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Sweden May Mandate Opt-in For Cookie Transfer

April 30th, 2011 04:37 admin View Comments

Government

Vitdom writes “The present government in Sweden has published a proposition regarding ‘Better rules for electronic communication.’ Amongst other proposed amendments, it suggests that websites must inform the user of the ‘purpose’ regarding each individual cookie transferred to the user’s browser upon connection. Secondly, it is suggested that the user must give his consent before the transfer of the cookie in question. The proposition is to be voted by the Swedish parliament on the 18 May this year. If accepted, the law will be in effect in June.”

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Internet Entrepreneurs Are Like Professional Athletes, They Peak Around 25

April 30th, 2011 04:27 admin View Comments

“Consumer Internet entrepreneurs are like pro basketball players,” a venture capitalist told me recently while discussing the prospects for a thirty-something founder, “They peak at 25, by 30 they’re usually done.”

Why? Because young entrepreneurs are more creative and imaginative, and are willing put 100% of their lives into their startups, he said. “It’s not a guess, this is a data driven observation,” says the VC.

He had a number of caveats. First, this only applies to consumer Internet entrepreneurs. Enterprise and hardware startups tend to do better with older founders, where experience (and direct sales experience) matter a lot. And there are plenty of founders that, like Michael Jordan, can peak way beyond 25. “Those tend to be the repeat success founders,” he said, “the rules don’t apply to them.”

Peak age of startup founders is an endless debate. Vivek Wadhwa says his data shows that older entrepreneurs are more successful, for example. He argues that ageism is more about exploiting young people more than getting value for money.

Other data suggests the opposite. Like this – last year Y Combinator said the average age of their founders is under 25. Of course they could have selection bias, but Y Combinator is one of the most data driven investors I’ve heard of. if older people did better, they’d be funding more of them.

At Disrupt in New York in May we’ve got a very cool interview planned. SV Angel says they’ve analyzed deep demographic data for their 500+ investments over the last twelve years or so. It takes years to know how successful a startup will eventually be, so this is particularly valuable data.

Will they agree that Internet startup founders should be looking to make a name for themselves before they hit 30, or give up? We’ll know in a few short weeks.

Source: Internet Entrepreneurs Are Like Professional Athletes, They Peak Around 25

Amar Bose To Donate Company To M.I.T.

April 30th, 2011 04:22 admin View Comments

Education

MBC1977 writes with this eyebrow-raising news from CNN: “‘The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced Friday that [Amar] Bose, the 81-year-old founder of the sound system company that bears his name, has donated the majority of Bose Corp.’s stock to the school.’ Very cool indeed!”

Source: Amar Bose To Donate Company To M.I.T.

Idle: Fairytale Character Map Raises Ire In Russia and Ukraine

April 30th, 2011 04:35 admin View Comments

Books

The downside of not having ones base of children’s stories crafted and maintained by trained storytime engineers from the Disney Corporation has reared its warty head in Russia and Ukraine. A map of purportedly Russian folktale characters’ haunts has drawn fire from Ukrainians, who object to what they see as the appropriation (from Ukraine) of such famous characters as miraculously strong Ilya Muromets, the gold-producing Speckled Hen, and Kolobok (“a cheerful talking cake who flees animals eager to eat him”). This seems like nothing that couldn’t be cleared up with some artfully mis-pointed highway signs and a few tons of papier-mâché.

Source: Idle: Fairytale Character Map Raises Ire In Russia and Ukraine

Blue Gene/P Reaches Sixty-Trillionth of Pi Squared

April 30th, 2011 04:09 admin View Comments

Math

Reader Dr.Who notes that an Australian research team using IBM’s Blue Gene/P supercomputer has calculated the sixty-trillionth binary digit of Pi-squared, a task which took several months of processing. Snipping from the article, the Dr. writes: “‘A value of Pi to 40 digits would be more than enough to compute the circumference of the Milky Way galaxy to an error less than the size of a proton.’ The article goes on to cite use of computationally complex algorithms to detect errors in computer hardware. The article references a blog which has more background. Disclaimers: I attended graduate school at U.C. Berkeley. I am presently employed by a software company that sells an infrastructure product named PI.”

Source: Blue Gene/P Reaches Sixty-Trillionth of Pi Squared

Firefox On Linux Gets Faster Builds — To Be Fast As Windows

April 30th, 2011 04:07 admin View Comments

Firefox

dkd903 writes “Mozilla’s Mike Hommey has announced on his blog that his team at Mozilla has finally managed to get the Linux builds of Firefox to use GCC 4.5 with aggressive optimization and profile guided optimization enabled. All this simply means that we can now expect a faster and less sluggish Firefox browser on Linux (both 32 bit and 64 bit systems).”

