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Grateful Dead Percussionist Makes Music From Supernovas 57

At the "Cosmology At the Beach" conference earlier this month, Grammy-award winning percussionist Mickey Hart performed a composition inspired by the eruptions of supernovae. "Keith Jackson, a Berkeley Lab computer scientist who is also a musician, lent his talents to the project, starting with gathering data from astrophysicists like those at the Berkeley Lab’s Nearby Supernova Factory, which collects data from telescopes in space and on earth to quickly detect and analyze short-lived supernovas. 'If you think about it, it's all electromagnetic data — but with a very high frequency,' Jackson said of the raw data. "What we did is turn it into sound by slowing down the frequency and "stretching" it into an audio form. Both light and sound are all wave forms — just at different frequencies. Our goal was to turn the electromagnetic data into audio data while still preserving the science.'"

Seinfeld's Good Samaritan Law Now Reality? 735

e3m4n writes "The fictitious 'good samaritan' law from the final episode of Seinfeld (the one that landed them in jail for a year) appears to be headed toward reality for California residents after the house passed this bill. There are some differences, such as direct action is not required, but the concept of guilt by association for not doing the right thing is still on the face of the bill."

Submission + - Another Linux device company acquired (

nerdyH writes: Number two Linux device OS/tools vendor MontaVista is selling out to up-and-coming networking chip vendor Cavium, for $50M. Market leader Wind River capitulated to Intel earlier this year, for $884M. Both MontaVista and Wind River plan to operate autonomously, but can a "married-but-not-dead" business model actually work in this market?

Submission + - Blaming Intel for how the world is (

nerdyH writes: Are you mad at Intel because you can't use your favorite Linux distro on a CompuLabs FitPC2, Acer Aspire One 751h, early Dell Mini, or another PC-like device equipped with closed Intel GMA500/Poulsbo graphics? Maybe you should think it through again. Intel didn't create the conditions that can make closed drivers advantageous in devices, and despite its controversial efforts (and those of Microsoft) to legislate netbook and nettop specs, it can't stop customers from using Atom parts meant for devices in PC-like products.

Submission + - Gov't pushing Linux in rural China (

nerdyH writes: The Chinese government's "Go Rural" program offers subsidies up to 13 percent for rural residents who purchase approved nettops or netbooks. The systems come with a version of Red Flag Linux built on the Moblin stack. Along with Internet access, the software is said to provide apps for crop and livestock management, farm production marketing, remote office access/automation, and even online tour and hotel booking systems. Of course, Windows dominates the China market, and if traditional patterns hold, about 30 percent of these subsidized systems could ultimately wind up re-installed with Windows.

Submission + - Mandriva adds Moblin, Poulsbo support ( 1

nerdyH writes: Today's second release candidate for Mandriva 2010 adds two interesting things: a Moblin UI option, and (in the paid version only), auto-detected support for the closed GPU in Intel's Poulsbo companion chip. So, if you've got one of those teensy CompuLab FitPC2s, an early Dell netbook, or perhaps a MID or single-board computer based on Menlow, it might be worth a look.

Submission + - Linux lets TV news crews rove more freely (

nerdyH writes: Nomad Innovations has used Moblin Linux technology to build a camera-mounted 3g and/or WiMAX transceiver aimed at mobile TV news teams. The $50K LiveEdge device is touted as a cost-saving, more flexible alternative to the $500K microwave trucks commonly used today. The Moblin project is best-known for its hardware-accelerated UI technology, but apparently it has promise as well for devices like the LiveEdge that have no call for sophisticated user displays.

Submission + - Decoding Adobe's big device push (

nerdyH writes: Adobe yesterday chummed the waters around Flash and AIR as cross-platform app dev environments for mobile devices. It promised runtimes for several popular mobile OSes, including WinMo, Symbian, Palm webOS, and Android, with future RIM/Blackberry support hinted as well. Moreover, it reiterated its commitment to the Open Screen Project, an Adobe-led industry group that, if you deconstruct its name and look at its membership roster, appears tactically focused on enabling hardware acceleration of Flash/AIR on devices, as part of a larger strategy of making the runtimes ubiquitous as UI development frameworks for essentially every computer-like device with a user interface. Is Adobe positioning itself to monopolize the future's main means of media production and delivery, much as its control over Postscript licensing enabled it to dominate desktop publishing so successfully?

Submission + - Video editing, netbook style (

nerdyH writes: Who'd a thunk you could edit video on a netbook. Or phone. Apparently, it works fairly well, according to this detailed review of JayCut, an Adobe AIR app for netbooks running Moblin Linux. The author writes, in part, "Production values may be about to rise significantly in that ordinarily tedious yet always abundant genre known as 'other people\'s vacation videos.'"

Submission + - First Moblin v2 netbook launches (

nerdyH writes: The first netbook preinstalled with Moblin v2 for Netbooks will launch next week, possibly at Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, or else the Linux Foundation's LinuxCon in Portland. Then, within the next couple of weeks, the Moblin Project will release the first stable release of the Moblin v2 Linux distribution, which began beta testing in May. Will Linux prove a viable alternative to Windows 7 on the low-powered, low-cost computing devices released for this holiday season?

Submission + - Serial IF coming to mobile memory (

nerdyH writes: ARM, Ltd. has thrown its weight behind a fledgling group promoting a serial memory interface for mobile devices such as phones and netbooks. The SPMT (serial port memory technology) Consortium hopes to radically increase bandwidth while lowering pin count, power, and footprint. Will SPDRAM gain rapid adoption, or be slowed by standards wars?

Submission + - Interview: Clutter maintainer Emmanuele Bassi (

nerdyH writes: Fresh on the heels of Clutter 1.0, MoblinZone has posted a detailed, technical interview with Emmanuele Bassi. The Clutter maintainer discusses the hardware-accelerated GUI toolkit's history and current state, and its expected use as a cornerstone technology in the GNOME 3.0 desktop, as well as in Moblin stacks for netbooks, MIDs, in-vehicle infotainment, and video phones.

Submission + - Linux's big security blooper finally fixed? ( 1

nerdyH writes: An architect of the Moblin Project has announced that Moblin 2.0 for netbooks and nettops is the first Linux distribution to run the X server as the logged-in user, rather than SUID'd to root. The fix to this decades-old security liability comes thanks to "NRX" (No-root X) technology reportedly developed by Intel, Red Hat, and others in the X community, and the Moblin-sponsored "Secure X" project. Besides making Linux netbooks a lot more snoop-proof, it seems like this could lead to an xhosting renaissance of sorts, since you wouldn't be risking the whole system just to open up a specific user's account to remote X servers.

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