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Assessing the true cost of One Laptop Per Child

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While Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has garnered a tremendous amount of support worldwide, it has also become a lightning rod for critics who have questioned the viability of its long-term success and impact. As the OLPC receives its first shipment of laptops and continues to formalize agreements with developing countries, the cost of individual laptops hover at about $130. Critics, however, suggest that the "true cost" may be several times that amount.

Open Source at 90 MPH

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Inspired by Linux, the OScar project aims to build a car by tapping the knowledge of a volunteer team. It won’t be an easy ride, but their journey is important

IBM votes against Microsoft document standard

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IBM voted against the certification of Microsoft Office document formats as an international standard at a general assembly of Ecma International on Thursday.

Mother calls the fuzz on boy who opened his Xmas present early

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A TWELVE YEAR OLD mite has been arrested by South Carolina coppers because the lad opened up his giftmas present early. Ho Ho Ho.

Latest Search for Nina Reiser Unsuccessful

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The Contra Costa County sheriff's search and rescue team searched for the body of 31-year-old Nina Reiser in a hilly area near Oakland on Saturday but wasn't able to find her, sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said today.

Blu-Ray Already Ripped on PS3

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It only took a few days, but already the Linux PS3 has enabled piracy. As the months continue, users are certain to find other ways to exploit Sony's new console.

Open Source Is More Than Software Alone

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Open source development is influencing phenomena far beyond software, including manufacturing processes, classroom teaching, and the types of media now emerging online, said CollabNet CTO Brian Behlendorf, best-selling author Thomas L. Friedman, and other members of a panel of business and technology visionaries.

2006: The IT year in quotes

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This year in IT has been anything but dull as industry titans Bill Gates and Scott McNealy prepared to exit stage right, long-time bitter foes Novell Inc. and Microsoft Corp. cuddled up and Hewlett-Packard Co. saw a spying scandal shred its reputation.

University of Toronto Hypes ‘Human Rights’ Open Source Project

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Developers at the University of Toronto are about to release what they see as the answer to inappropriate Internet censorship. psiphon, open source software set to hit the streets under the GNU General Public License, allows Internet users in restricted countries to gain unfettered Internet access

The 2006 Holiday Shopping Guide

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Have a penguinista in your life? Need the perfect holiday gift? Look no further! Here’s a parcel of presents that’ll please even the pickiest geek. Best of all, none will put your eye out.

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