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Submission + - How to introduce Linux to your kid? ( 2

TroysBucket writes: Hypothetical: Let's say you are a Linux nerd (I know... big stretch) and you want to introduce Linux, and Open Source, to your kid at as young of an age as possible. How do you do it? How do you get your little one excited (even as young as 2 or 3 years old) and help them to use it? This article covers a few ideas, but I'd love to hear more thoughts from you.

Submission + - Results of funding Open Source by donations (

BryanLunduke writes: One week ago I Open Sourced my, previously commercial, software (GPL) and comic books (creative commons). I am now documenting my journey to fully fund their continued development with the first weeks results of funding via donations. I am publishing this information here to give others the facts they need to help decide if they can afford to do something similar.

Submission + - Android 4.0 Source Code Released to AOSP (

kidgenius writes: Finally all the naysayers can be silenced as the source code to Android 4.0.1 has been released to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). This is in fact earlier than Google had previously announced that the code would be released.

Submission + - Google's secret lab (

phaedrus5001 writes: Apparently, Google has a secret lab known as 'Google X' where they are working on over a hundred different projects. From the article:"These include a space elevator project, experiments working to connect home appliances and dinner dishes to the Internet, robots that can go to work instead of their owners, and the development of driverless cars for the mass market."
And, just maybe, Skynet as well...


Submission + - Tech Site Sues Ex-Employee, Claiming Rights To His (

nonprofiteer writes: Noah Kravitz worked as a mobile phone reviewer for a tech website called Phonedog for four and a half years. While there, he started a Twitter account (of his own volition) with the handle @PhoneDog_Noah to tweet his stories and videos for the site as well as personal stuff about sports, food, music, etc. When he left Phonedog, he had approximately 17,000 followers and changed his Twitter handle to @noahkravitz.

This summer, Phonedog started barking that it wanted the Twitter account back, and sued Kravitz, valuing the account at $340,000 (!), or $2.50 per follower per month. Kravitz claims the Twitter account was his own property. A California judge ruled that the case can proceed and theoretically go to trial. Meanwhile, Kravitz continues to tweet.


Submission + - Siri Protocol Cracked (

jisom writes: Today, we managed to crack open Siri’s protocol. As a result, we are able to use Siri’s recognition engine from any device. Yes, that means anyone could now write an Android app that uses the real Siri! Or use Siri on an iPad! And we’re goign to share this know-how with you.

Why the Kill Switch Makes Sense For Android 384

Technologizer writes "It came out this week that Google's Android phone OS, like the iPhone, has a kill switch that lets Android Market applications be disabled remotely. But it's a mistake to lump Google's implementation and Apple's together — the Google version is a smart, pro-consumer move that avoids all the things that make Apple's version a bad idea."

The clothes have no emperor. -- C.A.R. Hoare, commenting on ADA.