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Hulu To Require Viewers To Have Cable Subscriptions

msmoriarty Re:HuluPlus? (648 comments)

I don't see anywhere in that report where it clarifies on HuluPlus. Would like to see that specifically addressed, just to confirm (BTW:if so, I'll be cancelling my Hulu Plus -- already annoyed by ads, and lack of cable was only thing that drove me to them in the first place. I'm not going to have both.

more than 2 years ago
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Delayed Outrage Over A Censored Site; What's a Better Way To Spread News?

msmoriarty Easy really... (214 comments)

Find the reporters who have covered similar stories and contact them directly via e-mail, twitter or phone. Targeting reporters who have covered something similar will greatly increase your chances of coverage.

Reporters have beats -- we all love scoops, but it has to fit in our limited scope or most won't touch it (even if we find it personally interesting). Also note we get hit with 100+ PR pitches per day, so don't make your pitch sound like it's coming from a PR person (If an e-mail, in the subject line put something like "I'm a reader and I thought you might be interested in this...." )

more than 2 years ago
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Newspaper Articles Not Copyrightable In Slovakia

msmoriarty Re:Good sense? (86 comments)

Copyright (by US definition, at least) does NOT cover facts or information but the "expression" of those facts or information (when it comes to news, this is how it applies -- can't copyright facts). So you can actually take any news story, take all the information out of it, write a new story based on those facts and you're fine -- no copyright violation.

With that, there's no reason to ask them to give up the copyright in that anyone that same day or anytime can take the information and share it with everyone -- its not restricting the information. Yes, a reporter can and will be pissed if not credited for any exclusive information they dug up, but you're not violating copyright by sharing what they reported, with or without credit.

more than 2 years ago
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Confirmed: Microsoft Says It Will Open Source VB 6

msmoriarty AND It isn't true! (205 comments)

We had another source who heard it completely Separately from this source. But after we went back to the source with that denial he pulled his confirmation. We have issued a correction and are working to get the story out there to everyone that the story is NOT true. We are extremly sorry for this.

more than 3 years ago
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Confirmed: Microsoft Says It Will Open Source VB 6

msmoriarty Re:The Product Management for VS says it's not tru (205 comments)

The official statement we got from Microsoft was that the story was not confirmed -- it didn't deny it. Story has been updated with that. Invited Doug Seven to give official comment as well.

Our source on this is solid. Additional details were confirmed. We do stand by the story.

more than 3 years ago
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Cooks Source Magazine Apologizes — Sort Of

msmoriarty Re:I stupidity an excuse? (290 comments)

What it makes it worse is, that as an editor, knowing copyright law was part of her job (you have to understand this stuff to limit your company's exposure to any kind of liability, not to mention it's the right thing to do). And you're right -- her "apology" post makes it perfectly clear that she STILL doesn't understand it: if you're an professional editor looking to reprint something you ASSUME everything is copyrightable and get permission first, there's none of this "I didn't check" (just because the statement isn't there doesn't mean its not copyrightable). You don't just pull articles from books people send you (you have to get reprint permission if you want to publish a larger excerpt from it than what's covered by fair use, even if a publisher sent it to you for publicity). And you would NEVER, EVER start "typing up" an article you didn't get permission for (you get permission first -- if you're really so short staffed, you would never waste even a minute on an article you don't know you can actually use).

I've worked for years on small publications w/extremely small staffs and budgets and we'd never do anything like this, nor would any actual professional editor, because we all know it's wrong -- her excuses are bullsh*t. Add to that the complete lack of professionalism in her correspondence plus the fact that she simply CANNOT write (even content aside, that "apology" is awful), she's an embarrassment to the profession. I have no sympathy for her -- she brought this all on herself.

more than 4 years ago
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How Can an Old-School Coder Regain His Chops?

msmoriarty Maybe you don't need to retrain that much.... (565 comments)

The site I work for just posted an article on how IBM is looking to train the next generation of COBOL programmers:

http://adtmag.com/blogs/watersworks/2010/07/ibm-mainframes-cobol-recruits.aspx

(Read down past the laptop stuff in that article). Definitely not saying not to learn the new, just FYI that your earlier skills might have some marketability that you might not be aware of.

more than 4 years ago
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Firefly Movie Gets The Green Light

msmoriarty Re:But will the entire cast return? (344 comments)

...Actually, just realized that they *may* very well do it with another actor playing Malcom, and that *is* scary. Here's to hoping Joss' relationship with Universal is solid!

