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dailywireless.org » Open Source Tricorder

dailywireless.org » Open Source Tricorder | Networked Society | Scoop.it

This is about a great project to make an open source, universal sensing instrument. The name was popularized in a science fiction series - Star Trek I believe it was - where they were never without one when visiting a new planet or some unfamiliar environment.

 

While this one starts out very modestly, it has the potential to become a real powerhouse of personal sensor, better than anything we have today.

 

"The Tricorder X-Prize aims to bring a diverse array of inexpensive sensors together in an accessible, easy to use, handheld design. On Jan 12, 2012, the contest was officially opened at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas."

 

"Dr. Jansen’s Mark 2 runs on Linux. The hardware includes an ARM Atmel microcontroller squeezed into a clam-shell with two OLED touchscreens. Schematics, board layouts, and the firmware is all available free and includes the initial proof-of-concept device."

 

There is also a blog about how it's made, by the guy behind the project...

http://www.tricorderproject.org/

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How to Start Your Own Power Company, Stop Coal and Nukes, and Transform Your City

How to Start Your Own Power Company, Stop Coal and Nukes, and Transform Your City | Networked Society | Scoop.it
2011 Goldman Prize winner Ursula Sladek discusses how she became an unwitting energy mogul -- and a global environmental hero.

 

This is about a town in Germany where the people said "no more nuclear power" after the Tchernobyl nuclear accident brought a lot of pollution their way. They campaigned for renewable energy and for energy saving, but found that the electricity supplier was very ticked off - they wanted to sell energy, not save it. 

 

The people ended up putting together their own energy company and buying the grid. They started producing and selling renewably generated electricity, and against a thousand odds, they succeeded.  

 

Now, after a decision to close Germany's nuclear power plants altogether, they are thinking about what's needed to bring that energy transformation to the country as a whole:

"Everyone has to realize that we all have to contribute. Everyone can conserve energy, and everyone can invest their money in the right places. And citizens are going to have to accept some more unpopular measures, like the construction of new power lines. Of course, nobody is happy about that. I wouldn't like it either if a power line was built right above my house — it's not healthy and my house will lose value, that's understandable. At the same time this encourages a new culture of democracy, and I'm excited about people in Germany having to be involved in these decisions from a much earlier point." 

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Rick Falkvinge: It Is Time To Stop Pretending To Endorse The Copyright Monopoly | Techdirt

Rick Falkvinge: It Is Time To Stop Pretending To Endorse The Copyright Monopoly | Techdirt | Networked Society | Scoop.it

General-purpose networked computers, free and anonymous speech, and sustained civil liberties make it impossible to maintain this distribution monopoly of digitizable information. As technical progress can't be legislated against, basic civil liberties would have to go to maintain the crumbling monopoly. And these are the laws we're seeing on the table.


There comes a tipping point when somebody says that this entire system of cultural monopolies is absurd. A tipping point where everybody just stops pretending to support it. I think it is time to create that point on the history line.

 

People today create not because of the copyright monopoly, but despite it.

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Things you should know: How our browsing history is leaking into the cloud

Things you should know: How our browsing history is leaking into the cloud | Networked Society | Scoop.it
YouTube :: What companies and organizations are collecting our web-browsing activity? How complete is their data? Do they have personally-identifiable information? What do they do with the data?

 

This is an interesting talk by Brian Kennish, who used to work for doubleclick (a huge online advertising outfit) and google for several years.

 

Kennish did research on where our browsing history is sent and what those places say they do with it.  He then left google and dedicated time to found a group called Disconnect, offering among other things a tool that lets your browser cut the line by which all that data trickles out to advertisers and who-knows-who else.

 

You can find the tool at

 

https://disconnect.me/

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When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Drones

When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Drones | Networked Society | Scoop.it

The development of DIY and commercial drones shouldn't surprise us; the internet itself began (depending on who you ask) with ARPANET (the Defense Department's "Advanced Research Projects Agency Network") before becoming a space for tinkerers and entrepreneurs. If recent developments are any indication, drones could be headed for the same narrative. Here are a few uses that have popped up in the last few months:

 

TacoCopter

 

Fukuyama Surveillance Drone

 

Pirate Bay Anony-Drone

 

Mesh Network Drone Mob

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Violence at Zuccotti Park: New York Cops beat cameraman ZD Roberts

Violence at Zuccotti Park: New York Cops beat cameraman ZD Roberts | Networked Society | Scoop.it
[New York Monday March 19]

 

Our photographer ZD Roberts was beaten by New York City cops with nightsticks while covering Occupy Wall Street's attempt to re-take Zuccotti Park Saturday night.

