- 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
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.
- Another distributed, secure social network
A brief post at the P2P Foundation about Peerbook that is frustratingly scant on details. What is clear is that from a coding standpoint, this is further along than Diaspora. Otherwise, all that is clear is it makes heavy use of encryption, though no specifics on what algorithms and how exactly they are applied. I’d be very curious to know if this is purely point-to-point or if it is using multiple keys to enable broader but still encrypted sharing. Also, while the blurb says it will be made available for free in the near future, there are no details, not even a mention, of under what license.
- DVD Jon critical of Google’s curation of the Android Market
Via Hacker News. His views seem pretty reasonable, not calling for the same sort of ridiculous micro-management Apple exercises over its store. Smoothing out infrastructural issues like simple world-wide transactions to purchase apps seems like it should be a top priority. Tackling the obvious infringement is, I think, a bit more legally fraught in terms of whether Google is trying to keep the Market well within DMCA safe harbors but not actively policing. The Viacom ruling should make it clear that knowledge isn’t enough to trigger secondary liability and the intent of the channel is clearly not to induce infringement.
- Bill to highlight conflict materials in computers
Curt Hopkins has the details at RWW which seem pretty straightforward though what the additional cost incurred by this reporting is unclear to me. It also occurs to me that this might provide an incentive, if only a small one, to recycling more materials, as much as possible, as those should be exempt.
- Amazon patents predicting computing resource usage
Mike Masnick at Techdirt has some good preliminary analysis. Mostly he is incredulous at how these patents cleared the test for non-obviousness. He even managed to dig out some prior art from CACM, dated 1968. Hopefully someone will issue a challenge.
- Creative Commons response to ASCAP plea for help fighting it, EFF and PK
- ASCAP members pissed off at its actions towards CC, EFF and PK
- Government 1.0 famous quotes in binary
- Interview with Steven Levy on Hackers 25th anniversary edition
- Improving parallel programming using data flow languages
- Researchers urge Google to let data fade away
Via Slashdot. The idea at its core is not entirely new, more of a slightly different tack than outright deleting, or “forgetting” data after a set time span. The attraction in this scheme, and hence increased possibility of Google and others exploring it, is that the data retains some value even as it degrades.
- A deeper look at the shift from clock performance to multiple cores
Via Hacker News. This is a pretty deep look into the end of performance gains driven by clock speed and the shift over to adding cores. Of course, the free lunch in the article’s title is the set of easy assumptions inherent in programming for essentially serial architectures. This resonates with the trend I’ve been following that demands that we crack the nut of how to effectively and safely programming concurrent systems.
- Build your own tablet for $400
- Filmmakers want a DMCA exemptions, which will be unlikely
- IBM’s question answering system
- Canadian bill proposes cell phone unlocking right
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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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.
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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