Bpo Brain Pickings - Part 30 By: Maria Popova A vibrant dance across the global spectrum of the popular imagination. “Legendary lands … have only one characteristic in common: whether they depend on ancient legends whose origins are lost in the mists of time or whether they are an effect of a modern invention, they have created flows of belief,” Umberto Eco wrote in his illustrated meditation on imaginary places. But as much as fictional lands might hold enduring allure, what captivates our shared imagination even more are the fictional and mythic creatures of our cultural folklore, both ancient and modern. That’s precisely what writer Davide Cali and illustrator Gabriela Giandelli explore in Monsters and Legends (public library) — a vibrant and whimsical volume from independent British children’s book press Flying Eye Books, which also gave us the illustrated chronicle of Shackleton’s historic expedition. The Mapiguari The Dragon In every culture, there is a creature resembling a Dragon. Gustave The Mokele-Mbembe
GitHub finally raises funding: $100M from Andreessen Horowitz GitHub is ready to take a huge step forward. After successfully bootstrapping its operation since 2008, the open-source code hosting site is set to announce Monday that it has accepted $100 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz in order to improve and expand a platform that has become an industry standard for managing and finding code on the web. The investment is the single largest by legendary venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz to date, and is the first source of external funding that GitHub has accepted since it launched in 2008. Peter Levine, a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, will join GitHub’s board. The startup will use the funding to hire additional employees and expand to new platforms such as mobile. CEO Tom Preston-Werner said the company hopes to develop new features but also improve existing ones, such as web applications for different operating systems. They had a vision for a new way to develop software and created a new kind of company to pursue it.
replicant GLPI Six basic tenets of Dow Theory 1. The market has three movements (1) The "main movement", primary movement or major trend may last from less than a year to several years. It can be bullish or bearish. (2) The "medium swing", secondary reaction or intermediate reaction may last from ten days to three months and generally retraces from 33% to 66% of the primary price change since the previous medium swing or start of the main movement. (3) The "short swing" or minor movement varies with opinion from hours to a month or more. The three movements may be simultaneous, for instance, a daily minor movement in a bearish secondary reaction in a bullish primary movement. 2. Dow Theory asserts that major market trends are composed of three phases: an accumulation phase, a public participation phase, and a distribution phase. 3. Stock prices quickly incorporate new information as soon as it becomes available. 4. In Dow's time, the US was a growing industrial power. 5. Dow believed that volume confirmed price trends. 6.
Making an open source software can be more profitable in the long term Rituparna Chatterjee, ET Bureau Nov 15, 2011, 04.05am IST Rituparna Chatterjee from San Francisco tells us how making your software products free can possibly help you earn more profits despite all the bugs and challenges. Imagine what would happen if Coca Cola shared its secret formula, or a popular restaurant shared its secret sauce recipe. After all, many of today's tech rock stars like Google and Facebook follow the open source paradigm. Like Kloudless -- a search engine for all our personal stuff in the cloud -- started by a bunch of University of California at Berkeley students. Many others, even after making billions out of their own technologies, choose to open-source their products, simply to stay competitive in today's hi-tech landscape, which is evolving at a speed never seen before. "With the current economy and technological changes, traditional software itself is changing. Building a community around your product, especially for viral marketing, has become mandatory.
Home - GitHub CommentReparer Does Open Source Threaten American Software? NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The short answer is no. But it's amazing how often I hear otherwise. After all, critics of open source will note, "Intellectual Property" (a lawyer's term for patent, copyright and trademark rights) is America's key advantage in global competition. Open source throws that away. Might as well turn over the keys of American exceptionalism to China and turn out the lights, goes the implication. Turns out there are two kinds of software. Open source mainly works with tools. Put it this way. Making coders more productive reduces the need for coders. For all software buyers, meanwhile, the bottom line is the bottom line. Earlier this summer my friend John Weathersby of the OSS-Institute, an advocate for open source use in government, brought together hundreds of open source business executives along with top managers of the National Security Agency and other security agencies. Open source is the right way to develop better software tools.