The QA Department Mindset

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From this post by Rands, titled “The QA Mindset”:

At the current gig, there’s no QA department. […]
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At my current job, we don’t have a QA department. I wasn’t comfortable at first. I’ve worked on teams without QA, but an entire company without a QA Department? I’ve certainly had questions about the use of a QA…

The Rise of Version Control

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I’m wishing for a rise in the use of formal source/version control for non source-code usages, and I see signs that it is happening slowly.
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I’m wishing for a rise in the use of formal source/version control for non source-code usages, and I see signs that it is happening slowly.

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Marvel teases its next Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer with a trailer

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Marvel, master of hype, has released a 15-second teaser for its next Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer. The short clip, which shows the members of the superhero squad reflected in a chrome version of the Avengers logo, doesn’t give much away about the movie’s plot, but it does confirm when we can expect to see a lengthier look at Joss Whedon’s upcoming movie. Specifically: January 12th, during the college football national championship on ESPN.

Marvel’s last attempt to keep an Avengers trailer under wraps didn’t go so well — the two-minute video, which showed the whole superhero crew in action, was leaked online in October. Marvel responded quickly, posting a 1080p quality version of the trailer on its YouTube channel, almost a week…

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Box office attendance hits lowest level in 19 years

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Americans bought 1.26 billion movie tickets in 2014, according to preliminary estimates published by The Hollywood Reporter. It sounds like a big number, but for the film industry, it’s frighteningly low — a five percent decline since last year, and the largest year-over-year drop in nearly a decade. Most importantly, it’s the lowest attendance figure since 1995, suggesting dire news for a film industry still struggling with digital piracy.

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These four spacey tracks are built out of NASA rocket noises

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When NASA first joined Soundcloud back in October, sample-minded musicians everywhere took notice. Suddenly, there was a vast resource of rocket sounds, radio transmissions, and otherwise space-related audio tracks from the NASA archive. Now, we’re starting to see some of the music that’s come out of it. This four-track EP from Bad Panda is built entirely out of NASA sounds, with the fuzzy rocket roars serving as kick drums and radio whines turned into remarkably poignant leads. The artists were only allowed to use sounds from the NASA archive, so every sound you hear started life in the archive, however crazily it was pitch-bent and processed in between.

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The Best TV I Saw In 2014 Was On Netflix, And It Starred A Talking Horse

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bojack horseman When BoJack Horseman premiered on Netflix in August, it was with a lot less fanfare than we’d seen for House of Cards or Orange Is The New Black. (Heck, I think people are more excited about Netflix streaming all 10 seasons of Friends.) Even so, now that I’m looking back, BoJack was easily the high point of the year’s TV, at least for me. It also marked the moment when I… Read More

Music streaming and vinyl boomed in 2014, but everything else tanked

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We’re less than a day past 2014, and Nielsen has already released its summary of what 2014 meant to the music business. Overall, the news was bad: total US album sales dropped 11 percent, a shortfall of 32 million, ending up at 257 million albums sold. Even digital sales weren’t immune to the trend, falling nine percent since 2013 to only 106 million total sales in 2014. The only bright spot was vinyl sales, which grew more than 50 percent to a total of 9.2 million sales, the highest year for vinyl sales since Nielsen began tracking them in 1991.

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Montblanc Announces A Smart Bracelet For Your Fancy Watch

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Montblanc-Timewalker-urban-speed-e-strap-watch-2 What did I tell you? In a last-ditch effort to save themselves, watchmakers are now turning to the band in order to ensure that timekeeping remains well in the realm of the mechanical. The new band, part of the Montblanc Timewalker Urban Speed collection, is a little metal screen that can receive notifications and messages. From A Blog To Watch: ?The e-Strap features a high-end leather… Read More

High Tech Or Hangover? Watch Quake On An Oscilloscope

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speed_comparison Head spinning? Stomach gurgling? Did you just drink a Bloody Mary just to find some respite from your pounding gulliver? Why not take a look at Pekka Väänänen’s project, an attempt to play Quake on a Hitachi V-422 oscilloscope. Why? Because if it can’t run Quake it’s not a true piece of technological hardware, that’s why. But it’s pretty hard. To get the machine… Read More

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