Obliterate the Cost of Consumer Products with Open Hardware

If you're looking for free and open source designs to replicate on your desktop 3D printer, you have about two million choices. Because the open source ethic is rooted so deeply in the 3D printing community, many of the consumer products you would normally buy are already among those millions of predesigned products. You can download the designs and save a lot of money. My group has shown in studies in both 2013 (on a self-built 3D printer) and 2017 (on an out-of-the box 3D printer) that peer-to-peer sharing prosumers (producing consumers) gain an incredible return on investment: > 100% at minimum and more likely ~1000% by 3D printing products to offset purchases only once a week...

7 Ways to Discuss Legal Matters with an Open Community

Having watched a fair number of people attempt to engage both the Open Source Initiative's licensing evaluation community and the Apache Software Foundation's legal affairs committee, I'd like to offer some hints and tips for succeeding when it's your turn to conduct a legal discussion with an open community. First and foremost, make sure the person conducting the conversation is both qualified and empowered. Don't send proxies; they simply frustrate the community, who quickly work out that your representative is always playing the second-hand car salesman and going to the back room to ask for a deal...

Open Source Project Management Can Be Risky Business

Our digital lives are powered by programming philosophers who choose to develop their code out in the open. All programs begin with lines of instruction. When ready for execution these lines of instruction are converted to a binary format that the computer can execute. Open source programs are programs where the human readable code is accessible to anyone. This philosophy of openness and freedom has allowed these projects to impact the lives of everyone. The Linux kernel is the core of all Android devices, and nearly a third of all Internet traffic rides on just one openly developed project, Netflix...

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  • March 22, 2017 - Julie Michelle Smyth - Open Health News
    The practice of teaching should be built upon collaboration and remixing content. When a friend asks us to explain something, we don't trademark our...
  • March 21, 2017 - Julie Michelle Smyth - Open Health News
    I was discussing open source technology with my cat this morning and he brought up a good point: "Why don't you do an article on open source tech...
  • March 20, 2017 - Julie Michelle Smyth - Open Health News
    A little while ago I saw an interesting tweet from Stephen O'Grady at RedMonk on the state of open source licensing, including this graph. This...
  • March 14, 2017 - Julie Michelle Smyth - Open Health News
    Someone knows you are reading this. They know what device you are using.  They know if you make it all the way to the end (which I hope you do...
  • March 14, 2017 - Julie Michelle Smyth - Open Health News
    Benjamin Franklin was known to say, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." There are open source solutions for...

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  • March 23, 2017 - Julie Michelle Smyth - Open Health News
    Having watched a fair number of people attempt to engage both the Open Source Initiative's licensing evaluation community and the Apache Software...
  • March 22, 2017 - Julie Michelle Smyth - Open Health News
    The practice of teaching should be built upon collaboration and remixing content. When a friend asks us to explain something, we don't trademark our...
  • March 24, 2017 - Julie Michelle Smyth - Open Health News
    If you're looking for free and open source designs to replicate on your desktop 3D printer, you have about two million choices. Because the open...
  • March 14, 2017 - Julie Michelle Smyth - Open Health News
    Someone knows you are reading this. They know what device you are using.  They know if you make it all the way to the end (which I hope you do...
  • March 14, 2017 - Julie Michelle Smyth - Open Health News
    Benjamin Franklin was known to say, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." There are open source solutions for...

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