What I’m Reading on 12/19/2013

Why iRobot’s CEO Welcomes Our New Google Robot Overlords “”The autonomous car’s first commercial appearance will not be at your local dealership,” Angle insists. “The obvious low-hanging fruit is package delivery, a $50 billion industry. Why not challenge UPS or FedEx, or sell your technology to those companies?”” tags: google…

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What I’m Reading on 11/22/2013

ICERM MathBytes@ICERM “Computational physics now underlies some of the most amazing and routine visual effects work. It utilizes numerical models to simulate reality and more on the computer. Natural-looking water, smoke, fire, and clothing effects in film are often handled best by understanding and solving the physics of how they…

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What I’m Reading on 08/03/2013

IBM, Open Source Robotics Foundation Partner for DARPA’s Cloud-Based Robotics Challenge | ExecutiveBiz “Open Source Robotics Foundation has picked an IBM company, SoftLayer Technologies, to co-host the first cloud-based robotics challenge  for the development of software that allows a simulated robot to perform first responder tasks.” tags: ibm open source…

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Math and Analytics at IBM Research: 50+ Years

Soon after I arrived back in IBM Research last July after 13 years away in the Software Group and Corporate, I was shown a 2003 edition of the IBM Journal of Research and Development that was dedicated to the Mathematical Sciences group at 40. From that, I and others assumed…

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Daily links for 11/25/2012

Scientists See Advances in Deep Learning, a Part of Artificial Intelligence – NYTimes.com “Using an artificial intelligence technique inspired by theories about how the brain recognizes patterns, technology companies are reporting startling gains in fields as diverse as computer vision, speech recognition and the identification of promising new molecules for…

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Daily links for 08/08/2012

IBM’s New Blue Gene/Q Supercomputer to Help Research in Health Sciences (video) “New York State’s University of Rochester now sports the world’s fastest computer dedicated to medical research.   The IBM Blue Gene/Q clocks in at 172-teraflops (172 trillion floating point operations per second), according to the Poughkeepsie Journal, making it…

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Daily links for 05/18/2012

Visualized: Android’s device diversity cut up into 3,997 little pieces – Engadget “Some call it diversity, some call it fragmentation. However you slice it, there’s a lot of Android devices out there. OpenSignalMaps has tracked a staggering 3,997 unique phones, tablets and other Google-powered gadgets, and has put them into…

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Daily links for 04/11/2012 – IBM PureSystems Edition

IBM News room – 2012-04-11 IBM Sets the Stage for the Next Era of Computing “IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced a major step forward in a new, simpler era of computing with the introduction of a new category of “expert integrated systems.” This new family is the first with built-in expertise…

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Daily links for 03/08/2012 – Apple (new) iPad (3) Edition

iPad | TechCrunch “This was surprising because our expectations were set for a new name. But it really shouldn’t be all that surprising. My iMac is not the “iMac 11″. My MacBook Air is not the “MacBook Air 4″. The iPod line changes, but the name remains the same. This…

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Daily links for 12/05/2011

Customer-Created Design: Virtual reality and realtime design enables seniors to design their own community spaces | ARCH Virtual “There’s a fantastic snippet in this video, about 2 minutes and 58 seconds in, that does a great job of capturing the spirit of this project.  This is a group of senior…

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Mobile app development: Native vs. hybrid vs. HTML5 (part 2)

I’ve seen and heard a lot of discussion about how people build applications for mobile devices. While there are literally hundreds of thousands of apps out there for Apple, Android, Blackberry and other smartphones, I can’t help but think the majority of these are one-off efforts. In this series in…

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Daily links for 05/11/2011

Canonical switches to OpenStack for Ubuntu Linux cloud | ZDNet “OK, it’s not too surprising that Canonical, Ubuntu Linux’s parent company, has switched to OpenStack for its Ubuntu cloud foundation technology. After all, Canonical started flirting with OpenStack back in February. What is surprising is that Neil Levine, who as…

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Daily links for 03/01/2011

GPL and the Apple App Store [vlc-devel] FSF position on GPLv2 & current App Store terms “There have been changes to the terms since our original blog post on the topic. I confirmed that the changes did not affect the GPLv2 analysis before I blogged about Rémi’s enforcement action, but…

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POSSCON 2011 – I’m speaking

I’m slated to speak this year at POSSCON 2011, the Palmetto Open Source Software Conference in Columbia, South Carolina, from March 23 to March 25. From the conference website: The Palmetto Open Source Software Conference brings a world-class lineup of IT thought leaders to the Southeast for three days to…

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Daily links for 01/15/2011

What Factors Justify the Use of Apache Hadoop? – tecosystems “When is Hadoop justified? For a petabyte workloads, certainly. But the versatility of tool makes it appropriate for a variety of workloads beyond quote unquote big data. It’s not going to replace your database, but your database isn’t likely to…

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Review of the blog for 2010 – January through March

