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  • Invictus Games open in London
    By on September 10, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    The Invictus Games for wounded servicemen and women open at the Olympic Park in London, with Prince Harry saying lives will be changed.


  • Attorney Jim Hazard is Working to Open-Source Law
    By on July 25, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    Jim Hazard is a lawyer who leans geek; since he got his law degree in 1979, he’s been the guy in the office who could make sense of things technical more often than others could, and dates his interest in regularizing complex legal documents (and making them a bit *less* complex) back to the era where Wang word processors were being replaced with personal computers. Most documents — no matter how similar to each other, and how much work was spent (more…)

  • ACM Queue Interviews Robert Watson On Open Source Hardware and Research
    By on October 20, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “ACM Queue interviews Cambridge researcher (and FreeBSD developer) Robert Watson on why processor designs need to change in order to better support security features like Capsicum — and how they change all the time (RISC, GPUs, etc). He also talks about the challenge of building a research team at Cambridge that could actually work with all levels of the stack: CPU design, operating systems, compilers, (more…)

  • Open Source Driver For Microsoft Surface 2.0
    By on May 11, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    dartttt writes “Florian Echtler has developed an open-source driver for the Microsoft Surface 2.0 touch screen. According to him, the open source implementation works surprisingly well on Ubuntu 11.10. The process requires you to boot Linux on your Surface 2.0 in the first place. However, it can be done by just booting Ubuntu from a USB hard disk without modify anything on the original Win7 installation.”

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  • Univ. of Minnesota Compiles Database of Peer-Reviewed, Open-Access Textbooks
    By on May 10, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    First time accepted submitter BigVig209 writes “Univ. of MN is cataloging open-access textbooks and enticing faculty to review the texts by offering $500 per review. From the article: ‘The project is meant to address two faculty critiques of open-source texts: they are hard to locate and they are of indeterminate quality. By building up a peer-reviewed collection of textbooks, available to instructors anywhere, Minnesota officials hope (more…)

  • Windsurfers open Olympic petition
    By on May 10, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    A petition is launched to keep windsurfing at the Olympics after sailing’s world governing body drops it for the Rio 2016 Games


  • Bradley enters Irish Open field
    By on May 8, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    The Irish Open field now boasts three of the four current major champions after Keegan Bradley signs up to play.


  • Open Source Tool Lets Anyone Redistrict New York
    By on November 20, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    First time accepted submitter Micah_Altman writes “As the next redistricting battle shapes up in New York, members of the public have an opportunity to create viable alternatives. Unlike the previously reported crowdsourced redistricting of Los Angeles, the public mapping of New York is based on open source software — anyone can use this to set up their own public web-based redistricting effort.”

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  • Winners of Mozilla Open Data Competition
    By on January 13, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “Back in November, Mozilla Labs and the Metrics Team together launched the first Mozilla Open Data Visualization Competition. While we set out to discover creative visual answers to the open question, “How do people use Firefox,” we really didn’t know what level of participation to expect from the Mozilla and data analysis communities. In fact, we were overwhelmed by both the number and quality of submissions – so (more…)

  • Open Source VLC Media Player Coming To iPad
    By on September 9, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Stoobalou writes “The people behind VLC, quite probably the most useful media player available right now, have submitted an iPod version to the Apple software police. VLC — which is rightfully famous for having a go at playing just about any kind of audio or video file you care to throw at it — should appear some time next week, if it makes it through the often unfathomable approval process implemented by Apple. The Open Source Video Lan (more…)