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Submission + - RMS: Not Glad Jobs is Dead, But Glad He's Gone 3

theodp writes: Richard Stallman stays committed to The Cause, ruffling a few feathers with a terse against-the-grain obituary: 'Steve Jobs, the pioneer of the computer as a jail made cool, designed to sever fools from their freedom, has died. As Chicago Mayor Harold Washington said of the corrupt former Mayor Daley, 'I'm not glad he's dead, but I'm glad he's gone.' Nobody deserves to have to die — not Jobs, not Mr. Bill, not even people guilty of bigger evils than theirs. But we all deserve the end of Jobs' malign influence on people's computing. Unfortunately, that influence continues despite his absence. We can only hope his successors, as they attempt to carry on his legacy, will be less effective.' As different as their views were, Stallman and Jobs probably saw eye-to-eye on the need to Think Different.
Network

Submission + - Large ISPs Profit From BitTorrent Traffic (torrentfreak.com)

kijitah writes: "Ernesto at TorrentFreak writes: 'A new report published by Northwestern University and Telefónica Research discovered some BitTorrent trends worth sharing. During a 2-year period the researchers monitored an unprecedented sample of 500,000 people in 169 countries. Aside from showing that BitTorrent users download more and more data, the report also finds that large ISPs including Comcast are actually making money off BitTorrent traffic.'

Check out the presentation slides or paper!"

Submission + - Book Review: Pro CSS for High Traffic Websites (stupidcat.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Pro CSS for High Traffic Web Sites was written by Antony Kennedy and Inayaili de Leon. The book provides best practices and techniques for building scalable CSS based web sites receiving 10,000+ unique visitors per day. Covered are CSS framework solutions, processes, development methodologies, branding, testing and performance.

This book is not a reference guide to CSS code and constructs. It was not written to provide the reader with specific code snippets for your site. Instead, the book is about building an infrastructure to support the proper CSS implementation for highly trafficked and scalable sites. It also provides best practices, techniques and tool recommendations. You will find some code here, too, but it is not this book’s focus except to provide principles for good code. The book starts out offering an effective value proposition for process. This includes discussions on teams, staff turnover, code consistency and other strategic concerns. I was excited to see the book built on the fundamentals of process like this.
Further, the authors provide guidance on the most popular CSS frameworks. The book culminates to the final chapter where all the information learned in the previous chapters is put into action to guide the reader to developing their own custom CSS framework.

There are a lot of useful gems found in this book. They cover CSS Resets (including my favorite, Eric Meyer’s), accessibility, CSS Sprites, Grid systems and much more. I was impressed by the breadth of the coverage and how well this book was written.
Process and strategy are keys to creating an effective large-scale site. Their guidance in this area is critical even though at first it may not seem important. I have led the development and maintenance of large scale sites in my capacity as Director of eBusiness and Web Technologies at a large company having supported 18,000 unique visitors per day. Much of what these authors have put together here is similar to the processes, methodologies and approaches I have used/continue to use.

I recommend this book for all web designers/developers. Not just those creating sites for high traffic. I think there is a lot to be said for setting your site up right the first time. It is always good to start out on the right foot and I think this book should be a required resource for all designers.
The best practices and techniques coupled with the process views provided in the book are instrumental, in my opinion, to building a solid strategy and site.

Buy this book!

GNOME

Submission + - Linux Desktop Summit Program Announced (kde.org)

jrepin writes: "The Desktop Summit is a joint conference organized by the GNOME and KDE communities, the two dominant forces behind modern graphical software on free platforms. Over a thousand international participants are expected to attend. The main conference takes place from 6-8 August. The annual membership meetings of GNOME and KDE are scheduled for 9 August, followed by workshops and coding sessions on 10-12 August. The Desktop Summit Team is now pleased to announce this year's program of talks."
Amiga

Submission + - What will the upcoming C64 / Amiga reboot change? (commodoreusa.net) 2

An anonymous reader writes: Commodore USA is close to starting production of the new C64s and Amigas it has been designing around modern PC hardware. A new OS nobody has seen yet — Commodore OS 1.0 — is also in the works. COS will, amongst other things, allow "games for the Commodore PET, Vic20, C16, C64, C128 and AMIGA" to be played on the new machines in emulation mode. It also promises "a distinctive, attractive, advanced and stable operating system experience".

Will these machines only interest a few hundred thousand people who grew up with a C64 or Amiga at home and are feeling nostalgic? Or could the new machines become wildly popular, sell millions of units just like in the old days and possibly signify a true "return" or "resurrection" of the long extinct "Commodore Platform"? Could this "old-new" platform possibly then become a popular 4th choice for people who want neither a Windows PC, nor a Mac, nor a Linux box? Could the new Amiga lineup in particular, which features fairly powerful hardware, become a renewed magnet for cool audio, video, 2D/3D graphics, music apps and other creative software like the old Amiga was? Will we walk into game shops and see dedicated "Amiga Games" again?

Businesses

Getting Rid of Staff With High Access? 730

HikingStick writes "I've been in the tech field for over 15 years. After more than nine years with the same company, I've been asked to step in and establish an IT department for a regional manufacturing firm. I approached my company early, providing four weeks notice (including a week of pre-scheduled [and pre-approved] vacation time). I have a number of projects to complete, and had planned to document some of the obscure bits of knowledge I've gleaned over the past nine years for the benefit of my peers, so I figured that would give me plenty of time. That was on a Friday. The following Monday, word came down from above that all of my privileged access was to be removed — immediately. So, here I sit, stripped of power with weeks ahead of me. From discussions with my peers in other companies, I know that cutting off high-privilege users is common, but usually in conjunction with a severance offer (to keep their hands off the network during those final weeks, especially if there is any ill-will). Should I argue for restored access, highlight the fact that I am currently a human paperweight, request a severance package, or simply become the most prolific Slashdot poster over the next few weeks? Does your company have a policy/process for dealing with high-privilege users who give notice? What is it, and do you make exceptions?"

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