more than 10 years ago

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Survey: 56 Percent of U.S. Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

msmoriarty msmoriarty writes  |  about 8 months ago

msmoriarty (195788) writes "According to a recent survey of 1,000 U.S.-based software developers, 56 percent expect to become millionaires in their lifetime. 66 percent also said they expect to get raises in the next year, despite the current state of the economy. Note that some of the other findings of the study (scroll to bulleted list) seem overly positive: 84 percent said they believe they are paid what they're worth, 95 percent report they feel they are "one of the most valued employees at their organization," and 80 percent said that "outsourcing has been a positive factor in the quality of work at their organization.""
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Eclipse Foundation Celebrates 10 Years of Open Source IDE

msmoriarty msmoriarty writes  |  about a year ago

msmoriarty (195788) writes "Ten years ago this week IBM pledged to keep its hands off the recently open-sourced Eclipse IDE. And according to Eclipse Foundation Director Mike Milinkovich, that's a major reason Eclipse was able to thrive: " IBM....did an exemplary job of setting Eclipse free," he said in an interview posted today. "We became the first open source organization to show that real competitors could collaborate successfully within the community." He also talks about misconceptions about Eclipse, its current open-source success and what he sees for the future."
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Why Developers Are Kings: The Rising Power of Devs

msmoriarty msmoriarty writes  |  about a year ago

msmoriarty (195788) writes "Google's Don Dodge, GitHub's Tom Preston-Werner, New Relic'sLew Cirne and others recently got together in San Francisco on a panel called "The Developer is King: The Power Behind the Throne." According to coverage of the event, the panelists all agreed that programmers — both independent ones and those employed by companies — have more power, and thus opportunities, than ever. Even the marketing power of developers was acknowledged:
"The only way to convince a developer is by giving them a demo and showing them how its better," said Preston-Werner. "The beauty is, you plant these seeds around the world, and those people will evangelize it for you. Because another thing that developers are great at is telling other developers what works for them.""

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Microsoft: BUILD 2013 Dev Conference Is NOT Sold Out, Despite What Web Site Said

msmoriarty msmoriarty writes  |  about a year and a half ago

msmoriarty (195788) writes "Last year, Microsoft's BUILD developer conference sold out in less than an hour. On Tuesday morning, registration for the 2013 conference — being held at the Moscone center in SF — opened and appeared to sell out in three hours, but late Tuesday Microsoft told Visual Studio Magazine that the note saying the conference had sold out was in error, and that there are still spaces available (at least as of when this is being submitted)."
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New Analyst Report Calls Agile a Scam, Says Easy Out for Lazy Devs

msmoriarty msmoriarty writes  |  more than 2 years ago

msmoriarty (195788) writes "We recently got a copy of a new Voke analyst report (for sale here) on Agile and the firm basically blasts the movement from top to bottom. Some highlights: "The Agile movement is designed to sell services," "Out of over 200 survey participants, we received only four detailed comments describing success with Agile," "Survey participants report that developers use the guise of Agile to avoid planning and to avoid creating documentation required for future maintenance," and " Be aware that the Agile movement might very well just be either a developer rebellion against unwanted tasks and schedules or just an opportunity to sell Agile services including certification and training." So did the analysts just talk to to the wrong 200 people?"
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Will Windows Storage Go from SAN Back to NAS with SMB 3.0?

msmoriarty msmoriarty writes  |  more than 2 years ago

msmoriarty (195788) writes "According to Redmond magazine columnist Greg Sheilds, with Windows 8/Windows Server 2012, the Windows world may be moving away from SAN and back to NAS. From the article: " "Consider the high-level requirements you place on storage: excellent performance with low CPU overhead, fault tolerance, load balancing, simultaneous access by multiple cluster hosts, back-up support...Achieving all of this today with a SAN requires added protocols, techniques and management tools because today's SMB protocol doesn't support today's storage requirements. But why not just update the SMB protocol?" And that's what it appears Microsoft has done with SMB 3.0."
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Steep SQL Server 2012 Price Hikes Due To Licensing Changes

msmoriarty msmoriarty writes  |  more than 2 years ago

msmoriarty (195788) writes "Thanks to changes in the way Microsoft will license SQL Server 2012 (including switching the licensing basis from counting processors to counting cores), organizations that have machines with more than four cores per processor can expect steeper pricing with the Enterprise edition of SQL Server 2012. The difference amounts to pricing increases in the tens of thousands of dollars (see chart)."
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MIME Co-Creator Discusses 'Defensive' Patents

msmoriarty msmoriarty writes  |  more than 2 years ago

msmoriarty (195788) writes "MIME Co-Creator Nathaniel Borenstein, who sent out the first MIME message on March 11, 1992, never patented the technology, and continues to believe that "patents are deeply evil." However, he also endorses a recent patent that the company he now works for filed. Why? He explains in this interview: "Unfortunately...it's also true that deeply evil people can hurt you, and you really have a responsibility to protect yourself.""
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Windows Admins Need To Prepare for GUI-Less Server

