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Out in the Open: These Hackers Want to Give You Coding Superpowers

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Built alongside friend and colleague Robert Attorri, his creation is called Light Table, and he believes it can not only improve programming for seasoned engineers like himself, but put the power of coding into the hands of so many others. “We consider programming a modern-day superpower. You can create something out of nothing, cure cancer, build billion-dollar companies,” he says. “We’re looking at how we can give that super power to everyone else.”

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If Microsoft thinks old Tor clients are risky, why not Windows XP?

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Earlier this week, Microsoft revealed that it had been going into users computers and removing outdated Tor clients. At first glance, this might seem like a crazed, misplaced attack on the Tor network, not unlike a campaign by a certain Irish politician, but the issue runs deeper than first thought.

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1984 is Here: Microsoft Remotely Deletes Free/Open Source Software From Windows, Sells Malware Under Pretense of ‘Openness’ (Newspeak)

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Microsoft is not about openness. It makes and maintained (with new back doors) insecure-by-design software for the NSA. This includes Skype. Watch the new article titled “Skype ready to share users’ data with Russian police” [2].

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Delhi government to switch to free software

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Delhi: Delhi government is set to opt for free software. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held initial discussions with free software guru Richard Stallman. The meeting was facilitated by Joseph C Mathew, former IT advisor to the Chief Minister of Kerala V S Achuthanandan, before he was shunted out falling foul of the powerful official faction of the CPI {M} in Kerala. The first phase will be introduced in the education sector. Significantly, this new initiative follows close on the heels of Kejriwal’s announcement that monopolies will not be allowed in the retail sector. Stallman said that he shared the philosophy of the Aam Aadmi Party.

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Spark.io Hackers Make An Open-Source Nest Thermostat

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Sure it’s not made of metal, nor did it convince Google to give its creators billions of dollars, but dammit if this isn’t a cool hack. The folks at Spark.io, creators of the Spark Core, a unique Wi-Fi development board that allows you to add Wi-Fi controls to Arduino projects, have used their tech to create a Nest-alike with some of the same features as Tony Fadell’s popular wall wart.

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Introducting Youth to Open Source

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It was a bit of serendipity that today after attending my local school technical committee meeting I ran across three articles on the role of open source in education. In the first, Lauren Egts from Opensource.com interviews computer science teacher James Allen on how to engage with middle and high school age kids. The second from Foss Force encourages us to blame FUD for the proliferation of Microsoft in public schools. Finally, the third, again from Opensource.com, provides a list of open hardware projects to use to teach kids the fundamentals of the industry.

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Make: Article on Novena

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I was surprised to find the laptop was well-received by hackers, given its homebrew appearance, relatively meager specs and high price. The positive response has encouraged us to plan a crowd funding campaign around a substantially simplified (think “all in one PC” with a battery) case design. We think it may be reasonable to kick off the campaign shortly after Chinese New Year, maybe late February or March.

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Cell security in Apache HBase

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Apache HBase is “the Apache Hadoop database”, a horizontally scalable nonrelational datastore built on top of components offered by the Apache Hadoop ecosystem, notably Apache ZooKeeper and Apache Hadoop HDFS. Although HBase therefore offers first class Hadoop integration, and is often chosen for that reason, it has come into its own as a good choice for high scale data storage of record. HBase is often the kernel of big data infrastructure.

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Novena whips up an open source laptop from scratch

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Novena Project aims to create an entirely open source laptop, from the iron down to the bits, and a prototype already exists

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OpenSaaS and the future of government IT innovation

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For government agencies in particular, OpenSaaS presents a profound opportunity to both save tax dollars and increase agility, all while affording government buyers more freedom and control over key technologies that are driving government innovation today.

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7 Great New Open Source Projects

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Linux and FOSS have a lot of energy going into great big projects: cloud, mainframe, supercomputing, and large-scale distributed computing. So bigtime projects like OpenShift, OpenStack, Hadoop, Xen, KVM, and enterprise offerings from Red Hat, SUSE, and Canonical are getting all the glory.

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Light Table is open source

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Today Light Table is taking a huge step forward - every bit of its code is now on Github and along side of that, we're releasing Light Table 0.6.0, which includes all the infrastructure to write and use plugins. If you haven't been following the 0.5.* releases, this latest update also brings a tremendous amount of stability, performance, and clean up to the party. All of this together means that Light Table is now the open source developer tool platform that we've been working towards. Go download it and if you're new give our tutorial a shot!

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Amahi's Open Source Home Server Software Goes Mobile

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Following a recent trend in network attached storage (NAS), Amahi, the open source home server software based on Linux, has added remote network access using its new mobile app for iOS and a forthcoming Android app.

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4 reasons companies say yes to open source

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Open source isn't just about saving money -- enterprises are adopting it to develop applications faster, with higher quality components.

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Meet the Open Source Trio Primed to Topple Oracle

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Over the past few years, we’ve seen an explosion of new databases. Several companies are offering relational databases that directly challenge traditional offerings from Oracle — databases that designed to store information in neat rows and columns on a single machine. And thanks to research papers detailing software built by Google and Amazon, we also have a slew of open source NoSQL databases — databases designed to store massive amounts of information across tens of hundreds of machines.

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Mozilla Reveals Plans to Take Firefox OS and HTML 5 to New Devices

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As.S. and elsewhere, but mostly the focus has been on emerging markets.

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Rygel 0.21.2 Media Server Adds More Samsung Hacks

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The developers of the Rygel open source UPnP media server software have announced a new development version, 0.21.2, which adds several new features and fixes many bugs.

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OggCamp 2013 – Free software, free culture & mass surveillance

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Since the first issue of Linux User appeared at the end of the last century, the free software community has grown and evolved – bringing in open data, free culture, open hardware – and the nature of its events has changed. The Linux Expo, and Linux User Expo, events of the past were huge corporate affairs, but the coffers of the big companies enabled the .ORG Village to run alongside, providing space for dozens of FOSS projects and organisations.

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30 Cool Open Source Software I Discovered in 2013

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These are full-featured open source software products, free as in beer and speech that I started to use recently. Vivek Gite picks his best open source software of 2013.

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EP Green/EFA to use open source to secure email

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The Green/EFA Group in the European Parliament "is reaching out to the Free Software community", in order to achieve trustworthy email encryption, the group announced this weekend. The political block objects to the mass surveillance by companies and governments, as disclosed the past year by Edward Snowden, a former contractor at the US' National Security Agency. The group is starting a test, laptop computers running a tailored version of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution.

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