Monthly Archives: November 2006

Linux less stable

I attended a work related dinner a week or so ago, and heard that one of the Broadcast Engineers from my company stated Linux is less stable than Solaris. I am not trying to disagree (yet), but I began asking a few questions to better understand the basis of this comment. The discussion led down the path that perhaps the Engineer felt more comfortable moving media with the Sun 480’s, Solaris and code previously written by Sun Engineers?

I do seem to recall that Sun Engineers were on station for weeks, making software and hardware changes to squeeze out every last bit of throughput to meet the tough demands outlined in the requirements from my company.

Am I being too defensive yet?

I’m not as interested in defending Linux as I am in wondering why people continually offer their expert advice when they are not truely an expert both systems.

Programming in Linux 2.6

Some excerts from this article (login required).

The article may be a bit old, but the information is useful for those programmers still switching over to the 2.6 kernel.

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Scientists restore mice vision

Hopefully this is leading towards a development so one day restoring eyesight may be possible for people with vision problems.

http://www.livescience.com/healthday/535968.html

The little magic pill

This is disturbing…

Researchers from Denmark and the U.S. say that there are over 200 industrial chemicals, including metals, solvents and pesticides, which have the potential to damage the brain.

Scientists believe fetal and early childhood exposures to industrial chemicals in the environment can damage the developing brain and can lead to neurodevelopmental disorders such autism, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), and mental retardation. 

Read it here.

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Diamonds are not forever

Just read an article on LiveScience:

So much for diamonds are forever. Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories have taken diamond, the hardest known natural material on Earth, and melted it into a puddle.

And this…

To create the pressure, the machine’s magnetic fields hurled small plates at the diamond at 34 kilometers per second (21 miles per second), or faster than the Earth orbits the Sun.

Am I the only one who thinks this is amazing?? I’m speechless…what do you say?

Python Video

I have been working on the video for Linux v2 (V4L2) lately. From time to time I pause and search for something specific I am looking for. At this time I began tossing around the idea that if there was another Python library out there already utilizing V4L2, I could use that to begin playing with the algorithms I needed.

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