- Proto-maker space dating from the 1950s
Cory at BoingBoing linked to this wonderful archived story from Modern Mechanix about a club of inventors genuinely trying to help each other succeed as opposed to the not always scrupulous promoters more interested in their fees than helping innovators. The fact that the club met in a tinsmith’s shop and grew organically, along with its ethos of peer support, does indeed suggest it is at least a spiritual forebear of modern maker spaces, especially those that include commercial interest in addition to pure hobbyist enthusiasm.
- Feds want judge to force suspect to give up laptop password
David Kravets at Wired’s Threat Level explains why the case against a Colorado woman could provide much clearer case law on the question of whether yielding an encryption password should or should not trigger 5th Amendment rights. Unlike another recent case, law enforcement officers did not have foreknowledge of incriminating materials on the laptop. Kravets also puts the prosecutors appeal to our safety in context, that no criminal case has yet hinged on information that investigators didn’t also have in plain text through other means. The case is in a district court and will have the most impact if appealed to the federal circuit or even to the Supreme Court.
- Why is open-Internet champion Darrell Issa supporting an attack on open science?
Rebecca Rosen at The Atlantic poses the question of how Issa’s opposition to SOPA and PIPA jibes with support of a bill that could increase the suspect partial and full enclosure of publicly funded research using the thin shellack of private “value-added contribution, including peer review or editing.” The power dynamic affecting the two issues is similar so why side for open sharing and innovation in one case and against it in the other? I might understand, while still not agreeing, if the alignment of influence was flip-flopped but it isn’t.
- Linux 3.2 released, The H Open Source: News and Features
- What’s new in Linux 3.2, The H Open Source: News and Features
- Prof aims to rebuild Google with stuff in desk drawer, Wired Enterprise at Wired.com
- One small step: NASA launches open source portal, aims to open more code, Ars Technica
- Firefox 3.6 support ends April 2012, Slashdot