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[News] Paralyzed Man Relies on Free Software, Why Toyota Should Too

  • Subject: [News] Paralyzed Man Relies on Free Software, Why Toyota Should Too
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 02 Apr 2010 22:13:55 +0100
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Paralyzed Artist Relies on Open Source Device for Drawing

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| Even though Los Angeles-based graffiti 
| artist Tony Quan's body has been ravaged 
| by Lou Gehrig's disease, his mind is as 
| sharp as ever. Unable to move anything but 
| his eyes, he nearly had to give up his 
| love of creating art until a group of 
| hackers stepped in with an alternative. 
| They designed Quan an open source eye 
| tracking device that allows him to 
| continue creating his artwork using 
| nothing but the muscles in his eyes.


Why Toyota Should Go Open Source

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| The software development equivalent of 
| kaizen, of course, is open-source 
| software. As the chief executive of Red 
| Hat, the world's leading provider of open-
| source technology solutions, you can color 
| me biased, but open source represents the 
| most significant change and most 
| disruptive force in software development 
| in 20 years. In the open-source software 
| model, the human-readable source code is 
| distributed along with the computer-
| readable machine code. Users are 
| encouraged to understand the code, find 
| flaws, suggest fixes, and add 
| functionality. As with kaizen 
| manufacturing principles, open source 
| encourages participation and continuous 
| improvement. It can shrink defects to a 
| negligible number. Since 2006, the 
| Coverity Scan Open Source Report has 
| analyzed more than 60 million unique lines 
| of code from more than 280 popular open-
| source projects, including Firefox, Linux, 
| and PHP. In 2009, states the report, open 
| source code had roughly one defect per 
| 4,000 lines of code, a marked contrast 
| with the stats for proprietary code.



A Modest Proposal for Toyota: Release the Code!

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| Things look bad for Toyota. There was yet
| another unintended acceleration incident
| involving a Toyota yesterday. A Prius in New
| York on its way to the dealership to have its
| gas-pedal checked out crashed into a stone
| wall.
| Toyota has always maintained that its
| unintended acceleration problems are
| mechanical in nature. If it wasnât a bunched-
| up floor mat itâs a sticky gas pedal.
| Customers and regulators have their own
| theories however. They suspect the  electronic
| throttle control, or ECT.


The Toyota Recall and the Case for Open, Auditable Source Code

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| Finally, in response to the controversy,
| Sequoia Voting Systems announced last October
| that their new voting machines would be based
| on publicly available source code and open
| architectures, noting that â[s]ecurity through
| obfuscation and secrecy is not securityâ and
| that â[f]ully disclosed source code is the
| path to true transparency and confidence in
| the voting process for all involved.â



Ubuntu at Toyota

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| I wiggle the mouse, and up pops the Ubuntu Heron! Wow!

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