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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What is the best open document format?

kramer2718 writes: I am working on a project that requires uploading and storing of documents. Although the application will need to allow uploading of .docx, doc, .pdf, etc, I'd like to store the documents in a standard open format that will allow easy search, compression, rendering, etc. Which open document format is the best?

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How to Avoid Working With Awful Legacy Code

kramer2718 writes: I have worked for about a decade as a software engineer. I am almost never hired to build new software from scratch, so my work satisfaction tends to be proportionate to quality of the legacy code I have to work with. Some legacy code has been good. Most of it is bad. I know a few questions to ask during an interview to determine the code quality: Are recent technologies used? Are there code review processes? Is TDD practiced? Even so, I still encounter terrible quality code. Does Slashdot have any advice for other questions to ask? Any other ways to find out code quality beforehand?

Submission + - Slashdot Poll 6

kramer2718 writes: The Most Evil Technology Company
* Microsoft
* Apple
* Google
* Oracle
* Adobe
* Intel
* I, for one, welcome our new corporate overlords

Submission + - Traffic shaping at home

kramer2718 writes: "I'm running into a difficulty with my roommate. We share an internet connection and he uses P2P a lot. So much in fact that it dramatically affects the latency and bandwidth with which I can surf the web (and don't get me started on remote X sessions). I would like to continue to share a connection with him (cheaper) and would like him to be able to use the Internet in whatever way he sees fit, but I can't deal with this situation.

I would like a home networking solution whereby his P2P traffic can be throttled down whenever other traffic comes through. I see a parallel here with CPU scheduling where batch jobs run with lower priority than interactive processes. It would be great if the solution would work with a standard WiFi/wired router (I think we are using a Buffalo router). Any ideas?"
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Energy Efficient Desktop PCs

kramer2718 writes: I'd like to run a server in my home, but am not too thrilled at burning a couple of hundred watts. At the same time, if I don't leave it one, it won't be much use. Energy Star seems to concentrate on entire systems rather than on specific components. Are there other standards for high efficiency components? And what about software? I would not be able to put my server into hibernate or it won't function as a server. Are there creative ways to reduce power usage under low or zero load while still maintaining responsiveness? I'd love to hear what loyal Slashdot readers have done to slash the power consumption of their home servers.

Submission + - AT&T censors PerlJam--Band fires back (

kramer2718 writes: Recently, AT&T censor Pearl Jam for some anti-Bush comments during a performance.

The band fired back saying, "This, of course, troubles us as artists but also as citizens concerned with the issue of censorship and the increasingly consolidated control of the media. What happened to us this weekend was a wake-up call, and it's about something much bigger than the censorship of a rock band."

Other public interest groups have used this censorship as an argument for net-neutrality.

Ars Technica has more. What do slashdotters think?


Submission + - Which rechargeable batteries?

kramer2718 writes: "I go through a lot of batteries in my digital camera, remote controls, etc. I'd like to go to the rechargeable route for the environment and for my pocketbook, but I don't know which rechargeable batteries are the best. Can the Slashdot readers out there give me some advice about which brand and types of batteries work well?"

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