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Comment Teamwork (Score 1) 446

Even if you're the only one developing, you'll want someone else to try it out, shake it and see if bugs fall out. Usually it's more than just you developing it, and other people testing, and other people managing. Getting along with others is the main thing involved with a professional's life as compared to the lone hacker mentality, I have found.

Submission + - Drivers of technology? 1

eonwing writes: These are well known facts: that the internet started from DARPA, the "D" standing for "defense", or euphemism for war; and the first credit card transactions on the internet were for the "adult" industry, another euphemism. The question: is there any other driver of technology as great as these two appetites: to kill, or to (watch people) have sex? Does commerce (to buy) even come close as these?

Submission + - There Is No Cyberwar

crowfeather writes: "From the article: "Howard Schmidt, the new cybersecurity czar for the Obama administration, has a short answer for the drumbeat of rhetoric claiming the United States is caught up in a cyberwar that it is losing.

“There is no cyberwar,” Schmidt told in a sit-down interview Wednesday at the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco.

“I think that is a terrible metaphor and I think that is a terrible concept,” Schmidt said. “There are no winners in that environment.”

Instead, Schmidt said the government needs to focus its cybersecurity efforts to fight online crime and espionage.

His stance contradicts Michael McConnell, the former director of national intelligence who made headlines last week when he testified to Congress that the country was already in the midst of a cyberwar — and was losing it.""

Submission + - Apple pressuring music labels to ditch Amazon

crowfeather writes: "If you want to be in good with Apple/iTunes, one might forego Amazon's "Daily Deal" promotions. Once all in the hands of Amazon to give or not, the Daily Deals section is now made up of special deals with the music labels to get a one-day exclusive before street date. Apple is taking the competition from Amazon very seriously, and threatened to withdraw marketing support for certain Daily Deal releases. So when exactly do we start hating Apple, now?"

Submission + - Skin-based interface makes your arm a touchscreen (

crowfeather writes: "It goes by Skinput (PDF), and it reads the ultralow-frequency taps on your skin where the "pico" projectors on cell phones shine an interface on your forearm. It exploits the different sounds the skin, musculature and skeleton make in combination to determine just where you're tapping. Currently, it's a little sensitive on placement of the projected interface, but there could be an arm glowing on you in the not-too-distant future."

Submission + - Deathbed confession swears by Roswell aliens (

hellbreaker writes: "Lieutenant Walter Haut, the public relations officer at Roswell base in 1947, died last year; but he left behind a sworn affidavit (to be opened in the event of his death) describing a spacecraft, and little green men that he himself witnessed. Okay, maybe not green, but this just brings the whole question back: what exactly happened there?"

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