 

Zach yelled several times, “I’m PRESS! PRESS!” yet was slammed on the head twice after he’d been thrown to the ground when the police shoved back the protesters. Zach, whose photos of Occupy Wall Street have been seen all over the world on the front page of The Guardian, showed his press badge, an act for which his hair was grabbed, head pulled back and slammed again with a club.

 

If you remember, Zach was arrested while covering the story three months ago. His trial is coming up (he refused to cop a plea).

 

We’ve covered the world … but who thought that the toughest combat assignment would be New York?

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TED Talk 2011 - Marcin Jakubowski on the Global Village Construction Set & Open Source Ecology

TED Fellow Marcin Jakubowski gives a 4 minute talk on the Global Village Construction Set & Open Source Ecology.

 

"Our tools are being made for the american farmer, builder, entrepreneur, maker - we've seen lots of excitement from these people who can now start a construction business, parts manufacturing, organic Community Supported Agriculture or... just selling power to the grid. 

 

Our goal is a repository of published designs so clear, so complete that a single burnt DVD is effectively a civilization starter kit."

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Network Health as “Harmonic Vibrancy”: Analyze your network

Network Health as “Harmonic Vibrancy”: Analyze your network | Networked Society | Scoop.it

“…harmony refers to the degree of agreeable feeling or accord in how a group’s agreements fit together,” explains Jim Ritchie-Dunham in the draft of a new book on the topic of harmonic vibrancy or HV. “People often describe the value they experience in the five primary relationships (self, other, group, nature, spirit) with some form of vibrancy, meaning the vitality in flourishing relationships.”

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Open World Villages - Bringing villagers, transitioners, innovators and community together

Open World Villages - Bringing villagers, transitioners, innovators and community together | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Networking eco-village and eco-neighbourhood initiatives with prospective villagers and suppliers for great living in a sustainable world...

 

Everyone can be a villager, even if you live in a city, town, or neighborhood. It’s a way of being: a villager is someone who is part of the local community, and someone who supports the community by living and promoting a sustainable lifestyle.

 

We are responding to the challenge of creating settlements that function with a minimum of fossil fuels whilst fulfilling the demand for supportive, close-to-nature lifestyles. To facilitate this transition we are developing new community investment- and business models.

To join, simply sign up

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Firefox add-on Collusion reveals who is spying on internet users

Firefox add-on Collusion reveals who is spying on internet users | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, has unveiled a new add-on for the popular web browser which its CEO says will 'pull back the curtain' on web advertising firms, showing users who watches their clicks.

 

'Collusion is an experimental add-on for Firefox and allows you to see all the third parties that are tracking your movements across the Web,' Mozilla said. 'It will show, in real time, how that data creates a spider-web of interaction between companies and other trackers.'


'Collusion will allow us to pull back the curtain and provide users with more information about the growing role of third parties, how data drives most Web experiences, and ultimately how little control we have over that experience and our loss of data,' said Kovacs.


Mozilla aims to build up a database of the worst offenders - and make the data available to privacy campaigners.

 

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Raspberry Pi - an open source computer for 35 $

Raspberry Pi - an open source computer for 35 $ | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Raspberry Pi is an open source general purpose computer about the size of a credit card that runs Linux and has great graphic and networking capabilities … all for 35 dollars or less. A simpler version costs 25 $. There are many things Raspberry Pi or Raspi, as it’s also called, doesn’t have like – for now – a case, or an automatically updating real-time clock, or a power supply, or, or.

 

But what it does have, will be quite sufficient to stimulate a renaissance in how we think about using computers. It will provide kids, experimenters and – in a rather wide sense of the word – hackers, with a platform that can almost infinitely be adapted to all kinds of creative uses that today we can only dream about. We won’t even know what exactly its limits are until millions of kids have one and start tinkering and exploring.

 

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Bust Reveals Government Runs Hacking Groups

Bust Reveals Government Runs Hacking Groups | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Hector Xavier Monsegur, said to be the leader of LulzSec, worked for the FBI, according to news reports. He was reportedly arrested in Puerto Rico last June, pleaded guilty to hacking charges, and then began working with the FBI – or so the cover story would have it.


