At the ongoing Google I/O conference in San Francisco, Google today officially announced the next version of Android, named Ice Cream Sandwich, as well as Android 3.1, an "incremental platform release" of Honeycomb. In an effort to understand the landscape for developers, Andy Rubin was asked if, since Ice Cream Sandwich would be open, Android 3.0 and/or 3.1 will be granted the same courtesy. Rubin answered definitively in the negative. Honeycomb on its own would not be open, because its phone functionality is very broken. Ice Cream Sandwich will take all of the Honeycomb functionality and open-source it alongside code that is much more universally friendly.
That doesn't give me much confidence if Google is so damn ashamed of their code that they want to hide it from people for as long as they possibly can.
Microsoft seems to be trying to get its own personal unfair competition laws passed state by state, so it can sue U.S. companies who get parts from overseas companies who used pirated Microsoft software anywhere in their business. The laws allow Microsoft to block the U.S. company from selling the finished product in the state and compel them to pay damages for what the overseas supplier did. So if a company overseas uses a pirated version of Excel, let's say, to keep track of how many parts it has shipped or whatever, and then sends some parts to General Motors or any large company to incorporate into the finished product, Microsoft can sue not the overseas supplier but General Motors, for unfair competition. So can the state's Attorney General. I kid you not. For piracy that was done by someone else, overseas. The product could be T-shirts. It doesn't matter what it is, so long as it's manufactured with contributions from an overseas supplier, like in China, who didn't pay Microsoft for software that it uses somewhere in the business. It's the U.S. company that has to pay damages, not the overseas supplier.
I see this as strengthening my theory that so long as there is government, there can be no such thing as a free market.
If Obama did go to congress first, we'd probably be debating what we should do until next Christmas. In the end, the GOP would have probably got on his tail about not reacting decisively enough.
Quick, decisive action in Libya potential saved thousands of lives. A pledge of limited involvement afterward was a good followup.
When Jacob Barnett first learned about the Schrödinger equation for quantum mechanics, he could hardly contain himself.
For three straight days, his little brain buzzed with mathematical functions.
From within his 12-year-old, mildly autistic mind, there gradually flowed long strings of pluses, minuses, funky letters and upside-down triangles -- a tapestry of complicated symbols that few can understand.
He grabbed his pencil and filled every sheet of paper before grabbing a marker and filling up a dry erase board that hangs in his bedroom. With a single-minded obsession, he kept on, eventually marking up every window in the home.
So to make myself feel better, I'm going to teach myself math this summer. Yes, I'm dead serious.