World’s slowest Linux computer, says ‘Hello Wor…’ (video)

ImageEvidently tired of smooth running graphics, lightning fast processing and bags and bags of available memory, programmer Dmitry Grinberg decided to go back to computing basics. And then some. As Linux was developed on a 32-bit machine with 1MB of RAM, this has always been considered the minimum system requirements to run the open source OS. Dmitry, however, put this theory to test, building a barebones set-up with just an 8-bit RISC microcontroller at its heart. Running at a somewhat sedentary 6.5KHz, with only 16KB of SRAM and 128KB of flash storage, these are specs that make most phones look like supercomputers. To get things working, Dmitry had to write an ARM emulator so that the system appeared as having a 32-bit processor with an MMU, and it looks like a 30-pin 16MB SIMM was added, plus as SD card to house the Ubuntu image. Despite all this, he was able to load Ubuntu successfully. Sure, it took four hours, and that's after two hours waiting for the bash command prompt, but hey. Grinberg claims that the system is still useable, with the command line typically responding "within a minute." So Dmitri, if you're reading this on the machine, happy new year! Check the time-lapse video after the break to see it in full, patience testing, action.

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High court decision could change law’s provisions already in effect – STLtoday.com


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Knicks shake off Lin injury news, beat Cavs – Fox News


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NEW YORK – A playoff spot is there for the New York Knicks, if they stay healthy enough to get it. With Jeremy Lin heading for knee surgery and joining Amare Stoudemire on the injured list, that will only happen if someone steps up to be the No.
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Weekly Webcomic Wrapup is giving you fair warning

Tomorrow is April Fools' Day, also known as "Liar's Day" or "Free Ice-Cream and Disneyland Day." It's a horrible, socially dissonant 24-hour endurance marathon of deceit, crushed hopes and maleficent laughter at the expense of the trusting and loving.

When you wake up tomorrow, remember that nothing is as it seems. If something is too good to be true, it is. Like most situations in life, the only way to make it out of April Fools' Day unharmed is to turn your heart into a desolate, barren shell, never again able to trust or empathize. Before you do that, though, check out our favorite webcomics from last week, and vote for your favorites after the break!

Jokers To The Right (Penny Arcade)
Spring (Nerf Now!!)
Tread Lightly (Awkward Zombie)
Crafty Crucible (Hejibits)
I'll stop when I've saved the world and fallen in love. (Magical Game Time)
Don't Tell Peta (Brentalfloss: The Comic)

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Media gives ample coverage, little clarity to Trayvon Martin case – Los Angeles Times


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The Florida teenager's shooting has eclipsed the presidential election as a news story, one study finds. But the perspective varies widely depending on whom you're listening to. Marchers protest the shooting at a Sanford, Fla., rally organized by the ...
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Skullgirls hits XBLA April 11, PSN release still undetermined

Skullgirls has just passed Microsoft's certification gauntlet and will be available for 1200 MS Points on Wednesday, April 11. The game's PSN release date has yet to be finalized, although it will "very probably be April 10th," according to an announcement made on neoGAF by Reverge Labs community manager Peter Bartholow.

Bartholow was able to say, however, that the PSN version's price point will be a comparable $14.99 in North America.

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Weibo services ‘punished’ for Beijing coup rumors, comments temporarily disabled

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For a country who doesn't really do April Fools' Day, you know China means business when it lays the smackdown on its weibo services. Here's the background story: about a week ago there was a rumor on the Chinese web about a military coup on one of the main streets in Beijing, and coincidentally I was in town around the time (for the Windows Phone launch). Funnily enough, I wasn't aware of this at all until my taxi driver in Hong Kong asked me about my visit, as he claimed that the passenger he picked up beforehand was actually a Chinese military officer who had several intense phone calls about said coup.

But of course, nothing actually happened. In fact, the guards at Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City were pretty relaxed when I visited on that very day. As for the rumormongers, the Chinese government announced through Xinhua that 16 websites have been shut down and six people have been detained, while local microblogging platforms Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo have been "criticized and punished accordingly," though it didn't elaborate on the details. All we know is that comments under each weibo post are now disabled until local time 8pm on April 3rd, during which these two companies can, in their own words, clean up the mess. Well, at least we now know where to draw the line for China's April Fools'.

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New Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition trailer channels the encyclopedia britannica


The question posed by this by this latest Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition trailer ("What is a Witcher?") could easily be answered by visiting Wikipedia, both regular and Witcher-flavored. Getting your information that way, however, prevents you from seeing a dude's face ripped open by tiny shovels.

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Capitals blow lead, beat Canadiens 3-2 in shootout – Albany Times Union


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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, March 31, 2012 in Washington. (Evan Vucci / AP) Washington Capitals center Jay Beagle, right, scores a goal ...
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