Monsequr, aka Sabu, decided what targets to attack and who would participate in the attacks, more than likely at the direction of this FBI handlers. It is believed he participated in the Anonymous effort to hack HBGary, the security firm that works closely with the CIA, NSA, FBI, and the Pentagon.


Sabu’s Lulz Security, commonly abbreviated as LulzSec, claimed responsibility for taking the CIA website offline. It also attacked Fox News, PBS, Sony, and a number of gamer sites. LulzSec claims to have hacked local InfraGard chapter sites, the organization affiliated with the FBI, and released the emails and passwords of a number of users of senate.gov.

 

Government and corporate groups cited LulzSec and Anonymous lawlessness last June to push the so-called Protect IP Act (known as PIPA).

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There Is A Tipping Point For The Spread Of Ideas And It Has Finally Arrived

There Is A Tipping Point For The Spread Of Ideas And It Has Finally Arrived | Networked Society | Scoop.it
There Is A Tipping Point For The Spread Of Ideas And It Has Finally Arrived...

 

There is tipping point where a percentage of the population who holds a minority opinion, yet unshakable belief, becomes adopted by the majority. That point is 10 percent of the population and it has arrived. We are about to witness an unbelievable diffusion and growth of truthful information that is spreading like wildfire, increasing exponentially throughout the internet and shattering the deception engine that has been carefully constructed to create our false reality.

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virginia's comment, March 7, 2012 4:47 AM
it has been a long time coming!!
Sepp Hasslberger's comment, March 7, 2012 8:04 AM
it usually is (a long time coming) and good thing we're finally getting to that point. The changes will be swift and unforseeable...
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Medical mavericks and heart disease

Medical mavericks and heart disease | Networked Society | Scoop.it

A great article on how thinking on heart disease is changing. The official recommendations for low fat diet, instead of helping to prevent heart disease, are the cause of it!

 

- Life style changes are effective in preventing heart disease, and not only...

 

- Don't follow the official dietary recommendations

 

- The lipid hypotheses is wrong. Heart disease is caused by inflammation, not by high cholesterol or LDL

 

- The cave people knew how to eat. They had little or none of the diseases that plague us today. Paleo diet is the new direction...

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Chris reader's curator insight, November 15, 2013 1:37 AM

this atricle is very good in showing the dietary recommendations of a healthy fit person and how diet is effecting many people around the world with the increase of heart disease and many other cadrio-vascular disease's.

It lets people know what and how to eat healthy to get their health back on the right track

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Copyright Monopolies Stifle Innovation – Just Ask History

Copyright Monopolies Stifle Innovation – Just Ask History | Networked Society | Scoop.it
We often hear that the copyright and patent monopolies protect creativity and encourage innovation. But when we look at history, we see that where copyright monopoly laws were lax, and patents were ignored, great innovation often followed.

 

"The pattern is clear: copyright monopolies and patent monopolies encourage neither creativity nor innovation. Quite the opposite. Throughout history, we observe that today’s giants were founded in their absence, and today, these giants push for the harshening and enforcement of these monopolies in order to remain kings of the hill, to prevent something new and better from replacing them..."

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Keep Telecommunications, Broadband, Information Services, Mobile and Cable competitive

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Potato movement shows Greek 'post-crisis' shift to a sharing economy

Potato movement shows Greek 'post-crisis' shift to a sharing economy | Networked Society | Scoop.it

“The so-called potato movement, through which thousands of tonnes of potatoes and other agricultural produce – including, hopefully, next month, Easter lamb – are being sold directly to consumers by their producers, is taking off across Greece.

 

“It’s because everyone benefits,” said Kamenides, standing in a clearing in the woods above Thessaloniki in front of one 25-tonne truck of potatoes, another of onions, and smaller vans of rice and olives. “Consumers gets good-quality food for a third of the price they would normally pay, and the producers get their money straight away.”

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A Global Platform to Engage for the Commons

A Global Platform to Engage for the Commons | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Designed by Helene Finidori, together with Michel Bauwens and David Price, this will be

 

"an open source distributed network of issue-related learning and collaborative environments incorporating tools that will enable data collection, reporting, curated knowledge base, news streams, collective action, possibilities navigation, deliberation, visualization, social graph, evaluation and reputation/trust-net."

