trade uncertainty for collective wisdom, and have been proven
to be more accurate than other mechanisms for predicting outcomes such as polls. Many corporate entities (HP, Intel, Google, Yahoo, Siemens, etc.) are said to be using them internally. Several successful prediction markets already exist, such as Hedgestreet
the Iowa Electronic Markets, Hollywood Stock Exchange,
and Inkling Markets
A spinoff of DARPA's Policy Analysis Market
, prediction markets might be to markets what open source was to software.
posted by localhuman
on Dec 16, 2006 -
Raising for Ryzom.
Saga Of Ryzom's parent company is having some sort of undisclosed trouble, and a group of users are raising funds to purchase the source code and art assets. So far, they've raised 60k in euros.
posted by ®@
on Dec 1, 2006 -
Ballmer: Linux Users Owe Microsoft.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stated at the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) conference in Seattle yesterday, that Linux infringes upon his company's intellectual property. Does this signal preparations for all out war against the open source community
? Microsoft's recent acquisition of Novell
was seen as an ominous sign. Or perhaps it's a sign that user friendly versions of linux such as Ubuntu
threaten sales of Microsoft's problematic new VISTA OS
, scheduled for release Nov. 30th for businesses and Jan. 30, 2007 for consumers?
posted by Skygazer
on Nov 17, 2006 -
To work around the proprietary whims of digital audio software developers and laptop processor limitations during the mid- and late-1990s, a small band of technically-minded people, including the electronic musician Blitter
, pulled together in the late 1990s to engineer the open-source OPEN DSP
EZ-Kit platform, a 16-bit computer designed entirely with a focus on low cost and extensible control and DSP arithmetic capabilities. While this project and similar commercial offerings
never seemed to gain the critical mass needed to sustain long-term interest, perhaps the new Arduino hardware
project from MIT's Processing hardware group
may gain a foothold with Processing
and Pure Data
audio software hobbyists and artists alike, allowing the creative community to extend, enhance and share inventive uses of new technology. Arduino's use has already begun
in fascinating museum installations
around the world, and has become a part of this year's SONAR
and Ars Electronica
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Aug 12, 2006 -
consist of a central PC running Linux, serving a bunch of ultra-cheap, ultra-thin VNC-ish clients over 100Mbit Ethernet connections. The developers hope that mass production will soon make the clients cost as little as a typical video cable.
posted by flabdablet
on Jan 16, 2006 -
"Open Source Radio"
was what I found at 1550 AM when I was tuning around on the radio.
It didn't sound at all like AM radio, and it wasn't a pirate.
It's Infinity Broadcasting/CBS Radio/VIACOM, but it's also
klezmer weddings, motivational spam, Rhino Records, current
Japanese music, self promotion, unsigned bands, and things
that I can't identify.
posted by the Real Dan
on Jan 11, 2006 -
Merrian-Webster open dictionary
"Have you spotted a new word or a new sense for an old word that hasn't made it into the dictionary yet? Well, here's your chance to add your discovery (and its definition) to Merriam-Webster's Open Dictionary"
posted by robbyrobs
on Dec 11, 2005 -
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.
posted by signal
on Aug 9, 2005 -
. (Open source, versions available for Linux and Windows.)
This console-based game takes the pieces of chess and puts them into a Roguelike environment. You start out with a weakened King who can only move and capture horizontally and vertically, in a randomized board full of multi-directional Pawns. As you capture more pieces, the king slowly gains additional powers, like diagonal capture and movement, Knight jumping, and eventually even Rook movement, among others. The opposition gets tougher too, until eventually the entire selection of pieces is out to get you.
Originally created for a three-day programming challenge on rec.games.roguelike.development
, it's surprisingly cool, and works rather better than you might expect. It's useful as a break between Nethack fatalities
posted by JHarris
on Aug 2, 2005 -
...but free as in "Open Source Beer", mind you. Students from Copenhagen's IT-University
have produced and released a powerful beer recipe under a Creative Commons license. Microbrewers, start your machines...
posted by betobeto
on Jul 12, 2005 -
NextGen Macromedia Flash Tool "Zorn" to Run on Eclipse
• "Macromedia's announcement that their next generation enterprise Flash development tool, code-named Zorn, will be built on top of Eclipse, is a watershed moment both for Macromedia and for the open source movement. Macromedia's choice of Eclipse speaks volumes about the impact of open source on commercial software development -- and about Macromedia's commitment to making Flash into an essential platform for next-generation internet applications." </glavin>
posted by dhoyt
on Jun 16, 2005 -
BIOS-Biological Innovation for Open Society
is an open source biotechnology initiative based in Australia. Along with its parent organization CAMBIA
, it aims to foster a "protected commons" for scientific information and technology. Tools and techniques are shared, and can be improved and repackaged, just like in open source software.
posted by OmieWise
on Mar 4, 2005 -
Pushing the open source agenda to the international stage.
