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Submission + - Google Develops Cat-liking AI (

bannable writes: Inside Google’s secretive X laboratory, known for inventing self-driving cars and augmented reality glasses, a small group of researchers began working several years ago on a simulation of the human brain.

Andrew Y. Ng, a Stanford computer scientist, is cautiously optimistic about neural networks.
There Google scientists created one of the largest neural networks for machine learning by connecting 16,000 computer processors, which they turned loose on the Internet to learn on its own.

Presented with 10 million digital images found in YouTube videos, what did Google’s brain do? What millions of humans do with YouTube: looked for cats.


Submission + - Today is Binary

MrKaos writes: Like last year, it's a year with binary dates. I missed the binary days in 2010 because I was too busy to pick up on something so insignificant that won't happen for another ninety years. Yesterday is binary and new years day was. I count six more "binary" days throughout the year. Of course there are a whole lot of interesting dates during the first 12 years of the 21st century that have made corny release dates for movies like 02/02/02 and the 03/04/05 but because of the the way months and days are positioned in dates around the world it's only the binary days that happen on the *same* day around the world even if they work out to be a different decimal value. I find it interesting just because of how they are arranged but maybe there are some maths geeks who can actually make it interesting.

If you plan on popping the question to a significant other you might want to do it on 11/11/11 which translates to the ascii character "?"

Submission + - R.I.P. Leslie Neilsen (

ArmchairGeneral writes: Beloved actor and comedian, Leslie Neilsen passed away today. He was 84. Probably best know for his roles in Airplane and The Naked Gun, but he could give life to any character.

Submission + - Leslie Nielsen, actor, dead at the age of 84.

camperdave writes: Leslie Nielsen, star of Forbidden Planet,The Poseidon Adventure and most famously for the Airplane! and Naked Gun comedies, has passed away at the age of 84. For the past twelve days he had been in hospital fighting a case of pneumonia. Nielsen has appeared in over 100 movies as well as numerous television shows, and is probably most remembered for his role as Lt. Frank Drebin in the Naked Gun films.
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Submission + - Woman claims to own sun, lawsuits to come (

Dthief writes: From the article: After billions of years the Sun finally has an owner — a woman from Spain's soggy region of Galicia said Friday she had registered the star at a local notary public as being her property. There is an international agreement which states that no country may claim ownership of a planet or star, but it says nothing about individuals, she added. There seems a push to sue her in a class action lawsuit for damages caused (skin cancer, sun burns, global warming, satellite damage due to solar flares, etc)

Why Software Patents Are a Joke — Literally 311

eburnette writes "A former Sun/Oracle employee explains how developers created patents in an unofficial contest to see who could get the goofiest patent through the system. James Gosling said, '... we got sued, and lost. The penalty was huge. Nearly put us out of business. We survived, but to help protect us from future suits we went on a patenting binge. Even though we had a basic distaste for patents, the game is what it is, and patents are essential in modern corporations, if only as a defensive measure. There was even an unofficial competition to see who could get the goofiest patent through the system. My entry wasn't nearly the goofiest.' Now Oracle is using patents from the same folks as the basis for its lawsuit against Google."

Stock Market Sell-Off Might Stem From Trader's Fat Finger 643

s122604 points out a CNBC story according to which "the catalyst for today's extraordinary price swing (at one point the Dow lost almost 9 percent in less than an hour) may have been because a trader entered a 'B' for billions instead of an 'M' for millions on a trade of Procter and Gamble: 'According to multiple sources, a trader entered a "b" for billion instead of an "m" for million in a trade possibly involving Procter & Gamble, a component in the Dow. (CNBC's Jim Cramer noted suspicious price movement in P&G stock on air during the height of the market selloff).' Unbelievable there are no safeguards to protect against this."

Submission + - Best Browser and Settings for Safe Porn Viewing?

An anonymous reader writes: Like your average red blooded slashdotter I spend a disproportionate amount of time both viewing online porn and fretting about the security of my personal information. I've become concerned that my naked-person browsing habits are undermining my attempts at privacy and would like to hear what setup other like-minded geeks use when working on their wrist strength. I’m currently using IE 8 solely as my porn browser and Firefox for everything else so as to avoid embarressing bookmark, history, or profile situations. Does that make sense from a security perspective? I've read that Opera or Safari are better options than IE — Chrome is out as Google doesn't really need to know anything more about me than it already does — but also that Firefox's native security advantages make it a compelling option. Ideally I’d like to be able to grab an occasional 5 minutes of sinful indulgence without having to jump through too many hoops ie. restarting in guest mode or using arcane history deletion techniques. Hints, suggestions, condemnations and irrationally embittered segues appreciated.

Japanese Guts Are Made For Sushi Screenshot-sm 309

cremeglace writes "Americans don't have the guts for sushi. At least that's the implication of a new study, which finds that Japanese people harbor enzymes in their intestinal bacteria that help them digest seaweed, enzymes that North Americans lack. What's more, Japanese may have first acquired these enzymes by eating bacteria that thrive on seaweed in the open ocean."

Is Mimas Hiding Pac-Man? 99

cremeglace writes "Shaped into the likes of the Death Star of Star Wars fame by the giant crater Herschel, 396-kilometer-diameter Mimas was expected to have its warmest surface temperatures on the equator, where it was early afternoon. Instead, it was warmest in the morning (all of 92 K), giving rise in the science team's temperature-calibrated color scheme to a very large Pac-Man."

It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.