The Coming War on General Purpose Computation

Posted on: January 1, 2012 - 10:08 By: Feynmanfan

The advice given to media companies wanting to protect their intellectual property is that you must control the content all the way to the output. Open general purpose computers are the enemy. Microsoft failed with it's first cut called "Trusted Computing", but since that time we have seen our computing devices such as iPhones increasingly controlled centrally. Cory Doctorow talks about the approaching war on general purpose computation.

Labour and Green Party ICT Policies

Posted on: November 24, 2011 - 15:22 By: dave

"To see one of NZ's two main parties finally recognise the immense value free and open source software contributes to our economy - and make it a core part of their election platform - is a very encouraging step".

So says Dave Lane, President of the NZ Open Source Society (NZOSS), in response to Labour's released ICT policy. In that policy Labour makes it clear that open source software will be at the heart of Government ICT.

Reaffirmed commitment to Software Patent exclusion

Posted on: October 30, 2011 - 23:14 By: dave

Many members of the NZOSS community are software developers, both professional and hobbyist. Over the past several years, we have watched with increasing horror the absurdity of software patents unfolding in the United States. To many of us, it seems like watching a slow, painful, obscenely costly (but probably non-fatal) train wreck.

Open Source 3D Printing Now More Accurate Than Proprietary Printers Too

Posted on: September 27, 2011 - 11:53 By: vik

A milestone has been passed in the Open Source control software for 3D printers, allowing an NZ$800 RepRap to produce higher resolution output than an NZ$25,000 commercial 3D printer using the same basic printing technology. The RepRap is also printing faster than the proprietary offering and uses cheaper, multi-sourced consumables.

Details and images here http://blog.reprap.org/2011/09/tipping-point-of-print-quality-open.html

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