Monsanto Protection Act Killed Thanks To Shutdown

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The best things in life aren't free*

That's the take–home message I got from a very interesting piece in last week's (September 5) New Yorker "Talk of the Town" section by Michael Agger.

It's entitled "Car Seat Lady" and profiles Ms. Alisa Baer, a 25–year–old medical student in New York City who is an expert on car seat installation. (She's installed an estimated 5,000 in her career to date.)


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Adeona A Free, Open Source System for Helping Track and Recover Lost and Stolen Laptops

Adeona is the first Open Source system for tracking the location of your lost or stolen laptop that does not rely on a proprietary, central service. This means that you can install Adeona on your laptop and go — there's no need to rely on a single third party. What's more, Adeona addresses a critical privacy goal different from existing commercial offerings. It is privacy-preserving. This means that no one besides the owner (or an agent of the owner's choosing) can use Adeona to track a laptop. Unlike other systems, users of Adeona can rest assured that no one can abuse the system in order to track where they use their laptop.

Adeona is designed to use the Open Source OpenDHT distributed storage service to store location updates sent by a small software client installed on an owner's laptop. The client continually monitors the current location of the laptop, gathering information (such as IP addresses and local network topology) that can be used to identify its current location. The client then uses strong cryptographic mechanisms to not only encrypt the location data, but also ensure that the ciphertexts stored within OpenDHT are anonymous and unlinkable. At the same time, it is easy for an owner to retrieve location information.

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ONLINE STORAGE: 80+ File Hosting and Sharing Sites

From sending one document to backing up an entire business, data storage is the key to everything nowadays. Due to popular demand, we’ve put together a list of more than 80 of the leading file hosting services, many of which are completely free.

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Overview of free video resources

I’m always keeping an eye on free programs and resources and, of late, have been overwhelmed by the sheer number of free video resources that have been propping up everywhere. Here’s a list and descriptions of some of the more interesting programs and/or sites that I’ve been keeping notes on.

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Alternatives To Adobe's Creative Suite?

I've been using Adobe products for years, and own several older versions of the products from their Creative Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Acrobat Pro, and Dreamweaver. I'd like to teach some graphic design and web production skills to my coworkers in the marketing department, and realize that most of them can't afford $2500 to buy Adobe's premium suite and, frankly, shouldn't need to because there should be competitive products on the market. But I can't seem to locate software for graphic design and printing that outputs CMYK files that printing companies will accept. And I'm not familiar with any products that are better than FrontPage yet still easy to use for Web design. Any suggestions? Our company is notoriously frugal and would certainly entertain the idea of using open source products if we could implement them in a way that doesn't infringe upon our Microsoft-centric hegemony / daily work tasks in XP.

Photoshop -> Gimp []
Illustrator -> Inkscape []
InDesign -> Scribus []

Web Design -> Kompozer []

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10 Anti-Phishing Firefox Extensions

For most Internet users, defending against phishing attacks is a top priority. Typically, phishing attacks involve phony emails and fraudulent web sites that try to lure users into disclosing user names, passwords and other personal information, such as credit card numbers and social security numbers.

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Democracy Player Receives $100K Grant From Mozilla

The Open Source Internet TV Platform 'Democracy' has just received a $100,000 Grant from the Mozilla Foundation. Democracy is a combination of ways to view and download media to your desktop in an intuitive way, built on top of the ever-popular VLC video player.

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REAPER v1.854

REAPER is a powerful Windows application for multitrack recording and editing of audio.
* Portable - supports running from USB keys or other removable media
* 64 bit audio engine
* Excellent low-latency performance
* Multiprocessor capable
* Direct multi-track recording to many formats including WAV/BWF/W64, AIFF, WavPack, FLAC, OGG, and MIDI.
* Extremely flexible routing
* Fast, tool-less editing
* Supports a wide range of hardware (nearly any audio interface, outboard hardware, many control surfaces)
* Support for VST, VSTi, DX, DXi effects
* ReaPlugs: high quality 64 bit effect suite
* Tightly coded - installer is just over 2MB 


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Best of the Best Free and Open Source Software

Mohawke's Best of the Best Free and Open Source Software Collection from Dark Artistry

:: Windows :: Macintosh :: Internet :: Operating Systems :: Games :: Web-Sites :: TheOpenCD ::

Here's a huge list of the best free/open source software out there

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Open source to open closed shop

The open source movement will publish the next public discussion draft of its free software license tomorrow after cloistered talks over patent challenges from software corporations delayed its release.

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PLASMA PONG is a variation of PONG that utilizes real-time fluid dynamics to drive the game environment.

Players have several new abilities that add fun twists to the classic game. In the game you can inject plasma fluid into the environment, create a vacuum from your paddle, and blast shockwaves into the playing area. All these abilities have fluid-based kinetic effects on the ball, making Plasma Pong a fast-paced and exciting game.


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