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Comment How to test these new placebos (Score 1) 349

This is all very well but it comes from research involving Big Pharma products - bought and paid for!!! To test these new placebos we need some kind of control. Like, some kind of substance that has no effect on the patients so that we can use it to gauge the placebos agains......

Arse.

Comment Depends on your field, but.. (Score 1) 250

my researcher friends routinely use Octave, perl, I know of R being used... Not sure about data recording programs though, perhaps that is more specialised (or I just never needed them in my field). LaTeX, as auxiliary software, is pretty standard for writing up papers.

Of course, since it's Turing-complete you could just use emacs for everything... or vi... :-)

Portables

Submission + - Internals of the OLPC->

adrianbaugh writes: The BBC has an article examining the internals of the OLPC device. The article mentions how the hardware was designed to solve the problems of robustness and operability in a very low-tech environment. It also covers the choice of OS and how the project leaders hope this will inspire children to take up computer programming.
Link to Original Source
Portables

Submission + - First Look At Final OLPC Design

blackbearnh writes: "At the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday, AMD hosted a presentation of the final Industrial Prototype of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO Laptop. Linux Today has extensive reporting, including new photos and details about power consumption, networking details, and the logistics of distributing and servicing what will be the largest rollout of any computing platform in history, 5 million units in the first year. This will represent nearly a 10% increase in the total worldwide laptop production for 2007."
iMac

Submission + - Apple Announces Iphone

I kan Spl writes: Today,Apple's front page has an announcement of the iPhone, a GSM phone with integrated video ipod. Features include both B/G wireless, EDGE data connectivity, bluetooth 2.0, a touchscreen interface, and sensors to determine which way to display the interface. The device has not yet been FCC approved, and there is no mention of when it might be for sale.

They also put up a page for the Apple TV, which was announced at the keynote last year, and a new version of the Airport Extreme.
Spam

Submission + - A new spam research paradigm

The Spam Test writes: "
We acknowledge the fact that macro-level spam research is valueable. It shows us the magnitude of the spam issue. However, they — and we're talking about the majority of spam statistics here — fail to tackle another important issue: how does spam evolve on a micro-level? That's exactly what we will be focussing on, and we hope you help us to get the right kind of data!
Hope you find our view on spam research interesting..."
Space

Submission + - Supernova Devastates Eagle Nebula

AbsoluteXyro writes: "Space.com reports that, thanks to advanced instruments aboard Spitzer, we have now seen that a supernova has wreaked havoc on the Eagle Nebula, and destroyed the famous Pillars of Creation. Interestingly, this all happened before the Eagle Nebula was discovered by Jean-Philippe de Cheseaux in 1746...and we won't actually see it happen here on Earth for another thousand years or so. From the article: "Humans living 1,000 to 2,000 years ago might have noticed the supernova event that destroyed the pillars as an unusually bright star in the sky. We have checked with historical records, and there might be some candidates.""

A Fully Programmable Mobile Robot 86

paxmaniac writes "iRobot has announced Create: a new fully programmable mobile robot based on the Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner. People have been hacking the Roomba since the day it came out. Well, hacking just got a whole lot easier. A command module for the Create provides a programmable 8-bit Atmel micro controller, four DB-9 ports for your own sensors, and a number of sample programs that can be compiled and uploaded to the command module via USB. Botmag has more details and some cool applications. This looks like the perfect robotics platform for hobbyists, schools, and universities alike."

"The fundamental principle of science, the definition almost, is this: the sole test of the validity of any idea is experiment." -- Richard P. Feynman

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