Brazilian Pop superstar / Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil, Grateful dead lyricist John Barlow and others participated yesterday in a World Social Forum gathering in Alegre, Brazil to urge a free open source software policy in the developing world. An open source constitutional discussed previously on metafilter here
posted by tidecat
on Jan 31, 2005 -
Open Source Local Journalism.
"A small California newspaper [The Northwest Voice
] has undertaken a first-of-its-kind experiment in participatory journalism in which nearly all the content published in a regularly updated online edition and a weekly print edition is submitted by community members." Is the editor of your local newspaper aware of this?
posted by Blue Stone
on Jul 22, 2004 -
The CEO of Ernie Ball talks about how his company left Microsoft for Linux after a licensing fiasco.
Sterling Ball: It's just software. You have to figure out what you need to do within your organization and then get the right stuff for that. And we're not a backwards organization. We're progressive; we've won communications and design awards...The fact that I'm not sending my e-mail through Outlook doesn't hinder us. It's just kind of funny. I'm speaking to a standing-room-only audience at a major technology show because I use a different piece of software--that's hysterical.
posted by skallas
on Dec 10, 2003 -
Build your own Howard Dean website!
The Dean campaign has released web site "kits" under the GNU GPL and based on the Drupal
codebase, which allow web-based communities to quickly and easily build their own sites to support Dean's campaign. Last night, he held a conference call
with over 3,500 "house parties" and individuals to spread the word. If Dean gets the nomination, he'll have technology to thank for it.
(yeah, via slashdot.)
posted by jpoulos
on Sep 30, 2003 -
This year, MIT is free.
Well, not really -- you won't get the degree, and you won't get to talk to the top minds in science or stay in a really cool dorm
. But OpenCourseWare
provides, as Wired puts it
, "Every lecture [sometimes on video, sometimes only the notes], every handout, every quiz." Curious about Psycholinguistics
? Urban Transportation, Land Use, and the Environment
? Non-linear Programming
? Cognitive & Behavioral Genetics
? String Theory for Undergraduates
? They are in Kenya.
posted by Tlogmer
on Sep 4, 2003 -
is an environment that generates small, walking computational organisms. "Each walking thing is built up from totally random conditions. Appearance, behavior, and walking characteristics are all assigned from a range enabling effective, functional mobility. Click on a walking thing to permutate its characteristics".
Just one of the very many wonderful (open source
) creations at levitated.net
(more bugs with bling here
). Kick off your shoes, fill your coffee cup or wine glass, and dip in.
posted by taz
on Jul 2, 2003 -
sounds like a crazy idea: getting together a group of people that will create usability guidelines for open source projects. Do you think that can work? Do OSS projects actually have usability problems? And can this actually work? Generally, usability people don't seem to get involved in open source. Why? (via webword.com)
posted by Adman
on Jun 17, 2003 -
allows anyone to be their own broadcast channel, beaming out multimedia across a p2p network to the masses. Could this be the next leap for blogging?
posted by owillis
on Jun 15, 2003 -
Looking for a design for your next website? Open Source Web Design
is a site that offers tons of free web design templates that you can take and modify for your own needs.
posted by oissubke
on May 30, 2003 -
Open Source Content Management Systems
Great resource for software (typically free) that allows you to start and maintain websites. The owners have gone so far as to install each one of them and give users admin access to try them out before downloading them.
posted by oissubke
on Feb 20, 2003 -
is the most beautiful toy. It's a free (open source) simulator of the universe, including breathtaking models of known planets. Watch Jupiter rise over Io or follow the course of a solar eclipse. [more inside]
posted by grahamwell
on Feb 4, 2003 -