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  • Talk about a magical place
    By on April 9, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments


    College de Valleyfield, this place looks amazing.

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  • Myths About Code Comments
    By on January 2, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    theodp writes “Jason Baker gives his take on the biggest misconceptions about code comments: 1) Comments are free (‘When you update the code that the comment references, you usually have to update the comment as well’). 2) Comments make code more readable (‘by far the most pervasive myth that I’ve encountered’). 3) You should comment every function, method, class, and module (‘documenting something that needs no documentation is universally a bad (more…)

  • ‘Mr. D’ Is Not About To Slow Down
    By on December 14, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    At age 70, Charles Daniels completes the triple crown of U.S. through-hiking — Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and now the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. I get tired walking to the train station. Sigh.

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  • We Really Don’t Know Jack About Maintenance
    By on November 17, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    davecb writes “The ACM has been kind enough to print Paul Stachour’s and my ‘jack’ article about Software Maintenance. Paul first pointed out back in 1984 that we and our managers were being foolish — when we were still running Unix V7 — and if anything it’s been getting worse. Turns out maintenance has been a ‘solved problem in computer science’ since at least then, and we’re just beginning to rediscover it.”

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  • U.S. Supreme Court rejects case about Redskins name
    By on November 16, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from a group of Native Americans who think the name of the Washington Redskins professional football team is offensive.

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  • Characters we wish we knew LESS about
    By on November 11, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    The more we learn, the more we desperately want to forget

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  • 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Wilt Chamberlain
    By on November 9, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Wilt Chamberlain. The mere mention of the Big Dipper’s name evokes images of hoops dominance and romantic impossibilities. The man who once scored 100 points in a single game and claimed to have bedded 20,000 women was a fairly enigmatic figure, though, as his huge athletic gifts made him something of a loner throughout his career.

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  • 10 things you cannot buy with £45m (about $68 million)
    By on November 9, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Two lucky ticketholders are to share a £90m (c.$135m) lottery jackpot, but there will still be some things they cannot afford.

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  • 10 Neat Facts About Ferrari
    By on November 4, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Quick: what comes to your mind when I say “Ferrari”? A line of gorgeous (and exorbitantly priced) supercars? Formula One racing? How about mule-shoeing, World War I flying ace, and the H1N1 virus?

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  • Is this Modern Warfare 2 level about killing civilians?
    By on November 1, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    What you see above may be a leaked gameplay video from Modern Warfare 2. We’re currently awaiting comment from both Infinity Ward’s PR guys and the community manager, Robert Bowling. Before one g…

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