By timothy from Slashdot's you-mean-a-google-doodle-isn't-enough? department
cygtoad writes "Today marks Robert Bunsen's 200th birthday. I found this interesting factoid on the man: 'Bunsen and Desaga did not apply for patent protection on their burner and it was quite soon that others began to produce their own versions. Some even went so far as to claim the invention as their own, including one person who was granted a patent on the device. Both Bunsen and Desaga were involved in writing letters to the proper authorities to refute these claims.' Does anyone have an older example of such an open information pioneer? In my book he deserves some honor."
Benjamin Franklin famously chose not to patent the design of the stove that bears his name
, too; you can read all about it
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By Soulskill from Slashdot's must-be-holding-it-wrong department
RedEaredSlider writes "Shorty after the US launch of Nintendo's last portable console, 3DS owners have begun reporting issues with the device. In one case, dubbed the 'black screen of death,' users reported instances where their 3DS screens grew black shortly before their consoles became unresponsive. Other owners documented errors involving a screen instructing them to restart their systems. Nintendo has taken notice of the issues, and offered 3DS users a fix for the error. 'If anyone is experiencing any problems with their Nintendo 3DS console, we recommend that in the first instance they download and install the latest system update, now available online,' the company said in a statement."
The 3DS's launch was reportedly more successful than the DSi's
. iFixit did a nice teardown of the device
a while back, and Nukezilla's Peter Silk put the screen under a microscope
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