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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

feeds | grep links > Another Facebook Competitor, Google’s Curation of the Android Market, Conflict Materials in Computers, and More

Sorry for the brevity of comments on these stories from yesterday.  I am trying to quickly catch up.  Most of my reading and blogging time was preempted by the June CopyNight event with Cory Doctorow last night. More on that shortly.

feeds | grep links > Data That Fades, More on the Shift to Parallel Computing, and More

TCLP 2010-05-09 News

This is news cast 213, an episode of The Command Line Podcast.

In the intro, thanks to new monthly donor, Jamie. Also, I was interviewed for Uber Leet Hacker Force Radio, part of Hacker Public Radio. My part starts around minute twenty-three. Lastly, I will be interviewing Cory Doctorow about his latest YA novel, “For the Win“. I’m scheduled to do so on Thursday, the 13th, so if you have any questions for him, get them to me before then.

This week’s security alerts are a new attack technique that bypasses most common antivirus programs demonstrated by matousec.com and study that shows programming language choice doesn’t affect security.

In this week’s news Hugo Gernsback as futurist (I’ve read more about him as a publisher) including some criticism of his views of the place of science in science fiction, why computers crash but biology does not, a rallying cry for parallelism even though the trend is well established and the challenges hard then first supposed, and Google releases a code lab and sources to teach and learn security through reading code and hands on exercises.

Following up this week the FCC’s third way to pursue network neutrality and the FCC allows selectable output control with some qualifications.


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Another Voice for Re-Thinking OSes in the Age of Multi-Core

I am disappointed in the fall off in coverage for efforts to improve programming of parallel systems. Maybe it is a bias in my own personal sources but it seems like the energy of a few years ago has abated somewhat.

Maybe this Network World story to which Slashdot links will help re-invigorate discussion. It covers a presentation by Dave Probert, a kernel architect at Microsoft. As the article notes, not even Dave’s cohorts at the Redmond software giant necessarily agree with his views.

I don’t think what he’s suggesting, from improving CPU scheduling to adopting a more hypervisor like approach, hasn’t been covered by other researchers. I am curious whether he’s looked at the field of parallel programming as being pursued by competitors and academics alike.

Regardless, maybe the question coming from within such a high profile company will re-ignite interest, even if it arises from the midst of a bit of friction at Microsoft’s expense.

TCLP 2009-11-01 News

This is news cast 195.

In the intro, an experiment, playing some CC-licensed and interesting music instead of the usual theme music.

This week’s security alerts are executing attack code via the ldd utility and a former anti-virus research seemingly turning against the industry.

In this week’s news in search of a truly open smart phone, an open protocol for aggregating comments, industry releases its first open source voting system which includes all of the sources for recording and management, and a startup produces the first 100-core processor.

Following up this week Mandelson is still pushing for three strikes in the UK and unlikely opponents, law enforcers.


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