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+ - Hoax-detecting software spots fake papers->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "In 2005, three computer science Ph.D. students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created a program to generate nonsensical computer science research papers. The goal was “to expose the lack of peer review at low-quality conferences that essentially scam researchers with publication and conference fees.” The program—dubbed SCIgen—soon found users across the globe, and before long its automatically generated creations were being accepted by scientific conferences and published in purportedly peer-reviewed journals. But SCIgen may have finally met its match. Academic publisher Springer this week is releasing SciDetect, an open-source program to automatically detect automatically generated papers. SCIgen uses a “context-free grammar” to create word salad that looks like reasonable text from a distance but is easily spotted as nonsense by a human reader"
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+ - U.S. Air Force Overstepped In SpaceX Certification

Submitted by Rambo Tribble
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "An internal review commissioned by Air Force Secretary Deborah James has concluded that Air Force personnel tasked with evaluating SpaceX's certification treated as a design review, going so far as to dictate organizational changes in the company. This was judged contrary to the intention of promoting a competitive environment. The report, prepared by former Air Force Chief of Staff General Larry Welch concluded, "The result to date has been ... the worst of all worlds, pressing the Falcon 9 commercially oriented approach into a comfortable government mold that eliminates or significantly reduces the expected benefits to the government of the commercial approach. Both teams need to adjust.""

Comment: Re:Nuclear Disarmament is Idiotic (Score 1) 228

by Flavianoep (#49354373) Attached to: How Nuclear Weapon Modernization Undercuts Disarmament

"it is utterly naïve to think that nuclear power would ever be the solution for underdevelopment"

Really? Cheap power doesn't lead to economic development? Are you developmentally disabled, or just a liberal?

OK. I didn't express myself right. There would be economic development, but it would not be enough to make most countries first world. There are more things to becoming first world besides energy, like education.

"It is also naïve to think that the nuclear empowered nations do not take part nor have an interest on preventing that more countries develop nuclear technology."

Uh, duh. That's because those nations are led by warmongers who see non-nuclear armed nations as possessions rather than as free peoples. And they aren't far off the mark.

"I am not even thinking Iran, but Brazil and Argentina."

Yes, because US doctrine doesn't allow for South American countries that we can't topple at any time we want. You know, because the US is led by warmongers.

If you substitute "politicians" for "warmongers," that will quite reflect what have happened in the last century, and the situation doesn't seem to have changed. See, it's not a question of war, it's a question of power, and powerful people don't like sharing.

+ - 6 Arduino projects to play with on Arduino Day->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A lot has changed since the first Arduino board arrived a decade ago. Today, the Arduino family has grown to include more than two dozen low-cost, open hardware boards and an active community of more than 250,000 tinkerers.

With Arduino Day 2015 just around the corner, I've rounded up some of my favorite Arduino projects, tools, and articles to get you excited and inspired. So whether you're celebrating at one of the many community events or digging in to a project on your own, happy tinkering!"

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Comment: Re:Nuclear Disarmament is Idiotic (Score 1) 228

by Flavianoep (#49348171) Attached to: How Nuclear Weapon Modernization Undercuts Disarmament

My point is that it is utterly naïve to think that nuclear power would ever be the solution for underdevelopment, as if the lack of energetic resources were the only deterrent to any country to develop. It is also naïve to think that the nuclear empowered nations do not take part nor have an interest on preventing that more countries develop nuclear technology. Any country that starts investing in uranium enrichment will face the threat of sanctions, which are not called for, or enforced, by the nuclear disarmament campaigners but by the same countries that have A-bombs. By the way, I know the difference between A-bombs and nuclear power plants---Soviet engineers where able to build a power plant but, nonetheless, the Kremlin had to buy the secret to the A-bomb. However, there is a lot of mistrust towards countries that want to develop this kind of energy, and I am not even thinking Iran, but Brazil and Argentina.

+ - European Commission proposes 'digital single market' and end to geoblocking->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A new initiative from the European Commission [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-4653_en.htm] proposes a reformed 'single digital market', addressing a number of issues that it sees as obstructions to EU growth, including geoblocking — where services such as BBC's iPlayer are only available to IP addresses within the host country — and the high cost of parcel delivery and administration of disparate VAT rates across the member states. The ramifications of many of the proposals within the Digital Single Market project extend to non-EU corporations which have built their business model on the current isolationism of member state markets."
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Comment: Re:Nuclear Disarmament is Idiotic (Score 2) 228

by Flavianoep (#49337331) Attached to: How Nuclear Weapon Modernization Undercuts Disarmament

If we didn't have all this nuclear non-proliferation nonsense, not only would the world be a peaceful place, but we'd have cheap, abundant nuclear power everywhere. There wouldn't be any "developing" countries--they would all be first world.

I'm answering you by quoting you, hoping that you pay attention to what you said.

Comment: Re:Anyone who believes Wikipedia (Score 2) 264

According to Suzanne Massie, "trust, but verify" is the translation of a Russian proverb, "Doveryai no Proveryai," that she taught Reagan, and he repeated this saying more than once. Other source is: www.reagan.utexas.edu/....

Full disclosure: I searched through Wikipedia.

+ - Why the New York Times prefers open source software

Submitted by Lemeowski
Lemeowski (3017099) writes "When investigating open source versus proprietary solutions for The New York Times, CIO Marc Frons says the questions he asks are surprisingly pragmatic. "If an open source solution is available, I’d prefer to use it, since I believe open source software often advances faster than many proprietary solutions," Frons said. "Today there are so many open source components in our software that I couldn’t probably even count them. We don’t really have long discussions here about what we're going to use based on whether it's open source. The question is, “Is it the right thing or not?""

+ - Yahoo Mail wants to make messaging more intimate->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at Yahoo Mail are developing ways to employ sensors in smartphones and other wearable devices to change the way we communicate emotions and sensations via text and email messages. States of mind and stress levels are the types of intimate emotion Yahoo is looking to transmit with the launch of the new service. Sentiment has been found to be particularly hard to pick up on across email and text, and messages are often misinterpreted. Yahoo hopes to solve this problem by taking advantage of technology already available in mobile devices, including heart rate monitors, orientation sensors and speed detectors."
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+ - Android Flaw Puts Personal Data At Risk For Millions->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Nearly half of Android devices are vulnerable to an attack that could replace a legitimate app with malicious software that can collect sensitive data from a phone. Google, Samsung and Amazon have released patches for their devices, but 49.5 percent of Android users are still vulnerable, according to Palo Alto Networks, which discovered the problem. Google said it has not detected attempts to exploit the flaw."
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+ - 'No Survivors' Expected In France Plane Crash->

Submitted by johnsnails
johnsnails (1715452) writes "A passenger plane has crashed in France, with all 148 people on board thought to have died.

The Airbus A320, operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline, came down in the southern French Alps between Barcelonnette and Digne.

Flight 4U 9525 sent out a distress signal at 10.45am (9.45am UK time) on its route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf."

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