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Submission + - Theoretical parallel computer built for first time (networkworld.com) 1

James McP writes: A working computer has been built that for the first time demonstrates the Parallel Random Access Model (PRAM) of parallel processing. According to the Network World article the unnamed machine uses FPGAs to create sixty four 75Mhz CPUs which have a claimed combined performance of "100x" a normal desktop. The PRAM computer was built as part of a NSF grant that has the goal of developing APIs and compiler optimizations to support the PRAM system. As a bonus, if you submit the winning name for the new PRAM computer you can win $500.
Linux Business

Submission + - Linspire's CEO changes tune after new MS deal

lisah writes: In a whiplash-inducing reversal of opinion, Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony says his company's new agreement with Microsoft will offer a 'better experience' for users. That's a far cry from a few months ago when he told the Linspire community that Microsoft's attempt to cozy up to open source companies was nothing but 'lip service' and 'scare tactics.' Why the change of heart? He enigmatically says it's because 'Linux has gotten better.' Carmony also roundly criticized Novell's agreement with Microsoft last year, suggesting there was probably large amounts of money lubricating the deal and that Microsoft was 'basically paying Novell to be [its] poster child.' However when Carmony was asked last week about the money trail for Linspire's agreement with Microsoft, he didn't want to talk about it.
Announcements

Submission + - Kurt Vonnegut dies

ina_kulot writes: "Kurt Vonnegut, author, humanist, and geek extraordinaire, died Wednesday at the age of 84. I'm sure the fact that his death was published in the Showbiz section of CNN amuses him in the afterlife to no end. He was the author of several best-selling books, and refused to be pigeonholed to a specific genre. While his earlier works, such as Piano Player, and The Sirens of Titan, had a distinct science fiction edge to it, most of his works, such as Slaughterhouse Five and Cat's Cradle, were known more for their black humor and distinct moral tone despite the fact that they featured time travel and scientific breakthroughs. His humor never wavered, and his honesty never censored, and I was hoping that we would still have his insight around for a few more years in these dark times. Alas, it wasn't meant to be."
Sci-Fi

Submission + - Kurt Vonnegut dies aged 84

Dynamoo writes: "Author Kurt Vonnegut has died aged 84 in New York. Familiar to many Slashdotters through works such as Cat's Cradle and Galapagos and Breakfast of Champions, Vonnegut's works were an unusual mix of scifi, social comment and satire — often featuring the fictional pulp scifi writer Kilgore Trout. Many of Vonnegut's works were semi-autobiographical, the best example of which was Slaughterhouse-Five based on his experiences as a prisoner of war in Dresden in 1945.

Poignantly, Vonnegut's own website just has an illustration "Goodbye Blue Monday". But perhaps he is not dead.. just unstuck in time."
Sci-Fi

Submission + - Kurt Vonnegut dies

Allnighterking writes: "Kurt Vonnegut, one of the great si-fi authors, has left us at the age of 84. An obituary is available here. For those who don't know this author, you can find out more about him on his wikipedia page or at his official website. Those who know him know that although he's gone from this time line he's still around in others."

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