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  • Computing with 1 million cores
    Via Slashdot, this is a blog post from someone familiar with SpiNNaker. It is a project taking many core computing even beyond the realm of the RAMP project. The sheer density of nodes seems like a natural fit with a model of computation based on the physical architecture of the human brain. Of course, the hybridization also hits my personal sweet spot, intersecting with understanding human cognition, the low level aspects of artificial intelligence, as well as the future of traditional computing.
  • ASCAP war on Free Culture escalates
    Slashdot has a pretty good sum up of this quickly evolving story. I’ve read the further responses by CC and PK and they are rational and reasonable. I am still disappointed that conversation was utterly bypassed for FUD of this kind. Worse news to hear that the National Music Publishers Association has joined the fray, surpassing the inflammatory rhetoric originally spewed by ASCAP.
  • Much more on music publishers attacking public interest groups
    Mike Masnick at Techdirt covers the same story as above but digs much, much deeper into remarks made recently by NAMO CEO, David Israelite. I am also begging to think that “radical extremist” is industry’s preferred replacement term for “pirate”.
  • Creative Commons response to ASCAP’s deceptive claims
  • Canadian film maker replaces eye with video camera
    According to Mark at Boing Boing, he’s also sharing the live feed from his prosthetic. I’d actually heard about “Eyeborg”, what he’s calling himself, in the context of video recording police. That isn’t Rob Spence’s intent, clearly. He seems more interested in the documentary aspect but he is likely to expose some odd, latent ambiguities in laws and norms along the way.
  • StatusNet releases desktop client
    RWW has the news, not much more than the press release from the StatusNet project. I am pretty confident this move doesn’t detract from Evan’s commitment to maintaining a capable and open API for all third party clients. I haven’t had a chance to light it up, yet, nor have I tried any other software built using this particular cross platform toolkit. I expect given the good support for StatusNet in a variety of desktop and mobile clients this has more to do with their business of customizing StatusNet for big clients.
  • Twitter to open source of MySQL to Hadoop data tool

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