toxygen01 writes: "I've got an interesting question for Slashdot community. To cut a long story short, how would violin and flute sound to human ear on Mars? I've found several relevantsources, but none was conclusive on this. So, can anyone bring some light into this?"
toxygen01 writes: "Neal Stephenson, sci-fi writer mostly known for Snowcrash and Cryptonomicon books, takes on revolutionizing virtual sword fighting with help of crowdfunding. Inspired by a little known fictional universe "Mongoliad", an interactive book he is participating on, his company is trying to develop hardware (low-latency motion controller) and software for realistic medieval sword fighting. From what is promised, it will try to be open for other developers by having API and SDK available for further modding."
toxygen01 writes: Google's Largest Developer Event of the Year has started few hours ago.
Google I/O features 80 sessions, more than 5,000 developers, and over 100 demonstrations from developers showcasing their technologies. Talk shop with engineers building the next generation of web, mobile, and enterprise applications.
toxygen01 writes: German website Heise Online has received confirmation (english translation) that IBM is terminating its Cell processor line. This means that no future development will take place, making the PoweXCell 8i the last Cell processor. Parts of the Cell project will still make it into future processor designs, however.
toxygen01 writes: Nokia to add LGPL Open Source licensing option for the Qt UI and application framework. Me as big fan of wxWidgets, wonder how is situation going to change about similar open source projects.
Interesting to read debates on mailing lists as this one
toxygen01 writes: "After System X Virginia Tech hardens its relationship with Apple in area of supercomputing with their new cluster:
"[cluster] consists of 324 Mac Pros operating as servers, with eight cores apiece, for a total of 2,592 cores."
not much is known as VT hasn't published anything on it's pages yet. However arstechnica describes the system in more detailed manner.
This new cluster would rank 73 (theoretically) if placed in June's 2008 TOP500 list. Important to note that this system will not serve as a replacement for already mentioned System X.
btw. can anyone notice the discrepancy about bandwidth of interconnecting network in linked articles?"