Thursday, April 17, 2014

GPL for seeds

Heard an interesting story about how some university seed breeders borrowed the idea of opensource from computer industry to seeds.

Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

In US and world farming is leading more towards monocultures  and we need more diversity. Not sure how much this open source seeds initiative will work but I wish it becomes as successful as open source software. The good thing is that it works like GPL where if you use any of these seeds to produce a new seed then you cant patent it and you have to open source that also, what a brilliant idea :).  As per wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_General_Public_License

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David A. Wheeler argues that the copyleft provided by the GPL was crucial to the success of Linux-based systems, giving the programmers who contributed to the kernel the assurance that their work would benefit the whole world and remain free, rather than being exploited by software companies that would not have to give anything back to the community.[11]

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I wish this open source seeds project get same success as linux.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

HBO show about silicon valley

http://www.hbo.com/silicon-valley#/silicon-valley/episodes/1/01-minimum-viable-product/video/full-episode-minimum-product-viability.html

saw the first episode of the series. Sounds interesting but felt more like only few % of this is really true.

Spending more time on Quora/Techcrunch/VentureBeat than Netflix

It seems Netflix content has become boring. I was the cord cutter as soon as my son was born, for first 2 years I didnt had TV and for local news I had an indoor antenna http://www.amazon.com/Amplified-High-Definition-Antenna-Off-Air-Reception/dp/B0007MXZB2/

Image copied from amazon site



Now a days it seems the only person watching netflix in house is my son. My wife watches mostly indian soap operas posted on youtube.

As for me for past 3-4 months the time spent on netflix has died down drastically in evenings and I am spending more time on Quora/Techcrunch/VentureBeat. It seems netflix content has become boring or I have seen most of it.  I am a big fan of chinese war dramas  http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Red-Cliff-Theatrical-Version/70130851  and lately only once in a blue moon a new one would arrive.

I got the same impression from other friends that netflix content has started to fade and even hulu or redbox has same issue. Only time will tell that are we entering into an era where people are moving away from TV content or am I just an anomaly?