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Open Source Bridge - The Rise of Hacker Spaces

Leigh Honeywell, Co-Founder, hacklab.to
  • what's a hacker space?
    • been around for thousands of years under different names
    • hacker spaces is latest incarnation of a community space
    • place to go to use the kinds of tools you might not have at your house
    • also connection with idea of "third space" (not work, not home)
    • instead of hacking alone at home, you hack with others who are either like-minded or have divergent interests
    • like a "permanent hallway"
  • history
    • model railroad clubs, HAM radio clubs, toastmasters, etc.
    • major influences around north america
      • the loft in Boston
      • new hack city in san francisco
    • in europe there's a 25 year history
      • tend to be more political in nature
  • international community
    • around 400
    • many in germany affiliated with the chaos computer congress
      • publish a quarterly magazine with 4000 subscribers
      • heavily involved with push against biometric ID in germany
  • 2007 - hackers on a plane
    • trip from defcon in las vegas to event in dusseldorf
    • this got people very enthusiastic about hackerspaces -- build! unite! multiply!
    • hackerspaces.org founded by people from vienna's metalab
      • metalab is considered a youth center--get funding from the government
  • Hacker Space Design Patterns - some highlights
  • examples
    • KC - cowtown computer congress
      • located in a mine underground
      • pioneered fundraising by raffle
    • DC - HacDC
      • located in a church
      • help improve technology for the church, do a lot with community wireless efforts
    • hacklab.to
      • founded july 2008
      • 35 members
      • about 200 people on public discussion list
      • 800 sq ft space in kensington market
  • hacklab.to infrastructure
  • projects
    • most of the interesting stuff going on in hackerpsaces is free software/open source
    • not all technology projects--sewing, etc.
    • lots of electronics hacking
    • roombas
    • laser cutter
    • newbie-oriented programming classes
  • lots of free hardware projects coming out of hackerspaces as well
    • e.g. discussions of building an open source laser cutter
    • arduino microcontroller -- came out of art college in italy
    • 3d printer (makerbot?)
  • what do hackerspaces mean for free software?
    • another backchannel
    • place for people to collaborate on free software in a place that's potentially higher bandwidth
    • more opportunity for cross-pollination
    • space where small user groups congregate or grow out of
    • can show up at hackerspace with question and even if you don't get the answer, you get a lot of ideas you wouldn't get elsewhere
  • challenges
    • institutional/organizational issues similar to the ones free software projects run into
    • politics
      • bootstrapping a business out of a hackerspace can be pretty perilous
    • who's in charge
    • where does the money come from?
      • unlike free software projects, there's overhead (rent) for hackerspaces
    • scaling
      • once you get a core, how do you get new members involved?
    • how do we recruit the next generation?
      • outreach to schools -- teachers love having people come in and talk to their students about what they're doing
  • "the future is already here, it's just not very evenly distributed" -- william gibson

Comments

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Unknown said…
Let me explain the basic principle how most Forex systems work. They are tuned up to work in a specific market condition. They often make money in a trending market, but loose money in a choppy market. It is not a problem as long as the market is trending and the system is making more money than it loses. Such a system can be profitable for several months and you would be happy with it. BUT...

PREPARE FOR THE WORST...

Market change over time. A well designed system starts with trend analysis to stay away from potentially losing trades. There are two problems of how a Forex system recognizes the trend.

PROBLEM: FALSE "STRONG TREND" INDICATION.

The system responds only to immediate price action. An explosive price movement that is usually the result of news release is tempting people to jump in and make a profit. It looks like a "strong trend", but what usually happens next is a hard fall.

To avoid falling into this trap, check for the SOLUTION to find a REAL trend:

SECOND PROBLEM: TREND RELIABILITY

Most systems use various indicators to determine the trend. Actually, there is nothing bad about using indicators. One Simply Moving Average can do the job. The problem comes with the question: "Is the market trending NOW?" Whether the market is trending or not trending is not like black and white. The correct question is: "How well the market is trending?"

And here we have something called TREND RELIABILITY.

Trends exist and they can be traded up and down for a profit. You have to focus only on the most reliable market trends. "Forex Trendy" is a software solution to find the BEST trending currency pairs, time frames and compute the trend reliability for each Forex chart:

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