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Submission + - It's Dumb to Tell Kids They're Smart 1

theodp writes: Over at Khan Academy, Salman Khan explains Why I'm Cautious About Telling My Son He's Smart. "Recently," writes Khan, "I put into practice research I had been reading about for the past few years: I decided to praise my son not when he succeeded at things he was already good at, but when he persevered with things that he found difficult. I stressed to him that by struggling, your brain grows. Between the deep body of research on the field of learning mindsets and this personal experience with my son, I am more convinced than ever that mindsets toward learning could matter more than anything else we teach." According to Dr. Carol Dweck, who Khan cites, the secret to raising smart kids is not telling kids that they are. A focus on effort — not on intelligence or ability — says Dweck, is key to success in school and in life
Android

Does Android Have a Linux Copyright Problem? 292

An anonymous reader writes "TheRegister says Google's attempt to purge copyright from header files has put mobile developers at risk of being forced to reveal their own source code, according to legal experts. This time it's not patents or Android's reinterpretation of Java that's causing problems, but the Linux code that compiles down into Android itself. The discussion started with a Huffington Post article by IP lawyer Edward Naughton, who has serious doubts about Google's approach to the Linux kernel header files. He in turn links to copyright law professor Ray Nimmer's blog post on disclosure risks on copyleft platforms. And IP blogger Florian Mueller believes Google faces a serious Linux copyright issue."
Power

Submission + - Large Scale Build Of Nuclear Power Plants Possible (blogspot.com)

Phurge writes: http://advancednano.blogspot.com/2007/07/construct ing-lot-of-nuclear-power.html "One of the common arguments that some in the environmental movement have against nuclear power is "we cannot make enough reactors" and if we do then the price will go up. I will show that historically the world build at a reasonable fast rate (28/year). Currently there are more and more nuclear reactors on order and are being completed at about 8 per year. " "Building 1,000 one gigwatt nuclear plants per year would use less than 10% of the worlds annual concrete and steel. Modern nuclear reactors need less than 40 metric tons of steel and 190 cubic meters of concrete per megawatt of average capacity. 1,000 one gigawatt nuclear plants per year would need 40 million metric tons of steel and 190 million cubic meters of concrete. World supplies in 2006 are 1.24-billion tons of steel per year & 2.283 billion tons of coal per year." see also http://www.futurepundit.com/archives/004449.html
Communications

Submission + - CommuniGate tells Linux users, go ahead...its free (stalker.com) 1

BBlank writes: "CommuniGate Systems is giving away five free user licenses for each SMB or SOHO installation of its CommuniGate Pro Community Edition software. CommuniGate Systems has tied together email, calendaring, VoIP, secure IM, and more into this easy-to-use single package software suite. The company is making this announcement during Linuxworld, showing everyone the software is truly compatible on any operating system.

You can also sign up for a free online account at www.TalkToIP.com to use their Pronto! interface. Based on Adobe Flash, its webmail like you've never seen, no screen refresh plus its has drag-and-drop functionality.

To download the free edition go to: http://www.communigate.com/

To view a demo of Pronto! or sign up for a free account go to: http://www.communigate.com/pronto"

Programming

Submission + - Plans for the Rich Web Application Backplane 2

IndioMan writes: Both mashups and Ajax are now firmly entrenched in the Web landscape. Put them together and you have the makings for Rich Web applications. This article explains the Rich Web Application Backplane, currently a W3C Note, which is designed to bring standardization to the field, proving a set of common building blocks, or components, these applications tend to use.

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