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Comment: Re:If it's really thinking.. (Score 2, Informative) 630

by Lanu2000 (#25301249) Attached to: New Contestants On the Turing Test
You know, that is really a myth. We don't just use the first and last letters, but the shape of the word too. If you take a sentence with multiple words having many ascenders and descenders, then place the ascenders and descenders alternating at the beginning of the word, it is much easier to get confused. Many times people use the other words in a sentence to determine what the more difficult words are.
Biotech

Artificial Bases Added to DNA 362

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the totally-faked-you-out-man dept.
holy_calamity writes "Researchers have successfully added two 'unnatural' DNA letters to the code of life. They created two artificial base pairs that are treated as normal by an enzyme that replicates and fixes DNA inside cells. This raises the prospect of engineering life forms with genetic code not possible within nature, allowing new kinds of genetic engineering."
Patents

Amazon Patents Customized 404 Pages 167

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the makes-my-heart-hurt dept.
theodp writes "Among the patents awarded to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Tuesday was one for his invention of Error Processing Methods for Providing Responsive Content to a User When a Page Load Error Occurs, which covers displaying alternate web pages in response to HTTP 404 page-not-found errors. So is this the technology that causes Amazon's Home Page to be displayed when Bezos' MIA Patent Reform Page can't be found?"
The Internet

+ - Fake Wikipedia edit predicts murder->

Submitted by Dan East
Dan East writes: In a bizarre twist of fate, a bogus news post to Wikipedia predicted the death of WWE wrester Chris Benoit's wife 14 hours before her body was discovered in a presumed murder / suicide. Police believe Benoit murdered his wife and 7-year-old son before committing suicide by hanging himself in a piece of exercise equipment. The fake news posting to the Chris Benoit article read "Chris Benoit was replaced by Johnny Nitro for the ECW Championship match at Vengeance, as Benoit was not there due to personal issues, stemming from the death of his wife Nancy". The person responsible for the posting later confessed that his edit was speculative as to why Benoit canceled a scheduled appearance at a wresting event on Sunday. The editor's computer equipment has been confiscated while police try to determine if he was actually involved in the murder.
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Movies

+ - Has America lost it's Geekyness?

Submitted by gurps_npc
gurps_npc writes: Today, the Harry Potter movie premiered. But I can't see it yet, because I don't live in Japan. As you can tell in this Reuters article, it won't show up in America for two more weeks. The same thing happened with the Transformer movie.

Has America lost touch with it's geekyness? Why didn't these movies open in LA, or NYC first?

Is this just one more sign that America has 'jumped the shark', forgoing the geeky science for the 'cool' religion (or worse, for nothing at all?) It was not even India. I could see premiering in India, it is a larger country, with a strong movie culture, that speaks English pretty well. But why are American movies Premiering in Japan?
Programming

+ - django disappointment

Submitted by
adeesh
adeesh writes: "i have been using python for over 2 yrs now and i am really hooked on to it. Infact one of my weekend activities is to get hold of a new python library and play around with it. Django has been creating waves in the python world for some time now and i didn't want to miss out on the fun. So i decided to write a dummy web based application to try out django. Step 1 was offcourse to design the object model. I took about 40 mins to perfect that and then i moved on to the ORM part of it. Within the next 20 mins i was done with my dummy application. Now let me clarify one thing here, i like django, infact i love the ORM provided by django but that is also the reason for my disappointment. Previously i have worked with hibernate and Java and my expectation was that ORM is generally the tricky and the painstaking part of an application. Now Django totally violates this rule. The ORM in django is so simple to use that it actually makes working with the DB fun. Whats the challenge in programming if you don't have to spend hrs debugging DB issues. :)"
Software

+ - Australian jailed in US for Internet piracy

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: An Australian who ran one of the world's most infamous Internet piracy operations [Drink or Die] has been sentenced to more than four years in a US jail. He was extradited to the US earlier this year to face charges relating to the theft of nearly $60 million worth of software, movies and music. Mr Rosenburg says those engaging in Internet piracy are now on notice the US can and will reach them, wherever they live. The followup to http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/05/07/01 44241 (Not good at html, remove this line. Thanks)

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