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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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Is your filter bubble transparent?

"There is no standard Google anymore," says Eli Pariser in a recent TED talk. And he's right. Try it. Google the same thing as the person sitting next to you and compare the results. Chances are, they're different. According to Pariser, that's because Google uses as many as 57 different signals to determine the unique search results it serves you. » Read more

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Will Google+ get your +1?

I can't bring myself to write a headline that involves the words "Google+," "Facebook killer" and a leading question mark. But that's no doubt what they're hoping for with this announcement, isn't it? » Read more

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Poll: salary transparency

Tough choices?

After you vote, chime in on the comments below and join the conversation on how much transparency is too much?

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Telecomix, Anonymous, anarchy, and getting things done through the do-ocracy

Meet Pete Fein. To introduce himself, he'd tell you he programs Python, rides bikes, does yoga, and wears pants. He also acts as a liaison with Anonymous, but does not himself work on DDoS attacks or crack websites and passwords. Fein gave the opening keynote to Open Source Bridge, "Hacking for Freedom," which in reality had very little to do with hacking and very much to do with what he calls a "doocracy." » Read more

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Makers: Free your hardware with OHANDA

The Open Source Hardware and Design Aliance (OHANDA) aims to do for hardware what the Creative Commons does for intellectual property and the GPL does for software: open it up. By applying open source principles to trademarks, OHANDA hopes to free devices from some restrictions imposed by patent law and foster "sustainable sharing of open hardware and design." » Read more

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The Flowerpot Sessions: A music hackathon

Last summer, an independent music label tried something refreshing. They put together a music event styled after the kinds of hackathons where computer programmers collaborate at a furious pace. They work quickly and collectively on whatever projects interest the group most--and this tactic usually results in notable developments and improvements.
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Open source cufflinks, space station notification, and other last-minute Father's Day ideas

Sunday is Father's Day in many parts of the world, and while it's never too late to pick up another tie for good ol' dad (the 8-bit version is always a good choice), I've got a few more open source suggestions for you.

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LinuxCon schedule announced, including Torvalds, Mickos, Whitehurst

Today The Linux Foundation announces the lineup of speakers for this year's LinuxCon North America, and we're pretty happy to see a lot of opensource.com contributors on the agenda. As a part of the event, the foundation is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Linux through various activities, including a LinuxCon keynote by Linus Torvalds. » Read more

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