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+ - Discrimination of numbers->

Submitted by BlackShirt
BlackShirt (690851) writes "In 1938, the physicist Frank Benford made an extraordinary discovery about numbers. He found that in many lists of numbers drawn from real data, the leading digit is far more likely to be a 1 than a 9. In fact, the distribution of first digits follows a logarithmic law. So the first digit is likely to be 1 about 30 per cent of time while the number 9 appears only five per cent of the time.That's an unsettling and counterintuitive discovery. Why aren't numbers evenly distributed in such lists?"
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+ - WikiSlashNews

Submitted by BlackShirt
BlackShirt (690851) writes "Could you imagine if instead of commenting slashdot users could rewrite an wiki article for the story subject.

There is tremendous knowledege that users have on various subjects
It could work on the same way as wiki news.

It takes time and effort to attain certain certain editorial level (sci stories)
What would be the motivation for the readers?

What do you think?"

+ - Asus' Eee PC, Intel & Microsoft->

Submitted by BlackShirt
BlackShirt (690851) writes "Star Tech, an online retailer in the U.S. that started taking orders for the Eee PC before the specs were done, says its Eee PC page has been averaging 1,000 hits a day and it's been taking roughly 100 orders a week, mostly from businesspeople and travelers."
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+ - Is the slashdot U.S.-centric ?

Submitted by BlackShirt
BlackShirt (690851) writes "Is a working life different on the opposite shores of ocean (Europe vs. US)? How? What about education process? Is slashdot covering mostly american point of view on things? Could you share YOUR story."
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+ - what sci magazines do you read?

Submitted by BlackShirt
BlackShirt (690851) writes "What science magazines do you read? I evaluated these and plan to subscribe The Scientific American. They had good stories about plasmonics and new look at human retina last month. Do you know any good european sci magazines? The internet is full of sci articles but I would prefer to read long text on the paper. What do you think? Do sci magazines have a future?"

If you analyse anything, you destroy it. -- Arthur Miller