Archive | November, 2002

Top 10 tricks used by recruitment agencies

Posted on 09 November 2002 by Demian Turner

Many unwary contractors, and even some very wary ones, have been caught out by some very devious agency tricks. To be forewarned is to be forearmed though. Here are ten agency tricks that you should look out for.

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RMS on ‘Trusted’ Computing/Palladium

Posted on 08 November 2002 by Demian Turner

from http://www.nyfairuse.org/analysis/trech.comp.xhtml
By Richard Stallman
Who should your computer take its orders from? Most people think their computers should obey them, not obey someone else. With a plan they call "trusted computing," large media corporations (including the movie companies and record companies), together with computer companies such as Microsoft and Intel, are planning to make your computer obey them instead of you. Proprietary programs have included malicious features before, but this plan would make it universal.

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php4hosting.com

Posted on 08 November 2002 by Demian Turner

Have just started using these guys.

Fast, replied to e-mails and answered the phone (or called me back)

Some of their accounts allow root access to your mysql setup, quite nice but more then I needed. I found them on phpfaq.info.

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Keep your Hacker Happy

Posted on 06 November 2002 by Demian Turner

An entertaining and insightful read from seebs@plethora.net
2.4: My hacker is writing a book, reading USENET news, playing video games, talking with friends on the phone, and building sculptures out of paper clips. On company time!

He sounds happy. The chances are he’s in one of three states:

  1. Basic job responsibilities are periodic (phone support, documentation, et al.) and there’s a lull in incoming work. Don’t worry about it!
  2. Your hacker is stuck on a difficult problem.
  3. Your hacker is bored silly and is trying to find amusement. Perhaps you should find him more challenging work?

Any of these factors may be involved. All of them may be involved. In general, if the work is challenging, and is getting done, don’t worry too much about the process. You might ask for your corporation to be given credit in the book.

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Blind Men, Elephants and Objects

Posted on 06 November 2002 by Demian Turner

There is an old story of how several blind men set out to understand what an elephant was by examining a live specimen. Each of them explored a different part of the elephant’s body. One blind man, falling against the elephant’s side, proclaimed that an elephant must be very much like a wall. Another, grasping the elephant’s ear, decided that an elephant must closely resemble a leaf. One grabbed the elephant’s tail and determined that elephants must resemble ropes. Yet another felt the elephant’s leg and came away convinced that elephants are very much like trees. Still another held the elephant’s trunk and exclaimed that elephants had much in common with snakes.

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Some disasters attributable to bad numerical computing

Posted on 06 November 2002 by Demian Turner

Are you sure you have enough pressure on you to design good software? Read some of these to put your latest project in context 😉

Have you been paying attention in your numerical analysis or scientific computation courses? If not, it could be a costly mistake. Here are some real life examples of what can happen when numerical algorithms are not correctly applied.

The Patriot Missile failure, in Dharan, Saudi Arabia, on February 25, 1991 which resulted in 28 deaths, is ultimately attributable to poor handling of rounding errors.

The explosion of the Ariane 5 rocket just after lift-off on its maiden voyage off French Guiana, on June 4, 1996, was ultimately the consequence of a simple overflow.

The sinking of the Sleipner A offshore platform in Gandsfjorden near Stavanger, Norway, on August 23, 1991, resulted in a loss of nearly one billion dollars. It was found to be the result of inaccurate finite element analysis.

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Some Open Source/FS Gems from Zend

Posted on 05 November 2002 by Demian Turner

The Open Source Software Business Model Has Matured
01 Informatique (French)
Publication date: 26.NOV.2001
Zeev Suraski discusses why PHP is on the upswing, and explains Zend’s contribution to the technology’s popularity
 

Open source takes hold
InfoWorld
Publication date: 24.AUG.2001
Over the past year, there has been a dramatic change in attitude among CTOs toward open-source software for business-critical tasks, a poll by InfoW…
 

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Would you use Open Source software? Maybe you already do

Posted on 05 November 2002 by Demian Turner

from Builder.com
Answer the following questions to see if your department is using open source software:

  • Does your team use Mozilla Web browser, Linux, Apache Web server, or MySQL?
  • Do you use gcc or g++ for compiling?
  • Does your team build executables using make?
  • How about the Bash shell, grep, gzip, sed, calc, ed, Emacs, Finger, or uucp?
  • Do you use CVS or Bugzilla?

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Why Open Source Software / Free Software (OSS/FS)? Look at the Numbers!

Posted on 02 November 2002 by Demian Turner

This paper provides quantitative data that, in many cases, using open source software / free software is a reasonable or even superior approach to using their proprietary competition according to various measures. This paper examines market share, reliability, performance, scalability, security, and total cost of ownership. It also has sections on non-quantitative issues, unnecessary fears, usage reports, other sites providing related information, and ends with some conclusions. You can view this paper at http://www.dwheeler.com/oss_fs_why.html (HTML format). PDF format.
–>Palm PDA users can view it in Plucker format (you will also need Plucker to read it); a short briefing based on this paper is also available (in Open Office Impress format). Old archived copies are also available.

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Is Microsoft losing ground to Linux?

Posted on 02 November 2002 by Demian Turner

from c|net
Open-source software gave Microsoft a one-two punch this week, with the European Union and an African nonprofit educational organization showing preference for Linux systems. The European Union awarded on Thursday a $249,000 (250,000 euro) contract to U.K.-based system-integrator Netproject to study the feasibility of moving the information systems of several member countries’ governments to the Linux operating system from Microsoft’s Windows OS.

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