News came that a few days ago Mandriva SA, the French company that produced open source software for many years including the Mandriva Linux distribution, was put into liquidation. Created as MandrakeSoft, the company was among the pioneers of the use of Linux on the desktop but in recent years abandoned it to try to survive by selling other products.
The novel “House of Suns” by Alastair Reynolds was published for the first time in 2008.
Campion and Purslane are several years late to the regular reunion of the Gentian Line they’re part of. Their situation is made more complicated by the fact that they are in a relationship and that’s punishable under the laws of their Line. Part of their delay is due to a detour to find another starship to replace Campion’s one.
Negotiating with a ruthless used starship reseller, Campion and Purslane find Hesperus, a robot member of the so-called Machine People and rescue him. That may give them something positive to show the rest of their Line but as they approach the system in which the reunion was started they receive a distress signal. Another member of the Line broadcast a message that warns of a terrible attack against the Gentian Line. Campion and Purslane can only look for the survivors to find the perpetrators.
Five studies that were just published in the journal “Science” describe some results obtained by the international consortium Tara Oceans in an expedition accomplished between 2009 and 2013 around the oceans. A group of more than 200 people traveled on the 36-meter schooner Tara to collect more than 35,000 samples in the waters of the Earth’s seas to study even at the genetic level the presence of various types of plankton.
The novel “Night of the Humans” by David Llewellyn was published for the first time in 2010.
When the Tardis picks up a trans-temporal distress call, the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond end up on the Gyre, a giant mass of junk that have been accumulating in space for a few hundred thousand years. Upon arriving, the two travelers get separated because they get involved in the war between humans and Sittuun.
The descendants of the crew of a human ship wrecked on the Gyre regressed to barbarism, creating a strange religion. When the Sittuun arrived, humans declared that they are Evil because they tried to warn them that a comet is going to hit the Gyre. Another spaceship arrives, commanded by Captain Dirk Slipstream, who offers his help.
A few days ago, IBM announced that it has produced for the first time a fully integrated silicon photonic chips. This is the prototype of a transceiver to be used in data centers to get transmissions up to 100 Gb/s. The aim is to increase the transfer speed of large volumes of data in cloud and Big Data applications, those which require an exchange of information very high and require specific technologies.