Jerry Smith writes: "http://europeana.eu/portal/ The European Online Library is closed for maintenance, a few days after launch.
http://www.betanews.com/article/Europes_ambitious_single_access_point_for_cultural_media_provides_porn/1227198858 mentions that the powers that be also will make sure that not the most looked-up subjects will show up on the frontpage, just the subjects that are approved by censorship. From TFA:
"Other items from this particular front page that are also being hosted by INA.fr include, simultaneously: more scans of the Mona Lisa, pages from Gutenberg bibles, an exhibit of various Levi's jeans ads that feature nudity, examples of softcore porn shown on French television through the ages (another exhibit), and excerpts from that gripping peace of European folk literature, Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf."
If culture contains nude artistry, should a cultural library block the showing of said artistry?"
Jerry Smith writes: "I teach at a media-college a class of 15 mediatechnology-students (age 18 to 22). Programming is taken care of by 2 collegues: one for actionscript, one for php/mysql. The teaching is project-based, and I take care of OS-stuff. Last period I taught a bit of Active Directory, before that Ubuntu with Bash, and technical things like hardware, subnets and other IP-related topics.
Next period (starting in a few weeks) I intended to build a Beowulf-clusterwith with these students.
Avialable hardware is:
-Asus A8 Terminator P4 533 (as shown in http://www.hwupgrade.it/forum/showthread.php?t=1377109 but with 768 megs of RAM), for client as for server
-3Com 1100 switch
It's not the best hardware but it ought to be sufficient for these purposes.
Does anyone have suggestions what distribution to use (assuming it will all be linux-based)?
What is the most straightforward way to setup communications between clients and server?
And what would be clear test to determine whether a job initiated on the server had been dispatched to the clients to be processed, and the results returned?
I am aware of live-cd's that are able to take a lot of these things out of my hands, but from an educational point of view my guess is that self-building will be better."
Jerry Smith writes: "http://www.top500.org/ has compiled once again The Supercomputer TOP500. Five new entries in the top 10, number 2 and 3. Number 4 is.. a debutant from India! Check the list in its full glory at http://www.top500.org/list/2007/11/100, and think of whát supercomputers are being witheld by governments and private companies, and what they are used for..."
Jerry Smith writes: "http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/10/12/scotty_role/
Simon Pegg will be the young Scotty in the latest Star Trek movie. From TFA: "Pegg joins Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Anton Yelchin as Chekov, John Cho as Sulu and Zachary Quinto as Spock in the film which reportedly, and logically, "chronicles the early days of the Enterprise crew". Leonard Nimoy will also put in an appearance, while Eric Bana signed up this week as the movie's villain, Nero.""
Jerry Smith writes: "Apple releases Safari 3 Beta for Windows and MacOS, go to http://www.apple.com/safari for more info and downloads. Plain and simple as that... Two poits: PithHelmet is not loaded, GreaseMonkey might complain too, and the 'olde' Safari will be overwritten, so better back that one up."
Jerry Smith writes: "A Senior Virus Analyst from Kaspersky Lab writeshttp://www.viruslist.com/en/analysis?pubid=2 04791938:
"It's also likely that there will be a significant increase in the number of malicious programs for other operating systems, primarily for MacOS, and for other *nix systems. Gaming consoles such as PlayStation and Nintendo are also likely to be targeted, as the increasing number of such devices and their ability to connect to each other and the Internet will make them a juicy potential target for virus writers." I guess there's software waiting to be sold?"
Jerry Smith writes: "http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13509-2577 471,00.html reports that Americans are no longer the longest people in the world. Junk food and worse access to healthcare are the most probable causes. From TFA: "Today, the two authors say, young white American men are 4.7cm ( just over 1¾in) shorter than Dutch men, and white American women are 5.7cm (just under 2¼in) shorter than their Dutch counterparts." Well, it's not size that matters, does it?"
Jerry Smith writes: "The http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6057734.stmBBC as an interesting article about the genetic developments of the human race. Mentioned are the changes in physique, phychology and social skills. From the fine article: "Spoiled by gadgets designed to meet their every need, they could come to resemble domesticated animals. (...) Social skills, such as communicating and interacting with others, could be lost, along with emotions such as love, sympathy, trust and respect." But no worry: it's not to be expected in the near future."