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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

Slashdot - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 5:28pm
An anonymous reader writes: I'm a systems architect (and a former Unix sysadmin) with many years of experience on the infrastructure side of things. I have a masters in CS but not enough practical exposure to professional software development. I'd like to start my own software product line and I'd like to avoid outsourcing as much as I can. I'm seeking advice on what you think are the best practices for running a software shop and/or good blogs/books on the subject. To be clear, I am not asking about what are the best programming practices or the merits of agile vs waterfall. Rather I am asking more about how to best run the shop as a whole. For example, how important is it to have coding standards and how much standardization is necessary for a small business? What are the pros and cons of allowing different tools and/or languages? What should the ratio of senior programmers to intermediate and junior programmers be and how should they work with each other so that nobody is bored and everyone learns something? Thanks for your help.

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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

Slashdot - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 5:28pm
An anonymous reader writes: I'm a systems architect (and a former Unix sysadmin) with many years of experience on the infrastructure side of things. I have a masters in CS but not enough practical exposure to professional software development. I'd like to start my own software product line and I'd like to avoid outsourcing as much as I can. I'm seeking advice on what you think are the best practices for running a software shop and/or good blogs/books on the subject. To be clear, I am not asking about what are the best programming practices or the merits of agile vs waterfall. Rather I am asking more about how to best run the shop as a whole. For example, how important is it to have coding standards and how much standardization is necessary for a small business? What are the pros and cons of allowing different tools and/or languages? What should the ratio of senior programmers to intermediate and junior programmers be and how should they work with each other so that nobody is bored and everyone learns something? Thanks for your help.

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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

Slashdot - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 5:28pm
An anonymous reader writes: I'm a systems architect (and a former Unix sysadmin) with many years of experience on the infrastructure side of things. I have a masters in CS but not enough practical exposure to professional software development. I'd like to start my own software product line and I'd like to avoid outsourcing as much as I can. I'm seeking advice on what you think are the best practices for running a software shop and/or good blogs/books on the subject. To be clear, I am not asking about what are the best programming practices or the merits of agile vs waterfall. Rather I am asking more about how to best run the shop as a whole. For example, how important is it to have coding standards and how much standardization is necessary for a small business? What are the pros and cons of allowing different tools and/or languages? What should the ratio of senior programmers to intermediate and junior programmers be and how should they work with each other so that nobody is bored and everyone learns something? Thanks for your help.

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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

Slashdot - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 5:28pm
An anonymous reader writes: I'm a systems architect (and a former Unix sysadmin) with many years of experience on the infrastructure side of things. I have a masters in CS but not enough practical exposure to professional software development. I'd like to start my own software product line and I'd like to avoid outsourcing as much as I can. I'm seeking advice on what you think are the best practices for running a software shop and/or good blogs/books on the subject. To be clear, I am not asking about what are the best programming practices or the merits of agile vs waterfall. Rather I am asking more about how to best run the shop as a whole. For example, how important is it to have coding standards and how much standardization is necessary for a small business? What are the pros and cons of allowing different tools and/or languages? What should the ratio of senior programmers to intermediate and junior programmers be and how should they work with each other so that nobody is bored and everyone learns something? Thanks for your help.

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Hitler painting fetches $161,000 at German auction

Mashable - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 5:23pm

He's history's murderous megalomaniac who just won't go away: The ghost of Adolf Hitler is back — this time with art in tow

A watercolor painting titled "Standesamt und Altes Rathaus Muenchen" ("Civil Registry Office and Old Town Hall of Munich") was sold at auction in Nuremberg, Germany, on Saturday for 130,000 euros ($161,000) to an unnamed person from the Middle East. There were also inquiries from Asia and America.

See also: Napoleon's famed 'bicorne' hat sells for $2.2 million

The 100-year old painting was sold along with a signed letter from Hitler's adjutant Albert Bormann, the brother of Martin Bormann, a high-ranking member of the Nazi party and Hitler's private secretary, according to Reuters. Read more...

