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The Era of the Open Source Gun

The Era of the Open Source Gun

May 6th, 2013 will stand out in the memory of anyone involved in the 3D printing community as the day that the mass media, for better or for worse, really took notice of this rapidly evolving field. That’s because as of right now, anyone in the United States can legally download and print their own

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GitHub Graciously Helps Female Programmers Cower In Fear

It’s no secret that the tech world has historically been a boys club. Programmers, engineers, hackers, makers; the majority of them are all male. Any females who wander into the fray tend to be ostracized, or perhaps even worse, garner so much unwanted attention that they are treated more like a sideshow than a colleague. The

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Blogger Claims Eric S. Raymond has “Severe Mental Problems”

Internet blogger Saurav Sengupta has recently published an article titled: “The Distance Between a Hacker and a Criminal“, where he claims that hackers, specifically Eric S. Raymond, are living their lives with undiagnosed mental disorders that could lead to schizophrenia or criminal behavior. Seriously. these people are mostly unknown outside their cocoons, although they take pride

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An Experiment in Digital Self Publishing

I’ve written quite a bit of technical and instructional text (perhaps you’ve noticed), but I’ve never been one for writing fiction. While I’ve certainly read enough of the stuff, the idea of actually creating characters, realistic dialog, scenarios, and all the other bits that make a good book have always been too intimidating. But after

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Open Source Software Brings Classic Gaming To Your Browser

By combining multiple open source projects, some know how, and a love for retro gaming, developer Aleksander Guryanov has been able to bring the groundbreaking real time strategy (RTS) game Dune II into modern web browsers. While unquestionably a fun diversion for classic gaming aficionados, this project is more importantly an excellent demonstration of the incredible capability

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Paving the Way For Open Source Weaponry

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is often the launchpad for new and innovative products, and this year’s show is no exception. One of the most surprising new products to be unveiled, and perhaps the most controversial of the show, is the line of “Precision Guided Firearms” from TrackingPoint. These rifles feature a Linux powered optics system which

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Integreen Brings Open Source Traffic Monitoring To Italy

The best way to fight an enemy is to start by learning everything you can about it, which is exactly what the team at Integreen are looking to do in the Italian city of Bolzano. By using the latest technology and banking on open source software, Integreen hopes to provide the city management with enough traffic

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Ingress: Doing Google’s Legwork, Literally

If you’re at all plugged into the world of social networking and/or Android, you’ve almost certainly heard of Google’s latest experiment: the invite-only and Android exclusive meta-game, Ingress. Thanks to a fierce marketing campaign including multiple tie-in websites and heavy promotion on Google+, the buzz about Ingress is incredibly strong; especially considering most people don’t even know

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The Freedom to Innovate – Interaction Design for Plasma Active

I first learned about Plasma Active on a KDE User Experience sprint in April 2011.  Sebastian Kügler was talking about their new project called Plasma Active, which aimed to bring the KDE experience to devices other than desktops, laptops and netbooks.  It would provide a framework for application creators to easily adapt their UIs to different

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Hackers In Space

Foreword If you’ve been following my articles here on “The Powerbase”, you’ve probably come to the realization that I’m really into space. The idea of hackers and makers being able to communicate with, or ideally even control, an orbiting satellite is simply incredible to me. Just a few years ago, setting up an amateur network of communications

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