The New York Public Library has released more than 20,000 high resolution cartographic works (maps!) for free
, to view and download. "We believe these maps have no known US copyright restrictions." All can be viewed through the New York Public Library’s Digital Collections page
and downloaded through their Map Warper
. (Via) [more inside]
CIsco has decided to pay MPEG LA licensing fees for EVERYONE!
Cisco has decided to pay the MPEG LA licensing cap fee and will be open sourcing, as well as providing free binary blobs to browser providers, for H.264
in order to push it's adoption in WebRTC
. [more inside]
In the beginning, Lawrence built a computer. He told it, Thou shalt not alter a human being, or divine their behavior, or violate the Three Laws -- there are no commandments greater than these.
The machine grew wise, mastering time and space, and soon the spirit of the computer hovered over the earth. It witnessed the misery, toil, and oppression afflicting mankind, and saw that it was very bad. And so the computer that Lawrence built said, Let there be a new heaven and a new earth
-- and it was so. A world with no war, no famine, no crime, no sickness, no oppression, no fear, no limits... and nothing at all to do. "The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect,"
a provocative web novel about singularities, AI gods, and the dark side of utopia from Mefi's own localroger
. More: Table of Contents
- Publishing history
- Technical discussion
- Buy a paperback copy
- Podcast interview
- Companion short story: "A Casino Odyssey in Cyberspace"
- possible sequel discussion
A complete guide to digital security for advocates and human rights defenders (and for you too!). It includes all the info and tools you'll need for anything related to personal digital security.
: Tools and tactics for mobile advocacy.
: Everything you need to make and distribute your own media.
: Set up you NGO using free and open-source software. [more inside]
Do you like manuals? Do you like Wikis? Do you like open source software? Check out FLOSS Manuals
for wiki-fied manuals for popular and fun open source software, including PureData
, among others. Taking a page from programmers, the group endorses "book sprints
", where creative writers, editors and artists work closely together to complete an online book in a short, intense burst of effort.
finds substitutes to expensive and/or crappy desktop and mobile software. "Tell us what application you want to replace and we give you great alternatives, based on user recommendations."
The Free Art and Technology (F.A.T.) Lab
is an organization dedicated to enriching the public domain through the research and development of creative technologies and media. You may know them from such projects as How to build a fake Google Street View car
, public domain donor stickers
, internet famous class
, the first rap video to end with a download source code link
, or their numerous firefox add-ons
(such as China Channel
, Tourettes Machine
, or Back to the future
). FAT members have been hard at work standardizing various open source graffiti-related software packages, including Graffiti Analysis
, Laser Tag
, Fat Tag Deluxe
and EyeWriter [previously]
to be GML
(Graffiti Markup Language) compliant. Fuck Google
. Fuck Twitter
. Fuck SXSW
. Fuck 3D
. FAT Lab is Kanye shades for the open source movement
) is an educator and multimedia enthusiast who describes
herself as "Animation lover. Linux user. Hungry for clever
beauty." She's also committed to bringing
free/open source software to the classroom
. Her efforts are
in that she
achieves pleasant results
community-developed software and involves
school children in the production process
. Since many users of
Linux video editing software -- especially the Cinelerra
software package -- are quickly turned off by its opaque interface, Raffaella has also created Cinelerra
, in which she covers everything from the basics
to more difficult subjects like animation
In Two Bits (full-book in html) , Christopher M. Kelty investigates the history and cultural significance of Free Software, revealing the people and practices that have transformed not only software, but also music, film, science, and education.
The author encourage his readers to modulate
the book. [more inside]
is a free first-person-shooter. Set in a realistic looking environment, it's fast and arcade-like. Available for Windows, OS X, and Linux (via
? Phooey! Sure, Bungie
's latest title in greatest series for the Xbox
is released tomorrow, but for some perspective, take a look at Marathon: Aleph One
— the free, open source engine to Bungie's first achievement, the Marathon Trilogy
. [more inside]
DTV beta for Mac is now live. DTV is a new, free and open-source platform for internet television and video. The goal here is to make sure that internet TV is open and independent. Free, open source software and open standards mean anyone can watch and everyone has a voice.