 

It is a proposal on the Knight Foundation's News Challenge. The aim is to get funding to develop and deploy the platform. Check it out. You can also help by "liking" and commenting on Tumblr, where the post is located. 

 

Follow the headline to get there...

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World’s First Flying File-Sharing Drones in Action | TorrentFreak

World’s First Flying File-Sharing Drones in Action | TorrentFreak | Networked Society | Scoop.it
A few days ago The Pirate Bay announced that in future parts of its site could be hosted on GPS controlled drones. To many this may have sounded like a joke, but in fact these pirate drones already exist.

 

“The public can upload files, photos and share data with one another as the drones float above the significant public spaces of the city. The swarm becomes a pirate broadcast network, a mobile infrastructure that passers-by can interact with,” the creators explain.

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USA: The National Security Agency’s Utah Data Center

USA: The National Security Agency’s Utah Data Center | Networked Society | Scoop.it

A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks.


The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.”

 

Link to the original on Wired http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/all/1

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Where Human 'Swarm Behavior' Comes From

Where Human 'Swarm Behavior' Comes From | Networked Society | Scoop.it
A massive body of research confirms that humanity is built on our social nature. How shall we use this knowledge to promote sustainability?

 

So now it is our task to make use of this body of knowledge to promote alterations in the global systems of economy and politics so that our swarm tendencies enable us to adequately address the immense complexities of the world we live in today.

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Slovenia freezes ACTA ratification

Slovenia freezes ACTA ratification | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Slovenia's centre-right government on Thursday froze the ratification of the controversial anti-online piracy pact ACTA until the European Union reaches a common position on the issue.
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When nobody (and everybody) is the boss

When nobody (and everybody) is the boss | Networked Society | Scoop.it

"Few figures are simultaneously as reviled and revered as "the boss." The problem isn't with the people who fill the role (that's another story), but the role itself. The "modern" organization was founded on the principle of control--a central authority sets direction, corrals information, curtails decision-making power, and punishes deviations from the norm.

 

That might have worked in a world in which standardization, predictability, conformity, and discipline were enough to mass produce profits. But it doesn't work in a world of constant change, competition from everyone and everywhere, and commoditized knowledge. And it certainly doesn't work in a world in which there is so much hunger for greater humanity, freedom, voice, and meaning.

 

We've reached a real inflection point when it comes to how we organize human effort. The most inspiring organizations today are actively experimenting with what gets people out of bed in the morning--and what fires up their imagination, initiative, and passion. And the best bosses understand that their power comes not from maintaining control, but from devising ways to unleash more freedom, creativity, and contribution."

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There is No Alternative? 3 Design Principles for a New Political and Economic Operating System for Humanity (draft)

There is No Alternative? 3 Design Principles for a New Political and Economic Operating System for Humanity (draft) | Networked Society | Scoop.it

This pamphlet is a call to fundamentally rewrite the rules of our current social contract. To reintroduce politics with a capital P. It aims to provide a radical yet pragmatic alternative vision for progressive politics. Radical in challenging some of the fundamental assumptions of our current liberal democratic capitalist order, pragmatic in the sense that nothing proposed here is impossible to achieve and can be achieved by taking small practical and democratic steps.

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Industry Trends from the Last Five Years: ShakeUp Ahead

Industry Trends from the Last Five Years: ShakeUp Ahead | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Banks and Pharma are in trouble, while Internet, Online Publishing, e-Learning and Philantropy (among many others) are all zipping up. 

 

"How has our economy evolved in the past five years? Which industries are shrinking or growing through these challenging economic times?

 

These are some of the questions that the Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) delves into each February in the “Economic Report of the President” (ERP).

 

This year, the CEA worked with us to glean further insights into industry trends both during the recent recession and after its end in June 2009.

 

With the data and methodology in hand, we calculated the growth rates in industry size between 2007 and 2011."


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Community Power drives the Energy Internet

Community Power drives the Energy Internet | Networked Society | Scoop.it

“We are a diverse and growing group of families and friends who want to help solve the global problem of climate change one neighborhood at a time — starting with our own. Mt. Pleasant Solar Coop aims to make rooftop solar power convenient and affordable for everybody in our neighborhood which is located in central Washington D.C. near the National Zoo.

 

We are working with other communities to build a network of neighborhoods committed to solar energy and taking real action to reduce our dependence on carbon polluting energy.”

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