edesio writes: The creator of Lisp and arguably the father of modern artificial intelligence, John McCarthy, died today. He studied mathematics with the famous John Nash at Princeton and, notably, held the first “computer-chess” match between scientists in the US and the USSR. He transmitted the moves by telegraph.
edesio writes: "Many satellites and spacecraft require accurate timing signals to ensure the proper operation of scientific instruments. In the case of GPS satellites, accurate timing is essential, otherwise anything relying on GPS signals to navigate could be misdirected.
The third technology demonstration planned by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is the Deep Space Atomic Clock. The DSAC team plans to develop a small, low-mass atomic clock based on mercury-ion trap technology and demonstrate it in space."
edesio writes: The Debian project is pleased to announce the third update of its stable distribution Debian 6.0 (codename squeeze). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments to serious problems. Security advisories were already published separately and are referenced where available.
"In this very moment, during the ongoing annual Debian Developer Conference “Debconf10 in New York, Debian’s release managers have announced a major step in the development cycle of the upcoming stable release Debian 6.0 “Squeeze”: Debian “Squeeze” has now been frozen.
In consequence this means that no more new features will be added and all work will now be concentrated on polishing Debian “Squeeze” to achieve the quality Debian stable releases are known for.
The upcoming release will use Linux 2.6.32 as its default kernel in the installer and on all Linux architectures."
edesio writes: SAN FRANCISCO -(Dow Jones)- A supercomputer developed by International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) and scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico has become the first so-called petaflop computer, processing more than one thousand trillion calculations per second.