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Submission + - Your next clustering solution: PS3 + Linux (globo.com)

vrrrtk writes: UNICAMP (One of the biggest Brazilian Universities) is using a cluster of PS3 game consoles to perform some calculations about interactions between anesthesia and biological membranes. The Fine Article is in Portuguese. The researcher Monica Pickholz says: "It's the most stable cluster I've seen, it stopped only once because of a failure in the power generator". She also says it's also much cheaper than an performance matching solution using "conventional" servers. The machines run Linux with some clustering technology but she didn't give any details about it. Personally, I'm a little bit surprised to see PS3 working well as server, it has a hell of a processor, but how about I/O performance ? Anyway, I wonder how well they fit in a rack :) [SORRY FOR MY ENGLISH]

Feed Malaysia Decides Not To Force Bloggers To Register (techdirt.com)

Following last week's news of a proposal in Malaysia to force bloggers to register with the government, it appears that common sense has won out. There were clearly some politicians who recognized registering bloggers wasn't a very good idea (and was merely a kneejerk reaction to some trouble some politicians had had with critical bloggers). So it's good to see that those politicians effectively got that point across and the plan to force bloggers to register has been rejected. The government still warned bloggers not to publish "rumors" or "offensive remarks" because existing laws will be used against them -- but said that forcing them to actually register was unlikely to be an effective tool.

Feed US Air Force Aims High With Bluespam (techdirt.com)

It seems that more and more brands and companies are trying to market themselves via Bluespamming -- sending out unsolicited messages and requests for connections to nearby mobile phones via Bluetooth. Marketers that use the practice, of course, don't call it Bluespam, and see it as a wonderful mechanism to use, even though the vast majority of people that receive the messages aren't interested in them. Now, it's the US Air Force that's turning to Bluespamming, as it plans to use the method to harass mobile phone users at a NASCAR race this weekend. A rep says Bluespamming will help prove the Air Force's high-tech chops to impressionable kids, while somebody from its ad agency says that it will help attract "tech savvy" recruits. Would they say the same things about email spam? Probably not. It's hard to see how annoying just about anybody with a Bluetooth phone in a particular area is a good way to market yourself, and never mind the horrific user experience of delivering content via mobile marketing. Needless to say, it's great to see the US government getting into the spamming business.
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Submission + - Neutrinos -- and once again, symmetry is restored!

perturbed1 writes: A Fermilab press release today announced that MiniBooNE's latest results rule out the simple neutrino oscillation interpretation of the LSND experiment. Neutrinos have a tiny amount of mass, required by their oscillations, as observed in solar, atmospheric and reactor neutrino experiments. Combining these results with the LSND experiment's results required the presence of a *fourth* but "sterile" neutrino, breaking the 3-fold symmetry of particle families in the standard model! Symmetry in the particle kingdom has once again been restored. Standard model lives on!

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