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AMD emits fresh open-source GPU tools for HPC, game devs

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AMD has fleshed out its notion of an openly defined GPU architecture, GPUOpen, with the launch of a bunch of open-source tools on GitHub plus a shiny new website.

The move has been welcomed by the gaming press, but GPUOpen is not all about blasting people in 3D death matches – AMD also has the high performance computing (HPC) community in mind. The “Professional Compute” side of the initiative brings together tools like.

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Openwashing

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Show us the code! You should be able to peek inside the gadgets you buy – FTC commish

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FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny supports the idea of giving people access to the source code to stuff to ensure better security and privacy in the era of the internet of things.

The idea is that obvious bad bugs and poor security mechanisms can be quickly spotted and either fixed or the item stays on the store shelf.

Speaking at the State of the Net conference in Washington DC on Monday, McSweeny noted that US consumer watchdog the FTC was looking closely at the proliferation of connected devices that gather and store highly personal information.

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Open Source Tech Dominates Top Paying Skills

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Beyond that, though, the top 10 list is chock full of open source technologies, ranging from OpenStack and CloudStack in the "Cloud" category to a bevy of Big Data-related skills, such as MapReduce, Pig, Cassandra and Cloudera.

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Open-source laser fabrication lowers costs for cancer research

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In a move that slashes 90 percent of the cost of mass-producing metastatic microtumors and therapeutic microtissues for screening and research, Rice University bioengineers have adapted techniques from the "maker" movement to reprogram a commercial laser cutter to etch up to 50,000 tiny "microwells" per hour into sheets of silicone.

The fabrication technique, which was developed with open-source software and hardware, is described in a new study published in the journal RSC Advances.

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It’s Time to Open up the GPU

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The second is a commitment to open source software. The game and graphics development community is an active hub of enthusiastic individuals who believe in the value of sharing knowledge. Full and flexible access to the source of tools, libraries and effects is a key pillar of the GPUOpen philosophy. Only through open source access are developers able to modify, optimize, fix, port and learn from software. The goal? Encouraging innovation and the development of amazing graphics techniques and optimizations in PC games.

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Oviedo reuses Madrids citizens participation tool

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The city of Oviedo, capital of Spain’s Principality of Asturias, in December unveiled Oviedoparticipa.es. This citizen participation and open government platform is based on Madrid’s decide.madrid.es platform, which is available as open source software.

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Open source healthcare system adds 3 more hospitals

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OpenMaxims, an electronic patient record system developed in the United Kingdom and made available as open source software, is now used by three more UK hospitals. The software solution is implemented for the Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Clifton Hospital and Fleetwood Hospital, all three in England's northwest coast.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Ex Firefox Boss Releases Open Source Ad-Blocking Web Browser In Brave Move.
  • Add-on Signing Update

    In Firefox 43, we made it a default requirement for add-ons to be signed. This requirement can be disabled by toggling a preference that was originally scheduled to be removed in Firefox 44 for release and beta versions (this preference will continue to be available in the Nightly, Developer, and ESR Editions of Firefox for the foreseeable future).

  • NFV Deployment Growing Thanks to OpenStack

    While the open-source OpenStack cloud platform got its start as a platform for compute and storage, networking efforts are now leading the way forward. In particular, the adoption of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) by global carriers is now being accelerated in part by adoption of OpenStack.

  • Key Charities That Advance Software Freedom Are Worthy of Your Urgent Support

    I've had the pleasure and the privilege, for the last 20 years, to be either a volunteer or employee of the two most important organizations for the advance of software freedom and users' rights to copy, share, modify and redistribute software. In 1996, I began volunteering for the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and worked as its Executive Director from 2001–2005. I continued as a volunteer for the FSF since then, and now serve as a volunteer on FSF's Board of Directors. I was also one of the first volunteers for Software Freedom Conservancy when we founded it in 2006, and I was the primary person doing the work of the organization as a volunteer from 2006–2010. I've enjoyed having a day job as a Conservancy employee since 2011.

  • Andreas Enge: Novena board set-up for the GNU Guix build farm, part 1

IBM z Systems mainframes, unlikely champions of open source?

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So the question remains -- IBM z Systems mainframes pushing out Go and Linux, unlikely champions of open source?

No not at all, the mainframe can be just as current and open source as your Android smartphone ... and your Android smartphone cloud service probably runs on a mainframe, so get over yourself.

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