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Over at O'Reilly Radar, Nat Torkington blogs about his view on the economic slump. In short, he's optimistic that the recession will help both science and the open source movement. In good times, he says, companies innovate less and duplicate other efforts more; "this recession will be good for innovation," he writes. As for open source, Torkington says having less money will inevitably drive people to use free software and operating systems.

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