Links You Don't Want To Miss (Apr. 19)
Disaster Relief for West, Texas
You can donate here if you like.
A $12 “Open” Phone
This cyberpunk-y phone "featuring quad-band GSM, Bluetooth, MP3 playback, and an OLED display plus keypad" sells for less than (and outperforms) an Arduino Uno. But the phone itself isn't the interesting part -- it's the wild and unconventionally "open" context (which the author dubs "gongkai") that gives rise to this sort of cheap equipment. So what does this mean for the future of open hardware, particularly in developing areas?
Hunting Wild Pigs with Homemade Drones
Cutting-edge DIY robotics meets Louisiana's open season on wild pigs. The future feels strange.
CISPA passes in the House of Representatives
The controversial cybersecurity bill passed with a House vote of 288-127. The White House has promised to veto it.
Mozilla’s Pluggable Real-Time Collaboration Tool For Your Website
This new collaboration tool from Mozilla helps you co-author documents (including code) in real-time with voice and chat. Use a simple script to plug it into your site for your visitors to use, and all they have to do is send the other collaborators a link to join. (via John Resig)
For Shame CSS
A proposal for a new CSS best practice: putting your hack-y bits in a shame.css folder, for the whole world to see.
A Scala tutorial for Java Programmers
This document is a quite introduction to Scala meant for meant for those who already have experience programming with Java.
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Code Monkey Save World
Comics writer Greg Pak and geek musician/former programmer Jonathan Coulton (of Portal fame) team up to bring us comics starring characters from Coulton’s songs -- starring Code Monkey. Kickstarting now.
Kepler Telescope Spots Two Habitable Super Earths
The Keplar telescope recently spotted 5 new planets of near-Earth size, two of which are located within habitable distance of a star.