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Submission + - Lack of copyright in the 19th century made Germany become the mightiest (

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."

Submission + - Hp and Condé Nast to send spam directly to yo (

alexandre_ganso writes: "As if we haven't enough spam in our e-mailboxes and in our normal mailboxes, as if we haven't paid enough for ink cartridges already, Condé Nast Publishing and HP joined forces to send spam directly to your printer. I could not read the comments because I had the PC LOAD LETTER error message."

Submission + - Steve Jobs regions as CEO (

alexandre_ganso writes: "Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple.
CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.



Submission + - Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility (

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."

Submission + - Bacterium hosts remnant of life's distant past ( 1

alexandre_ganso 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.


Submission + - Spark programming interest in a 10yr old kid? 3

alexandre_ganso 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?
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Submission + - How to enforce GPL to a HW manufacturer?

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...."

FORTRAN is not a flower but a weed -- it is hardy, occasionally blooms, and grows in every computer. -- A.J. Perlis