msmoriarty msmoriarty writes  |  more than 2 years ago

msmoriarty (195788) writes "We knew Windows Server 8 was going to be a departure for Microsoft, including an "optional" GUI, but in a blog post made earlier this week, the Windows Server team said that working without the GUI will be the "recommended" method, and is telling developers not to assume a GUI will be present. According to Windows consultant and author Don Jones, this is a big hint to Windows admins that they better get used to not having a GUI in future releases. From the article: "I'm well aware that many Windows admins out there aren't looking forward to a GUI-less server operating system from Microsoft...I'm sure Microsoft has, too.They're proceeding anyway.We have two choices: adapt or die.""
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Average .NET developer salary in U.S.: $92,000

msmoriarty msmoriarty writes  |  more than 2 years ago

msmoriarty (195788) writes "Visual Studio Magazine just conducted its first annual salary survey, and according to the results, the average developer focused on Microsoft technologies in the U.S. earns $92,000. 59 percent of those surveyed said their salary rose in 2011. The charts on this page show the average salary by job title, male v. female, and education level, while on the bottom of this page a chart breaks out the average salary by major metropolitan areas."
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Open Source Eclipse Celebrates 10th Birthday

msmoriarty msmoriarty writes  |  more than 3 years ago

msmoriarty (195788) writes "10 years ago this month, IBM open sourced an internal project focused on creating a common component framework for developers: Eclipse. In an interview with ADTmag.com, Eclipse Foundation director Mike Milinkovich remarks on what was, back then, a revolutionary move: "You've got to give IBM a lot of credit...Ten years ago, the notion that open source might be the best way for software vendors to collaborate was really a novel idea... Eclipse demonstrated the advantages of collaboration in open source, even amongst fierce competitors." The Eclipse Foundation is celebrating the anniversary with a kickoff party at its EclipseCon Europe 2011 conference, and if you're an Eclipse community member, the Foundation is also inviting you to add yourself to the Eclipse 10th Birthday Timeline."
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Lots of Java Roadmap News Coming out of JavaOne

msmoriarty msmoriarty writes  |  more than 3 years ago

msmoriarty (195788) writes "According to this article, here's what Oracle has announced at this year's JavaOne so far: "the availability of an early access version of JDK 7 for the Mac OS, plans to 'bridge the gap' between Java ME and Java SE, an approach to modularizing Java SE 8 that will rely on the Jigsaw platform, a new project that aims to use HTML5 to bring Java to Apple's iOS platform, the availability of JavaFX 2.0, a pending proposal to open source that technology, gearing up Java EE for the cloud, and a delay in the release of Java 8.""
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A Patent Attorney Breaks Down Impact of New Act

msmoriarty msmoriarty writes  |  more than 3 years ago

msmoriarty (195788) writes "As you probably heard, on Friday the Obama administration passed the America Invents Act, which changed our system to "first to file." Support for the bill itself was split in the tech industry: Microsoft and IBM (among others) supported the act, Google and Apple opposed it. We asked a patent attorney to explain in detail the act/what impact he thinks it will have on the tech industry. According to him, there's still many open questions. From the article: " The Act has not accomplished [first to file] harmonization in a straightforward or unambiguous way. For example, it is not clear whether a prior use or offer for sale of an invention by an inventor or joint inventor within a year of the date of filing would be render the invention unpatentable. " He also said that the act clearly favors larger corporations, and he doubts it will speed up the patent process itself, which was one of its intended benefits."
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Windows 8 Details Revealed

msmoriarty msmoriarty writes  |  more than 3 years ago

msmoriarty (195788) writes "Several members of the press got detailed previews of the new operating system yesterday at a Build preview event and have now posted those stories. Here's a bit from the linked article: " Windows 8 introduces a new API surface called 'Windows runtime APIs,' which are part of the OS' services. Microsoft said it wants developers to access these APIs, which are written in native C++ code, through various languages...Microsoft also said it 'will preserve all of the investments' in platforms like Silverlight.""
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What an Architect Does in an Agile Dev Shop

msmoriarty msmoriarty writes  |  more than 3 years ago

msmoriarty (195788) writes "Mark J. Balbes, a software architect on an agile team, recently wrote about what his role is and how it differs from a typical software architect position. From the article: "There is no room for an 'ivory tower' architect...The architect's role is not to dictate to the team, but rather to guide, mentor and cajole...and when something is particularly tricky or important, the agile architect rolls up his sleeves and gets to work coding.""
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New Federal CIO IS Former Microsoft, FCC Exec

msmoriarty msmoriarty writes  |  more than 3 years ago

msmoriarty (195788) writes "The second-ever federal CIO (the first, Vivek Kundra, resigned in June) will be Steven VanRoekel, who worked with Microsoft for 15 years, running the company's Web Services and Platform Strategy and Windows Server Solutions groups. He went to the FCC in 2009, where he then advocated for open government and open platforms. VanRoekel's title on his twitter feed has already been changed to "United States Chief Information Officer.""
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