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  • Snark attack: Cornell students teach software to detect sarcasm!

    A team of students participating in Cornell University's Tech Challenge program has developed a machine learning application that attempts to break the final frontier in language processing—identifying sarcasm. This could change everything… maybe.

    TrueRatr, a collaboration between Cornell Tech and Bloomberg, is intended to screen out sarcasm in product reviews. But the technology has been open sourced (and posted to GitHub) so that others can modify it to deal with other types of text-based eye-rolling.

  • Dear GitHub, More Than 1000 Famous Developers Are Mad At Your Issues Tracker

    Annoyed by GitHub’s outdated Issues Tracker feature, a CloudFlare developer has written an open letter to GitHub, suggesting the website to address the issues. Notably, the Issues Tracker feature is very rigid in nature and lacks the ability to pass a feedback on the service itself. At the moment, 1192 users have signed this open later.

  • When Enterprises Need to Transition from Free Open Source to Fully Supported OS Platforms
  • JFrog Raises $50M For DevOps Expansion
  • JFrog, the GitHub of software artifacts, raises $50 million
  • JFrog Raises $50 Million To Provide The App Store For The Internet Of Things
  • Big Switch Networks Raises $48.5 Million in New Funding

    Software Defined Networking (SDN) vendor Big Switch Networks is announcing a new Series C round of funding, bringing in $48.5 million. Big Switch's total funding to date stands at $94 million.

  • AMD HSA Support Merged Into GCC Trunk

    The AMD Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) code has been mainlined within the GCC compiler!

    A few days ago the latest patches were published and today the work, which was done by SUSE under contract with AMD, is now in the mainline GCC code-base.

  • 100+ Makers eco-hack the future with open-source prototypes for a fossil-free, zero waste society
  • The open source city as the transnational democratic future

    Open source local government is the first step towards scaling up new public policy spheres and interwoven citizen practices that can make neoliberalism unnecessary.

  • How Thalmic Labs’ open source approach helped a man regain use of his arm

    When Thalmic Labs made the decision to go open source with its Myo arm band, it probably never imagined that doing so would lead to an amputee regaining the use of a limb.

    Thanks to the work of Johns Hopkins Medical School, Johnny Matheny has become the first person to attach a gesture-controlled limb directly to his skeleton, and it’s controlled with the Myo arm band. The delivery driver lost the lower part of his left arm to cancer in 2008. Late last year, Johns Hopkins designed a Modular Prosthetic Limb and used Myo’s electromyography (EMG) sensors to measure the electrical signals sent from Matheny’s upper arm to control his lower arm. Those signals are converted into Bluetooth transmissions to a controlling computer mounted on the prosthetic, which then determines the motion to be made with the limb.

  • Open-source GPU could push computing power to the next level

    Binghamton University computer science assistant professor Timothy Miller, Aaron Carpenter and graduate student Philip Dexterm, along with co-author Jeff Bush, have developed Nyami, a synthesizable graphics processor unit (GPU) architectural model for general-purpose and graphics-specific workloads. This marks the first time a team has taken an open-source GPU design and run a series of experiments on it to see how different hardware and software configurations would affect the circuit's performance.

  • Open-Source Arduino DIY Thermographic Camera From €450

    Developers and makers that are interested in making their very own open source Thermographic camera might be interested in a site called Thermocam that provides all the knowledge, instructions and components you need to do just that.

    The site also seems everything you need to make the camera from the Thermal sensor and board to the mini tripod that can be used to position the camera when finished.

    A fully working Thermographic Camera can be used for a variety of applications including finding heat leaks in the insulation of buildings, analysis of electrical or mechanical components and more. The project is Arduino compatible and the firmware is adaptable to your needs.

Open source developer JFrog invests in talent with $50M funding

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JFrog, a developer of open source software distribution tools, raised a $50 million round on Wednesday to invest in talent.

Scale Venture Partners, Sapphire Ventures, Battery Ventures, Vintage Investment Partners and Qumra Capital participated in the round along with existing investors Gemini Israel Ventures and VMware. The company has raised $60.5 million to date.

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New open-source ad-blocking web browser emerges from brain of ex-Mozilla boss Eich

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A new open-source browser that blocks ads and tracking code and so promises to "fix the Web" by offering a faster, privacy-respecting experience has been released.

The Brave browser is the brainchild of former Mozilla (Firefox) CEO and JavaScript inventor Brendan Eich, and version 0.7 is now available to developers on GitHub.

Brave is built on top of open-source browser Chromium – which Google uses as the foundation for its Chrome browser – and claims to be between 1.5 and 4 times faster than competitors by stripping out not just ads, but also all the tracking code that lives in abundance on most ad-supported websites.

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6 non-code contributions you can make to open source

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Contribute to open source! It’ll look great on your resume! It’s gratifying work!

You may have heard people make these statements, or ones similar to them, numerous times throughout your career. They’re not wrong—contributing to open source is a rewarding endeavor in multiple dimensions—but, when software engineers advise other software engineers to contribute to open source they usually mean code contributions. This is a fair assumption to make, but the reality is that there are numerous opportunities to contribute to open source without writing a single line of code.

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Open Source Initiative approves Quebec licence

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The Open Source Initiative has approved the three open source licences written by the government of the Canadian province of Quebec. The Licence Libre du Québec (Québec Free and Open-Source Licence, LiliQ) should encourage the province’s public administrations to share their ICT solutions, establishing the government of Quebec as the licence authority.

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7 Truths that Open Source Struggles With

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Open source development has consistently proved many ideas that were once considered impossible. For instance, thanks to open source, we now know that people can be motivated by more than money, and that co-operation can be more effective in some aspects of development than competition.

Personally, I get a lot of self-satisfied glee each time that open source undermines yet another “fact” that everyone knows.

However, just because open source has consistently confounded common expectations does not mean that it is always right. There are at least seven assumptions that many in open source continue to believe, often in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary:

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Also: ETSI workshop brings together standards bodies, open source communities for 'NFV Village'

7 Truths that Open Source Struggles With

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Open source development has consistently proved many ideas that were once considered impossible. For instance, thanks to open source, we now know that people can be motivated by more than money, and that co-operation can be more effective in some aspects of development than competition.

Personally, I get a lot of self-satisfied glee each time that open source undermines yet another “fact” that everyone knows.

However, just because open source has consistently confounded common expectations does not mean that it is always right. There are at least seven assumptions that many in open source continue to believe, often in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

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What Freedom Really Means In Open Source

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As the popularity of open source continues to spiral, soar and skyrocket, more than one C-suite executive will have sat back and asked: just how does this open source thing work anyway? Important distinctions have already been widely drawn to explain that where open source is free, we mean ‘free as in speech’ not ‘free as in beer’.

The Free Software Foundation has famously clarified this point and said that because of this distinction, we sometimes call it ‘libre software’ to show we do not mean it is gratis.

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Also: Going open can be a culture shock

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