Ask Slashdot: What Books Have Had a Significant Impact On Your Life?
Well, I guess you need to find out what's important to you and then take it from there. I would recommend "The Personal MBA" by Josh Kaufman. Before you run away in terror, it's not really a business book. Sure, it covers some business topics, but not in great detail. The idea behind this book is to briefly outline most concepts and principles that you'll encounter in a business setting. Each "topic" is about 1 page long, covering principles ranging from sales, marketing and finance through to leadership, management, psychology and personal development. The end result is a basic overview of just about topic you may encounter in your career. Each topic has a number of references which can be followed if you desire. I found this book quite interesting because it gave me some insight into the what the psychopaths running the company I work for are trying to achieve. It also gave me a starting point to further investigate a number of other topics.
Read this book to find out what other books you need to read.
Apart from that, I would also recommend:
Team Geek - Fitzpatrick, Collins-Sussman (really good book!)
Rework - 37 Signals
Being Geek - Michael Lopp (a lot of fluff in this one though)
Lean Startup - Eric Ries (if you're thinking of going it alone)
Google Shutting Out Rivals, Claims Russian Search Engine Yandex
...you build your own free web browser and set your search engine as the default?
Google don't have a monopoly on the browser market. Heul doch.
Australian ISP Wins Case Against Movie Studios
I know, right. It's as if the judges and politicians haven't been bought!
Australian ISPs To Start Filtering the Internet
It's not fantastic at all!
Camera Lets You Shift Focus After Shooting
Actually, I think it's got less to do with the quality and more to do with actual usefulness.
Most professional photographers and many enthusiastic amateurs take photos that are going to end up being printed somewhere, be it a magazine, advert or just a picture on the wall. In that case, light fields aren't much help. Sure it could help you make sure your photos are tack sharp in post production, but most photographers with a bit of experience know how to do this anyway.
Another commenter said this will be good for facebook and I agree. Online is a great medium for these sorts of images(?) where people can click around the image and adjust the focus, although it could be used for evil as well as good, I'm sure. Once there are a few applications and codecs around for displaying these images I think it could really take off.
Well done to these guys for advancing the state of the art!
Sony Sends DMCA Takedown Notice To GitHub
not trying to troll or anything. This is a serious attempt at being informative.
fubar = fucked up beyond all recognition (or something similar)
So the phrase "fubaring up my XP system by..." would be understood as "fucking up beyond all recognition up my XP system by..." which isn't quite correct. Please drop the extra "up".
Good luck with your future fubaring's.
Open Source-Friendly Smartphones For the Small Office?
I'd recommend trying Funambol. It's an open source sync server that works with SyncML. You can set up the server pretty easily on one of your work stations. There are sync clients for Evolution and just about every mobile phone. It has some short comings in that it doesn't support every single field in the various data types (contacts, calendar, events, notes) but for most people it's good enough.
Interactive Text Adventures Come To the Kindle
You have been eaten by a Grue
Sony Breathes New Life Into Library Books
For Christ's sake, why do you have to be so negative? How is this any different to normal library books? I think this is a great idea and could save a lot of people money especially when it comes to school/technical/reference books. It would probably kill the O'Reilly bookshelf.
I wish they'd start doing something like this but with music and movies. I know, it'll never happen.
Browser-Based Jailbreak For iPhone 4 Released
I just tried it too. I noticed a definite improvement in performance across all apps. The music app still takes forever to launch but it's better than it was with spotlight enabled. I don't think I've ever used spotlight on my iPod so disabling was a small price to pay for a bit of extra performance and probably better battery life.
I agree with everything you've said but your post makes it sound like disabling spotlight doesn't help at all which might discourage people from trying this hack.
iPad Owners Are 'Selfish Elites'
I own a Macbook Pro, an iPod Touch and use iTunes, you insensitive clod!
Will Ballmer Be Replaced As Microsoft CEO?
After all, many of Ballmer's minions have their wealth tied up in Microsoft stock options and it is quite disconcerting for them to look at a 10-year chart that shows the company's share price of $48.93 when Ballmer took over in January 2000 now down to $25.12. (for the math-challenged, that's a nearly 50 percent loss in value over the last decade).
If you'd invested some money in MS shares 10 years ago you'd be able to sell them for half the amount today. If I was a shareholder I'd be furious. Generally you'd expect to make some (even minor) capital gain on a stock like MS over that period.
Windows Phone 7 Hits Technical Preview Milestone
I actually though most of it looked pretty good (in the cnet demo anyway) and I'd really like to see a bit of extra competition in this space.
But I just wanted to check: now that we all hate Apple, is it ok to like Microsoft stuff now?
Ikaros Spacecraft Successfully Propelled In Space
Thanks for the link. Interesting stuff. I also found an excellent picture of a scale model
Consumer Reports Can't Recommend iPhone 4
I actually think they didn't go down that road because it would require admitting there is a problem and then having to take whatever legal heat comes along with that. There's this class action suit pending and giving out bumpers is pretty much an admission of guilt.
Colleges Risk Losing Federal Funding If They Don't Fight Piracy
why should ALL students get charged for something that not all students are taking part in?
And why should a college have to choose between either spending money on enforcing someone else's copyrights or losing federal funding. Colleges aren't the only place where this goes on. This won't benefit anyone.
In UK, Computer Science Graduates the Least Employable
... and don't forget the sunscreen
Visual Network Simulator To Teach Basic Networking?
I also had Chris McDonald as a lecturer when I was at UWA several years ago and he was by far the best lecturer that I had in my time there. Just about everyone that took one of his courses would comment on how interesting and relevant his classes were. I'm not at all surprised speedwaystar is making the same comment.
Although, it is a bit of a brown noser comment...
German High Court Declares All Software Patentable
It probably is, however, it might already be patented in Austria since that's where the Wiener Schnitzel was invented. Also the Wiener sausage.
Wien is the capital of Austria. It's called Vienna in English.
Rupert Murdoch Hates Google, Loves the iPad
Many people comment that Newscorp should be using robots.txt to stop Google from crawling their content, however, I think this is a little naive.
The beef that Murdoch has with Google isn't that Google is crawling their sites and providing search results, but that Google is aggregating their articles on Google News. Newscorp probably DOES want Google to crawl their site so people can search for news about the topic of the day and find it - hence the permissive robots.txt.
However, providing the headline and a decent chunk of the article probably cuts down a lot of the traffic that news websites would get if Google News was not there. This in turn reduces add revenue which is how a lot of news sites make their money.
I'm not saying I give a shit that the news sites are losing money. I'm just trying to offer some perspective.
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