- Newton on an iPad
Ht @stephenjayl. The link, which I also saw on Hacker News, is to a write up on the latest fun with a pre-existing project, Einstein, that runs Newton OS on modern hardware via emulation. Earlier this month, the code was ported to iOS and the poster has embedded a video of it running on his iPad. I only ever had one on loan and enjoyed using it. My enjoyment of nostalgic computing and specifically the MessagePad overrides my current irritation with Apple enough that if I had a compatible device, I might try running this.
- Google Voice app approved in Apple’s app store
As Slashdot explains, it isn’t the first app that was infamously approved, rejected, and then removed from the store. However, Google Voice Mobile is apparently in the process of being re-submitted and re-considered. As with the changes in Apple’s developer agreement, this signals a softening of policies, most likely because of complaints resulting in FTC scrutiny.
- Modders bring emulation, homebrew games to PS3, Slashdot
- Swedish Pirate Party fails to retain seat in parliament, The Register
- Return to Castle Wolfenstein source code released, Slashdot
- iPhone app piracy tool, source code up for sale, ReadWriteWeb
- PostgreSQL 9.0 released
The H has the new features in this release that has been backing for a while. One of the most interesting is replication. It answers my questions, as a long time user of the database server, on how the feature works. It is targeted at hot standby, easing the replication of the write ahead log, so it is distinct from the kind of replication performed by newer, post-relational databases.
- Europe proposes international internet treaty, Slashdot
- Researchers re-program voting machine to play Pacman
- PS3 hacked bis USB dongle
- The sound of sorting algorithms
Rob at Boing Boing shares some videos that show what sorting algorithms would sound like. Go directly to andrut’s videos on YouTube and read the associated info for details on how he generated the sounds as well as a bit of history as this was apparently not the first time someone came up with and implemented this idea. I love it, it adds a nuance and texture to thinking about these algorithms above and beyond the usual visualization used.
- Fate of net neutrality in France in the balance
Fabrice Epelboin at RWW has a good overview of the politics and the likely outcome in the policy making on the subject of net neutrality. On the one hand is strong support for online censorship to fend off the usual demons conjured forth to justify such curtailing of online freedom. On the other Epelboin gives more cause to hope in the form of a few savvy MPs and considerable higher consciousness and activism in the space in the wake of Hadopi, France’s three strikes law.