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  • Willow Garage To Give Away 10 Open Source Robots
    By on January 18, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    kkleiner writes “Open source robotics received a huge momentum boost last Friday. Willow Garage, one of the driving forces behind the Robot Operating System, announced that it would be giving away ten of its new and extraordinary PR2 Beta Robots. Willow Garage has an open call for proposals, so that any research group can apply to receive one of the PR2 Betas free of charge. Applicants will have to release their research with the PR2 freely and under (more…)

  • Roger Ebert’s open letter to Rush Limbaugh
    By on January 15, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Ebert responds to Rush Limbaugh’s insinuation that Barack Obama would steal money donated by Americans to help out the people of Haiti.


  • New Open Source Intrusion Detector Suricata Released
    By on December 31, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    richrumble writes “The OISF has released the beta version of the Suricata IDS/IPS engine: The Suricata Engine is an Open Source Next Generation Intrusion Detection and Prevention Engine. This engine is not intended to just replace or emulate the existing tools in the industry, but will bring new ideas and technologies to the field. This new Engine supports Multi-Threading, Automatic Protocol Detection (IP, TCP, UDP, ICMP, HTTP, TLS, FTP and SMB! ), (more…)

  • Open Source Voting Software Concept Released
    By on October 23, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    filesiteguy writes “Wired is reporting that the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation has announced the first release of Linux- and Ruby-based election management software. This software should compete in the same realm as Election Systems & Software, as well as Diebold/Premiere for use by County registrars. Mitch Kapor — founder of Lotus 1-2-3 — and Dean Logan, Registrar for Los Angeles County, and Debra Bowen, California Secretary of (more…)

  • Open Source Effort To Codify America’s “Operating System” Online
    By on October 17, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Rubinstien writes “O’Reilly Radar is reporting on an effort to produce Law.gov, ‘America’s Operating System, Open Source.’ The group Public.Resource.Org seeks to ‘create a solid business plan, technical specs, and enabling legislation for the federal government to create Law.gov. [They] envision Law.gov as a distributed, open source, authenticated registry and repository of all primary legal materials in the United States.’ According to its new website, (more…)

  • NFL Player Cracks His Head Open During Pre-Game Intro (Vid)
    By on October 12, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Player cracks his own head open after beating himself in the skull with his own helmet before the game even begins. Seattle Seahawks Owen Schmitt didn’t think the crowd, his team or even himself, were fired up enough before this week’s game against Jacksonville.


  • NVidia Cripples PhysX “Open” API
    By on October 1, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “In a foot-meet-bullet type move, NVidia is going to disable PhysX engine if you are using a display adapter other than one that came from their company. This despite the fact that you may have an NVidia card on your system specifically to do this type of processing. ‘For a variety of reasons some development expense, some quality assurance and some business reasons Nvidia will not support GPU accelerated PhysX with Nvidia (more…)

  • #twatch Open Hardware Networked LCD Screen
    By on September 21, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “Dangerous Prototype’s #twatch is a DIY network appliance that displays real-time topic trends from Twitter. It can also show system statistics, RSS feeds, mail notifications, and more using a TCP server on port 1337 that accepts commands from LCD control programs like LCD Smartie (Windows) and LCDproc (Linux). Everything you need to build your own is on the project’s page. We’ve covered this hardware hacker’s work previously.”


  • The 10 Worst Movies to Open at #1
    By on September 17, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    The thing about all these movies is that they’re passively bad. Everybody already knew they would suck, and they’re quickly forgotten. Sometimes, however, a movie opens at #1 that is really bad. Offensively bad. Beg-for-your-money-back, sign-of-the-impending-apocalypse bad. Here are the 10 Worst Movies to Open at #1.


  • US Open fines Williams $10,000 For Tirade
    By on September 15, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    The U.S. Open has fined Serena Williams $10,000 for her tirade directed at a line judge at the end of a semifinal loss to Kim Clijsters. It’s the maximum on-site fine a Grand Slam tennis tournament can issue for unsportsmanlike conduct. The U.S. Open said Sunday the Grand Slam Committee Administrator has opened an investigation to determine …