How an onion can help your development team be more productive

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Onboarding new team members is hard!In my career I’ve been involved in many projects, I’ve been in leadership positions, simple team member positions, and I’ve worked as a consultant to teams. One thing that I have noticed time and time again, is that adding capacity to teams is one of the hardest things to do, and it’s basically something that often we don’t give much thought to.

Last night on ‘Doctor Who,’ two parts ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ to one part time travel

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The Doctor: “Question one: robbing banks is easy if you’ve got a TARDIS. So why am I not using it?”

Clara: “Question two: where is the TARDIS?”

The Doctor: “Okay, that probably should’ve been question one.”

For this season of Doctor Who, Ross Miller and Kwame Opam will be sounding off on each episode in a series of emails we’ll be publishing on the site. This week it’s “Time Heist” (warning: spoilers ahead). Check out our previous recaps: “Deep Breath,” “Into the Dalek,” “Robots of Sherwood,” and “Listen.”

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Windows 9’s Preview May Not Touch Down Until October

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jasdfjksdf-11 Remember that upcoming Windows 9 event that Microsoft is hosting on September 30th? It might not mark the actual release of Windows 9’s technical preview, as long-expected: According to Paul Thurrott, that bit of code might not become available to you until October. So put your laptop down and pout, because the wait might be longer than you expected. Component to his report on the… Read More

Why I love Linux — even if I no longer use it

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That Netflix is coming to desktop Linux soon is great news. Considering the OS only holds about 1.6 percent of overall desktop marketshare, it’s an important moment for those who use Linux in their home lives that Netflix’s engineers are even exploring the idea. It’s not like they had to, right?

Thinking about this, I remembered how much I loved (and still love) Linux. And I had to reminisce. I remember being a pimply high school kid circa 2002 and configuring Gentoo Linux by hand — kernel and all — onto my little beige eMachines computer, losing days of actual productivity in the process. And loving it. I remember diving into forums and arguing, however ineptly, over the merits of KDE over Gnome. I remember never quite mastering the…

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Don’t Let iOS 8’s Accidental Selfie Feature Ruin Your Life

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ios_8_messages_selfie Who has already sent an accidental selfie in iOS 8’s Messages app? I did. This one: Not great. I’m late to the game when it comes to iOS 8. Many of my fellow tech journalists weaseled their way onto the beta version of the operating system, but out of laziness, or perhaps a feigned belief that I can stay away from punditry of any kind, I normally wait to get the new version… Read More

11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

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As we reflect on the week, we give you the 11 best stories from 9/13-9/19. 1.  It was announced that Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle since he founded the company in 1977, has relinquished his CEO title. He is to be replaced by a co-CEO structure consisting of Mark Hurd and Safra Catz. 2. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has gone public, opening trading on the New York Stock Exchange at… Read More

Amazon’s exclusive author retreat might be awkward this year

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David Streitfeld at the New York Times published a fascinating article yesterday detailing a little-known conference that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos hosts every fall. Called “Campfire,” it’s your standard rich person weekend retreat — but it hosts well-known authors instead of well-known billionaires. Streitfeld reports that previous fêtes have included the likes of Ayelet Waldman, Neil Armstrong, and T Bone Burnett. The invite-only affair is reportedly kept secret largely because Bezos asks authors to keep it that way.

But this year, it looks as though some of regular attendees won’t be going, apparently thanks to Amazon’s increasingly contentious battle with Hachette. Authors who have publicly supported Hachette in the dispute have…

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Someone finally made a truly 3D movie

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You’re probably at least a bit of a film nerd if you’re familiar with Jean-Luc Godard, the biggest name of the ’60s French New Wave movement. Even if you don’t know him, you’ve definitely seen a lot of film techniques that he pioneered. He’s credited with turning the jump cut from an editing accident into a legitimate tool. And you know Wes Anderson’s playful use of on-screen text and standout bright colors? Godard was doing that 30 years earlier. He’s been incredibly influential when it comes to what modern films look like, so when he decides to play with something new, it’s worth paying close attention.

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We should be learning to type in the Oculus Rift

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Technically speaking, many of the first games I played were probably typing trainers. Typing to race a car, typing to snap up bugs — there was nothing that words couldn’t fix, fuel, or fight. After Mavis Beacon, there was Typing of the Dead, which paired the thrill of zombie killing with the virtuous excuse of learning secretarial skills. Typing games combine the twitch reflexes of shooters with the careful pacing you need to get words right, while tapping into abilities that many people hone all the time. All of this is to say that “Tron, but with typing” is an excellent premise for a game. Sitting at your desk in front of a late 20th century PC, enter a world of blue cubes and neon lights where you’ll have to endlessly blow up words…

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The State Of Investments In Europe: A Review Of The Last 5 Years

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aerial of Europe with lights A lot has been written in the last few years on the evolution of the technology ecosystem in Europe. Our intent with this analysis was to use data to determine the challenges and opportunities surrounding the European entrepreneurial ecosystem. European companies raise smaller rounds at each stage versus their U.S. counterparts and make that funding last as much as eight months longer… Read More

Getty Images releases free iOS app for browsing and sharing millions of images

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Six months after shifting its business model to embeddable photos, Getty Images has released an iOS app designed to help you browse and share its massive collection. The app, called Stream, lets you search Getty’s archives to find images that you can legally share and embed for non-commercial purposes on blogs and social media. Or you can browse photo streams created by Getty editors in categories like news, sports, entertainment and “archival,” which highlights photos of historical significance.

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