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Man Open Sources His Genetic Data 198

An anonymous reader writes "Manu Sporny, founder and CEO of Digital Bazaar, has decided to use GitHub to store a very interesting project. Rather than a piece of software, he is listing his own genetic data as an open source project. He has released all his rights to the data and made around 1 million of his genetic markers public domain. As to why he decided to do what many may feel is a risky sharing of data so personal and unique to himself, Manu explains: 'I've thought long and hard about each of those questions and the many more that you ask yourself before publishing this sort of personal data. There are large privacy implications in doing this. However, speaking solely for myself, I think the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.' Manu hasn't gone into great detail as to his thought processes yet, but promises to on his blog at a later date."
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Man Open Sources His Genetic Data

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  • Makefile (Score:4, Insightful)

    by GNUALMAFUERTE ( 697061 ) <<moc.liamg> <ta> <etreufamla>> on Wednesday February 16, 2011 @04:25PM (#35224538)

    There's a Makefile in the source. I assume it's a symbolic link to the kamasutra.

  • Re:That's silly (Score:5, Insightful)

    by natehoy ( 1608657 ) on Wednesday February 16, 2011 @05:22PM (#35225046) Journal

    He is most certainly releasing the source code. In his case, it's a reverse-compile, so the code is messy and doesn't have any documentation, and probably has lots of GOTO loops in it.

    However, like most open-source objects, he's not including the compiler. You have to find or build your own compiler to compile the source into another being.

    I'm only aware of one compiler, but I can't figure out the make file format for 100% predictable results, and speculating as to its exact nature of this compiler is a matter of biology, philosophy, or religion, depending on which "man" file you open.

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