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MICROSOFT GOES OPEN SOURCE
BUT STAYS PROPRIETARY AND COMMERCIAL
Dateline: 18 June 2008
Bill Gates said the words. I was there. I heard it. I posted it on YouTube. Now the whole world knows. “From tonight, at midnight, we are making the Microsoft server source-code open and available to everyone.” At the D7 conference, sponsored by Microsoft and News Corp, there was pandemonium. The balance of Gates’ presentation...

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Europe and America 'outsource' their ageing populations to reduce healthcare costs
Dateline: 12 August 2015
While the Western World has reeled from its rapidly ageing population, spiraling health care costs and falling pension benefits, the countries of South-East Asia have quietly grown a massive industry based on the provision of care to the elderly. Hospitals, nursing homes, taxi companies, catering companies, emergency medical alert support and drug companies – all...
The unthinkable becomes passé
Dateline: 26 June 2020
Today human cloning is the de facto standard for wealthy couples to have the child they want. The once much-vaunted ‘designer baby’ is now an uneventful reality for those who can afford it. The trend has resulted in an exponential growth for the cloning companies. Yet the noise just won’t die down completely. There were...
Plastic from food scraps - increased profits for Princess Cruises
Dateline: 14 November 2007
Who would have thought that a cruise liner could function as a ‘green’ factory? The luxury cruise ships that sail the world’s oceans carry a lot of waste. This used to be incinerated or jettisoned back in port. Now, using the latest waste management technology to convert all food waste into a biodegradable plastic, Princess...
BEAM ME UP A BURGER, SCOTTY!
Dinner from Sony – made atom by atom, molecule by molecule
Dateline: 9 February 2010
Pushing the trolley around the supermarket looks soon to become a thing of the past. You can now make almost anything you want, custom-built, right in your kitchen, using the new Sony Nano Assembler. This gizmo is a microwave look-alike – at least superficially. By using the atoms available in your garbage, the Sony P1...

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