After almost a year of development, the long-awaited Linux version of Skype with proper sound support has been released. It definitely seems faster on my machine.
Financial Times writes, that there was a small drop in house prices in June. Then they speculate, whether it is the beginning of the end of the UK property boom of the last 10 years.
I personally doubt, that there will be a massive drop in prices (10-20% and more), unless there is some kind of major financial disaster either locally or globally. Otherwise we will probably experience a very slow and annoying market - no one will be ready to sell because of the fear to cause oversupply and to lose the profits they have on paper. Buyers on the other hand will struggle to find anything suitable.
Once I read about a rather unusual fraud scheme. In essence, some 1000 random people would receive letters, 500 of which claimed, that stock A would go up, and the other 500 that it would go down during the next NY Stock Exchange trading day - all based on their new ground braking prediction models or insider information. Well, it is not hard to realize, that at least half of the predictions were correct!
Want yeast? Drink yeast!
According to an article in FT, EU is actively discussing the issue of taxes on diapers. I especially liked the phase, that it has "exposed a rare split in the otherwise harmonious 25-strong executive body of the EU" - I think it's rather ironic.
It is nice to see that shared_ptr is finally making its way into C++ standard library. The question is, of course, when it will actually happen. The document was composed in 2003, but today no compiler ships with anything but std::auto_ptr.
According to this article, IT students do not waste their precious time on doing their own assignments anymore. Instead they hire cheap developers from India and other places and for just a few pounds have their word done for them.
I can't help recalling all the nights I spent writing code as part of my homework, after exhausting studi
Financial Times writes, that Google is about to launch its own on-line payment service, a rival to PayPal. This is not at all surprising, since Google has been expanding its basket of products recently. Given their powerful advertising base, they are almost doomed to succeed. And this new service wil