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3D Robotics' new drone can follow you around, carry a mirrorless camera

Engadget - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 5:21pm
3D Robotics is not about to let DJI hog all the press with its wild Inspire 1 Drone, so it just revealed its own semi-pro model: the X8+. The 8-prop UAV is designed to carry GoPro or lightweight mirrorless cameras, while offering a fully automated...

Duplo Docucutter 660 Question

PrintPlanet.com - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 5:19pm
We recently picked up a Duplo 660 for our digital production center. When the machine was installed the tech had instructed to make sure that the back gauge was forward a little bit before powering off the machine. Otherwise it would not be able to calibrate correctly if it was sitting at the far back position. Well inevitably someone was in the shop on a Saturday and didn't get the memo, the machine is off, back gauge all the way to the back. I'm curious if anyone has experience with this machine and really if anyone knows of a way to bring the back gauge forward manually before we turn the machine back on.
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Fiery Rip with Xerox 800 - Crashes and then "unable to connect"

PrintPlanet.com - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 5:17pm
Press running fine and then fiery crashed. Tried to reconnect and got this.

Unable to connect to (Fiery). The server name or ip address may be invalid.

I thought I'd try to change ip address of the press. Does anyone know how to do that or have any other ideas?

Thanks!
Categories: Industry News

Ein Muss für alle Eltern! „100 Days of Tele and His Red Ride“, eine Serie von Episoden über 100 Tage mit einem Zweijährigen und seinem STRIDER, gefilmt mit der Action Cam von Sony – und die Ergebnisse sind ganz hinreißend

Business Wire News with Multimedia - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 5:00pm
TOKIO (Japan)--(BUSINESS WIRE)--„100 Days of Tele and His Red Ride“ (etwa: „100 Tage mit Tele und seiner Fahrt in Rot“) ist eine Serie von Episoden mit Tele, einem hinreißenden Zweijährigen aus Los Angeles, der sich sehr bemüht, auf dem STRIDER-Laufrad zu fahren, das er eines Tages von seinen Eltern bekommt. Die Action Cam von Sony zeichnet 100 Tage lang Teles tägliche Herausforderung mit seinem STRIDER auf und wird auf Sonys offiziellem Action Cam YouTube-Kanal veröffentlicht. 100 Days of Tele

National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s Patient Guidelines for Mesothelioma®, Sponsored By Mesothelioma Law Firm Baron and Budd, Now Available on Amazon.com

Business Wire News with Multimedia - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 5:00pm
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN), comprised of several of the world’s leading cancer treatment centers, recently announced that printed versions of its NCCN Guidelines for Patients® are now available through Amazon.com, the mesothelioma law firm of Baron and Budd reports. These guidelines offer information to help cancer patients discuss their disease with physicians so they have the clearest possible picture of potential treatment options. (http://www.

Colombia Is One Of Latin America’s Most Promising New Tech Hubs

TechCrunch - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 5:00pm
 Ten years ago, the idea that Colombia would become a burgeoning hub for any dynamic industry beyond its notorious drug trade would have struck most observers as far-fetched. As recently as the turn of the century, conventional wisdom had it that the tropical, Andean nation was on the verge of becoming a failed state. Read More

Listen to Jennifer Lawrence sing a haunting tune from 'Mockingjay'

Mashable - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 4:38pm

Add singing to Jennifer Lawrence's extensive list of talents (see: shooting a bow and arrow, goofy red carpet faces, Oscar-worthy acting)

The Hunger Games released audio of Lawrence singing "The Hanging Tree" from Mockingjay - Part 1, and it's shockingly good considering the actress previously described herself as a tone-deaf Amy Winehouse

See also: 20 Unique 'The Hunger Games' Items on Etsy

Arranged by composer James Newton and the Lumineers, with lyrics by Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins, the song is a melancholy tune, which features Lawrence singing a cappella until a haunting chorus chimes in. Read more...