With a little more than a week left in 2010, I thought I would go back and review some of the themes and entries from this blog since January. In many ways it was a strange year and my writing cadence was much more irregular than the last few years.…

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Daily links for 10/14/2010

Microsoft Gives its Blessing to OpenOffice.org – Open Enterprise “The criticisms made in the video are not really the point – they are mostly about OpenOffice.org not being a 100% clone of Microsoft Office, and compatibility problems with Microsoft’s proprietary formats. The key issue is the exactly the same as…

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Daily links for 09/02/2010

How to Install Apps With Ubuntu Software Center – PCWorld Business Center “The latest release of Ubuntu 10.04, code-named Lucid Lynx, has a somewhat revamped user interface. One of the most significant changes is the Software Center, which provides a simple, user-friendly way to find and install your choice of…

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Daily links for 07/07/2010

User interface overhaul arrives in Firefox 4 beta “Mozilla on Tuesday released the first official beta of Firefox 4, the next major version of the popular open source Web browser. Mozilla has completely overhauled Firefox’s user interface and added several noteworthy new features for Web developers and regular end users.…

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My latest video: Novell, appliances, SUSE, microwaves, Linux

While I was at Novell‘s BrainShare conference last month in Salt Lake City, I sat down with Tom Crabb, Novell’s Enablement Manager and recorded a video. The topic was IT appliances, specifically virtual software appliances. You can see it here on Novell’s website. Notes: I could have sworn I was…

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Daily links for 03/15/2010

OpenGL 4.0 to unlock next-gen graphics on the latest GPUs – Video Games Reviews, Cheats | Geek.com “Khronos said the new software delivers speedier performance, improved graphics quality, and flexibility enhancements, including tessellation and double precision shaders. In addition, OpenGL 4.0 plays nice with OpenCL, another visual computing standard by…

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Daily links for 03/11/2010

Microsoft offers a Sophie’s Choice | Open Source | ZDNet.com “You get one choice. You buy Microsoft and you’re locked into Microsoft. You can’t go back. In Microsoft’s world its formats and open source are the two children, and you get to make one choice. Then you have to move…

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Daily links for 03/09/2010

Second Life’s virtual money can become real-life cash – washingtonpost.com “Last year, as the physical economy withered, Second Life‘s economy blossomed, with user-to-user transactions topping $567 million in actual U.S. currency, a 65 percent jump over 2008. About 770,000 unique users made repeat visits to Second Life in December, and…

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Daily links for 03/09/2010

W3C pulls former Novell CTO for CEO spot “Filling a position left open since 2008, former Novell CTO Jeffrey Jaffe has taken on the role of chief executive officer for the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium).” tags: novell, w3c Second Life’s virtual money can become real-life cash – washingtonpost.com “Last…

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Daily links for 02/25/2010

Linux kernel R&D worth over 1bn euros • The Register “How much would it cost the European Union to cobble together the Linux kernel from scratch? The development costs would reach over a billion euros (or about £900m, or $1.4bn USD), according to researchers from the University of Oviendo, Spain.…

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Daily links for 02/19/2010

Joe Sanchez and Leslie Jarmon – The Educators Coop » Second life Learning Curve “This first video focuses on overcoming the learning curve in Second Life. Over the years I’ve conducted quite a bit of research in this area and i wanted to provide an avenue for current and potential…

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Daily links for 02/06/2010

Microsoft to Drop Linux, Unix Versions of Enterprise Search – PCWorld Business Center “Microsoft will no longer offer Linux or Unix versions of its enterprise search products after a wave of releases set to ship in the first half of this year, the company announced in an official blog post…

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Linux Foundation Announces 2010 “We’re Linux” Video Contest

After the great success of last year’s video contest, the Linux Foundation has announced this year’s competition: SAN FRANCISCO, February 5, 2010 – The Linux Foundation (LF), the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced the 2010 “We’re Linux” video contest. The contest seeks to find…

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The Sirikata open source platform for games and virtual worlds

As many of you know, I’m still quite interested in virtual worlds and 3D immersive environments though I certainly don’t spend as much time in Second Life as I did several years ago. So from time to time I poke around and see what people are working on, and tonight…

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Open source game engines for Linux

My recent post about Linux and video games has gotten quite a few hits, so while I was on a three hour flight today I thought it would useful to later put together a list of free and open source game engines that you and others could use to build…

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Will video games make desktop Linux into a killer consumer platform?

I had an interesting email exchange over the weekend with a reader of this blog who was wondering if video game producers targeted desktop Linux as platform then would this significantly increase adoption of Linux over Windows? Alternatively, those same producers could help ensure that their games worked under Windows…

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Daily Links for Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Open Source Open Source House: designing eco-affordable housing together Open Source House (OS-House) is a non-profit organization that aims to provide better, more sustainable housing in low-income countries. 8 Design principles are utilized by OS-House to guarantee standards of sustainability, and meet the challenge of flexibility, ensuring that all designs…

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