Secret Box of the Talambur

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Bruce Perens writes “Codec2 is an Open Source digital voice codec for low-bandwidth applications, in its first Alpha release. Currently it can encode 3.75 seconds of clear speech in 1050 bytes, and there are opportunities to code in additional compression that will further reduce its bandwidth. The main developer is David Rowe, who also worked on Speex. Originally designed for Amateur Radio, both via sound-card software modems on HF radio and as an (more…)

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  • Burning Man Goes Open Source For Cell Phones

    coondoggie passes along this excerpt from Network World: “Today I bring you a story that has it all: a solar-powered, low-cost, open source cellular network that’s revolutionizing coverage in underprivileged and off-grid spots. It uses VoIP yet works with existing cell phones. It has pedigreed founders. Best of all, it is part of the sex, drugs and art collectively known as Burning Man. … The technology starts with the ‘they-said-it-couldn’t-be-done’ (more…)

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  • theodp writes “Out of necessity, reports Slate, tech startups are changing the way workers are screened and hired. Take database technology startup RethinkDB, whose old-school recruiting effort — job boards, external recruiters — yielded hundreds of resumes, dozens of phone screens, and numerous four-hour meetings with viable candidates, but no one who fit their criteria. ‘They [recruiters] can’t tell the difference between the competent (more…)

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  • An anonymous reader writes “AMD has now rolled out open-source 2D and 3D drivers for their ATI Radeon HD 5000 series graphics processors. As described at length over at Phoronix, it’s taken nearly a year to complete but there is now public code released that enables 2D, 3D, and video hardware-acceleration for this latest generation of ATI GPUs. For now this code is intended for developers and enthusiasts but with time it will make its way into stable (more…)

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  • Google WebM Calls “Open Source” Into Question

    snydeq writes “As open source becomes mainstream, vendors are under pressure to market their offerings using the ‘open source’ brand to the highest degree possible — a trend that may eventually degrade the meaning of ‘open source’ as we know it, Savio Rodrigues writes. Witness WebM, which Google has positioned as an open alternative to H.264. After examining the software license, some in the open source community have questioned whether WebM (more…)

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  • snydeq writes “Guidelines from the American Law Initiate that hunt for to power vendors vulnerable exchange for ‘knowingly’ shipping buggy software could compel ought to marked colliding on the agape origin community, as blurry tongue in all directions from a Untouched by software’ exclusion could file a postpone open source developers at litigation risk. Meant to protect open source developers, the ‘free software’ exemption does not take into account (more…)

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  • Google Releases Open Source NX Server

    wisesifu writes with hot item of a recent humanitarian rise NX server, dubbed NeatX, that was released nigh Google and right away desperate in the prevarication of the Chrome OS declaration. “NX technology was developed around NoMachine to handgrip faint X Window connections and toady up to a graphical desktop display usable over the Internet. By its own admission, Google has been looking at remote desktop technologies for ‘quite a while’ and decided (more…)

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