Tag Archives | Open Source

Inside OpenAI, Elon Musk’s Wild Plan to Set Artificial Intelligence Free

from Wired The Friday afternoon news dump, a grand tradition observed by politicians and capitalists alike, is usually supposed to hide bad news. So it was a little weird that Elon Musk, founder of electric car maker Tesla, and Sam Altman, president of famed tech incubator Y Combinator, unveiled their new artificial intelligence company at […]

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Worldwide Encryption Products Survey

from Schneier on Security The findings of this survey identified 619 entities that sell encryption products. Of those 412, or two-thirds, are outside the U.S.-calling into question the efficacy of any US mandates forcing backdoors for law-enforcement access. It also showed that anyone who wants to avoid US surveillance has over 567 competing products to […]

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Why I’m Saying Goodbye to Apple, Google and Microsoft

from Medium Backchannel When I became a technology columnist in the mid-1990s, the public Internet was just beginning its first big surge. Back then, I advised my readers to avoid the semi-political, even religious battles that advocates of this or that technology platform seemed to enjoy. Appreciate technology, I urged, for what it is?—?a tool?—?and […]

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Open Source Is A Platform, Not A Product

from cNet News The platform wars are over, and open source has won. It’s not that open source has displaced Windows or the iPhone or anything else, but that every platform will necessarily include open source. It’s simply too expensive and too difficult to go it alone anymore, whether you’re an aspiring start-up or Microsoft. […]

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Accenture Goes the Tailor-Made Route

from BW.com Creating IT hardware on your own can be real chore. All that time and money spent researching and prototyping, and there’s no guarantee it will do the job. But what if getting a custom-built device were as easy as making pizza? Start with a crust of a base module to run an operating […]

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How Firefox Is Pushing Open Video Onto the Web

from Monkey Bites The underlying language used to build web pages is being substantially re-written for the first time in a decade. The W3C, the web’s primary standards body, is revising HTML with an eye on improving the performance and capabilities of rich, browser-based applications. One of the great promises of HTML 5, the emerging […]

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Open Source Software Needed for Medical Records

from ars technica Senator John D. Rockefeller has proposed legislation to encourage development of interoperable systems for universal medical records. The bill, known as the Health Information Technology Public Utility Act of 2009, calls for the government to implement a grant program to facilitate the development of open source software and open standards that will […]

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Does a Court Ruling Raise the Risks of Open Source?

from Infoworld A federal court decision protecting open source code is good for developers, but could open the floodgates of litigation. The model train business isn’t exactly the font of software innovation. But a lawsuit over the rights to a hobbyist’s code could be a huge boost for developers of open source programs. It could […]

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Red Hat CEO: Open Source Is Customer-friendly

from cnet News A bad economy is good for open source, declared Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst in his keynote at Open Source Business Conference 2009, but open source’s value proposition should play well in any economy. At OSBC 2008, Whitehurst suggested that enterprise IT needs to join the open-source conversation, contributing code back to […]

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Why Apple Should Be Worried About Songbird

from ReadWriteWeb Earlier this week, the open-source music player built on Mozilla technology, Songbird, finally made its 1.0 release. After being in development for two years, this version feels like the kind of solid media player we’ve been expecting and hoping for all along. Although nothing is entirely bug-free, this release worked smoothly, with both […]

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Microsoft Finally Acknowledges That Open Source Is Mainstream

from cnet News Microsoft just announced the obvious: open source is an increasingly critical (and common) component of software today, including proprietary software. The open-source software in question is jQuery, an excellent open-source javascript library that Microsoft will be including in its Visual Studio application development platform. More here.

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Stanford Teaching MBAs How To Fight Open Source

from Slashdot mjasay writes “As if the proprietary software world needed any help, two business professors from Harvard and Stanford have combined to publish ‘Divide and Conquer: Competing with Free Technology Under Network Effects,’ a research paper dedicated to helping business executives fight the onslaught of open source software. The professors advise ‘the commercial vendor […]

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Yubikey: Your Key To Securing the Web

from ReadWriteWeb A company who believes they have the solution to our online security woes is Yubico, makers of a small USB dongle known as the Yubikey. This ingenious authentication solution can be combined with OpenID or other third party web sites to provide secure authentication on the web. Authentication is an area of security […]

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