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Submission + - Google ditches algorithm for human autocompleters (

jbrodkin writes: "Google is ditching its sophisticated autocompletion algorithms for a team of humans who can type 32,000 words per minute — and they're hiring more. Sitting in front of his computer, one Google autocompleter says "This is my console. Letters come in up here from users — anonymized of course — and I try to make a prediction as to what they're searching for and I type it as quickly as I can. This year Google is going to hire more people than ever before and people think you need to be some Ph.D, computer science, techno-mathmagician, but that's not always the case. Sometimes we just need people who can type really fast. And who are also psychic.""

Garage Startup Develops "Personal Computer" 80

Hugh Pickens writes "In the summer of 1980, MIT graduates Donald Faber and Peter Haberle moved into an empty two-car garage and started work building the first-ever 'personal home computer.' Now almost 30 years later, what began as a humble two-man operation has since grown into an even more humble, even more cramped computer company, based out of an even smaller single-car garage. According to Faber and Haberle, a lot has changed since Xalaga was first founded. What was once a struggling $7,500-a-year business with only a dozen or so paying customers is now a desperate $6,400-a-year business with only a half dozen or so paying customers. Faber, who turned down a promising position with GE in order to start Xalaga, a decision he now says he regrets each and every waking day, told reporters that he knew almost immediately that his company had something not-at-all special on its hands. 'We sold only one computer that first year, then the following year it was three computers, then suddenly 10 computers, then just as suddenly five computers, then back down to three computers again, and finally only one or two machines every other year for pretty much the next decade,' said Faber, standing up from the plastic milk crate that now serves as his desk. 'Had someone told us when we first started that we'd be here today, operating out of a much smaller, somehow less expensive garage, we probably would have laughed right in their face.'"
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IETF Drops RFC For Cosmetic Carbon Copy 63

paulproteus writes "Say you have an email where you want to send an extra copy to someone without telling everyone. There's always been a field for that: BCC, or Blind Carbon Copy. But how often have you wanted to do the opposite: make everyone else think you sent a copy to somebody without actually having done so? Enter the new IETF-NG RFC: Cosmetic Carbon Copy, or CCC. Now you can conveniently email all of your friends (with a convenient exception or two...) with ease!"

First LHC Data Hint At New Particle 124

Anonymous Dupeur writes "Only 12 hours after the start of operation of the Large Hardon Collider at an unprecedentedly high energy level, a discovery had been made. Today, in its press release, CERN disclosed the observation of a new class — paleoparticles. 'It's awful,' explains Alain Grand, still shocked by the discovery. 'It left horrible tracks inside the detector that made the physicists on duty at the time feel quite sick.' No wonder. The particle consists of two strange quarks and one top quark but no beauty or charm quark. The physicists have nicknamed it the 'neutrinosaurus.' This marks a first success of the — finally — started experiment."

Moog's MF-401 Auto De-tune Fixes Music 79

Max Romantschuk writes "Moog Music has released the MF-401 Auto De-tune, a revolutionary new DSP device that promises to undo the clinical results of Auto-Tune. According to Moog Music, 'even a T-Pain vocal can be restored to its complete original character, scrubbing the pitch correction and leaving the untreated vocal in all its wavering sharp or flat glory.'"

YouTube, Now In Text Mode! 102

techmuse writes "YouTube has introduced a new, higher-resolution text mode for video. The new text mode is far more efficient than their previous high-end, high-definition offering, and should bring entirely new levels of realism to streaming web video!"

Slashdot Discussions Now Include Roulette Video Chat 192

It's been a long time coming, but we're pleased to announce the latest updates to our discussion software. We've been paying a lot of attention to what other websites have been doing in the space, and as we are only too happy to steal good ideas, from now on all Slashdot stories will now be accompanied by a Roulette-style webcam video chat. In testing, we've discovered that Slashdot users are amazingly likely to engage in informative, troll-free discussion when presented with the video image of one of their peers. This new addition to Slashdot nicely rounds out and improves the discussion experience for all users.
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Submission + - Flying Spaghetti Monster @ Tennessee Courthouse!

PixieDust writes: CNet News reports on this amazing development, the erection of a statue honoring The Flying Spaghetti Monster at a Tennessee courthouse. The Story has a quote from the installation ceremony "We are lucky enough to live in a country that allows us, its citizens, the freedom of speech. I have chosen to put up a statue of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to represent the discourse between people of all different beliefs."

Submission + - Google to open source space flight

benuski writes: "Google has decided today to open source its new partnership with Virgin, Virgle. Here is the website, where you can learn about Google and Virgin's new enterprise into space. Perhaps this is an extension of the Google Lunar X Prize?"
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Submission + - World of Warcraft hits consoles with "Molten C (

Mr_Congeniality writes: "The popular MMORPG "World of Warcraft" is coming to consoles in a form based on the raid dungeon "The Molten Core". "World of Warcraft: The Molten Core" will include single-player and multiplayer versions, as well as 10 bosses with 6 unique models. You can also move in 8 unique directions, explore lush 2D environments, all in the glory of 192i resolution with revolutionary AI and user interface. The game will be available for Atari 2600 systems, with plans for more console systems to be announced in the future. No official release date has been set."

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe