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Comment Anecdote from the recent past. (Score 1) 230

Not that long ago, back in the 90's I worked on a project for Macintosh (not called MacOS yet) that had a minimal compile time of 12 minutes on the highest end Mac at the time (a Quadra something or other loaded to the max with RAM) and that's assuming you change one or two source files and not touch headers. Touching a header file forced a full compile and that would be 45 minutes. We ended up scheduling our compiles so that we could all play fooseball or something. Coming back to a failed compile sucked hard.

Comment We've been using a Mac Mini as a server... (Score 4, Interesting) 557

We use a first generation Mac Mini in my office to do nightly builds of both our MacOS and Windows software. The windows builds run on VM Ware. Its not uncommon for the build machine to be running 100% CPU for hours at a time. It hasn't been rebooted in months. We've been doing this with the same machine for over three years. Its wonderful. Never had a problem...

Submission + - Avoiding a lawsuit for copyright infringement

litewoheat writes: "I started a software company a while ago that was acquired by a larger company and I now work for the combined company. I basically sold all my IP to the acquiring company, including source code going back 10+ years. I'm in the very early stages of a new startup working on all new software for a completely different market and I'm starting totally from scratch. I'm even developing on a different OS just to keep my distance from the code I've written in the past, which is no longer mine. There's nothing in my contract that says my current employer has rights on anything I develop in my free time etc. I'm integral to my current employer and when I do announce that I am leaving there will be drama. I'm reminded of John Fogerty getting sued because his new music sounded much like his old music that was owned by his old record company. I'm concerned that my current company would do the same to me when I do leave. What kinds of things should I do now that will protect me later when/if this were to happen?"

Comment So what? (Score 0) 1182

Why is it so important for this person to advertise, in a gaming context, that they are gay / lesbian? What does that that have to do with anything? These people give every other gay man or woman a bad name. Homosexuality makes some people uncomfortable and if there's no really good reason, why persist? There is no good reason what so ever to make it a point to let people know who you like to have sex with on XBox Live. BTW. I'm gay so don't go calling me a homophobe.

HP CEO Allowed 'Sting' on CNet reporter 145

Mark writes "The Washington Post, reporting on Hewlett-Packard's Chairman Patricia Dunn and alleged spying on other HP board members, has obtained e-mails that implicate the CEO, Mark Hurd, who approved an elaborate 'sting' operation on a CNet reporter." From the article: HP's leak investigation involved planting false documents, following HP board members and journalists, watching their homes, and obtaining calling records for hundreds of phone numbers belonging to HP directors, journalists and their spouses, according to a consultant's report and the e-mails."

Will MacIntel Kill Apple Open Source Efforts? 557

An anonymous reader writes in to say that "Rob Braun (OpenDarwin core developer claims Apple's open source efforts are now dead, because Apple is afraid of assisting OSx86 piracy. First, Apple withheld the source of cctools required to to build Darwin. Now it seems they are no longer releasing the source to OS X's xnu kernel. "

Rumsfeld Requests 24-hour Propaganda Machine 1327

jasonditz writes "The BBC is reporting that US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is unhappy with the existing propaganda systems in place and insists that the US must create a 'more effective, 24-hour propaganda machine' or risk losing the battle for the minds of Muslims. In an era where we've already got government-created and funded media outlets and the Pentagon bribing Iraqi journalists to run favorable war stories, not to mention other departments paying journalists to endorse their positions, it begs the question, how much more can they possibly do?"

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