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Comment: System Requirements, Screenshots, etc... (Score 3, Informative) 268

by Shohat (#31177420) Attached to: <em>StarCraft II</em> Closed Beta Begins
Howdy. Bit self-promotional... but.. Read my blog. It is the best StarCraft Blog on the web.
I am in the beta, all the info that was published this month (including the massive SC2 Beta FAQ) is there, system requirements, screenshots, and will soon be posting replays/videos. Currently 500 users online, so I can handle bit of slashdotting :)
Cheers.
Patents

Universities Patenting More Student Ideas 383

Posted by kdawson
from the thanks-for-the-research dept.
theodp writes "Working as a NASA intern, grad student Erez Lieberman had a eureka moment, resulting in an algorithm that detects whether a person is standing correctly or is off balance. Unfortunately, MIT liked it so much they decided to patent it. Seeking permission to use his own idea for his iShoe startup, which develops products like insoles to address the problems of seniors, Lieberman was told no problem — as long as he promised a hefty royalty and forked over a $75,000 upfront payment. Whether or not students are aware of it, the NYTimes reports that most universities own inventions created by students that were developed using a 'significant' amount of schools resources. Colleges and universities once obtained fewer than 250 patents a year, but that was before the Bayh-Dole Act gave them ownership of inventions developed through federally financed research. Now they acquire about 3,000 a year, and in 2006 licensing fees and equity in spinoff companies totaled at least $45B — research powerhouses like Stanford and NYU pocketed $61M and $157M, respectively."

Comment: Re:The hard work is just around the corner... (Score 0, Offtopic) 453

by Shohat (#26256657) Attached to: Evolution of Intelligence More Complex Than Once Thought
Erm...
The ability to extract a certain set of characters from mangled patterns included in an image is not necessarily a task that humans should have an advantage in. I am pretty sure that it would take a human significantly more time to deny/allow a user access, based on biometric data such as fingerprints or a voice pattern.
A computer has to extract the data from a very limited (a small image) sample, and is 100% "sure" that all extracted data falls within a very limited predefined set of results - the alphabet.
A (very) well written algorithm can easily have an edge on most humans.
Space

+ - Black Hole Fires at Neighboring Galaxy->

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StarCraft 2
StarCraft 2 writes "This composite image shows the jet from a black hole at the center of a galaxy striking the edge of another galaxy, the first time such an interaction has been found. In the image, it is clearly seen how the jet from the main galaxy on the lower left is striking its companion galaxy to the upper right. The jet impacts the companion galaxy at its edge and is then disrupted and deflected, much like how a stream of water from a hose will splay out after hitting a wall at an angle.
The composite image was made by combining data from Chandra, Hubble and several other systems."

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Role Playing (Games)

+ - WoW Gold paid for real sex

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Shohat
Shohat writes "A woman posted an ad on Craigslist, offering a certain something for some quick cash in her game of choice, WoW.The offer was very specific, and And she got what she wanted — enough money an epic flying mount - Screenshots of the postings prior to removal .
First of all, is this prostitution? Sure seems like it, although MMO money isn't entirely established as legally worth real money yet, even if people buy and sell it all the time on multiple online and offline markets."

Is the Microsoft/Novell Deal a Litigation Bomb? 342

Posted by Zonk
from the pengui-bomb dept.
mpapet writes "According to WINE developer Tom Wickline, the Microsoft/Novell deal for Suse support may one day control commercial customers' use of Free Software. Is this the end of commercial OSS developers who are not a part of the Microsoft/Suse pact?" From the article: "Wickline said that the pact means that there will now be a Microsoft-blessed path for such people to make use of Open Source ... 'A logical next move for Microsoft could be to crack down on 'unlicensed Linux' and 'unlicensed Free Software,' now that it can tell the courts that there is a Microsoft-licensed path. Or they can just passively let that threat stay there as a deterrent to anyone who would use Open Source without going through the Microsoft-approved Novell path,' Wickline said." Bruce Perens dropped a line to point out that most of the content actually comes from his post.

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