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alexandre_ganso writes "While the British Empire was at the top of the world, Germany was a agrarian country. Then something changed. Its rapid industrial expansion in the 19th century, according to a German historian, is due to an absence of copyright law, as the massive proliferation of books, and thus knowledge, laid the foundation for the country's industrial might." Link to Original Source top
alexandre_ganso writes "Larry Page on google blog: Since its launch in November 2007, Android has not only dramatically increased consumer choice but also improved the entire mobile experience for users. Today, more than 150 million Android devices have been activated worldwide—with over 550,000 devices now lit up every day—through a network of about 39 manufacturers and 231 carriers in 123 countries. That is why I am so excited today to announce that we have agreed to acquire Motorola." Link to Original Source top
alexandre_ganso (1227152) writes "Within a dangerous stomach bacterium, Yale University researchers have discovered an ancient but functioning genetic remnant from a time before DNA existed, they report in the August 13 issue of the journal Science.
"What these cells are doing is using ancient RNA technology to control modern gene expression," said Ron Breaker, the Henry Ford II Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale, investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and senior author of the study." Link to Original Source top
alexandre_ganso (1227152) writes "I am the godfather of a 10-year old kid, whose parents have a very successful small software company. His birthday is at this month's end, and I wanted to give him a gift not related to money, as he has pretty much everything money can get. He loves technology, computers and gadgets, but so far his interests are more into gaming and browsing and facebook than anything else. His parents tried to teach him python, but he lost interest as the thing of writing loops and assigning values to variables just to print something seemed, in his words, "quite dumb compared to what computers can do".
So my question is, how can I spark interest in programming to a today's kid? We are in a point where computers are so advanced out from the box that they don't need to think by themselves — the computer/internet/youtube/WoW is interesting enough for them. Is there any programming course/toolkit for the instant reward generation?" top
alexandre_ganso writes "I have one of those media players, a small GNU/Linux box with a huge hard drive with tv and network output. In general it works great, but it has several small glitches, such as a buggy ftp server, internet radio support fails and goes back again from one version to another and so on. They have no interest in fixing most of these stuff, as newer products are priority. Eight months ago, I asked the for the source code, so I could fix it myself and return the fixed code to them, but they ignored me. Interesting to notice that the TVix HD M4000's user manual contains the full transcription of the Gnu General Public License, version 2!
My question for slashdotters is: If they're using GPL stuff, and admit it, how can I enforce them to get me the source? It would benefit them, so I don't understand what dirty little secrets they may have...."