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Science and Technology

Here we discuss, well, everything science! That includes research, new discoveries, applications of science in the world, science policy, Technology and innovation

Ritesh Aggarwal , Aug, 06 2016

Open source revolution is here and we should be a part of it


For those of you outside of the geek-world, open-source means that the source code of a project is freely available for use without requiring attribution, payment or anything owed to the original creator. For my definition, I’ve expanded this philosophy to include any act by an individual that serves others equally or more than it serves themself.Open Source Everything overturns top-down ‘because I say so at the point of a gun’ power. Open Source Everything makes truth rather than violence the currency of power. Open Source Everything demands that true cost economics and the indigenous concept of ‘seventh generation thinking’ – how will this affect society 200 years ahead – become central.
For those of you outside of the geek-world, open-source means that the source code of a project is freely available for use without requiring attribution, payment or anything owed to the original creator. For my definition, I’ve expanded this philosophy to include any act by an individual that serves others equally or more than it serves themself.Open Source Everything overturns top-down ‘because I say so at the point of a gun’ power. Open Source Everything makes truth rather than violence the currency of power. Open Source Everything demands that true cost economics and the indigenous concept of ‘seventh generation thinking’ – how will this affect society 200 years ahead – become central.

Prateek , Aug, 08 2016


For revolutions to be successful they need to be peaceful and that requires great discipline from those seeking change. Violence allows the established powers to justify using their overwhelming military force to put down the revolution. The Arab Spring is a good example where the people in some of the nations achieved most of their aims peacefully while others used force and descended into civil war. Any revolutionary groups today will need to start with the assumption that the establishment will have the predominance of military power, will have infiltrated their movement and know exactly what they are planning and that public access to communication will be restricted if the revolution is perceived as a real threat. That means that revolution needs to be run on different principles to those of the past. Non-violence needs to be an absolute requirement for anyone taking part, anyone who breaks that rule must be assumed to be an agent provocateur of the establishment.
For revolutions to be successful they need to be peaceful and that requires great discipline from those seeking change. Violence allows the established powers to justify using their overwhelming military force to put down the revolution. The Arab Spring is a good example where the people in some of


Anant , Aug, 08 2016


Revolutions are authoritarian, genocidal and in the end fruitless. What is being talked about is an attempt to make radical change happen outside the normal democratic processes in countries with democratic governments. No, that is not how anything of the sort can be done since the public are totally suspicious of, and rightly, is anything that smacks of self appointed authoritarian leaders who know what is best for them so well they dont have to ask. If you want radical change in the society, there is a way to do it. Get elected, start a political party like AAP.
Revolutions are authoritarian, genocidal and in the end fruitless. What is being talked about is an attempt to make radical change happen outside the normal democratic processes in countries with democratic governments. No, that is not how anything of the sort can be done since the public are totall


Puneet , Aug, 08 2016


The rationale behind patents and proprietary rights is to spur further innovation by rewarding new inventions. However, this doctrine is intrinsically skewed towards large corporations with big R&D spending, spawning a regime of barriers, fire-walling the newly acquired knowledge from use by non-institutional researchers to make newer advances, what is known as the “patent thicket”. Moreover, intellectual property litigation is the inevitable result, resulting in diversion of time and funds. Some of the defining inventions of our time, the browsers and related architecture of the internet, Facebook, Twitter are all based on open source software. One can only imagine the damage that a software patenting injunction would have done.
The rationale behind patents and proprietary rights is to spur further innovation by rewarding new inventions. However, this doctrine is intrinsically skewed towards large corporations with big R&D spending, spawning a regime of barriers, fire-walling the newly acquired knowledge from use by non-ins


Salim , Aug, 08 2016


Open source sounds utopian and thus doomed to fail. It also seems counter to human nature so I really doubt any of this will come true. People shun the truth. They make truth of what they perceive to be not what actually is. Its very easy to persuade people by making them feel better about themselves, not by getting them to actually accomplish something. People are inherently lazy and demand to receive stuff without actually working for it. Governments manipulate populations by preying on these faults.
Open source sounds utopian and thus doomed to fail. It also seems counter to human nature so I really doubt any of this will come true. People shun the truth. They make truth of what they perceive to be not what actually is. Its very easy to persuade people by making them feel better about themselv