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Open-Source Robotic Snap-O-Lantern

The Snap-O-Lantern is a robotic mini-pumpkin. Normally, it just sits there, in disguise as a boring old pumpkin. But, every twenty seconds he comes to life. His LED eyes turn on, his jaw slowly opens, and then SNAPS shut-- and he goes back into stealth mode.

Nerds to Auction Themselves to Women

Looking to recruit more women, and perhaps date some sorority girls, the largest computer club at Washington State University hopes to hold a "nerd auction." The idea is to trade their computer skills to sorority girls in exchange for a makeover and, possibly, a date.

Flying Dog to Launch Open Source Beer

Denver’s Flying Dog Brewery today announced plans to release what is believed to be the first “open source” beer to hit the market in the U.S. “Open source” is a term most commonly used in the software industry and refers to any program whose source code is made available for use or modification as users or other developers see fit. In this case, Flying Dog’s Open Source Beer Project will allow beer drinkers and homebrewers to create or recommend modifications to the recipe.

OpenCola - Open Source Coca Cola

If you’ve been to a computer show in recent months you might have seen it: a shiny silver drink can with a ring-pull logo and the words “opencola” on the side. Inside is a fizzy drink that tastes very much like Coca-Cola. Or is it Pepsi?There’s something else written on the can, though, which sets the drink apart. It says “check out the source at opencola.com.” Go to that Web address and you’ll see something that’s not available on Coca-Cola’s website, or Pepsi’s — the recipe for cola. For the first time ever, you can make the real thing in your own home.

Linux Genuine Advantage

According to an independent study conducted by some scientists, many users of Linux are running non-Genuine versions of their operating system. This puts them at the disadvantage of having their computers work normally, without periodically phoning home unannounced to see if it's OK for their computer to continue functioning." Can't have that!

AppRadar Database Activity Monitoring to Support Oracle on Linux

Furthering the company’s commitment to database security within the enterprise, Application Security, Inc., today announced Oracle on Linux support in AppRadar –the industry’s most comprehensive database activity monitoring and security auditing solution. AppSecInc made the announcement in conjunction with Oracle OpenWorld, taking place this week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Paris Hilton Releases Tinkerbell Linux

The Linux world grew by yet another distribution this summer, as Paris Hilton announced the release of Tinkerbell Linux. On her MySpace blog, the New York socialite announced the release named after her famous Chihuahua, Tinkerbell.