Archive for June 2008
This Slashdot story details a proposal the Motion Picture Association of America has submitted to the FCC. The proposal would allow the MPAA to use Selectable Output Control (SOC) on the distribution of high-definition films, which would prevent consumers from saving them to (e.g.) a DVR. The MPAA claims their proposal would benefit consumers because it would allow them to distribute these films on cable and satellite networks before they are released on DVD, and because it would provide consumers an “incentive” to buy and HDTV before the digital transition.
Here are the comments I sent the FCC:
I was recently approached by Michael Weisberg about a problem he was having using NetLogo. He has designed a NetLogo model and is running many repetitions of it to collect a broad dataset. This process is getting computationally expensive, and he wanted to farm out the experiment runs to different threads to speed up processing time.
I don’t know all the details, but it turns out that NetLogo, despite being Java-based, is not multithreaded, so Professor Weisberg is running these jobs on separate NetLogo instances running on separate machines, linked up by Apple’s Xgrid. He needed a way to take an experiment definition and split up the runs, so that the work could be spread to different nodes in the grid.