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Can Collaboration Heal Rising Medical Costs?

Medical costs are rising dramatically. Few consumers would dispute that.The U.S. government spent more than $2.3 trillion on healthcare in 2008, more than three times the $714 billion spent in 1990, and over eight times the $253 billion spent in 1980—all according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Read more... read...

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Diving into Open Source Communities: Students' Need to Knows

One of the talks at POSSCON's education track was John "maddog" Hall's presentation titled "FOSS Teaches You Twice or Three Times." A 42-year veteran of the computer industry, maddog has seen it all. He's since turned his attention to the field of education and the work of creating a nation...

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Turbo-charged Opera 11 Debuts

The latest stable version of Opera 11 debuted with a Turbo that's four times faster, an expanded Speed Dial and some plug-in tweaks.

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Patent Reform Bills with Little Reform

In my March 2 post on patent reform, I noted that many of the provisions offered in prior versions of patent reform bills were removed from the pending bill. On March 8, the Senate passed S. 23, now called the “America Invents Act” 95-5. As one might guess, any legislation...

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OVC Evolution, a Snapshot of a Student HFOSS Work-in-Progress

Three Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) students recently gained recognition for a Humanitarian Free and Open Source (HFOSS) proof-of-concept project, Open Video Chat (OVC). 

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Improving the Speed and Quality of Research Via Shared Algorithm Implementations

The dissemination of ideas throughout a research field is absolutely critical. For example, recent algorithms have become quite complex and ideas are tightly coupled to their implementations. The ability to share and obtain these implementations quickly is crucial to the future success of many fields. My message is easily summarized...

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