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IBM's Watson Should Rejuvenate Open Source AI

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ostatic.com: Unless you've been under a rock for the past week, you had to have caught the remarkable performance of IBM's Watson intelligent computer, which has beaten the two best players in the history of the show Jeapordy, and caused people to herald "our new computer overlords."

Nine Current Flame Wars in Open Source

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earthweb.com: Whatever else you can say about the personal computer, the Internet, and social media, all of them have greatly increased our ability to argue with each other. In the last three decades, flame wars have become the norm. Here are nine of the hottest arguments in FOSS.

The open source revolution

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opensource.com: Last Friday, while the first true revolution of the Web 2.0 era was reaching its climax in Tahrir Square, I was watching events unfold from within the U.S. State Department in downtown Washington D.C. I had the privilege to attend the two-day Tech@State: Open Source conference, an event organized by the Office of eDiplomacy.

Money gone, people gone: Oracle's open-source blowback

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theregister.co.uk: Oracle loves open-source projects and technologies – it's just not crazy about other people running them. Now, Oracle has a growing reason to dislike the projects themselves and it's got everything to do with the two things Oracle values most: money and control.

Open source is for lovers

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opensource.com: It's true. If you think about the characteristics of open source and the qualities of a successful relationship, you will find a lot of overlap.

Geeky Valentine's Day Roundup

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linux-magazine.com: I have nothing against Valentine's Day, but I also don't go crazy for the holiday, either. Tonight, my husband and I will go bowling, just like we do every Monday night. So, in honor of Valentine's Day, I give you a geeky romantic roundup:

Will you celebrate Document Freedom Day this year?

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blogs.computerworlduk.com: Don’t for a second underestimate the importance of document freedom. It sounds dull - not just mundane, but the forgotten esoterica of the mundane - but it’s a crucial driver in the dominance of major software vendors.

How Old ATI GPUs Can Be Faster On Open Drivers

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phoronix.com: A few days ago when publishing the results of benchmarking a lot of graphics cards on their Gallium3D drivers (about a dozen graphics cards) this left a number of people surprised.

Cuba Announces Migration to Open-Source Software

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cubaheadlines.com: More than 8,000 computers at the University of Computer Sciences (UCI) will be migrating to GNU/Linux open-source platforms, according to Abel Firvida, who is heading the open-source software project there.

Can Free, "Open-Source" Software Bridge the Gender Gap in Technology?

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news.yahoo.com: If girls are taught computer skills in school from an early age, then there will be just as many female computer programmers as male ones ... at least, in theory. But when computer classes involve being taught to use products from Apple, Adobe and Microsoft -- and include activities like field trips to the Apple Store -- who's benefiting from them? The girls, or the corporations that sponsor their classes?

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    Liam has done his initial port reports and such so it's my turn to feed you some information. I'm once again putting my GTX 760 against the R7 370 to see what kind of performance we can expect from Company of Heroes 2.
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