even worse, he suggests that if Oracle's acquisition isn't overturned — highly unlikely at this point — the GPL itself will be jeopardized. "That means the laws that you have for commercial products, that you can't buy a competing commercial product to kill it, doesn't apply to open source," he says. "They will just think about MySQL being under the GPL, and the GPL not being enough to save MySQL."

Submission + - The Motorola "MOTOSPLIT"

TheSilverWolf writes: A recent Motorola leak from Engadget reveals the details of the new phone called the "MOTOSPLIT" [] This phone features an interesting slide feature where it slides outwards for a full QWERTY keyboard. [].
While the photo is only a render, this phone looks very promising as it is supposed to feature the GHz Snapdragon processor along with the android operating system. Hopefully this will include an on-screen keyboard, because pulling out the keys to type seems a little ridiculous. As long as it doesn't snap, the MOTOSPLIT would make a good addition to the lineup of Android phones.
Social Networks

Submission + - Unregistered Trademarks from Domain Registry? 2

baldbobbo writes: Around six months ago, I began doing standup comedy, improv and musical theater. Along the way, I met several talented performers putting on various shows. I decided to create an account on twitter called @nolacomedy to list all the various shows around town, then later creating a Facebook Fan Page called NOLA Comedy. The two are linked, and refer to each other.

Recently, I got an email from an angry woman who owns a comedy club. They use the URL, but the name of the theater is different. She claims I am infringing on her trademark. "nolacomedy" is not a registered trademark, so it's implied that it's an unregistered TM. Further, she continues to threaten legal action (but will not provide her attorney's contact information. Go figure).

My question for all the Slashdotters is: Does she have legal grounds to sue me? Shouldn't she just sent TOS violations to Facebook and Twitter, and let them decide? According to an ICANN ruling ( in 2001, registration does not give the registrant an unregistered trademark alone (which is what the woman claims). Are there any precedences in court that deal with this topic? This is occurring in New Orleans, LA (5th Circuit).

Comment Flash works fine... (Score 2, Insightful) 223

on Ubuntu using GNOME. I've been using Chrome since Alpha, and once they had flash compatibility, I haven't used anything else. Super fast, occasionally crashes, but when it does, it's flash loading, and the browser doesn't shut down on you. Didn't RTFA, but he should have tried different distros. To say "It sucks on Linux" when you only use one distro is like saying "Ice cream sucks" when you only taste one flavor. You gotta try em all

Comment Re:Utterly Pointless (Score 1) 451

He's not trying to solve problems of Windows. After all, it's for Google.

I like what you're doing, and I personally don't have any particular suggestions. I would think that the people this would be aimed for are the same people that use apt-get on Debian. So focus on the audience of apt-get and that should guide you for this sort of application for Windows. Good luck.

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