Submission + - Crowdfunding Campaign Seeks A Libre Recording Of A Newly-Completed Bach Work

DevNull127 writes: Robert Douglass's 2012 Kickstarter campaigns resulted in free fan-funded, open source recordings of Bach's Goldberg Variations and the 48 pieces in his Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1. "Even Richard Stallman found these recordings, and he promptly wrote an email encouraging us to drop the word 'Open' in favor of 'Free' or 'Libre'," Douglas tells BoingBoing (adding "when RMS writes you telling you to change the name of your music project, you change the name of your music project.")

Now Douglass is crowdfunding a libre recording of Bach's last masterpiece, 20 fugues developed from a single theme called "the Art of the Fugue". "He wanted to culminate in a final fugue that literally spells his name, B-A-C-H, in musical notation," remembers Douglass, but "unfortunately, Bach died before completing that work, and it has remained a musical mystery (and tragedy) for hundreds of years." Fortunately Kimiko Ishizaka completed the work in 2016, "based on the music that Bach left us... This new composition will also be released under a Creative Commons license as part of the new project. "Kimiko is eminently grateful to her fans and supporters of free culture for allowing her to focus all of her energies on growing the public domain and bringing the music of J.S. Bach to a far broader audience than ever imagined."

Submission + - New Horizons to visit an object not discovered until after it was launched (

mi writes: New Horizons, which captured incredible images of Pluto in July 2015, was powered down in April to conserve energy as it traveled through the Kuiper Belt, a vast region of icy debris which encircles the Sun and planets, also known as The Third Zone.

On September 11, the spacecraft will awaken for its 16 month journey to MU69, an ancient object which is thought to be one of the early building blocks of the Solar System.

The space rock had not even been discovered when the craft launched in 2006 and the flyby will be the most distant in the history of space exploration, a billion miles beyond Pluto, and four billion miles from Earth.

Submission + - 28 Years Later, Pioneering Tech Magazine Mondo 2000 Relaunches Online (

DevNull127 writes: "It was my idea to merge psychedelics and emerging technologies, and the culture around technology," Sirius said, citing Timothy Leary, writer Robert Anton Wilson and counterculture magazine The Whole Earth Catalog among his inspirations... "I kind of found my way into that particular stream of bohemian culture. It was probably a minority, but there had always been that idea of letting robots replace human work." Soon High Frontiers evolved into a glossy magazine, Reality Hackers ("Some distributors at the time thought it was about hacking people up, and put it on the shelf next to murder mystery magazines") , and later Mondo 2000, which ran from 1989 till 1998...

"We really had to work to convince people that technology was defining the future. Nobody really got it. Doug Rushkoff wrote his book Cyberia, and his first book company cancelled its publication because they said the internet was a fad and that it would be over by the time the book came out"... While he uses Facebook and Twitter, Sirius is critical of their role in colonising what was once a more democratic and open space. "People being are being herded into little buildings — or huge ones — in what was supposed to be a wide open space in which everybody created their own sites. It's a complete corporate takeover of the net, Facebook in particular It's definitely not what we were expecting." Still, Sirius retains a certain optimism, a sense that we'll find a way through the noise... "There's the old Jefferson Starship line, from the 70s, ' Hijack the starship'. But someone has to build the starship first in order for you to hijack it..."

Submission + - Amateur drone lands on, takes off from Biritish air-carrier (

mi writes: The Ministry of Defence is reviewing security after a tiny drone landed on the deck of Britain's biggest warship. The Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier was docked at Invergordon in the Highlands when an amateur photographer flew the drone close to the giant ship. When the aircraft sensed a high wind risk, it landed itself on the £3bn warship.

Submission + - Google Has the Alt-Right Running Scared (

Lauren Weinstein writes: There’s an old saying that it’s often difficult to “see the forest for the trees” — meaning that the details can obscure our ability to understand the overall aspects of a situation. But this past week, we’ve had an unusual opportunity to get an “overhead” view of the racist, sexist, antisemitic alt-right in operation, and the patterns that have emerged are of significant interest.

Submission + - After Abruptly Canceling Town Hall, Google CEO Hosted All-Girls Coding Event 1

theodp writes: "After canceling a town hall meeting [reportedly scheduled for 4 PM] intended to address the fallout from an anti-diversity memo," Fortune reports, "Google CEO Sundar Pichai emphasized the importance of women in tech jobs while speaking at a coding event for girls at the company's campus [scheduled for 6 PM]. "I want you to know there’s a place for you in this industry," Pichai told a crowd of young women on Thursday, according to the Verge. "There’s a place for you at Google. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You belong here and we need you." Pichai was speaking at the Technovation awards that honored teams of young women coders from all over the world." Technovation 2017 was sponsored by Google's Made With Code girls initiative. The all-girls coding competition is a fave of YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, who penned a column for Fortune on Wednesday that injected her daughter into the James Damore controversy. In 2015, Fortune reported that it was the urging of Wojcicki and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg that prompted iD Tech Camps — which Wojcicki's and Sandberg's kids had attended — to spin off a girls-only chain of tech camps that Wojcicki's daughter went on to attend..

Submission + - Facebook establishes new censorship centre in Germany

Presto Vivace writes: Facebook establishes new censorship centre in Germany

Facebook announced Wednesday that it would open a new control centre in Essen with 500 employees. The number of workers responsible for censoring and checking content in Germany will almost double as a result. The company has thus far only one such centre in Berlin. ... ... Facebook has gone to great lengths to cover up the work of the control centres. While the training documents and internal guidelines for the workers have been kept strictly secret, the company organised a tour of the Berlin centre for selected media outlets a month ago.

Submission + - AMD Next Gen Navi GPU Architecture To Employ AI-Dedicated Circuitry ( 1

MojoKid writes: Just a few days out from the comsumer launch of AMD's next generation Vega graphics architecture, which will underpin its Radeon RX Vega family, and there is already talk about what's coming after Vega; and that is Navi. Not much is known about Navi architecture, other than vague descriptions citing "scalability" and "next generation memory" in addition to the chip being built on a 7nm FinFET process when it launches next year. Today, however, a new report is suggesting that Navi will be the first GPU from AMD with circuity that is dedicated to artificial intelligence (AI) operations. Apparently, AMD's Radeon Technologies Group wanted to enable such functionality in Vega, but just didn't have the time/resources to make that leap. NVIDIA was able to implement AI circuity into its Tesla V100 (Volta GV100) GPU that has 640 dedicated Tensor cores to tackle heavy AI workloads. AMD's Navi GPUs will be built using GlobalFoundries' 7nm node and dedicated Tensor cores could offer an order of magnitude processing lift for the company's next generation GPU.

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