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Elon Musk Testing ‘X-Wing’ Fins For Reusable Rockets, Seafaring Spaceport Drones For Landing

TechCrunch - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 4:37pm
 Let’s face it: Elon Musk is probably a time traveller sent back to help us leave earth behind and achieve the next phase of human evolution. The inventor and entrepreneur issued a minor tweet storm today, in which he detailed a new SpaceX program to test the function of “X-Wing” style grid fins that could help spacecraft navigate upon re-entry after delivering personnel or… Read More

NASA taught astronauts about zero gravity using cats

Mashable - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 4:30pm

It is a well-known phenomenon that a cat falling upside down has the ability to turn its body mid-air so that it lands on its feet. Nobody had attempted to analyze the the "falling cat" movement mathematically until 1969, when T.R. Kane and M.P. Scher of Stanford, California created a model cat and conducted a study that was funded by NASA to help astronauts orient their bodies in zero gravity. Read more...

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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

Slashdot - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 4:17pm
jones_supa writes: Eizo has introduced an interesting new PC monitor with a square aspect ratio: the Eizo FlexScan EV2730Q is a 26.5-inch screen with 1:1 aspect ratio and an IPS panel with resolution of 1920 x 1920 pixels. "The extended vertical space is convenient for displaying large amounts of information in long windows, reducing the need for excess scrolling and providing a more efficient view of data," the firm writes. The monitor also offers flicker-free (non-PWM) backlight and reduced blue light features to avoid scorching users' eyes. Would a square display be of any benefit to you?

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Buffalo braces for flooding and roof collapses due to melting snow

Mashable - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 3:59pm

Concerns that warming temperatures will melt snow in Buffalo have prompted residents to brace for potential flooding

In a press conference Friday afternoon, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state was stockpiling equipment to handle "potential flooding operations," including 425 pumps and generators, 55 boats, three helicopters, 29 high-axle vehicles (which can be used to conduct rescues in 4 to 5 feet of water) and 180,000 sandbags

See also: Buffalo snow peaks at 7.3 feet during week of once-in-a-generation cold

Cuomo also warned that more roofs and buildings could potentially collapse. The New York governor also provided a public briefing on "flood preparedness" Saturday afternoon Read more...

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Upgrading the Turing Test: Lovelace 2.0

Slashdot - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 3:09pm
mrspoonsi tips news of further research into updating the Turing test. As computer scientists have expanded their knowledge about the true domain of artificial intelligence, it has become clear that the Turing test is somewhat lacking. A replacement, the Lovelace test, was proposed in 2001 to strike a clearer line between true AI and an abundance of if-statements. Now, professor Mark Reidl of Georgia Tech has updated the test further (PDF). He said, "For the test, the artificial agent passes if it develops a creative artifact from a subset of artistic genres deemed to require human-level intelligence and the artifact meets certain creative constraints given by a human evaluator. Creativity is not unique to human intelligence, but it is one of the hallmarks of human intelligence."

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Samsung asks the US government to block NVIDIA's chips

Engadget - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 3:01pm
The patent war between NVIDIA and Samsung isn't going to wind down any time soon. Samsung has backed up its countering lawsuit against NVIDIA with a US International Trade Commission complaint asking the agency to block imports of NVIDIA's GeForce...

‘Magic is the new black’ at Disney Store This Holiday Season

Business Wire News with Multimedia - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 3:00pm
PASADENA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Disney Store is making the holiday shopping season merrier than ever with ‘Magic is the new black,’ a celebration of the most magical time of the year. To take the stress out of holiday shopping, Disney Store is making special pricing available early, both in-store and online, allowing guests to take advantage of great deals 24/7. Beginning today and through the weekend (Nov. 21-23), a selection of Magical Friday (Black Friday) deals can be shopped exclusively

NBA union chief Michele Roberts is 'itching for a fight' — and that's not all

The first female chief of the National Basketball Players Association, Michele Roberts — one of our women to watch this week— caught our attention when she told ESPN The Magazine last week that the league's current salary cap is "incredibly un-American." And this week, Roberts was grabbing headlines for a slew of different reasons. Here are some of the best finds from around the web: 'She's serious, she's impressive…she's itching for a fight": One agent told Sporting News that Roberts, who…