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+ - Rankmaniac 2010->

Submitted by BrokenSegue
BrokenSegue (895288) writes "Several Caltech students designed a move guessing game based on the IMDB tag set. The game, while fun, also serves a secondary scientific purpose. The results entered by users are saved and this information will be data mined. The will determine the relative information content of the tags and the most relevant tags for each film."
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+ - "why the lucky stiff" missing

Submitted by BrokenSegue
BrokenSegue (895288) writes "Famous ruby hacker why the lucky stiff has deleted many of his popular websites including his artsy guide to ruby Why's (poignant) Guide to Ruby and many of his code repositories. _why was known for emphasizing the idea of code as art. It is unclear why he did this or whether he will back. One of his last posts to twitter was "programming is rather thankless. u see your works become replaced by superior ones in a year. unable to run at all in a few more." His contribution to the ruby community was great and it will be missed if he does not return."

Comment: Re:Open source ? (Score 5, Informative) 201

by BrokenSegue (#27899391) Attached to: Open Source Textbooks For California

No, you're mistaken. Here's what happened. We used to call projects like this "free" (as in speech) or libre. The problem was that (lay)people confused that concept with gratis (as in beer).

The phrase "open source" was created to solve that problem. Since libre software usually implies that the source is public. The concept was then extended to everything. Now open source really just means available under an open source license, which is defined by the OSI.

You're making the same point RMS made when the phrase "open source" was coined (iirc) in 1998 Netscape went open source. He claims, rightly, that being free is more than having open source.

Not wrong terminology, changing terminology.

The Media

+ - Russian video from North Pole fake 2

Submitted by viking2000
viking2000 (954894) writes "RUSSIAN LIE: A russian mini sub reached the sea floor under the North Pole, Reuters reported. Now it all is uncovered as fabrication

The pictures are not from the North pole at all, but from the Hollywood movie "Titanic"

"Location information of the videos are incorrect" says Reuters to FNB.

The images instead shows a dive done by mini subs in the Atlantic ocean while looking for the Titanic. Hollywod producer James Cameron used the same type mini sub the russians used on the North Pole, when he made the movie "Titanic" in 1997."

+ - Why do you contribute to slashdot? 2

Submitted by
xirusmom writes "I am working on my Ph.D research that will involve user generated content for water quality data. I would like to better understand what motivates people to contribute. If you would like to help, please let me know why do you contribute to slashdot, open source projects or similar communities? What do you expect to get back from it (fame, money, women? — or just the warm feeling of being helpful?)? Why do you think it is worth your time to contribute? Why have you decided to write an answer for these questions? I also know there is some frustration about not getting your submissions posted. What do you think are the pros and cons of a moderated forum? I would appreciate your insights. Thanks"

+ - 25 Years of the Emoticon->

Submitted by raylu
raylu (914970) writes "The Emoticon will be 25 years old this September. From the Carnegie Mellon article,

"It has been fascinating to watch this phenomenon grow from a little message I tossed off in ten minutes to something that has spread all around the world," said Fahlman [the creator of the smiley].

In the more humorous NYTimes article,

More than once, Alexis Feldman, the director of the Feldman Realty Group, a commercial real estate company in Manhattan, has been moving forward on a major deal when, she said, "at the 23rd hour, I get an e-mail from the broker saying, 'Sorry, my client is not interested in the space, too bad we couldn't make the big bucks' — then there's a frown face!"

The original thread and some others are reproduced here."

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Sun Microsystems

+ - Sun Releasing 8-Core Niagara 2 Processor

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Sun Microsystems is set to announce its eight-core Niagara 2 processor next week. Each core supports eight threads, so the chip handles 64 simultaneous threads, making it the centerpiece of Sun's "Throughput Computing" effort. Along with having more cores than the quads from Intel and AMD, the Niagara 2 have dual, on-chip 10G Ethernet ports with crytopgraphic capability. Sun doesn't get much processor press, because the chips are used only in its own CoolThreads servers, but Niagara 2 will probably be the fastest processor out there when its released, other than perhaps the also little-known 4-GHz IBM Power 6."
The Internet

+ - The Pirate Bay About To Relaunch 3

Submitted by kungfujesus
kungfujesus (969971) writes "The Pirate Bay crew has been working on this secret project for quite some time now. Back in April they wrote a cryptic post on their blog announcing that something was coming. In a response to this announcement TPB admin Brokep told TorrentFreak: "The past, the present and the future. It's all the same, but one thing's for sure, we will radiate for weeks", today it became clear that he was referring to the resurrection of Suprnova. Article Here"

+ - Russian Subs Seek Glory at North Pole->

Submitted by PatPending
PatPending (953482) writes "MOSCOW — Two small manned Russian submarines completed a voyage of 2 1/2 miles to the Arctic shelf below the North Pole Thursday, planting a titanium capsule on the Arctic Ocean floor to symbolically claim what could be vast energy reserves beneath the seabed. The dive was part serious scientific expedition and part political theater. But it could mark the start of a fierce legal scramble for control of the sea bed among nations that border the Arctic, including Russia, the U.S., Canada, Norway and Denmark, through its territory Greenland."
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The Internet

+ - Pirate Bay earns 20,000 Euros a day-> 2

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An anonymous reader writes "controverisal pro-piracy website the piratebay likes to portray itself as an innocent hobby site that provides a free index without censorship, but recent facts show that the site is earning up to 20,000 Euros per day from its advertising. Taking in money on this scale puts a different slant on the motives behind the Swedish filesharing site, and could open up the runners of the site to prosecution for profiting from copyright infringement."
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Google Admits to Using Sohu Database 209

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the cut-and-paste dept.
prostoalex writes "A few days ago a Chinese company,, alleged Google improperly tapped its database for its Pinyin IME product, stirring controversy on whether two databases were similar just due to normal research process. Today Google admitted that its new product for Chinese market 'was built leveraging some non-Google database resources.' 'The dictionaries used with both software from Google and Sohu shared several common mistakes, where Chinese characters were matched with the wrong Pinyin equivalents. In addition, both dictionaries listed the names of engineers who had developed Sohu's Sogou Pinyin IME.'"

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