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NASA is Funding a 3D Food Printer, and It'll Start with Pizza

NASA is funding research into 3D-printed food. Mechanical engineer Anjan Contractor received a $125,000 grant from the agency to build a prototype 3D printer with the aim of automating food creation. It's hoped the system could provide astronauts food during long-distance space travel, but its creator has the loftier aim...

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The Windows Kernel's 'Achilles' Heel'

Life is like a roller coaster, as the popular saying goes, filled with both ups and downs. Here in the Linux blogosphere we've certainly experienced our share of downs in recent months -- thanks in large part to a frustrating spate of FUD -- but lately the clouds have parted...

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Intel Releases 'Beacon Mountain' Android-on-Atom Dev Tool

Intel has released “Beacon Mountain” a development environment for Android apps on both its own Atom silicon and ARM chippery.…...

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Is Patenting Open Source Software The New Normal?

In an interesting new Outercurve Foundation blog post from Penn State professor Clark Asay, he discusses "the tactic of patenting open source software to guard against patent trolls and the weaponization of corporate patent portfolios...gaining momentum in the FOSS community." Depending on who you talk to, the practice of patenting open source creations is either poison or an obvious requirement in a competitive world. 

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How Four Open Source Usage Models Impact Compliance

Before I jump into my topic, here is some background for those new to open source licenses. Open source licenses, like any license, grant the licensee certain rights that are usually reserved by and for the copyright holder (the author of the open source software (OSS) code), and spell out conditions that must be met by the licensee. You may use the OSS according to the grants given, so long as you comply with the requirements of the license. 

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