dmgxmichael writes "In another sign that both political parties have sold out and the Sherman Anti-Trust Act has been swept under the rug and forgotten, AT&T has announced they will acquire T-Mobile pending (now non-existent) regulatory oversight approval. If this goes through 99% of all wireless accounts will be in the hands of 3 carriers (Verizon, Sprint and AT&T)." Link to Original Source top
dmgxmichael writes "At my company over the course of a year we've lost good version controlling of our software. Right now we have different deployments to eight clients. We are down to two programmers, myself and one other, due to a higher than normal turnover rate of employees (17 in the last 2 years).
I'm trying to devise a means to get our code back into reliable release pattern instead of hot fixing production servers.
The production versions are relatively stable. Trunk in subversion is a bloody mess. Sandboxes for myself and my coworker are stable, little else is. I'm guessing I can merge the production codebases into each other one at a time, but it will take awhile.
I estimate this will take longer than it would take to replace the software, but management cannot be convinced. If anyone has any ideas on how to better make that argument I'm all ears. In the meanwhile the first step is to at the least get some modicum of sanity and only have one active deployment of the software instead of 8.
If it helps our version control system is subversion and our bug tracker is Mantis. The codebase is in PHP and like many PHP apps this thing has grown without any design or stable API's thought of. The code is theoretically MVC Object Oriented, but in practice it is so poorly implemented the work of MVC is just added onto the things to do list when writing pages. In all about 4000 files not counting the fact nearly every class has an interface that is used only once — for that class. Sections of the code haven't been touched in 6 years and are PHP 4. I have found several severe security breaches in my 9 months here and can only imagine how many more exist.
I need help (retorts to 'find another job' aren't help)" top
dmgxmichael (1219692) writes "Two asteroids in unrelated orbits are expected to fly by the earth within the orbit of moon with the closest passing within 79,000 km. A single rock of the size of these two is expected to pass close daily — what makes this incident so interesting is that we managed to spot both quite early and that they are going to pass by at about the same time. The incident shows our ability to spot incoming asteroids is improving, but also shows it's got a long way to go. At the neighborhood of 15 meters each, these rocks are about 1/5th the size of the impactor that made Barringer Crater in Arizona." Link to Original Source top
dmgxmichael (1219692) writes "The website Topix.com has reached an agreement with 34 states and territories to "improve consumer protections and more effectively police cyber-bullying by halting a fee charged to expedite review of inappropriate or abusive Internet posts."" Link to Original Source top
dmgxmichael writes "According to Wired.com, "Hillcrest Laboratories, based in Rockville, Md., has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington D.C., and a patent infringement lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Maryland against Nintendo Corp., the company said in a statement Wednesday."
dmgxmichael (1219692) writes "According to sources close to his family Gary Gygax has passed away at the age of 70. Along with David Arneson he created the Dungeons & Dragons role playing game which in turn gave rise to the entire genre." top