Source: Firefox On Linux Gets Faster Builds — To Be Fast As Windows

Developing Android Apps Visually, In 3 parts

April 30th, 2011 04:04 admin View Comments

Android

An anonymous reader writes “Dr. Dobb’s has a three-part blog (all three parts are up; this is part 1) about using App Inventor. The focus isn’t so much on the technology but rather the discussion of ‘can visual development let anyone program?’ If so, is App Inventor really visual development? And should we be teaching real programmers about visual development. Most of the conclusions are in part 3. As a byproduct, they show you how to put App Inventor output on the Market and there are two games on the market (free) that resulted from the articles.” Here’s part two, to round out the trilogy.

Source: Developing Android Apps Visually, In 3 parts

The Future of SiLo’s Language Library

April 30th, 2011 04:47 admin View Comments

Education

i4u writes “Early this morning I had a chance to speak with Ase (pronounced ‘Ace’) Deliri, curator of SiLo, the world’s first digital language library. At its core, SiLo is a mash of Wikipedia and Babelfish, an open database focused on facilitating real conversations with real people. ‘If you have 800-1200 words in your vocabulary, you can carry on a daily conversation. That is what we are looking at. How do you get a conversation going?’”

Source: The Future of SiLo’s Language Library

Using Googlemaps To Simulate Tsunamis

April 30th, 2011 04:40 admin View Comments

Earth

flemster writes Tsunami mapper is a new site which uses the googlemaps elevation service and the flood fill algorithm to predict which areas near a coast are likely to be affected by a tsunami. You can search for your local beach, set a wave heading and height and then double click the tsunami starting point off the coast, after which the tsunami range will be drawn. Naturally, predicting a tsunami is far more complicated than this and this application is a general guide and not a true predictor. However the simulations of the recent Japanese simulation are interesting. Compare the tsunami mapper simulation with this aerial photo of Ishinomaki after the March tsunami.”

Source: Using Googlemaps To Simulate Tsunamis

Apple Working On Two iPhone 5 Models?

April 30th, 2011 04:22 admin View Comments

iPhone Nano

Folks at iPhoneDownloadBlog claim that according to their source Apple is working on not one but two iPhone 5 models.

According to their source who works at an Apple part supplier, Apple may release two iPhone models: a ‘standard’ and ‘pro’ model in fall this year.

IDB reports:

Due to the extensive amount of NDAs our source had to sign to work with Apple, he could not give us very many details. He does believe that Apple is going to build two iPhone models, which he referred to as a ‘normal’ and a ‘pro’ version.

Our source says that Apple is ordering components of similar function, but some of them are the very best of what you can get right now.

While the rest of the ordered components are just the standard versions, Apple is also ordering better quality components of the same function. Our source says that both types of components wouldn’t go in one device together, which makes him believe Apple is up to something with a ‘pro’ version.

IDB also claims that their source at Apple has confirmed that the fifth generation iPhone will be launched after the “Back to School†season, suggesting that Apple may launch it in September along with the next generation iPod product line.

They’ve also published the concept of the next generation iPhone but haven’t mentioned if it was created using information provided by their source.

In our opinion, it seems highly unlikely that Apple will build ‘pro’ and ‘standard’ iPhone model, which will be differentiated based on the quality of components. We’re more inclined to believe that Apple will launch a smaller and cheaper version of the iPhone, which is not as feature rich as the regular iPhone.

We’ve heard several rumors that Apple is working on a cheaper iPhone but those rumors have also claimed the cheaper iPhone will be smaller. Back in February, Wall Street Journal who has a good track record with Apple related news had also reported that Apple is working on a cheaper and smaller iPhone, which could be priced at $200 without requiring a contract. According to the person who has seen the prototype of the cheaper iPhone, it was smaller and significantly lighter than iPhone 4 and had an edge-to-edge screen.

WSJ also reported that Apple is planning to revamp its MobileMe service and considering to make the service free. The revamped MobileMe service might allow users to store photos, videos and music online, eliminating the need for the iOS device to carry a lot of memory. It would be another good reason to rebrand it as iCloud rather than MobileMe.

As always, treat these rumors and speculations with a grain of salt.

But the possibilities of a smaller and cheaper iPhone probably dubbed iPhone nano would make things very interesting in the smartphone marketplace. What do you think?

Source: Apple Working On Two iPhone 5 Models?

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