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Comment This is not builder vs developer, it's contractor (Score 1) 716

This is comparing apples to oranges. The builder in question is obviously the contractor, while the developer is an employee. The builder would eat the cost of the repairs while HIS employees would be paid their wage to fix it and at risk for termination for incompetence were they responsible for the initial defect.

If the developer was an independent contractor or freelancer, he would be required to fix his bugs on his own time (trust me, I've done it). If he is an employee, he would be paid his normal wage, and be at risk for termination should his employer feel it warranted.

Your boss can't make you fix bugs on your own time because you are an employee. If he takes issue with the quantity/severity of the bugs you produce, his his remedy is to fire you and replace you with someone more competent.

Submission + - Network Solutions DNS records appear compromised, DNS servers down. 3

pizzutz writes: It seems Network Solutions DNS records were compromised last night. Additionally, most if not all of their DNS servers seem to be down right now.
From the article: "Multiple organizations with domain names registered under Network Solutions suffered problems with their domain names today, as their DNS nameservers were replaced with nameservers at The nameservers at were configured to reply to DNS requests for the affected domains with IP addresses in the range"

Submission + - Firefox 3.5RC2 Windows vs Linux Performance (

pizzutz writes: "Andy Lawrence has posted a javascript speed comparison for the recently released Firefox 3.5RC2 between Linux(Ubuntu 9.04) and Windows(XP SP3) using the SunSpider benchmark test. Firefox 3.5 will include the new Tracemonkey javascript engine. The Windows build edges out Linux by just under 15%, though the Linux build is still twice as fast as the current 3.0.11 version which ships with Jaunty."

Submission + - Students call space station with home-built radio (

Pizzutz writes: "Four Toronto college students have accomplished a technological feat that their teachers are calling a first. The Humber College seniors made contact with the International Space Station Monday with a radio system they designed and built themselves. School officials say that, to their knowledge, that's never been accomplished by students at the college level."
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Submission + - Ubuntu 9.04 Boots in 21.4 Seconds (

Pizzutz writes: "Softpedia reports that Ubuntu 9.04 Boots in 21.4 Seconds using the current daily build and the newly supported EXT4 file system. From the article:

There are only two days left until the third Alpha version of the upcoming Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) will be available (for testing), and... we couldn't resist the temptation to take the current daily build for a test drive, before our usual screenshot tour, and taste the "sweetness" of that evolutionary EXT4 Linux filesystem. Announced on Christmas Eve, the EXT4 filesystem is now declared stable and it is distributed with version 2.6.28 of the Linux kernel and later. However, the good news is that the EXT4 filesystem was implemented in the upcoming Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha 3 a couple of days ago and it will be available in the Ubuntu Installer, if you choose manual partitioning.

I guess it's finally time to reformat my /home partition..."

It's funny.  Laugh.

XKCD Improving the Internet ... Yet Again 204

netbuzz writes "Comic creator Randall Monroe suggested in a recent xkcd strip that YouTube comments would be better — or, more precisely, less idiotic — if only those posting them were forced to hear their words read aloud first. Well, YouTube has gone and made this "audio preview" a reality, albeit an optional one. And, it's not the first time that xkcd has contributed to the betterment of the Internet, as those who are familiar with last year's "Internet census" and its use of a Hilbert curve may remember."

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