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+ - Questionable Patents From MakerBot-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "OpenBeam USA is a Kickstarted company that builds open source aluminum construction systems (think erector sets). One of the main uses for the system is building 3D printers, and creator Terence Tam is heavily involved in the 3D-printing community. He's now put up a blog post about some disturbing patents filed by MakerBot. In particular, he notes a patent for auto-levelling on a 3D printer. Not only is this an important upcoming technology for 3D printers, the restriction of which would be a huge blow to progress, it seems the patent was filed just a few short weeks after Steve Graber posted a video demonstrating such auto-levelling. There had also been a Kickstarter campaign for similar tech a few months earlier. Tam gives this warning: 'Considering the Stratasys — Afinia lawsuit, and the fact that Makerbot is now a subsidiary of Stratasys, it's not a stretch to imagine Makerbot coming after other open source 3D manufacturers that threaten their sales. After all, nobody acquires a patent warchest just to invite their competitors to sit around the campfire to sing Kumbaya. It is therefore vitally important that community developed improvements do not fall under Makerbot's (or any other company's) patent portfolio to be used at a later date to clobber the little guys.'"
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+ - New SSD controller rivals Intel logic->

Submitted by Vigile
Vigile (99919) writes "A new storage controller is hitting the market soon from start up Indilinx. The project known as "Barefoot" uses an ARM7 processor to control the data pipeline between the SATA interface and the flash memory with additional bandwidth to reduce overall latency in data transfer. When combined with an on-drive SDRAM buffer, the new controller could improve small write speed enough to negate the problematic MLC "lag" seen by early adopters. The OCZ Vertex drive that is the first to implement the technology should be available soon and in early testing is proving to be an impressive performer."
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"I say to you, this morning, that if you have never found something so dear and precious to you that you will die for it, then you aren't fit to live.

You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be, and one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls upon you to stand for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid.

Hardware Hacking

+ - Major Linux hardware donor is a CNN "hero"-> 1

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christian.einfeldt
christian.einfeldt writes "James Burgett of the Alameda County Computer Resource Center calls himself a "tattooed freak" and a recovering drug addict, but CNN is calling him a hero (video) for diverting tons of computers from landfills, installing Ubuntu Linux on them, and giving them out to schools, non-profits, and poor people. Burgett's filmed interview is currently leading a CNN contest among videos of "ordinary people" whom CNN considers every day heroes, narrowly edging out the video of a man who is saving gorillas from extinction. In his CNN interview, Burgett points out that the people working for him are also recovering drug addicts or recovering mental illness patients."
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