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Software

Submission + - Verticity Playing B2B Matchmaker (youtube.com)

Verticity writes: "A new B2B marketplace for matching buyers of IT development services with developers here and abroad has just gone live. Executives at VertiCity, based here, say that during pilot testing, the company found the greatest demand came from customers looking for someone to build them an e-commerce site. "They may say they want one [similar to another seen online]," says Jeff Mason, CEO of VertiCity. "Or they want two pieces of software integrated." Mason, who spent 30 years at IBM (NYSE:IBM) prior to launching VertiCity, encourages buyers to write multiphased requests for proposal (RFPs) rather than a single, million-dollar bid. Similarly, VertiCity's sellers,its developer fleet,typically package their work in chunks, "so both parties get money flowing in increments," he says. "I think we would go back [to VertiCity's services]," says Sachin Chaudhry, principal of StudentOnline.com, a New York start-up that offers a Web-based application for college faculty and students. VertiCity led StudentOnline.com to Astata, a company that develops and hosts wireless applications. Astata wrote a wireless component for StudentOnline.com's application so that users can access the site with handheld devices such as PDAs or a cell phone. "We got something like 30 bids, and we filtered out the bids that were potentially way too high [in cost]," Chaudhry says. "From five or six bids, we narrowed it down to one. [The choice] was a little price-conscious, but we also had a deadline for when we needed to roll out the application,the fall semester," he adds. VertiCity hires developers from outside the United States to work on retainer for U.S. companies, Mason says. Roughly half of the company's stable of developers live and work in Asia, he says. "The [overseas] person that we would charge [customers] $2,000 a month for probably has eight to 10 years of experience and a master's in computer science," Mason says, adding that an American with those credentials could command as much as $8,000 per month, or nearly $100,000 annually. VertiCity is not the first exchange to focus on matching buyers and sellers of IT services. Ajunto, ITsquare and other newcomers are tapping the potentially lucrative vein as well."
The Courts

Submission + - David Ritz convicted for doing a zone transfer (circleid.com)

ianainet writes: In this story, Al Iverson explains how anti-spammer David Ritz was convited for doing a zone transfer to gather information on a spam complaint. The spammer tried to stop Ritz by filing suit, probably just hoping to scare Ritz away. Instead the spammer gets a late Christmas present when then judge says: "Ritz's behavior in conducting a zone transfer was unauthorized within the meaning of the North Dakota Computer Crime Law."
Turns out the judge thinks doing things like "accessing the servers via a Unix operating system and using a shell accounts" is a way to conceal your identity.
Perhaps I should file against everyone in North Dakota who visited my web page? Wonder if the judge has ever visited one of my web servers?

User Journal

Journal Journal: The HTC Touch DUAL

The HTC Touch DUAL combines an intuitive touch screen and slide-out keypad within a stunning design. A new and more powerful member of the Touch family that integrates 3.5G wireless connectivity with a sleek and innovative sliding keypad design
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Ducth Gamers fight real Soldiers in VBS2 (armedassault.eu)

jerry hopper writes: "My name is Jerry Hopper,
In my spare-time im a 'Gaming talk-show host' on a online radio station 'Sahrani Radio'.
With this Radio-show im informing and entertaining the community around 'ArmedAssault' a game by Bohemia Interactive Studios.
In the July edition of the Defensiekrant, a weekly publication of the Netherlands ministry of defence, an article surfaced on the use of commercial gaming applications as part of the courses at the Maneuver Instruction and Training Center (OTCMAN).

Just a few days later, a major dutch newspaper 'de Telegraaf' publicized the following news about research the use of games and in specific VBS2.

        The army uses war-games to prepare soldiers on a wide range of combat-situations.
        In attempt to research the best use of war-simulations within the dutch army,the 'Defense and Security' department of TNO organizes on 13 September a gaming contest.
        Five experienced civilian players will take it up against 5 trained military personnel, who play the game following 'army doctrines'. TNO Defense and Security is currently selecting volunteers for this contest on the Internet. The researchers want to see the essential differences of of both teams strategy, to see if they actually make different choices and learn from failures.

With so many similarities of Armed Assault and VBS2, i was determined to report this extraordinary event.
Armed with the event information, and a list of 'hardcore' OFP/ARMA players, i tried to get in contact with these researchers.

The FULL report of that event is available at : http://www.armedassault.eu/Misc.-Articles/Field-report-Gamers-fight-real-Soldiers-in-VBS2.html"

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