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Comment Teleworking works... (Score 1) 393

People are generally more productive when working from home. Less breaks, more on task, etc etc. Granted they have less face time at the office but this generally works out in favor of both the company and individual. Yes, I do telework about 85% of the time and I know a few people at AT&T that do and will probably continue to do so; as a consultant or otherwise. For all you naysayers...if it doesn't work for you then don't do it but don't harp on the people that it helps over the course of their tenure at said company.
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Submission + - 'Warcraft' Target of Chinese Lawsuit

jac_at_nac writes: "HONG KONG — A Beijing-based software company has filed a lawsuit against the creator of the "World of Warcraft" and the game's local operator for allegedly using its Chinese character fonts illegally. arcraft_font_lawsuit/2007/08/24/27207.html
Founder Group's lawsuit seeks $13.2 million in damages, company spokesman Song Zhenying said Friday.
The Chinese version of "World of Warcraft," run by Shanghai-based The9 Ltd., uses five Chinese character fonts developed by Founder without authorization, Song said. Founder employees discovered the alleged violations while playing the game.
A court date hasn't been set.
"World of Warcraft," created by Vivendi SA's Blizzard Entertainment Inc., is the world's most popular online game and has more than 3.5 million subscribers in China.
The9 spokesman James Zhao said the company's lawyers are still studying the lawsuit and that he had no further comment. Blizzard didn't immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.
Founder Group is a software company and computer maker founded in 1986 with investment from Peking University.

The lawsuit was filed June 18 in a Beijing court but not immediately disclosed.

© 2007 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed."

Submission + - Patent on method to develop synthetic life form. (

rupert0 writes:
Scientists working to build a life form from scratch have applied to patent the broad method they plan to use to create their "synthetic organism". The J Craig Venter Institute's US patent application claims exclusive ownership of a set of essential genes and a synthetic "free-living organism that can grow and replicate" made using those genes.
Microsoft is already proposing a strategic merge. :P


Submission + - Sony Encounter Resistance from Church over R:FoM

Leigh Ramsden writes: "The Church of England is considering legal action against entertainment firm Sony for featuring Manchester Cathedral in the violent PlayStation 3 video game Resistance: Fall of Man. The church have stated that Sony failed to get the appropriate permissions to use the location and were unaware of the light in which it would be depicted. The Bishop of Manchester, Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch was quoted as saying

"We are shocked to see a place of learning, prayer and heritage being presented to the youth market as a location where guns can be fired."

The full story can be found online at the BBC website"

Submission + - SCM wars, take two

An anonymous reader writes: Which one is the best SCM in town? Are there any real alternatives to Subversion?

One week after posting about Linus and his speech on SCM, the folks at Codice Sofware, a start-up company developing from scratch a new version control system written in Mono, claim to have the best branch and merge mechanism compared to systems like Subversion, Clearcase and the like.

Which one is the best SCM for parallel development? Is really Subversion the one to go for or it is taking too long to evolve comparing to other systems?

I've tried Plastic SCM and it looks like a good option but, wouldn't it be better were it be Open Source? Which makes me think: is there any real opportunity for a start-up company targeting a complex business like SCM outside OSS? Is there a better way to reach the market than through open source?

According to Forrester Perforce and SVN are the leaders in the SCM marketplace, just targeting version control, and big players take on SCCM (Software Configuration and Change Management). But at the end of the day, which is the one dealing better with complex day-to-day problems like branching, merging, performance and so on?

Submission + - Patient bleeds dark green blood

anonymous zero writes: A team of Canadian surgeons got a shock when the patient they were operating on began shedding dark greenish-black blood. The man had needed urgent surgery because he had developed a dangerous condition in his legs after falling asleep in a sitting position. In this case, the unusual colour of the 42-year-old's blood was down to the migraine medication he was taking.

Submission + - Talking paper developed in Sweden (

JanCold writes: "Swedish reserchers have developed talking paper which reacts to touch. Paper isn't linked in computer and all features is printed in the paper. Paper uses ink which leads electricity and reacts to preasure. Sound comes from speakers which are printed in to the paper."

Submission + - Researchers: Protein From Squid Can Bend Light (

IConrad01 writes: "From Neurophilosophy:

A new study into the biophysical properties of a highly reflective and self-organizing squid protein called reflectin will inform researchers about the process of "bottom-up" synthesis of nanoscale structures and could lead to the development of thin-film coatings for small-scale materials, bringing materials scientists one step closer to the development of an "invisibility cloak." The reflectin protein comes from the Hawaiian Bobtail squid, Euprymna scolopes, which is native to the Central Pacific ocean. [...]
Well, I for one welcome our new invisible overlords? "Ba-dum-tish...""


Submission + - Research Allows Bacteria to Store Computer Data

Istrancis writes: "According to Japanese research, bacteria could someday be used to store computer data, not only temporarily, but on an extremely long term basis. The process of recording the data involves inserting artifical genetic material into the bacteria's genome, and the idea is that this data would be transferred over to the next generation of bacteria, and on to the next one, allowing this data to remain intact for far longer than a modern CD-ROM, USB flash drive, or even hard disk currently allows."

Submission + - Is next-generation the spoiled child of previous?

Anonymous Coward writes: " eration-the-spoiled-child-of-previous-generations/ excerpt: "We saw the normalmaps. We saw the dancing shadows over flickering torch lights. We saw our wallet being emptied out for the newest video card or for the next-generation consoles, which hankered capriciously for the latest 42 inch plazma. But we didn't mind, as gamers, because we all wanted those beautiful looking games. The sales figure however, might not have the salivating effect on the developers which had on us when we saw the trailers for upcoming next-gen games. BBC news is reporting for some vague reasons but arguing firmly based on actual sales numbers that next-gen games developers are unlikely to make a profit on new titles until 2008, according to a report.""

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