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?" top
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." Link to Original Source top
toxygen01 (901511) 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. " Link to Original Source top
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?" Link to Original Source top
Just dived deeply into SICP book of wizards:). Installed mit-scheme, meta+x xscheme and run-scheme. Been analyzing pow and expt implementation in CLisp and scheme here and here (scheme). Need to finish interpreter by 13th of June. I yet to wait for times, when piratebay will be docked safely in some shipyard, w/o downtimes.