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Achievement unlocked: Four open consoles for homebrew gamers

Not long after Nintendo announced its newest handheld, the Nintendo 3DS, gamers began asking the perennial question: Would the device be region locked? And much to the dismay of would-be importers, the answer was an unambiguous "yes": Nintendo does indeed prohibit consoles sold in one geographic territory (like Japan) from playing video games purchased in another (say, the United States, Europe, or Australia). » Read more

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Open source food at FOOD 2.0

The Open Source Food panel raised a diverse and complicated array of ideas about what exactly open source is and how it can be applied to food from software, hardware, social, and research perspectives. The conversation began by talking about how large amounts of information about where, who, and how our food is grown, as well as what processes touch it before it even gets to us, are often not available to the average individual. » Read more

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Poll: How long should copyrights last?

After you vote, chime in on the comments with your thoughts on copyrights and why you voted the way you did.

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Open data for humanitarian relief with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

It's HOT in Haiti, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, and other nations around the world. Why? Because Kate Chapman, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), and many volunteers are improving local economies and creating an open map of the world. » Read more

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New book from Creative Commons celebrates the power of open

By the end of 2010, more than 400 million works had been licensed with Creative Commons licenses. That's 400 million musical compositions, news items, academic manuscripts, artworks, blueprints, presentations, photographs, books, blog posts, and videos whose owners believed traditional copyright restrictions didn't allow their creations to properly circulate, grow, and flourish. » Read more

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Poll: Do you use a Creative Commons license?

After you vote, tell us why you use the license you do in the comments below.

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Applying the lessons of open source to ballet

Do open source software and ballet have anything in common? Sure, they have some obvious differences. But they share an imperative to collaborate and a creative spirit. Anyhow, I’m a big fan of both, and I’ve been thinking about whether some of the lessons of open source could be applied to ballet. Last week got a chance to kick ideas on this around with a great choreographer, Robert Weiss.

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OK Go's Damian Kulash on music, collaboration, and net neutrality

Continuing on our series of videos from last year's Open Video Conference, we got a chance to talk to OK Go's Damian Kulash about how he sees his world of music and the imp » Read more

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Poll: Publicly disclose your salary

On our last poll, you gave us some insight about whose salaries should be made public. This week, we turn the tables.

Have your thoughts changed?

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FabFi: An open source wireless network built with trash

As we've seen with recent protests in the Middle East, the information superhighway can all too easily be brought to a halt. Governments from Egypt and Libya to Yemen and Syria have, in recent months, cut Internet access to control troublemakers who utter such obviously dangerous terms as “freedom” or “basic human rights.” Most connections to the Internet are far from open commons, rather they are controlled by only a few entities, so putting the brakes on communications is an easy thing for a government to do.
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