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Watch How Open-Source OpenStreetMap Mapped The Globe In Just 7 Years

A decade ago, OpenStreetMap launched as a free, open-source alternative to the other mapping tools you may encounter on the internet. Turns out that the collaborative experiment worked exceptionally well, and thanks to a new site, you can see for yourself how the Wikipedia of mapping has covered the whole planet.


There's Now An Automotive-Grade Linux For Open-Source Cars

There’s no denying your car’s dashboard is pretty dumb, which is why Microsoft, Apple and Google are all trying to smarten it up. But there’s also a new open-source alternative, in the shape of Automotive Grade Linux.


Saucy Coder Scheduled His Github Activity To Spell Out 'BUTTS'

Github, a wildly popular social network for coders and their open-source creations, likes to keep track of what you’re doing around its little corner of the internet. And one Belgian coder took advantage of this fact in the most phenomenal way possible — by spelling out “BUTTS”.


Intel Will Let You 3D-Print Your Own Robot This Year

Your very own Wall-E? It may not be too futuristic a prospect if Intel has anything to do with it. The company just showed off a DIY kit at the Code Conference that will let you 3D-print your very own robot for $US1600.


So Long, Open Web: Mozilla Accepts Closed Source DRM And We All Lose

It’s official: the last holdout for the open web has fallen. Flanked on all sides by Google, Microsoft, Opera, and (it appears) Safari’s support and promotion of the EME DRM-in-HTML standard, Mozilla is giving in to pressure from Hollywood, Netflix, et al, and will be implementing its own third-party version of DRM. It will be rolled out in Desktop Firefox later this year.


NASA's About To Release A Mother Lode Of Free Software

If you’ve been thinking about getting started on the rocket project that’s been on your mind for ages, now is a good time to get serious. Next week, NASA will release a massive software catalogue with over 1000 projects. It’s not the first time the space agency’s released code, but it is the first time they have made it so easy.


You Can Now Download All Of DARPA's Open Source Code From One Place

From robots to mind-reading, new programming languages to advanced communication systems, DARPA has fingers in many, many pies. And now, it’s making all its open source code available by publishing the DARPA Open Catalogue.


Why The World Needs OpenStreetMap

Every time I tell someone about OpenStreetMap, they inevitably ask “Why not use Google Maps?”. From a practical standpoint, it’s a reasonable question, but ultimately this is not just a matter of practicality, but of what kind of society we want to live in. I discussed this topic in a 2008 talk on OpenStreetMap I gave at the first MappingDC meeting. Here are many of same concepts, but expanded.


You Could Build This Metal 3D Printer For $1500

One of the limitations of 3D printing is in the materials — plastic might be the most affordable and widely available, but it’s also cheap and brittle. So some students at Michigan Tech University have made a relatively cheap metal 3D printer, and they’re releasing the plans to the masses.


The Microsoft Privacy Pro The NSA Turned Into A Conspiracy Theorist

Caspar Bowden spent nearly a decade working for Microsoft, where he held the position of chief privacy adviser. He says he knew nothing of the PRISM data sharing scheme while there, a fact that’s turned him into a code-examining member of the paranoid elite.


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