That's always been the case for me. I'm a map freak. I own hundreds of
paper maps in various specialties, plus many atlases, books on geography,
geology and other geo-obsessions. But I'm no longer an edge case, because
maps are proving to be essential on smartphones, which today approaches a
billion or more people. Digital maps on phones are now among the core
portfolio of smartphone apps, alongside voice, text, calendar and contacts.
What could be more mobile about a phone than a map to help the user look
things up and get around?
System administrators at the USENIX LISA 2011
conference (LISA is a great system administration conference, by the way)
in Boston in December got to hear Michael Perrone's
presentation "What Is Watson?"
The votes are in, the tallies are counted, the hanging chads have been
evaluated, and we have our winners. This year holds a few surprises,
a couple dominant players and as much open source as you can handle. We
don't encourage gambling here at Linux Journal, but if you had an office
pool going for pizza money, it's officially too late to make your wager.
We'd all love to have a supercomputer, but sadly, most of us will never have the chance to put that much umph in our computing. If you happen to be in the market for a sweet little Linux box with a half-million cores or so, though, Cray may have just what you're looking for. more>>
Using IBM InfoSphere Streams, Uppsala University can analyze massive amounts of data to help it model and predict the behavior of the uppermost part of our atmosphere and its reaction to events in surrounding space and on the Sun. more>>