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The stealthy industrial revolution already underway in open source hardware

It’s now common knowledge that open source software (OSS) has permanently altered the economics of the information business. Free access to powerful software development frameworks and libraries — coupled with cheap, pay-as-you go delivery infrastructure — has sparked a massive creative explosion. With software innovation now effectively decoupled from the capital markets, increasingly powerful digital continue…

Empires of the Mind: America’s failure is City Hall’s opportunity

This post originally appeared on PandoDaily — reposting here for regular Crashdev readers. The tech community is congenitally allergic to bureaucrats, governments, and institutions of all kinds. Respected, even revered, entrepreneurial leaders like Peter Thiel can make statements like, “I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible” with hardly an eyebrow raised among continue…