Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?
For security purposes, I use a WiebeTech drive eraser to scrub the drive (DoD Sanitize standard), then send them to a physical destruction service.
Paranoid? Yes. Expensive? Yes. Worth it to my employers? Yes.
Japan Extracts Natural Gas From Frozen Methane Hydrate
The Inland Sea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seto_Inland_Sea) is not deep enough.
Ask Slashdot: Best Degree For a Late Career Boost?
I don't know how it is in Germany, but here in the USA (especially in the Silicon Valley) if you want a late career boost, go get an MBA. Having an MBA isn't a four-letter word around here, especially if you get one from a good program. MIT has an excellent executive MBA program that can be done remotely, and everyone I've encountered with one has been top-notch. Same goes for an MBA from Stanford or even the other colleges local to the area.
Having an MBA opens a lot more doors for you. If you already have a good amount of experience in IT and Software Development, go get a degree in something outside of those fields to help expand your options.
You could also get a degree in something you enjoy personally but won't directly get you a job. Education doesn't just have to be for professional development.
Do Software Versions Really Matter?
Version *.0 never works. *.1 will work.
Therefore, always release 2.1 instead of 2.0.
2.1 will work.
Everything will be fixed in SnowLeopard.
Apple Rejects iPhone App As Competitive To iTunes
"And Dave Weiner argues that the iPhone isn't a "platform" at all: "The idea that it's a platform should mean no individual or company has the power to turn you off.""
I disagree. All of the modern game consoles are clearly platforms, yet you must have approval in order to develop and sell software for them. You have to submit your game to MS, Sony or Nintendo and they have to approve it. They can (and will) refuse authoring and certification of your game if you fail to meet their criteria. Granted, I don't think they've ever refused a game due to competition (only technical issues) but they can still refuse. The iPhone is a de facto platform. Whining about how it isn't open enough won't change that.
This is Apple after all, they've been locking people into developing software *their* way for as long as I can remember. Apple stopped being about openness a long time ago.