Aug 22, 2007

Interview with Linus Torvalds about the Linux Kernel

I was reading an interview with Linus Torvalds about the Linux Kernel and related topics. There were very interesting ideas he brought up. The most interesting answer ,as I saw, he gave was to the following question.

APC: Do you use a specific distribution of Linux at home or work?

LT: A "specific" one? No. I have changed distributions over the years, and it tends to really end up depending on various random circumstances, like just when I switch machines around and what happens to be convenient.

So right now I happen to run Fedora on my machines, which largely came about from me running on POWER for a few years, and Fedora supported it pretty well (and since I actually don't care that deeply about the distribution, I tend to prefer running the same thing on everything, just to keep any distro issues away).

Before Fedora had PowerPC support, I ran YDL for a while, and before that I had SuSE. Funnily enough, the only distributions I tend to refuse to touch are the "technical" ones, so I've never run Debian, because as far as I'm concerned, the whole and only point of a distribution is to make it easy to install (so that I can then get to the part I care about, namely the kernel), so Debian or one of the "compile everything by hand" ones simply weren't interesting to me.

Interesting ha?

You can read the whole interview here.

- Lasantha

Aug 14, 2007

Did Life Begin In Space? New Evidence From Comets

This is the view of Scientist Chandra Wickramasinghe....
- Lasantha

Extracted from Science Daily...

Science Daily Recent probes inside comets show it is overwhelmingly likely that life began in space, according to a new paper by Cardiff University scientists.

Artist's impression of the Deep Impact comet probe. (Credit: NASA)

Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe and colleagues at the University's Centre for Astrobiology have long argued the case for panspermia - the theory that life began inside comets and then spread to habitable planets across the galaxy. A recent BBC Horizon documentary traced the development of the theory.

Now the team claims that findings from space probes sent to investigate passing comets reveal how the first organisms could have formed.

The 2005 Deep Impact mission to Comet Tempel 1 discovered a mixture of organic and clay particles inside the comet. One theory for the origins of life proposes that clay particles acted as a catalyst, converting simple organic molecules into more complex structures. The 2004 Stardust Mission to Comet Wild 2 found a range of complex hydrocarbon molecules - potential building blocks for life.

The Cardiff team suggests that radioactive elements can keep water in liquid form in comet interiors for millions of years, making them potentially ideal "incubators" for early life. They also point out that the billions of comets in our solar system and across the galaxy contain far more clay than the early Earth did. The researchers calculate the odds of life starting on Earth rather than inside a comet at one trillion trillion (10 to the power of 24) to one against.

Professor Wickramasinghe said: "The findings of the comet missions, which surprised many, strengthen the argument for panspermia. We now have a mechanism for how it could have happened. All the necessary elements - clay, organic molecules and water - are there. The longer time scale and the greater mass of comets make it overwhelmingly more likely that life began in space than on earth."

The new paper, The Origin of Life in Comets, by Professor Wickramasinghe, Professor Bill Napier and Dr Janaki Wickramasinghe is to be published shortly by the International Journal of Astrobiology.

Note: This story has been adapted from a news release issued by Cardiff University.

Aug 10, 2007

9 Year Old Soccer Magician "Rhain Davis"

9 Year Old Soccer Magician "Rhain Davis"

This Kid from Australia, having a British origin, plays all the talented shots in football played by great players. Have a look at this video;

And it is not a surprise that he was offered a contract to play to Manchester United under 10 team and now he is in UK.,23599,22179653-2,00.html


- Lasantha