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Submission + - Samsung Galaxy S2 banned in Europe (cnet.co.uk)

Warlord88 writes: A Dutch court has sided with Apple and banned the sale of Samsung Galaxy smart phones in Europe — prompting Samsung to quickly change the phones in question. It's the latest salvo in the current war over mobile phone design and patents between various companies.

Submission + - Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior (wsj.com) 2

Warlord88 writes: Can a regimen of no playdates, no TV, no computer games and hours of music practice create happy kids? And what happens when they fight back? Amy Chua, a professor of Law at Yale opens a can of worms by comparing Chinese parenting with Western parenting while narrating her own method of parenting.

Submission + - How do I start contributing to Numerical Library?

An anonymous reader writes: I am an Applied Math grad student who knows a bit of Mathematics and a bit of programming. C++ being my first programming language, I am decent at it. I wish to start contributing to a numerical library with two purposes — contribute to open source and develop my C++ skills at the same time. I looked at the Boost libraries and joined the developer list. However, I have no idea on how to start contributing. I'm not an expert in template programming, having written only toy programs to understand that concept. I've used some of the OOP constructs like inheritance, but that too only for very small projects.

Could slashdotters please give me tips on how to get started on the contribution? Are there any other emerging numerical libraries to which I can contribute? Are there any other avenues where I can contribute to open source and improve programming skills?
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Submission + - Internet access is 'a fundamental right' (bbc.co.uk)

Warlord88 writes: Almost four in five people around the world believe that access to the internet is a fundamental right, a poll for the BBC World Service suggests. Countries such as Finland and Estonia have already ruled that access is a human right for their citizens. International bodies such as the UN are also pushing for universal net access.

The details of the poll can be found here


Submission + - Bank sues Google for identity of Gmail user (theregister.co.uk) 1

Warlord88 writes: "A US bank is suing Google for the identity of a Gmail user after a bank employee accidentally sent the user a file that included the names, addresses, tax IDs, and loan info for more than 1,300 of the bank's customers.

After a failed attempt to recall the email, the employee sent a second note to that wrong address, requesting that the confidential email be deleted before it was opened. There was no response, so the bank contacted Google to determine what could be done to ensure that the confidential info remained confidential. According to the court papers, Google would not provide information on the account unless it received a subpoena or "other appropriate legal process." So the bank sued.

In recent weeks, Google has also received court orders to reveal the identities of those behind stories published in an online newspapers based in the Turks and Caicos Islands and of a blogger who castigated a model on a blog entitled "Skanks in NYC." ®"

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.